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docterdave
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PostSubject: Recomendations   Recomendations Icon_minitimeThu Dec 05, 2019 3:01 pm

Looking for an antenna, surprise.
I want to DX from my truck, HGV, but CAN NOT drill holes and the roof is GRP.
so otions?
I'm thinking Wire Antenna, but which one?
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PostSubject: Re: Recomendations   Recomendations Icon_minitimeThu Dec 05, 2019 7:20 pm

Your truck, is it just the roof thats fibre glass?
Not sure what your truck is, whether it's an HGV or pickup
I'm thinking if it's an HGV and its a metal cab with a GRP roof then a magmount (or gutter mount if there is a rain gutter) with a foldable aerial (or DV mount)
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PostSubject: Re: Recomendations   Recomendations Icon_minitimeThu Dec 05, 2019 7:38 pm

BigTone wrote:
Your truck, is it just the roof thats fibre glass?
Not sure what your truck is, whether it's an HGV or pickup
I'm thinking if it's an HGV and its a metal cab with a GRP roof then a magmount (or gutter mount if there is a rain gutter) with a foldable aerial (or DV mount)

Its an HGV
Daf XF106 and has a GRP roof, no gutter.
The truck comes fitted with an antenna on the back wall which is Ok for CB but I want an antenna for DX
Im thinking of a long wire that could be strung from a tree or the truck and which packs up small.
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PostSubject: Re: Recomendations   Recomendations Icon_minitimeThu Dec 05, 2019 7:48 pm

Sotabeams.co.uk and buy one of their telescopic poles. Get a couple of bits of wire and make up a dipole antenna, setting it up as an inverted V using the pole to support the centre. Simple dipoles are great for DX.
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PostSubject: Re: Recomendations   Recomendations Icon_minitimeFri Dec 06, 2019 11:47 am

Crikey, I've only just posted a very similar answer elsewhere on this forum.

But here goes again....

Have you thought about a T2LT antenna ?

Very simple wire antenna, that you can hang in a tree, or use a non metal telescopic pole to mount it on. The telescopic poles can be found on ebay , search for 10/12 metre telescopic flag pole - about half the price as the same pole from an antenna supplier....

Loads of plans on the internet / youtube about how to make it. Or purchase a ready made one on ebay.

I've had excellent results using both the T2LT and a DRX111 5/8 wave wire antenna.

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PostSubject: Re: Recomendations   Recomendations Icon_minitimeSat Jan 04, 2020 5:59 pm

I now have a HWEF wire.
I also have a window cleaners telescopic brush, minus the brush. Extends about 6 meters, mounted on the back of cab.
With the option of standing it in the towing eye on the front.
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PostSubject: Re: Recomendations   Recomendations Icon_minitimeSun Jan 05, 2020 1:16 pm

Looks like your best bet. A couple of our DAF CFs at work have CB antennas fitted, one using the manufacturer's mount, another using a lip mount on the wind deflector brackets and neither of them work worth a damn when I've been driving them. If you get 2 miles I'd be surprised. I've noticed the one using the manufacturer's mount has had a couple of different CBs fitted so no idea if there's an issue with SWR and I doubt they've checked.
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