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Old 08-19-2010, 01:49 PM   #1
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Default My roof mount tiltable antenna

Finally got my antenna (and IC7000) installed on the RV.

I used an electrically powered "Lift and Lay" purchased from Tarheel.

Modified the base by adding some extra metal to facilitate mounting directly to the roof ribs. All went well with the attachment except for the anxiety of drilling the mounting holes.

I used 8, 5/8" well nuts, with 5/16" bolts sealed with marine 5200 sealant for attachment to my aluminum roof.

Everything at this point is working fine and to my expectations!

I use a Tarheel 100 antenna only when parked.

Tried to post pictures but was declined due to some missing certificate???

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Old 08-19-2010, 06:03 PM   #2
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Tried to post pictures but was declined due to some missing certificate???

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Mike,

Seems we had this issue before, would you look into it?
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:11 PM   #3
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Will look into this tomorrow

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Old 08-26-2010, 09:06 PM   #4
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I'll try a picture again. I see it works now. JIM
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:05 AM   #6
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Nice Job Jim.
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Finally got my antenna (and IC7000) installed on the RV.

I used an electrically powered "Lift and Lay" purchased from Tarheel.

Modified the base by adding some extra metal to facilitate mounting directly to the roof ribs. All went well with the attachment except for the anxiety of drilling the mounting holes.

I used 8, 5/8" well nuts, with 5/16" bolts sealed with marine 5200 sealant for attachment to my aluminum roof.

Everything at this point is working fine and to my expectations!

I use a Tarheel 100 antenna only when parked.

Tried to post pictures but was declined due to some missing certificate???

JIM
AH, the Anxiety !! It has kept me from tackling more than one job. I have noticed that the older I get the less I want to do it, and would pay to have someone else do it.
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:21 PM   #8
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Good lookin' installation. Have a little tarheel but the fiberglass roof on the Winny really compromises the radiation. Would try the powered lift if I thought I could conquer the roof radiation issue. // John
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Maybe, depending on how much work you want to do, you could fasten an aluminum sheet overlay on your roof.

You can always hang on radials and drape them around/out when you park.

There is the tophat too that reduces the ground plane requirements, but you might have to fold down towards the rear to have it clear the roof?

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Default Antenna Mount

On a similar installation for a friend, we used a piece of old RG-8 coax with the center and shield tied together at both ends from the mount to the frame of the camper, tied to the frame with a long stainless bolt and electrical clamp.

Next, we made a "ground Radial" system with a jumper cable clamp and several (10) runs of #14 thnn (green) insulated wire at assorted lengths.

When he sets up, he just clamps the radial system to the bolt and spreads it out as best as he can on top of the ground (depends on where he is set up) and starts making contacts.

Between the frame ground and the radial system he doe's very well.
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