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post #11 of 104 (permalink) Old 11-15-2007, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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I'll post actual pictures.... first gotta get the car!
2 meter/440 antenna can be small.
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KD5NCO (good in QRZ) here. I intend to install a VHF/UHF rig. I really like the very small form factor of the new Yaesu FTM-10R. I think a micro sized transceiver in the micro car might be in keeping with the teeny tiny buy highly functional and capable paradigm

I am not at all concerned with antenna location. Small semi efficient ground plane 440/2M antennas are generally good looking and inexpensive from at least three different sources, Comet, Cushcraft, Hustler etc....

HF on this dinky car will be the same inefficient problem we have with all mobile rigs... not enough area for a decent counterpoise. Large scale screwdrivers or bug catchers will look odd on the tiny car. I bet most HF will be a "Ham stick" off the left or right rear.

I only use HF 40M or 75M on long cross country trips so I will leave Yaesu FT-100 in my truck.

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Not a ham but every year we have a huge gathering of you guys here in Dayton and get to see some pretty amazing mobile rigs. Let me know if you'll be in town for the next one - if we have our smarts by then we could do a mini smart gathering.
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I have an "extra" Kenwood D700. Maybe put the main unit behind the passenger seat (maybe under?). The "Head" can go just about anywhere. I can take off the head and hide it in the glove compartment while parked.;)
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I have an "extra" Kenwood D700. Maybe put the main unit behind the passenger seat (maybe under?). The "Head" can go just about anywhere. I can take off the head and hide it in the glove compartment while parked.;)
There might be some mounting space behind either seat. Most probably the driver's since the pax set sits farther back. Right now smart has the first aid kit there. I got a snap of it on my smart house USA cars post.


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I got a TRAM glass mount dual band that seems to do pretty well on my geo Tracker with the Yeasu FTM-10R. I'll probabaly just move that whole rig over to the smart. I also put this radio on my motorcycle and there I use a TRAM stick antenna that is not supposed to need a ground plane. That works almost as well as the glass mount on the car or so it seems.

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I ordered the Pure just so I would have the solid roof for mounting an antenna. I plan on at least a 2 meter rig or maby a dual bander. I do have an IC 706 but Im notsure where I would mount it in the car? I should know sometime in the first half of 2008

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I ordered the Pure just so I would have the solid roof for mounting an antenna. I plan on at least a 2 meter rig or maby a dual bander. I do have an IC 706 but Im notsure where I would mount it in the car? I should know sometime in the first half of 2008

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I have since learned that the solid roof is poly, just like the see thru one. Oh well. After looking closer at the car at the dealer, I think we will have to be happy with a thru the glass antenna for the 2 meter rigs. There are spots in the bumper area for screw in tow hooks that could be used for some sort of antenna attachment for HF use maby? These go right to the frame so it would be a metal connection. Time will tell.

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I will be drilling a hole in the roof back to the rear and centered and securing a NMO mount for a 2/440 antenna... you do not need a metal structure...just the huevos to drill a hole and live with it... The Tridion Will be the ground plane and enough area and mass to counterpoise a UHF/vhf antenna..

I have considered a areo wing spoiler thingy and put the antenna on it and snake feed-line inside via the spoiler attaching at the rear corners

We could attach a good cushcraft side mount to the Tridion on either side... still need them huevos though grin
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Ants on Smarts.

Fred: Before you drill a hole, try cutting the feed coax to tune.

Start with a !/2 wave length. Be sure and use a "Bird" or other top quality SWR meter . Cut cable for lowest standing wave while watching radiated power out on a field strength meter. You may hit the sweet spot 1st time.

Be sure the radio is grounded.

I've worked this trick on plastic boats, RVs etc, over the years with good results.

BTW. the tridion looks almost perfect as a 440/2m reflector.

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