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Pickup truck mounting

Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by BammBamm, Nov 25, 2017.

  1. 338_MtRushmore

    338_MtRushmore Sr. Member

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    If you can do 80 miles while sacrificing 80% of a roof mount, wouldn't that put a good roof mount into the outer edge of NVIS territory?


     
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  2. rabbiporkchop

    rabbiporkchop Sr. Member

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    Keep in mind my left front fender was strategically pointed towards Harrisburg PA. That ball mount was pretty useless talking behind me and off to the sides.
    Wouldn't nvis at 80 miles sound like I was sitting right next to you?
    The guy that heard me said I wasn't even moving his needle and he could barely hear me out in the distance. That doesn't really sound like NVIS to me.
    That ball Mount was a quick easy 10-minute installation. My roof mount was an all day project since I had to remove the entire interior of my vehicle just to get the headliner out but it was well worth the effort. Edit. I may have misunderstood your question and I'm not sure how to respond about the roof mount except I get pretty comprable performance towards Harrisburg with the roof mount but it's excellent performance in a fairly omnidirectional radiation pattern with the roof mount. I don't really know about nvis
     
  3. 338_MtRushmore

    338_MtRushmore Sr. Member

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    It was just a long way of saying you pulled that 80% figure out of thin air.

    I dropped the headliner in my 97 suburban, and that was way too much work. I thought I would be smart when I installed my 2m antenna and mounted it above the rear a/c controls. It took me 4 or 5 hours to get the coax ran down the "B" pillar and under the drivers seat. Good antenna installs are not fun at all.
     
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  4. rabbiporkchop

    rabbiporkchop Sr. Member

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    You'r right. I pulled that figure out of thin air.
     
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  5. Tallman

    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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    That's why I use monster MagMounts.
     
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  6. Mudfoot

    Mudfoot Sr. Member

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    It's just a hole.
     
  7. rabbiporkchop

    rabbiporkchop Sr. Member

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    It's not like it really hurts the resale value of the vehicle.
    These rubber plugs look pretty professional and they're waterproof if anyone decides to remove the antenna and sell the vehicle.
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  8. Tallman

    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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    I have passed on buying vehicles that had plugs in body work. Cash in hand stayed there and left with cash intact. Plugs deteriorate with time and then start to leak. I won't buy any car or truck that has visible plugs.
     
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  9. Mudfoot

    Mudfoot Sr. Member

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    I've plugged many a roof hole and never had an issue. My dad drilled holes in every car he bought, can't recall any problems. Seal the hole correctly and you should have no problems. I had a guy ask me one time what the doo dad plug was. I told him and he said OK. If someone tried to ding me on the plug by wanting to knock money off the price, then I'd give a ten dollar discount.
     
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  10. Shadetree Mechanic

    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    We used those hole plugs back in the day when I was a cell phone installer. Never seen one fail but they went on the cars that people were trading in.
     
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  11. 338_MtRushmore

    338_MtRushmore Sr. Member

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    Why on earth would anyone spend the time and effort to remove a mount? Especially an nmo mount? To each their own I guess.
     
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  12. rabbiporkchop

    rabbiporkchop Sr. Member

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    You could always put one of these on after you decide to get rid of the truck and when potential buyers ask what this is just say that was a $300 Factory option for your cell phone and people will automatically think that's a bonus.
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  13. Mudfoot

    Mudfoot Sr. Member

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    I leave it in and put the rain cap on. Perfect seal and looks good.
     
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  14. Tallman

    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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    To me it is just a personal preference. I don't want my vehicle to have been drilled because I would not. If you like it that's fine because it is your choice. I had one car that had one hole in the center of the roof and a little more than a month and the head liner dropped and made my car look like sh--. That was one of my T-birds it was a great looking car up to that point. I took it to a paint and body shop and had the hole patched and roof painted and new head liner installed. It was not just because a hole was drilled but the headliner had been opened and closed multiple times before I owned it. The only holes I drilled for an antenna mount was on my old dodge Carry-all for Co-phased 102" whips with springs. The truck was so damn ugly it did not matter.
     
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  15. psycho

    psycho Running a special on our rooms!

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    You are afraid of scratches on the roof??????? Someone would have to be 7-8 ft tall to see the scratches. A Wilson magnet mount will put minimal marks on the roof.
     
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