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Old 07-30-2002, 01:15 PM   #1
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Default HAM radio antenna locations?

Any WRX owners out there ham operators too? I'm curious if anyone has mounted a glass-mount antenna on the rear window in the blackened area, and if it actually works.

Cell phone antennas may have had the same issue too... I know that window tints are problematic with glass mount antennas, but I'm not sure if what we have is really tint, or is it some sort of acid/etch process on the window...

Anyone?
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Old 07-30-2002, 09:03 PM   #2
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What band are you using, VHF, UHF, HF?? If UHF, and maybe even VHF, I plan on mounting the antenna on the inside of the car, on the rear deck. I know, bad for passengers (I won't be operating with passengers in the car) and radiation pattern (with repeaters, that is not much of an issue) However, with the window mount, you can always mount it below the dark area. I have heard the same thing about the dark area, but of course, you can try it on the dark area, and if it doesn't work so well, you can move it down and use a remount kit to mount it again.

Just an idea,
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Old 07-30-2002, 09:41 PM   #3
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I have a Valor dual-band glass-mount on the rear window. It is over the blackened area and this does not affect it at all, there is apparently no metallic content in the tint or whatever it is so the RF just passes through it. I operate a dual-band transceiver with 50-watt output and it works fine.
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Old 07-31-2002, 12:20 AM   #4
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Thanks for the comments guys...

I'm using a dual band rig, so glass mount antennas were wicked expensive. So I went with a trunk mount NMO setup on the front lip of my trunk.

I know that it's not as effective as a glass mount in dB loss, but it'll work. If it doesn't, I can sell it on ebay or use it on my girlfriend's forrester for rally support

I'll let ya know how it turns out. Having an aftermarket spoiler reduces my options a bit, but I think I have a solution that will work well...
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Old 07-31-2002, 07:51 AM   #5
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Expensive? My dual-band Valor glass-mount was about $40. That was a few years ago so they're probably more now but it may still be cheaper than a trunk mount. Yeah if you buy a major brand one like a Larsen it's more but the one I have works just as well, in fact people used to have problems with the Larsen ones coming off the glass, mine isn't going anywhere.
I thought I would have to use a trunk mount as well until I found out that the black band was not a problem for mounting the antenna on the window, so I happily installed the glass mount which I already had from my last car.
Check with AES, they have a good selection and that's where I got mine.
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