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2015 Explorer VHF antenna

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njemt7212
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2015 Explorer VHF antenna

Postby njemt7212 » Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:58 am

Looking to install a Motorola VHF 136-174 mhz mobile radio except my vehicle is a lease vehicle which means no drilling the roof. Does any one recommend a hood mount antenna ? or should I just go with a glass mount style antenna ?

VE3HKB
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Re: 2015 Explorer VHF antenna

Postby VE3HKB » Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:46 pm

Fender mount (L-bracket) will likely be your best option. You can use a 1/4 wave, or gain antenna if required.

Glass-mount will work, but there will be some loss in coupling, and you will have to deal with a 1/2 wavelength whip on the outside.
Not recommended for high power radios or where a wide bandwidth is required.

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dvpman
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Re: 2015 Explorer VHF antenna

Postby dvpman » Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:37 pm

I just got the same vehicle and have the exact issue. Look forward to reading what others have done.

resqguy911
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Re: 2015 Explorer VHF antenna

Postby resqguy911 » Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:46 pm

http://www.licenseplateantenna.com/
Glass mount antennas- never
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FireCpt809
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Re: 2015 Explorer VHF antenna

Postby FireCpt809 » Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:16 pm

If you want a decent on glass use a Sti-co Cell look alike. I have installed hundreds for the 3 letter agencies and had very few problems other than vandalism on the outside antenna. We had a department try the behind the bumper and license plate antenna with poor results. I have seen a few decent hatch mounts being used for dual band Ham antenna set ups. Remember you get what you pay for when it comes to antennas.

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Re: 2015 Explorer VHF antenna

Postby fineshot1 » Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:40 am

njemt7212 wrote:Looking to install a Motorola VHF 136-174 mhz mobile radio except my vehicle is a lease vehicle which means no drilling the roof. Does any one recommend a hood mount antenna ? or should I just go with a glass mount style antenna ?


Lease companies do not care if there is a hole for an installed antenna.

When the lease is over and it is time for the vehicle to go back to them just
remove the antenna and leave the antenna mount on and or put on a cap.

That is why nmo mounts are ideal for this due to the cheap plastic nmo caps
available. I get the caps at hamfests for about a dollar or two each.
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BigTex1136
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Re: 2015 Explorer VHF antenna

Postby BigTex1136 » Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:51 pm

I drill drill drill and then cap when I am done. No one ever knows and who looks at the roof of an SUV. I have never been dinged for having an antenna or a cap where an antenna was.
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Re: 2015 Explorer VHF antenna

Postby jmr061 » Sun Nov 02, 2014 7:51 pm

What did you ever end up doing?
Check out www.fordpimods.com

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Re: 2015 Explorer VHF antenna

Postby canonninja » Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:03 am

There is a company called Air-EL that makes light-up roof unit ID markings for fire/ems/police vehicles (think formation lighting on military aircraft). They also make a roof plate for mounting radio antennas and these lights, and IIRC for the tahoes and explorers they use the factory mounting bolts for the roof rails. You will still have to drill a hole for the cabling unless you can route it through the hatch grommet, but saves you from large holes for the antenna bases themselves. The roof plates run about $260 before shipping, vehicle-specific.


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Richard Collier
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Re: 2015 Explorer VHF antenna

Postby Richard Collier » Mon Dec 01, 2014 5:42 am

That looks cool!!!


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