Antenna recommendations

Started by medic photog, January 04, 2014, 05:08:15 am

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medic photog

Getting ready to put a rig in my Blazer. I'm going with a Yaesu Ft-857D and want to do a two antenna set up, something in the 2M 70cm range and something for 6M.  Suggestions?

whoppo

Quote from: medic photog on January 04, 2014, 05:08:15 am
Getting ready to put a rig in my Blazer. I'm going with a Yaesu Ft-857D and want to do a two antenna set up, something in the 2M 70cm range and something for 6M.  Suggestions?


Plenty of good 2m/70cm choices out there. I've always had the best luck with Diamond antennae. For 6m, it's hard to beat a simple 1/4 wave whip. Just think of how cool that Blazer would look with a 6 foot whip on top of a full size stainless steel spring and ball mount!

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Rob_ma

January 04, 2014, 08:52:07 am #2 Last Edit: January 04, 2014, 09:13:47 am by Rob_ma
Being a fan of Larsen antennas this is what I use on my FJ:

2m/440MHz - NMO2/70
6M - NMOQ-52

http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamantm/larsenm.html

These are both NMO mounted antennas so there are a large variety of mounts available. Larsen antennas are what you see on the majority of public safety vehicles. They are rugged and perform very well.

- Rob

medic photog

Quote from: whoppo on January 04, 2014, 08:29:55 am
Quote from: medic photog on January 04, 2014, 05:08:15 am
Getting ready to put a rig in my Blazer. I'm going with a Yaesu Ft-857D and want to do a two antenna set up, something in the 2M 70cm range and something for 6M.  Suggestions?


Plenty of good 2m/70cm choices out there. I've always had the best luck with Diamond antennae. For 6m, it's hard to beat a simple 1/4 wave whip. Just think of how cool that Blazer would look with a 6 foot whip on top of a full size stainless steel spring and ball mount!

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Oh, trust me, the full sized whip idea has crossed my mind several times.

Rob_ma

Quote from: medic photog on January 04, 2014, 03:51:46 pm

Oh, trust me, the full sized whip idea has crossed my mind several times.


A side mounted full size whip works great if you don't have a lot of metal car body parallel to it. The NMOQ-52 I mention above is also full 1/4 wave whip that can be roof mounted or fender mounted using an L-bracket. Lots of options! :)

- Rob

raybiker73

I have a 6/2/440 antenna mounted on my Jeep, a Comet SB-14. It's a great antenna, performs wonderfully and didn't break the bank.

http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/7209

Jim Boswell

If you are going to do 6meter SSB, you will need a halo type antenna, as SSB is hor. polarized. For 6meter FM the Larson is hard to beat. For 20meter phone I would use a Hamstick. I hope this helps you, have fun.
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