Icom ic-7000

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I have a icom f5021 in my truck and going to replace with a ic-7000. I'm told I could use the antena I have on the vhf/uhf side but what do I need to put on th hf side and do I need an antena on the hf side if I don't use it
 

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As long as you never transmit on any of the HF bands (160m through 10m) or on the 6m band, there's no need to connect anything to the ANT 1 jack on the radio.
 
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That's what I thought just wanted to make sure. When I go to put an hf antena on the truck what should I look for
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What's your budget?

You can get Hamsticks cheap. You need common mount and then a Hamstick for each band you plan to operate: American Radio Supply - HamStick Amateur Radio Mobile Antennas

Then there are screwdriver antennas.. They range from a few hundred dollars, to a few thousand dollars for the military grade ones. Here's an example of a middle of the road one made by Tarheel: http://www.tarheelantennas.com/model_100a_hp


If you've got deep pockets: https://www.dxengineering.com/parts/ico-ah-740
 
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I run a Tarheel 100HP on my truck, excellent antenna and it puts out a big mobile signal. The very best I know of is Scorpion brand screwdriver antennas.

I would avoid the guy at Hi-Q that makes the so called military grade versions. A friend of mine had legitimate problems with one of his antennas and posted the results on Eham, only to have the owner threaten to sue him if he didn't retract his comments. Another friend, a Senior Staff Scientist at Raytheon found problems with another design of his using a vector network analyzer and the owner commented to the senior staff scientist that he didn't know what he was talking about. What a jerk.
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What's your budget?

You can get Hamsticks cheap. You need common mount and then a Hamstick for each band you plan to operate: American Radio Supply - HamStick Amateur Radio Mobile Antennas

Then there are screwdriver antennas.. They range from a few hundred dollars, to a few thousand dollars for the military grade ones. Here's an example of a middle of the road one made by Tarheel: http://www.tarheelantennas.com/model_100a_hp


If you've got deep pockets: https://www.dxengineering.com/parts/ico-ah-740
 
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A mobile HF antenna that doesn't require deep pockets is a simple 102" stainless steel CB whip on a ball mount. You'll need a good tuner as well, but it works and will tune on many of the HF bands.
 

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I have an IC-7000 in one of my vehicles. I use the LDG IT-100 tuner which is made to work with Icom radios. Pressing the tune button on the IC-7000 causes the tuner to tune..

Products LDG Electronics

I also have a 102" CB whip that I sometimes use with the tuner. It works pretty well on 20 meters up, but for 40 down there's a lot to be desired.

Another thing I do with it is mount the 102" whip on my 46 inch Hustler mast (I have a coupling nut to do this). That gives me a 148" whip. (Just under 13 feet). It works pretty well on 17 meters and up. But, I can't drive with it in place.
 
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Correct.. that antenna would trim a lot of trees and damage the mount.

I have seen the same antenna setup with the whip tied down somewhat. Like you see on Military Humve's traveling down the freeways.
 
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