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Keep the ideas and info flowing. I'm considering the same options.

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Smart mounts

A couple of smart mounts on my smart.
Used a couple of custom made stainless steel bolts that screw in the towing eye sockets.
(My original mount simply used the towing eye with a Diamond roof bar mount)
I then used a piece of angle iron running across the rear to mount this on (even more metal)
Yesterday I made a bracket for the roof mount for my aprs, getting the shape correct was a pain as you have to put a curve in and then a right angle bend but using a vice,hammer and blowtorch it was made.
The rear window opens up just fine.

Photo's are here: flickr.com/photos/tomcatuk/sets/72157624117754568/

Sorry you will have to copy and paste as my post count has not exceeded 3 or greater..

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Nice! Really looks like a radio-controlled car now.
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Nice! Really looks like a radio-controlled car now.
That's the next project....
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Caution on Bumper Mount

Hi. Thanks for posting new ways to mount. It's great to see what other people are doing.

Living in a large city (San Francisco), I just wanted to raise a couple of issues with the bumper mounted option.

1. In the City, "bumper pushing" while parking is very common. This means that someone attempting to park behind your car on the street may bump or push your rear bumper (front too). This would destroy the mount.

2. If you are in an accident, particularly if someone rear ends your car, the mount would be destroyed. However, it's during an accident that you most need your radio and the ability to transmit.

Just my two cents.


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Ok... here is my 2 cents worth.... My call is VE6FRM or VE6UBG. First I too like the use of APRS / 2m /440 and tend to use 6 m periodically....
I initially placed a larsen glass mount on my smart. During the winter I got the darndest thing happening.... every time the radio keyed up, the tire pressure indicator light lit. I checked the match, and it did not seem to make a darn bit of difference..... so after a month or two of pressing the reset button on the dash for the pressure indicator, I got miffed.

The larsen was a decent dual band antenna.... and I still use one on my Envoy, but there had to be a solution... and a way to get my 6 m rig working as well.

Enter the mother of invention.... and a general need for a better ground plane.
I looked at the mounts that I saw here on the forum, and really thought to myself that they were either "precarious" or cumbersome. The mount on the hatch would not suit my needs as I do park in a fairly low garage, and I am forever throwing stuff in and out of the back area.

I did not like the idea of trying to drill into the chasis for any reason... mostly cuz this thing is way too neat to start drilling holes.

So I thought for a while... and looked for a long while.

HEY the main chasis is metal! Why not use holes that are already there..... the tow hitch plugs pop in and out and expose a decent block of metal! I simply went to a local metal supply house, bought a 4' piece of ready rod and a few nuts.... bent a peice of flat iron and drilled a couple of holes in the bent iron. The washer you see is NOT pressing on the plastic, it is a spacer for a piece of tubing that keeps the inside threads tight and clean.

Now I have my aprs, 6m, 2m and 440.... one antenna... a tri band fold over from maldol / comet...



No more hassles with "idiot lights" even with 100 watts....

and the mount will probably take on an HF antenna as well...just watch the tip over factor if you add a 10 foot steel whip!
(smirk)

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Old thread - but in case someone is searching here is how I mounted the radio/antenna on the Sleigh:

https://www.smartcarofamerica.com/for...935#post524935
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Wb2tcv here,I have been using a 1/4 wave mag mount above the windshield for 2 meters.I don't like glass mounts ,but that is probably the best choice.See you in Dayton?
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Thanks,this is my first day on the forum,we have a 2009 Cabrio -my wifes car,but we will tow it to Dayton.We used a Kenwood 281 while driving it from South Carolina last December.Its new to us.
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The best mounting point on the Smart is the tow hook socket. This will pick up the very best ground plane on 2 and 440.

Ex Antenna Manufacture. Many years displaying at Dayton. Miss It. A2Jack.

BTW. IMO, best ant back there is 5/8 wave dual band.
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