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04 Mountaineer Antennas

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I am running into a problem finding a good place to mount my antennas. The problem is the front quarter panels are fiberglass, and I would rather not drill any holes in my roof. I have thought of the no ground plane antennas, but I can't find anything that will work for my application. I currently have VHF-Hi (148 - 174), VHF-Low (30 - 36), and scanner. I am looking to replace the VHF-Low with UHF (450 - 470).

I currently have a 1/4 wave VHF-Low and Unity VHF-Hi and UHF, scanner is currently glassmount, with less than desirable results. Any suggestions are welcome.
 

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My suggestion to you (& I've been doing radio work for 11 years) is that if your front quarter panels are fiber glass then your best bet it going to be to drill in the roof. I know a lot of people don't like to think about it but it will not affect the resale value of the vehicle, and your performance will improve greatly.

If you are worried about looks, there are plenty of antennas out there that will work ok, and you can get most all antennas in black these days. Not to mention it will look more professional with them up there. I think this is what most people are going to suggest. Just my 2 cents.

Hope it helps !!!
 

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HEY!! A FELLOW MOUNTAINEER OWNER!!!!

I have the same problem too on my 2008 model. I decided to use a Comet two axis hatch mount for my antenna for the time being and its not too bad, I do loose a lot though. I was trying to come up with some ideas to add metal to the cowl mount to get a better ground. I bet you notice too that your FM reception also sucks on your radio, same problem. I have put this on the back burner for a bit but I'll try to come up with something.
 

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Have you thought about those Diamond antennas that mount on the liftgate and you can adjust the angles and everything?
 

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One quick update. I'm planning to ditch my magmounts (04 TrailBlazer) and design something that will attach to the roof rack rails, depending on how it goes, I'll give you more information and with a little bit of work it should fit in the Mountaineer
 

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I just got an idea from another post in this topic thread here: http://forums.radioreference.com/antennas-coax-forum/171983-trunk-mount-hood.html . How about trying to use a truck lip mount on the engine hood of the Mountaineer?? You may have to do a little finagling to get the antenna straight up and down but this might be a better alternative than drilling into the fiberglass / carbon-fiber quarter panels. Just a though if you don't want to drill the roof.
 

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I never thought of the trunk-lip mount on the hood, I will have to look into it...you got my brain working overtime again...
 
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