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I'm about to order a 2017 Transit and will be using it for Amateur Radio... I need to buy a vertical antenna for my rig for my van I'd like it to go 2-6 mtrs and 10 15 20 40 without having to constantly figure out where the tap is..and having decent bandwidth ...

Any suggestions on good antennas? I am looking at MFJ ones... and while the magnet mount is suggested, you can't move it once you stick it...
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KG5IB here.

I haven't dabbled with my radios in several years.
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I am a ham but not very active. 99.95% listen-only!

The BEMM shows the "allowed" locations for antennas, and there's exactly two! Both in the center of the roof, one toward the front the other at the rear. Not terribly convenient... My solar panels are covering the front spot, the MaxxAir is in the back one. They also say there's a power limit of 50W for HF/VHF/UHF.

For a long time I had a FT-857D in my truck, used an ATAS-120A with it for HF/6. Just punch the Tune button on the radio and the antenna tunes itself. Was handy, worked - eh - okay. As good as a short antenna is ever going to work on HF. Biggest problem was it used an SO-239 mount. Was always loosening itself, and eventually would break the threads off the mount. (Fortunately never broke the threads in the antenna itself.)

I found I almost never bothered with HF while driving, aside from occasional brief tunes through the bands, so don't plan on putting in a mobile antenna on the van. Will just take my KX3 and some wire to toss in the trees. Packs away nicely, but available if I decide I want to use it.

Before I actually had my van, one thought I had (to use for various purposes besides ham antennas) was to put some sort of cup on the bumper to receive the end of a pole then one or two clamps on the side of the van above it to secure the pole. Ideally a push-up pole I could then get 20-30 feet in the air. Of course the back doors of the van fold all the way around to the sides, so that probably wouldn't work out so well... Still, may try to come up with something like that to get an antenna up in the air, or maybe to get a light up high to illuminate a camp or work site.
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thanks for the replies... I THOUGHT I had begun a few threads on this board but when I went to search myself...it said no. So glad I found it ... and now will subscribe.

I considered the Eagle One... not really looking for a screw I mean you know the antenna types...
I was thinking of putting it on the back bumper but the yes, recalled the 260 degree doors... plus putting it on a ladder (included in one of the kits) on the door...going to have a worse issue because of the added depth of the ladder vs magnet to hold door open. Plus the loss due to it being next to the metal van.

So I have really begun to think I might put it on a ... fold over / ratchet mount .... on the back corner of the roof and tie it down at front gutter (does it have one?) for when not in use. Guess that would make it a whip eh?

I'm only looking to worked stations when settled into a place OR when I have a planned pull off to work someone from a particularly hard county for them to "work"... You know? I never went after worked all counties (whatever they call it now...I've been off the air almost 20 years myself)... but it sounds like fun to be the HAM they work in "all those counties"

Someone suggested running #10 gauge from the batteries ...using terminal strips to hook up the hf and auto tuner.... and good coax contains itself so no issue with the metal van attenuating nothing! It's a short run... even from rig to antenna.,, compared to a residence run.

I have both Kenwood TS520s (I know, my age is showing) and a Kenwood TS 850S with onboard tuner and an Astron rs 35a power supply. Someone offered to send me an additional tuner, an SCG 2- 30 MHz... if it works (solid state & relay tuned, no motors, fast).

As for VHF well.... I have 2 very old ones and not even sure I have the right charger for the Yaesu FT23r... lol it looks like Andrew soaked it. I have another VHF that turns on with a ERR message but clear it and put factory defaults back, it's good til you turn it off and on again lol. Its the Realistic <gasp> HTx 202... rather large compared to 2 mtr now. I was trying to access a local repeater...get this.. on 244! doh. I need to pay more attention once I begin doing this again.


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I'm not that active.
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HI and welcome to the board.

I'm not active at all, except in my mind right now...

I bought an antenna from MFJ but haven't even fired up the rig---either one--to check it all out. Oh well. Hope it works as it's too late to return it. I mean, little to go wrong, a telescoping pole with a coil at the bottom and a few connections, right?


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just a dreamer here, i have dreamed about it since the late 1960s but back then the code scared me away! i stopped dreaming in the late 1970s but stayed a listener, and became a collector of vehicle mounted military radios from korea onward, eventually having a collection worth many thousands of dollars. (collecting is all about having the receiver with the matching transmitter plus the antenna tuner/power amp, the vehicle mounts, and all accessories, all cables and plugs, all manuals. all of it was in full working order and had the original meters with radium dials, it gets expensive fast.) about 10 years ago the internet made radio less interesting to listen to and i sold everything off, i did however keep my 1951 Collins R-392 (the vehicle mounted version of the R-390) and still listen to it from time to time.
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You really should (did I say "should"?) try again.. there's no code requirements now and a little study and even I could pass the tests again

I ended up buying the 7-55 Mhz Portable vertical from Gigaparts ... it's a telescoping one and won't take up much space. Yeah I dabbled with where to put the antenna without officially mounting it as in the center as per the BEMM was not going to work for this. The magnet mount and fold over would still be an issue for me, being disabled.

So I'm going to make a hitch mount for it. Won't be operating while driving anyway and want it portable. Thinking of placing the "station" by the sliding door and running power #10 marine wire to the battery and coax to the back of the van to the hitch (maybe through one of those plugged holes Ford gives us?) and possible an additional coax line so I can just set the antenna outside the sliding door on my camera tripod for quicker set up/shut down?

We will see. I really "should" fire the station up and try the antenna but the TS850 Sat will tune ANYTHING FWIK.


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I'm also not very active, although I use 2m simplex frequently for coordinating retrieves for paragliding flights. I have a Yaesu FT-100D HF/VHF/UHF mobile rig. I am planning to install a fairly short VHF / UHF whip with a through-roof NMO mount in the center of the roof forward of my solar rack. It's about 11" tall. I have a longer one but I wanted it on the roof for an omni pattern and I did not want to add too much height to my MR van. I have not checked yet, but I am hoping that it will be a little higher that the Maxxfan in the up position, so it can serve as a feeler.

For HF, I am installing the Yaesu motorized auto-tuning antenna that was sold as an accessory to the FT-100D. It has a base that is about 20" tall and a whip that's 3-4 ft. The base moves up and down automatically, under control of the radio to tune the antenna. I plan to mount it to the side of my 80/20 solar rack with a tilt up mount so that I can secure it in a horizontal position, along the rack or tilt it up for operations.

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Ah an autotune antenna would be nice. Sounds nice.

As for VHF I'm at a standstill. I have two very old handhelds... one that I'm not even sure the battery is charged, and lost the charger in 1992 Hurricane (didn't realize it, really had nothing salvagable out of that storm)... it has water stain on the inside of the face/dial. :O

The other is a nice hh htx and it did stuff back then that few do now... but it gives an ERR code upon booting though I can clear to factory defaults and it turns on and keeps my codes afaik ... I was too tired when I put the local club repeater freqs and ended up trying to boot the 200 instead of the 146.
ANOTHER thing on my list to check out.

There's too much on my list not getting done.

I don't want to throw them away, I could give the htx to someone in the club but then would feel like a dummy when they used it easily? The newer hh are so small and portably light though... but being part Scot, spending money on something I already "have" just because I am not checking it out is not thrifty.


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