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I'm going to get an Icom VI-8000 radio soon and I want ideas on antennas. I don't want a magnet, I want to mount the antenna in the center of my roof, what is eeveryone using? Pictures and links to websites would be nice.
 

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I use Antenna Specialists antennas for both my VHF and UHF radios. I can't recall the part/model number of the VHF antenna, but it's one of these. It works great, and didn't require a hole to mount. It may have a bit less range than one on the roof (as it is higher/centered on your vehicle, and the antenna one requires that it be mounted on a vertical glass, therefore lower on the vehicle), but mine does the job for me.

Edit: all of these antennas have a max power output (per the manufacturer) of 50W, and that radio can go up to 75W. FYI...

You have to search your local area to find an Antenna Specialists dealer in your area to order it. A good way to figure that out is to find the Motorola or Kenwood Land Mobile Radio dealer in your area first, and ask them if they also sell/rep for Antenna Specialists. If they don't, they probably would tell you who does for your region.

Hope this helps!

-Radar
 

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i used these guys http://www.hamradio.com/ they have a location in Anaheim CA, which by your info you happen to be located. Good guys there, i got a ic-208h and an antenna taht is 2m/440 and mounts on a small l bracket on the bed side, just look n the page and find the store. Let them know what you want and they will give you the best options.

Good luck

I dont haev all my paperwork but if you have any more questions feel free to pm
 

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GreenTaco said:
I'm going to get an Icom VI-8000 radio soon and I want ideas on antennas. I don't want a magnet, I want to mount the antenna in the center of my roof, what is eeveryone using? Pictures and links to websites would be nice.
tons of pictures:
http://www.tacomaterritory.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13515

info:
the mount in my pics above is a 3/4" hole NMO. it is a MAXRAD part number SMML195-NC, a commerical quality stainless steel 3/4" NMO mount w/ 17' of LMR195 low loss coax -- a very nice setup.

see
www.maxrad.com/cgi/images/products/pdf/StainlessSteelMSeries_p67.pdf
or more generally
www.maxrad.com/product_category_detail.cgi?id_num=28&styleid=8

MAXRAD mounts are available from
Hutton Communications
Harrisburg PA Office
800-759-3031
https://www.huttononline.com/HuttonOnline/mobile.aspx?cat=10

(aside: why did i go stainless vs brass? i live 100yds from the atlantic ocean -- crap corrodes around here like you would not believe. the PN above is the exact type that the radio guys who outfit our local police and county sherrif's cars use.)

note that the NMO mount part number i referenced above does not include a connector at the radio end of the coax. so you need to procure and solder a PL259 onto the coax after you are finished reeving the coax cable over the hills and through the valleys from the roof down to wherever you mount the radio. get an AMP brand or Amphenol brand PL259, and not some junk from radio shack (which are plated crap connectors). wherever you get a quality mount from will be able to supply you with a quality PL259. make sure to get the solder-on type, and not the crimp-on type. the crimp-on type requires specialized (expensive) tools to attach to the coax.

one more thing:

you install an NMO though a hole in the sheetmetal of your vehicle. i know this sounds scary. will it leak? the answer is no -- millions of taxis, police vehicles, gov't vehicles, and so on use the NMO mount without problem. it is the optimum mount avaliable from a weather, RF, and reliability perspective.

the best ways to make the mounting hole are (1) use a 3/4" dia chassis punch, or (2) use a step drill made for specifically this purpose. the former is available wherever Greenlee punches are sold, and the latter can be hard to come by but consult with Google. i use a chassis punch. pics are in the thread i referenced above. if you need a loan on a 3/4" Greenlee punch let me know via IM.

jim aka the wrooster

ps: you have an amateur radio license, correct?
 
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