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Old 03-22-2020, 03:51 PM   #1
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I have 2004 Roadtrek 200 Popular, for now I plan on using a mag mount antenna on the hood, however I have not found a route from the hood inside for the coax.

Any ideas, for the coax or other antenna options?

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Old 03-22-2020, 05:23 PM   #2
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Johnnie,

I just use a HT while driving with a window mount antenna. Then when I camp I use a battery powered "base" station connected to an end-fed antenna that I hang in the trees or a spider pole.

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Old 03-22-2020, 06:30 PM   #3
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I have this homemade mount on my spare tire
mount. Have a 144/440 antenna on it that is connected to a Yaesu FT7900. I change out the 144/440 antenna for a Alpha Antenna Systems
HF antenna when we are at camping spot for 2 or more days to operate on HF with a Kenwood TS2000.

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I use a hood-attached nmo type antenna mount, and ran the coax through a grommet in the firewall. I have a T1N Sprinter and had no trouble at all finding a route for the coax. If you have a different vehicle, your experience may differ.
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Old 03-23-2020, 12:10 AM   #5
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I have 2004 Roadtrek 200 Popular.

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Old 03-23-2020, 12:21 AM   #6
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I found my way through the firewall by looking from the inside, near the brake and accelerator pedals, and found several unused through-holes blocked with rubber plugs. I guess you had no such luck?,
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Old 03-29-2020, 06:04 PM   #7
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Nice to see ham radio on this forum! Iím not familiar with your 2004 Roadtrek 200 Popular so Iíll not try to address your question directly. Cable routes can be found or made!
I will share how I enjoy ham radio in my Leisure Travel Class B. I participate in Parks On The Air (POTA) and only operate stationary mobile. Iíve made 4,000 contacts working 50 states and 40 countries in the past 2 years while traveling and camping. See attached photos and my QRZ bio.

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Old 03-29-2020, 06:08 PM   #8
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Nice rig.

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Old 03-30-2020, 12:20 AM   #9
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Hi there fellow Ham. I only have a dual band 2 meter 70 cm rig set up in the van (Leisure Travel Van Free Flight). I have a bracket that I mounted to the inside lip of the front fender. It's actually a CB antenna bracket so I had to drill out the hole a little to fit an NMO mount. From there followed by a Browning antenna. I ran the coax down the engine compartment, through the fire wall and into the cab. I tried a thousand different temporary mounts, mag mounts and antenna's but this is the one that works the best for me. This is when a full metal roof versus fiberglass would be wonderful.



Anyway, Good luck
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i got a cb radio for my 1995 pleasureway and had the same issue. I tried to put the antenna a lot of places. The windshield antenna isn't particularly strong. I'm not sure the shape of your antenna, but what worked best for me was to lay it horizontally in the back of a large, long cabinet that sits above the cockpit. I did look at setting it right next to the radio antenna, but the shop I went to did not prefer that option.
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Not a Ham operator but have used a CB from 1960 to present. I mounted my ground plane CB antenna on my ProMaster MH on the passenger mirror and ran the cable thru the passenger door opening. Works great and mounted the CB under the steering wheel in the small cubby by cutting a hole for the power cord and cable.

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