GME Antenna Mounting Brackets

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 07, 2007 at 09:36
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Yesterday I bought the GME TX3200 UHF transciever and the large AE4076 antenna with the MB102SS 45mm stainless steel bull Bar bracket.

I have fitted these and the system works great , very clear and good range line of sight. My only concern is that the Bull Bar bracket is going to snap when I go off road as it flexes quite a bit with the large antenna which is 2.1m high with a large spring base. The bracket is ts made from 3mm stainless steel. Unfortunately I can not have a lug welded on the bull bar as it is airbag compliant and I am informed by Nissan and Opposite lock's bull bar specialists that it can not be done legally so I have to use a mounting bracket.

Has anyone had any experience of using the GME brackets and do they tend to fail? Is there a recognised alternative or am I being overly pessimistic?
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (W.A) - Sunday, Jan 07, 2007 at 09:55

Sunday, Jan 07, 2007 at 09:55
Yes there is a better bracket, ARB have a bracket that won't let you down,
I had a TJM stainless steel and like yours it flexed and cracked .
As for the Radio your choice was, As i have pointed out to people before the owner of a CB hears an incoming transmission and it might sound nice and clear but if that owner were to hear the outgoing signal from his/her radio from a Uniden on someone else's GME or ICOM CB they would take it and throw it in the nearest river.And I have no doubt you will hear the distorted Uniden's on your GME TX3200 and will not understand some words scratching through the speakers,

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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Nullagine) - Sunday, Jan 07, 2007 at 10:24

Sunday, Jan 07, 2007 at 10:24
so true. Was working exploration and trying to communicate with someone 500m away. They could here me (gme) but I couldnt make him out. Bloody Unidens(past experience) I muttered and drove over and stuck my head through the window - yep
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Follow Up By: Kiwi Kia - Monday, Jan 08, 2007 at 07:04

Monday, Jan 08, 2007 at 07:04
Where was your aerial mounted ?
If in front on the bar were you pointing towards or away from the other vehicle ?
If on the roof was the vehicle on level ground ?
What wattage output ?
Have you seen a diagram of the transmission lobes for your type of aerial ?

I use two models unidens (fixed and handheld) in rugged country all the time (thick high bush & bluffs) with no problems at all.
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Reply By: Wendy41 - Sunday, Jan 07, 2007 at 22:54

Sunday, Jan 07, 2007 at 22:54
Thanks Doug & Dusty
I chose to buy locally from Make Tracks in Midland (WA) as opposed to Ebay to get the advice. I am very surprised that they didn't sell me the ARB bracket as they are ARB agents! I will be paying them a visit tomorrow morning! Look out!
Thanks for your help
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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Monday, Jan 08, 2007 at 07:26

Monday, Jan 08, 2007 at 07:26
I used the GME bracket for a 3m fibreglass sand flag. Lasted across the Simpson but that was only three days however there is no sign of failure.
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Reply By: Wendy41 - Tuesday, Jan 09, 2007 at 20:57

Tuesday, Jan 09, 2007 at 20:57
Thanks for all your comments. I eventually happened upon Irvin Bull Bars in Stanhope Gardens Midvale WA who were only too pleased to show me a range of brackets from just a tag to moulded and eventually fully gussetted truck brackets. They welded one on my bull bar with no issues on air bag compatibility! All for $35 So I am happy and will give it hell next week off road and am confident that it will be just fine.......
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