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antenna mounts for rambox?

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:23 am
by jsims006
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So I bought a 2m / 70cm radio and looking at the antenna mounts, rambox is coming up short!

So how are you guys mounting your antennas with rambox? I was thinking of drilling the back bumper but I dont want it hitting and scratching up the paint/tailights. Then I though about mounting it to my lightbar but I think it looks stupid. I also don't want an underhood mount and I dont want to drill holes in my roof. I know im high maintenance!

So what idea do yall have for antenna mounts?

Re: antenna mounts for rambox?

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:48 pm
by DamageWagon
You could mount it using an angle plate in the bed accessory rails

Re: antenna mounts for rambox?

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:51 pm
by Low_Sky
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Re: antenna mounts for rambox?

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:53 pm
by jsims006
oh my god that is genius. What is that spring thing you have there? Does it keep it still while driving down the highway?

Re: antenna mounts for rambox?

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:58 pm
by Low_Sky
It's just a spring mount for the CB antenna (Alaskans are still mostly using CB, better radios haven't caught on up here). I normally keep it tied down on the highway and in town so I don't do damage in drive-thrus.

Re: antenna mounts for rambox?

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:15 pm
by Mule
Roof will give you better performance than hood/bed/etc mounts. Better ground plane, better take-off angles, etc etc etc.
NMO/Hole-in-the-roof .... I was hesitant at first too, but after drilling 3 holes in the roof of my pickup I can honestly say it's easier than I expected and works way better than I expected. Cheaper as well (NMO mount/cable is about $15, another $5 for an end (mounts come unterminated), and $40 for the antenna itself).

Mag-mount's an option, snake the cable in through the 3rd brake light. Did that for a while with the LTE antenna on my truck.
Could also do a glass-mount, they're not the best but they do work. Lots of options for dual-band vhf/uhf amateur stuff, including mounts that fold down.

VHF/UHF glass mount. Does have a little counterpoise danglie on the inside for the ground plane.
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Re: antenna mounts for rambox?

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:56 pm
by Jack187
jsims006 wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:23 am
More posting!

So I bought a 2m / 70cm radio and looking at the antenna mounts, rambox is coming up short!

So how are you guys mounting your antennas with rambox? I was thinking of drilling the back bumper but I dont want it hitting and scratching up the paint/tailights. Then I though about mounting it to my lightbar but I think it looks stupid. I also don't want an underhood mount and I dont want to drill holes in my roof. I know im high maintenance!

So what idea do yall have for antenna mounts?
Those plastic corners on the bed are removable. I have rails that use plates that cover those corners. You could probably reach out to Marcus at Dethloff Mfg and ask him about a couple of corner plates to use as mounts. https://dethloffmfg.com/shop/contour-ra ... 2500-3500/

antenna mounts for rambox?

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:29 pm
by DamageWagon
I’d be happy to make a corner plate into an antenna mount. The geometry and mounting is all figured out as it’s part of my racks. One plate with antenna mounting and grounding would be a easy solution and leave your bed rails open for a tonneau.

Marcus
Dethloff Mfg

Re: antenna mounts for rambox?

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:52 pm
by OffroadTreks
DamageWagon wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:29 pm
I’d be happy to make a corner plate into an antenna mount. The geometry and mounting is all figured out as it’s part of my racks. One plate with antenna mounting and grounding would be a easy solution and leave your bed rails open for a tonneau.

Marcus
Dethloff Mfg
I should have done this orginally. Would have saved my roof. Biggest mistake ever. We should have used the rack.

Re: antenna mounts for rambox?

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:02 am
by jsims006
DamageWagon wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:29 pm
I’d be happy to make a corner plate into an antenna mount. The geometry and mounting is all figured out as it’s part of my racks. One plate with antenna mounting and grounding would be a easy solution and leave your bed rails open for a tonneau.

Marcus
Dethloff Mfg
That would be awesome! I will hit you up on messenger. I would want 2 plates.

Re: antenna mounts for rambox?

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:23 am
by PWJouster
dethloff may have another sku to offer us as i would like an antenna mount there as well

Re: antenna mounts for rambox?

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:29 am
by jsims006
Well I hope he answers my email today, I would like to get the ball rolling.

I was thinking to have a riser come off the top about 2 or 3 inches which would give clearance for any type of mounts that have a right angle cable connection. I would be using NMO but I might want CB options too.

Re: antenna mounts for rambox?

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:31 am
by jsims006
Low_Sky wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:58 pm
It's just a spring mount for the CB antenna (Alaskans are still mostly using CB, better radios haven't caught on up here). I normally keep it tied down on the highway and in town so I don't do damage in drive-thrus.

I've been reading a lot about how mounting behind the cab is really bad. How long is your antenna and how is your swr and real world use?