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You may remember my old 2005 Ford Ranger thread with a Uniden Scanner and Yaesu FT-8900 here. That truck became history this week when I purchased a new 2010 Honda CR-V.

I plan to install the FT-8900 and plan to use the Comet SBB15 antenna since it seems to be the best option. I want to keep 6 meter capabilities but don't need 10 meters. (We have a six meter repeater here in town is why I want to keep 6 meter capabilities.)

I am not sure what my plans are for an antenna mounting. I do garage it every day and do not wish to fold something over each time I enter and leave the garage.

I also need a scanner antenna. I assume the smaller windows on the side (near the cargo/hatch area) are passivated glass which will prohibit an thru the glass antenna.

I have some ideas but figured I would let other shoot me some ideas too.

Some important limiting factors. No holes in the roof/body. This thing has air bags everywhere so the pillars and the top along the doors plus the usual spots up front are unusable for coax, power, or control cable runs.

I also have the roof rails across the top which are on order but not shown.

Thanks in advance for any ideas.
 

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Diamond makes a motorized rack mount that will tip the antenna over without you having to get out of your vehicle. /\/\ike, the antenna he has is a bit big to 'tape' to the almost car antenna:lol:
Larry

You can put another rack mount for the scanner antenna. Don't specifically know what you monitor, so, can't really give you my guess for that.
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The 6 meter triband antennas are longer than recommended for the motorized solution. I was thinking of making a custom bracket to mount on the drivers side where the drilled and tapped holes are for a hitch. Sound like an idea?
 
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It's not cheap, but you could consider Stico's hidden behind the bumper VHF antenna. It covers 136-174 Mhz and you CAN transmit on it.

Click here: Sti-Co: Custom Antenna Supplier and Manufacturer: VHF Bumper
That is interesting.

However at this point I have ordered a Comet CP-5M and plan to mount it on the hatch even with the back up lights. My everyday antenna will be the Comet SBB1 which has been a good antenna. I also ordered a Comet SBB-15 which will provide me 6 meter coverage as needed.

I will rear mount the FT-8900 and also ordered a separation kit.

I will likely need to work on a better solution for 6 meters in the future.

I am unsure if I will continue with a scanner mounted in the car. I think my handheld will be fine and I can easily patch the audio into the car audio system if needed.

Hopefully I will have it mounted on Friday or Saturday.
 
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Overall my plan looks good but the ground for six meters to get the SWR down is going to be a PIA. I have the antenna mounted and the SWR is more than 3. :(
 
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