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Old 11-21-2021, 05:01 AM   #1
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Shortwave mobile antenna advice

Can anyone suggest an antenna? I would like to be able to listen to
at least 146.520 while driving. Transmission is not a problem at the
moment because I do not have my license yet, but I would like the
antenna to serve that function as well so I would be able to transmit
once I do get my license. The problem is finding an antenna. My van
is made of fiberglass and I do not have a ladder. I do not want to
drill holes in the fiberglass. The trailer hitch is not an option as
I usually have a rack there for my generator, or have a trailer hooked
up. So what antenna to get? Where to put it?


Thanks for any information/advice.


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The simplest for you perhaps may be a glass mount antenna. This design is certainly a compromise but, it is something for you to consider. As with anything, you get what you pay for and the Larsen https://www.amazon.com/Larsen-Glass-.../dp/B00AR0CRCC is at the top of the list in performance and $. At the other end of the price range (and performance) is the Tram http://https://www.amazon.com/Tram-1...0II8FBEG&psc=1.
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You could look at trunk-lip mounts and maybe attach to a door edge. There are many styles and prices. All you have to do is match the antenna mount style to the mount. I know you said you don't need to worry about transmitting but get a good antenna and you only have to buy once.
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I can't really help with antenna suggestions but just to be pedantic, the word "shortwave" usually refers to HF, i.e., between about 3 and 30 MHz.

146.52 MHz in the 2 meter band is VHF.

Shortwave usually means listening to broadcasting from around the world, most of which has disappeared these days.

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The simplest for you perhaps may be a glass mount antenna. This design is certainly a compromise but, it is something for you to consider. As with anything, you get what you pay for and the Larsen https://www.amazon.com/Larsen-Glass-.../dp/B00AR0CRCC is at the top of the list in performance and $. At the other end of the price range (and performance) is the Tram http://https://www.amazon.com/Tram-1...0II8FBEG&psc=1.
completely agree. given your requirements a glass mount antenna is your only reasonable option.
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Can anyone suggest an antenna? I would like to be able to listen to at least 146.520 while driving. Where to put it?
Thanks for any information/advice.
For best performance and all around reception may I suggest this setup.


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It appears you have a class B camper van. You can mount it off the edge of the hood or the edge of the side or rear door. I use a similar set up on my F350 truck on the edge of the hood.

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I checked out your website. My previous ride was a Holiday Rambler DP in the same style as your Tropical. I thought that it was an excellent design, with the dp in the rear and the generator in front. This made it quieter while driving and quieter when sleeping while the generator was running. And when I sold it I sure hated seeing that venerable old Cummins 5.9 go. I think that it was one of the best engines ever made.


My present little Dodge 5.2 gasser isn't too shabby either as a reliable engine.


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It appears you have a class B camper van.

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A handheld transceiver may be a simple solution.
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For best performance and all around reception may I suggest this setup.



You just had to go and do it, didn't you. Now I am do d@mn jealous that I have to have one of my own.


Or, alternatively, I could always go with one of these






Downside - might have a little problem at drive-ups
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Yes . But you are correct. Maybe I should say " Amateur Radio?"


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I have looked around my van and I have a short, fairly narrow gutter above the ps door that might serve as a mounting place for a clamp-on, depending on how much it would need to get a grip. And a clamp-on might work on the right side top of the hood, depending on how adjustable it is. Bur I suspect that a through-the-glass might be the best option. A Larsen goes for about $140 though, and that seems to be a little expensive for what I hope will be a fairly short-term solution.


More thinking to do ...






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I have looked around my van and I have a short, fairly narrow gutter above the ps door that might serve as a mounting place for a clamp-on, depending on how much it would need to get a grip. And a clamp-on might work on the right side top of the hood, depending on how adjustable it is. Bur I suspect that a through-the-glass might be the best option. A Larsen goes for about $140 though, and that seems to be a little expensive for what I hope will be a fairly short-term solution.


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I have used a thru-glass antenna in the past with a CB radio. It worked, but they are a compromise antenna. I am not a fan of them in general.

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