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Yeah, another Jeep Wrangler Antenna thread with options and questions

krokus

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Slight change of plans after I picked up my new Jeep Mojave and looked over antenna options. I'm not comfortable screwing in the NMO angle brackets mentioned in the last post into the sides of the plastic cowl pieces. I found the back edge of the steel hood should take a clamp on trunk lid mount just fine so I ordered two Laird trunk lid mounts in black like these. TMB8U - Trunk Lid Mount, No Connector - 17' RG58U - Laird Technologies 56237 729198562373 | eBay I'll also line the underside of the top and side plastic cowl pieces with wide aluminum tape then bond that and the metal body to the hood with a short wide piece of flat braid near each hood hinge.

The picture below shows the rough location of the antenna and the hood gap is plenty wide for the mount and coax to pass when opening the hood. The only slight drawback will be the whip visible from the drivers location, but what's more important, radios that work good or your view? I mean, who really needs to look out the front window when driving and talking on the radio?

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FWIW, I had K40 mounted in about the same location, on my XJ, and it was never really a sight line issue. (The A pillars in my WK give me many more problems with sight lines.)
 

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Got my Laird trunk lip NMO mounts in today and tried them on for size on the new Jeep Gladiator. After crawling around the entire vehicle and looking at all the antenna mounts, I think the hood is the best place for performance. There are some mounts that stick out to the side or go sideways and upward, moving the antenna feedpoint far away from any ground plane which looses efficiency.

I also removed some plastic cowl pieces and lined them with conductive tape so it grounds to the vehicle and adds to the ground plane for these specific mounts. I'll also bond across the hood hinges with wide flat braid.

The only slight drawback is the antennas tilt slightly outwards and whatever antennas end up on this vehicle will be tweaked a little so they stand up straight. Here are some pictures of the front of the vehicle with two NMO mounts and various combinations of antennas.

Larsen NMO 2/70 open coil on the left, Larsen tri-band on the right
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Laird CW27 broad band CB/10m on the left, Comet 2m/220/440 on the right
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COMPACTenna 2m/220/440 on the left, COMPACTenna original scanner version on the right
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Close up of Austin Spectra and mount
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Plastic cowl part lined with aluminum tape
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Looks good. I've had no issues with my Larsen on the A Pillar mount, but may pop the plastic off and add some aluminum tape also just to help it. I rarely TX on VHF, but be nice to get a bit better if I decide to.
 
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