Mobile Antenna

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Air 495
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Mobile Antenna

Post by Air 495 » Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:55 pm

G'day all,

I have just purchased a scanner antenna for my car. It came with coax and base. I have a Uniden 396t scanner and wish to install this antenna on my car which is a hatchback. My question is: to get the best reception (airband & Metro ambulance service) is it better to install it on:

1) Driving light bar at front of car.
2) On a bracket on gutter on side of bonnet.
3) On rear door of hatchback.

I really appreciate your help in advance.

Cheers.
AIR 495

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Re: Mobile Antenna

Post by SteveO » Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:44 pm

Its not going to make that much of a difference where on the car but the higher the better.
Steve

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Re: Mobile Antenna

Post by Rohan » Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:30 pm

also depends if it is a ground plain dependant antena or a independant ground plain
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Re: Mobile Antenna

Post by jaskel » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:35 pm

I vote for rear hatch mount!
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Re: Mobile Antenna

Post by Azoic » Sun Mar 06, 2011 1:43 am

Air 495 wrote:G'day all,

I have just purchased a scanner antenna for my car. It came with coax and base. I have a Uniden 396t scanner and wish to install this antenna on my car which is a hatchback. My question is: to get the best reception (airband & Metro ambulance service) is it better to install it on:

1) Driving light bar at front of car.
2) On a bracket on gutter on side of bonnet.
3) On rear door of hatchback.

I really appreciate your help in advance.

Cheers.
I might cop a lot of flak for this comment, but it REALLY wont matter where you mount a fitted base and stick, it will only work aswell as it's made. I used to run an American made whip for 1Khz-2700Mhz and beyond ( so they said ) it was 8.5 foot long and wound in 11 segments, Bloody horrible thing it was, and worked like a used condom in the wind. I replaced it with one of my own homemade toothpick antenna's....4 inches of silver rod, with 8 x 1 1/4 inch radials attached, on the back parcel shelf of the car, fed by a tuned length of RG-8 coax, and i got MORE on that than the big whip ever heard. I could hear the satellite's and MIR on most night's sitting in the MIDDLE of George Street in Sydney.

The position means nothing when compared to quality. A VERY wise amateur once said, for every dollar spent on your radio, spend two dollars on your antenna.....and he was RIGHT.

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