Custom Mounting Bracket for Auto Tune HF antenna.

Submitted: Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 18:25
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Am looking at a purchasing a HF in the very near future. I have a 2002 GU Patrol wagon with an O/L Dual rear wheel carrier. I use an ARB Pilbara roof top tent that opens to the rear. Vic Road rules dictate that the large auto tune antennas such as the Barrett 910, must be rear mounted. My options are;

a) To mount the antenna to a bracket on the rear wheel carrier and open it to the side when setting up camp (not my preferred option) or;
b) To offset the mounting bracket so that the antenna is offset to the side of the vehicle.

I'd imagine that the unit would sit in line with and slightly above the RH Indicator unit. Has anyone made a custom bracket using the mounting bolts for the rear wheel mount of the RH barn door of a GU patrol and if so, could they send me a photo.

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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 18:34

Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 18:34
How far above the roofline will the aerial project ?

Will this stop you going into parking stations ?

Will you forget one day and hear a VERY expensive bang as you as you go into a low parking station ?

I'm looking at mounting my Moonraker Autotune. To keep it below the roofline with the whip removed, I'll have to mount it just above rear bumper height.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 20:12

Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 20:12
Mike,

should've mentioned some of the dimensions. With the whip off, the main section of the antenna does not protrude above the roofrack. Vehicle is not used as a shopping trolley so doesn't go near an underground carpark, that's what the corolla is for. Main issue as far as I can see is that if mounted to the right to provide clearance for the roof top tent, 2/3 of the barrel of the a/t antenna will protrude past the rear windows. It'll cause some interference to the drivers side mirror when looking back but I can live with that.

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Reply By: ddr - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 19:15

Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 19:15
My antenna mount is not custom, but made by Colin @ CJ 4wd in Ferntree Gully http://www.users.bigpond.com/cj4wd/

I dont have a pic handy I dont think if I find one ill upload it. But there are pics somewhere on the web that I found of his earlier release. The Antenna mounts toward the driver side of the spare wheel.
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Follow Up By: ddr - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 19:24

Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 19:24
Here is the best pic ive got from a rear view.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 20:15

Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 20:15
Thanks ddr,

that's really on the right track. I'm in Ringwood so fortuously, he's close. I'll give him a ring.

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Follow Up By: blue one - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 22:07

Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 22:07
ddr,
Is that your missus on the hand pump? If so does she have a sister.

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Reply By: Gob & Denny(hampton park vic) - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 20:25

Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 20:25
goodday mick
i have to take some pictures of my setup this weekend for anothert member so will send them to you if you mm your email addy

steve
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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 20:51

Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 20:51
Thanks steve. MM sent.

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Reply By: Member - Chris R (NSW) - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 20:27

Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 20:27
Bit surprised by Vic rules Mick.

Can it be mounted at the front but hinge horizontal when not in use? Mine does. Not sure about the rules except that in NSW I understand that it must not interfere with line of sight to the front.

Mine lies parallel with and behind top rail of bull bar. It erects with snap catch and can be secured upright with one bolt for remote travel with flag if needed.

Never liked the rear mounted idea - want to see what's happening as we negotiate scrub and trees.

PS this is early days of hinged bracket. I have been warned that Codan should only be carried vertically. Barrett have informally advised they have no probs with horizontal carriage over corrugations.

I'll know more as and when we get into serious corrugations again
(Dam.... so could be a while)

Best regards

Chris
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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 20:50

Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 20:50
Like you thinking Chris and you hit the nail on the head as far as regulations go mate. "Obstructs vision", regardless of positional mounting. If it's on the front, it impedes your vision. Fair enough I say. Rear mount doesn't worry me as I've found that you're generally always situationally aware when pushing thru the scrub it's just that I'm a hack with the welder so I'd rather get a professional to whip one up and as this forum always proves to me, there's no need to reinvent the wheel! Guaranteed that someone has had the same issue and developed a solution. So, you coming over to Rudall then? May/June/July.

Mick

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Follow Up By: Member - Chris R (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 05, 2008 at 08:56

Saturday, Jan 05, 2008 at 08:56
Ah Mick... you had to bring up Rudall again. It'd be getting warm out there now.

I'm stuck here at Jervis Bay - though going into the northern ranges for a few days house hunting.

Maybe then things will sort themselves a bit.

I must admit that I have managed to bend the front aerial mount when the Barrett (mounted in board of the lights) got caught in scrub and didn't want to take the same turn as the car. (Very twisty in sand - had to keep rolling or suffer greater prob.)

Looks like you've got some good answers further on

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Reply By: KiwiAngler - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 20:51

Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 20:51
Semi custom

A standard Kaymar fitting







Hope they give you some ideas
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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 21:24

Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 21:24
Kiwi, is that a Opp. Lock wheel carrier? Doesn't get better than that. Mind if I ask how much the bar was? Thanks. Mick
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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 23:30

Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 23:30
Mick

Can't recall the cost of the Kaymar bar so it coulnt have been too much or I would have remebered :-))))))
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 21:31

Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 21:31
Hi Mick

try Kaymar they have a mount



http://www.kaymar.net/images/acc_swc_hfacwm.jpg

or in WA we go too

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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 21:32

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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 21:42

Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 21:42
Thanks Richard. I have just emailed them for a price and to see if they can make additions like kiwis above. His addresses my issue exactly. Problem looks to be solved. Only takes $ now to make it happen.

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Reply By: geocacher (djcache) - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 21:48

Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 21:48
Whatever you do make sure you get the earthing right, or you could end up with tuning problems...

Dave
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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 08:41

Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 08:41
Thanks Dave,

I'll have the unit professionally installed for that very reason. New to the HF thing. Like the geocahing idea. Basically what we do now in leaving a jar with notes at some of the more remote spots. Will sign up and see if there's anything lying about where I'm headed next.

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Reply By: blue one - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 22:01

Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 22:01
Hey Mick O,
E-mail the 4wd shop in SA as they provided me with a rear door bracket for a Codan 9350 and suited the 2005 Patrol to a tee.

Cheers
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Reply By: blue one - Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 22:12

Friday, Jan 04, 2008 at 22:12
Hey Mick O,
E-mail the 4wd shop in SA as they provided me with a rear door bracket for a Codan 9350 and suited the 2005 Patrol to a tee.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 08:44

Sunday, Jan 06, 2008 at 08:44
Thanks Blue one, done so but I reckon the unit from Kaymar with an addition like Kiwi's above will be perfect. Priced them at ARB yesterday.


Thanks. Mick
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