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Call Sign : M0GVZ / 26CT1760 Posts : 428 Times Thanked : 32 Join date : 2019-11-13 QTH or Location : IO94SA Equipment Used : Icom 7300, TS480, President McKinley, Albrecht AE6110, CRT Mike Age : 51
Subject: Re: Mounting an aeriel to a fibre glass body Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:43 pm
As mad as it sounds if you're using low power you could always use sheets of tinfoil on the underside of the roof if you were going to use a fixed body mount. Another alternative is to use lengths of wire fixed to the underside of the roof connected to the ground side of a body mount. To help rigidity you could go scrapyard hunting with an angle grinder and cut a bit of roof out a car which has the same profile as the camper van and bond that to the underside of the roof.
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Subject: Re: Mounting an aeriel to a fibre glass body Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:03 pm
Genius! I’ll give the tin foil a try when the time comes since if it don’t work I’ve spent next to nothing. Might also consider a sheet of metal on the roof.
Appreciate the help!
Subject: Re: Mounting an aeriel to a fibre glass body Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:58 am
I did the same thing on a boat I had years ago,,, use heavy grade foil with a K40, used to run 50wts AM with no probs,,, something you could look at are marine anntenas, they don't need a ground plane.