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Re: 2014 JGC - Ham Radio Install

I'm still messing with the antenna mounting on this car. There is not a good place to put a reasonable dual band antenna. My initial desire was to put one on the rear tailgate door but there is too much stuff in the way, pinch detectors on both sides, plastic bumpers that are riveted in place, the glass is very thick and leave no room to mount a lip mount, etc.

I may break down and buy a cheap set of crossbars for the roof and put a motorized Diamond mount there. I am looking at all other options first including a hood/fender mount but I dislike the location and drilling holes in the fender to mount it.

Roof mounting (NMO) is not an option for many reasons not the least of which is the huge sunroof and the side airbags and cross members up there. I also don't want a hole in the roof and the height would be too tall for the garage door of the antenna I want to use.

I have not totally given up on the glass mount on the tailgate but I have strong doubts it will work with the thickness of the glass and the tinting.

On another note, I replaced my radio head mount with a longer one to get the radio head out of the way of my leg and to allow me to see it better. I does wiggle a bit more but not so bad I can't use it while mobile. I went from a 18" to a 22" front seat bolt mount. I attached the mike to the upper part of the gooseneck just below the radio head mounting bracket. It is attached with cable ties so it can be rotated out of the way when I don't use the radio.

Still pondering it all.....

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Re: 2014 JGC - Ham Radio Install

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I'm still messing with the antenna mounting on this car. There is not a good place to put a reasonable dual band antenna. My initial desire was to put one on the rear tailgate door but there is too much stuff in the way, pinch detectors on both sides, plastic bumpers that are riveted in place, the glass is very thick and leave no room to mount a lip mount, etc.

I may break down and buy a cheap set of crossbars for the roof and put a motorized Diamond mount there. I am looking at all other options first including a hood/fender mount but I dislike the location and drilling holes in the fender to mount it.

Still pondering it all.....
Did you ever figure out the best antenna setup?
I have a 2016 GC and right now am just running a cheap o mag mount but need something a little more permanent. Like you, drilling hole through the the roof will never happen. I was hoping the Larsen glass mount would perform reasonable well, if not through the rear tailgate window possibly in the rear quarter back window.

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