Through the glass antenna

starwtc

Member
Joined
Nov 16, 2005
Messages
126
Location
RGV, TX
Is anyone using glass mounted antenna in the central part of the state. Just wondering, don't want to drill hole in my aluminum truck.
 

K9DAK

Member
Feed Provider
Joined
Dec 16, 2010
Messages
479
Location
Wauconda, IL
Not in SD (or TX)... but I had great results with my Larsen through glass 2M/440 ham antenna on my old '85 VW Golf. On my 2000 VW Beetle, not so much... the glass had metallic film in it. Didn't bother to try on my 2012 VW Beetle... figured the metallic content in the glass was probably higher and there's really no place to mount my old Yeasu in it. I'm pretty sure I still have that Larsen through glass... if you want to try it PM me and I'll give it to ya.
 

KK2DOG

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Mar 15, 2013
Messages
80
Location
Northern New York
I'm using a Tram thru-the-glass antenna on my Silverado with it mounted on the rear window and it works fine on 2-meters.
With a 10 watt output from my Yaesu 1802 I'm into all local repeaters solidly and get about 10-15 miles on simplex.
 

starwtc

Member
Joined
Nov 16, 2005
Messages
126
Location
RGV, TX
Thanks for info but I should have said for a scanner. Going to be in South Dakota for 2 months unless state gets locked down.
 

nolinger

Member
Joined
Feb 15, 2005
Messages
11
Location
South Dakota
I use one on my camper in the summer months. Works so so, but not near as good as the NMO mounted antennas I have on the vehicles.
 

wowologist

Certifiable
Joined
Jul 21, 2013
Messages
84
Location
CM87
With glass mounts just be sure that the window and its seal are robust enough to handle the wind drag from attached base. I say this from experience back in the day I used a Ranger for day to day stuff and had attached a 2m/70cm antenna on the back window..and sure enough by the next winter the base had literally pulled the glass through the weather seal and viola waterfall into the rear supercab.
 

TigerScan2000

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Aug 29, 2010
Messages
59
Hey Group,

Question: (The Proverbial "Dumb" Question). When you refer to "Through" the glass antenna, does that mean you have to drill a hole through the glass for wire or to mate up contact points.

Thanks,
TS
 

popnokick

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Mar 21, 2004
Messages
1,970
Location
Northeast PA
No drilling. The base of the antenna is capacitively coupled to the matchbox / coax on the inside of the vehicle's glass.
 

starwtc

Member
Joined
Nov 16, 2005
Messages
126
Location
RGV, TX
Thanks all for responding. Looks like I'm going to drill. Larson makes a mount in 3rd brake light but costs more than the antenna and installation. Stay safe
 

mmckenna

I ♥ Ø
Joined
Jul 27, 2005
Messages
12,109
Location
SNCZCA01DS0
Thanks all for responding. Looks like I'm going to drill. Larson makes a mount in 3rd brake light but costs more than the antenna and installation. Stay safe
I've installed a number of antennas on aluminum body Fords.
Not any different than the steel body vehicles, although the type of aluminum they use is a bit harder to drill than steel. The standard NMO hole saws will work just fine, it just takes a bit longer.

Doing a permanent NMO mount will give you a better ground plane than the other alternatives. Done correctly, you will not have any issues.
 

WB9YBM

Member
Joined
May 6, 2019
Messages
258
Location
Niles, IL
Is anyone using glass mounted antenna in the central part of the state. Just wondering, don't want to drill hole in my aluminum truck.
I used to use one for 220MHz ham communication; didn't like it too much since 1.) it was only a 1/2 wave, and 2.) I couldn't get the SWR as low as with other antennas.
 
Top