Legal? HF Antenna on bullbar.

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Reply By: Cruiser .- Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 19:31

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 19:31
Must be if its on a Police vehicle, LOL

Wonder how it passes the NSW rego inspection in relation to "protrusions" on the bullbar

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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 19:37

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 19:37
They can use a hand held phone when driving, apparently they are not distracted like us mortals and they have darker tinted windows than the laws allow... They probably have their own mechanice who sign off the pick slip..Apparently they have their own laws..LOL!! Michael
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Reply By: Rockape - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 19:33

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 19:33
Police and emergency vehicles are exempt.

Have a good one.
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Reply By: Lex M (Brisbane) - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 19:40

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 19:40
Maybe it's registered in Qld. It's legal here.

"Only one long range antenna (large diameter base) may
be fitted to the front of a vehicle and must be fitted to
the left side. The maximum diameter permitted is 75mm."
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 16:12

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 16:12
Well the bottom of a 9350 is 100mm square minimum so how does that rate.

My mate has one on bullbar in QLD and never been stopped





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Reply By: Tim - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 19:40

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 19:40
Your right police and emergency vehicles are exempt from a lot of the requirements under the act. From what I have seen tho there is a trend in most of them now being mounted on the rear.
It may be different in the case of getting your inspection done but has anyone actually been given a ticket for having an auto tune on the front? I'm not talking about mates of mates but people on here? I would be quite surprised.
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 20:10

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 20:10
Mine has been mounted on the front for years.... in fact I stuffed up when I stiffened the mounts and had to temporarily (for the last 3 or 4 years) fit it on the drivers side!
Ive never been questioned about it and it passes an inspection every 12 months.....

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Reply By: howesy - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 22:04

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 22:04
Exempt or not they do as they please.
Do as i say not as I do, no wonder no one has respect.
Like the one today who stopped today to have a chat with a mate in a NO STOPPING zone completely blocking my vision as I tried to turn onto a major highway and then had the hide to give me a dumb look when I nearly got cleaned up. Where do they get these einsteins.
When I got my licence (years ago) cops the only one that never slowed for the school zone.s used to have to obey all the road rules unless lights or sirens were active. Saw one the other day just cruising at 65-70 (60 zone) he was the only one that never slowed for the school zone.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 23:12

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 23:12
Only one? ..... Along with the mothers dropping off or picking up their kids, if it's anything like where we live.
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Reply By: Wilko - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 22:05

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 22:05
Ahh Apple jacks Cobar The bain of my waist line lol.

Cheers Wilko

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Follow Up By: Pesty SA - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 23:14

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 23:14
Beat me to it Wilko, looks like Cobar to me, have added to my own waste line there a few times myself, and the Bakery, LOL, and yes the coppers have there own set of rules, oz wide from experience.

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Follow Up By: Mikee5 (Logan QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 07:59

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 07:59
Hi Wilko, I thought someone would pick it correctly - not much gets past this forum.
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Reply By: The Landy - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 04:54

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 04:54
As mentioned earlier, police and emergency vehicles are exempted in certain States in terms of the requirements.

I have a front mounted auto-tune antenna and it passes the registration test each year. I went to some trouble to investigate this at the time I had it fitted, checking with both the RTA and police. Under Vehicle Inspection Bulletin No. 5 (NSW) there are guidelines on what can be fitted and how it is fitted to a bulbar. It does not specifically exclude auto-tune antennas. The only requirement is it doesn’t obstruct vision, which it doesn’t.

It is different in other States, such as Victoria where they are specifically excluded.

It is possible that NSW may adopt the same, and this might happen as part of the Standards Review on bullbars which is advancing at present, however it hasn’t to date and my only requirement is that it meets the standard in the State in which it is registered.

VIB No. 5

Cheers, The Landy

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Follow Up By: Hairs & Fysh - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 06:07

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 06:07
Hi Landy,
I was just about to post that picture from the RTA's site. But I can't seem to find the relevant page dealing with this
There is also' Field of view'.Image Could Not Be Found
Someone in LCOOL posted it when a bloke wanted to mount his spare wheel on his Bullbar, higher than his bar mounted winch. I don't think his radiator would of liked the restricted air flow.
Hmmm, Don't know how this rule would work with LandRovers having their spare wheel mounted to their bonnet.
I guess the RTA's rule book is like the Bible, Some read it, some don't and every body has a different interpretation of whats in it.

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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 08:52

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 08:52
What about all the vehicles with two piece windscreens and a pillar in the middle?
Big grey area in most states except Vic where it is specifically mentioned in the rules.
The biggest problem is not to mount it directly in front of the passengers seat.
I did that years ago on a troopy bullbar and the wife got into her seat and said straight up you can move that NOW or I'm not going away.
Shifted it about 200mm sideways and all was ok.
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Reply By: The Landy - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 08:53

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 08:53
Following on from my previous post here is a thread I created in 2005 on the same subject and following a response I had from my State MP on the matter after I wrote seeking clarification.

HF Self-Tuning Antennas (Fitting) Exploroz Post in 2005

Cheers, The Landy
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Reply By: Dasher Des - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 09:37

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 09:37
Codan are developing a new Auto Tune base that is attached to the bull bar. It is approximately 200mm x 200mm on the base and very approximately 300mm high. You can't see it from the drivers seat. Reception is equal or better than the existing base units. I have seen the unit mounted on a vehicle owned by a Codan Dealer here in the Riverland of SA.
I have no idea when it will be available for sale.
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Follow Up By: Stu & "Bob" - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 12:05

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 12:05
Available now Codan 3040 antenna
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 12:16

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 12:16
Thanks for that feedback, that will solve the Bullbar mounting problem, when it eventuates.......

Cheers, The Landy.........
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Follow Up By: Dasher Des - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 12:57

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 12:57
That's the one
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