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Mobile antenna mount issue

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Antennas' started by BammBamm, Feb 16, 2018.

  1. BammBamm

    BammBamm Chicago's mudduck.....173 on the southside.

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    I have a 2017 Ram 1500 quad cab and today I began the process of removing the headliner to install a puck mount, upon disassembly I found there is NO space between the headliner and roof! Even coax will show a crease in headliner. I am now thinking about a triple magnet mount for my predator 10k and running 2 thick ground straps from it to the 2 screws on the 3rd brake light for ground. I am currently using a Wilson 1000 magnet mount...should I just stick with what I have or will I see an improvement? I do have the truck bonded with a total of 16 braided ground straps.


     

  2. 309hellinois

    309hellinois Supporting Member

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    I've never had the headliner off such a new truck but aren't there roof supports that could help conceal the coax? Just an idea.

    I had pretty good luck with my old Wilson 1000 mag mount but I noticed an improvement when I mounted my 102 on the trunk lid. I know it's not the same thing but I can only go with my experience. I never tried the triple mag mount so I'm not much help there. Over all I'd prefer a solid mount over mag.
     
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  3. BammBamm

    BammBamm Chicago's mudduck.....173 on the southside.

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    The only support goes side to side and the liner is molded to its shape. I even thought of removing the dome light and just using the lens as a cover but it gives me a 3" x 5" opening which won't help. As for it being a new truck...yes the wife is not happy with the whole drilling holes in it thing...I'm also thinking about a roll / light bar as an option.
     
  4. jessejamesdallas

    jessejamesdallas Sr. Member

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    Don't really need to run ground straps off a Tri-Mag mount. Before turning my Suburbans roof into swiss cheese, I ran a Tri-Mag mount with my Predator 10K for several years...(no ground straps.)

    Another option would be to mount a riser in the back, and stick the antenna on it...There's several hear that will tell you this either "won't work" or is not a good idea...Well, it may-not be the "Ideal" way to mount the antenna, but it works fine for me...I get out just as well locally with the antenna mounted on a riser, as I did with a mag mounted 10K on the roof. Plus even just running a little 2-pill I can still get my name called in DX.(when there use to be "DX")

    In these pic's the antenna I had on was a Monkey Made "Big John", but I have a Predator single-coil back on now.
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  5. BammBamm

    BammBamm Chicago's mudduck.....173 on the southside.

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    Ok I can' t decide on a mfj or tram 3 magnet mount..is one better? I will never run more than 500 watts into it.
     
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    2315 Robert Grateful

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  7. Tallman

    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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    Ebay has this available for around $60.00

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    tba02 WOOF

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    I can't speak for the MFJ but I do have and use a Tram 269 Triple 5" - no complaints.
     
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    w9cll W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Probably the same MFG
     
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  10. BammBamm

    BammBamm Chicago's mudduck.....173 on the southside.

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    Ordered the Tram from walmart.com for $48.70 with free shipping to store.
     

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