Mobile VHF antennas
No amateur radio car without mobile radio - with the right antenna. There are five to six methods to mount a mobile antenna on a vehicle:
Drill a hole and use N or PL base mounts
This is HF-wise and mechanically the best solution because these mounts have an excellent connection to ground. Mounting is possible on the fender or the roof. Disadvantage: Need to drill a hole, usually not possible with leased cars.
Easy to install and remove, ideal for rental cars. The larger magnet mounts are suitable for larger antennas at higher speed, the triple-base even for HF antennas. Disadvantage: Ground coupling not optimal, can scratch the paint when treated improperly.
Also very easy to use and install. Disadvantage: Bad ground coupling, only 'radial-less' antennas should be used. Does not fit all windows.
Glass mount antenna
Very practical if you don't want to drill a hole. Works very well, except on sun-shielding glass. Can be re-installed on a different car if required. Disadvantage: Smaller selection of radiators.
Hatch or roof rail mount
A solid method to mount larger antenna on the trunk of the roof railing. Not the prettiest solution, but very sturdy. Might require an additional ground lead.
Mount for trailer hitch
Solution for heavy and large antennas, suitable for long radiators. Eventually requires separate ground connection. Check the local regulations if use of such a mount is permitted while driving.
Here you will find:
- Diamond radiators for VHF/UHF
- Window antennas
- Smarteq (ex Allgon) antennas and bases
- Mobile antennas with DV base
- Glass mount antennas
- Mini Magnet base antennas
- Accesories, mounting hardware