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ant. location on a Bronco

Post by 443 Arizona » Friday, 18 November 2016, 9:38 AM

hey guys, any of you had experience with antenna location on a older Bronco? the fiberglass top has got me thinking to avoid any mounting there.
a whip will be the choice but open to other idea's, variations. :hockey:


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Re: ant. location on a Bronco

Post by MDYoungblood » Friday, 18 November 2016, 10:22 AM

I think the older Bronco's do have a small metal roof over the driver/passenger seat but your's might not. When the state police used them here they mounted the whip on the left rear corner using a ball mount, got to remove the interior molding to see the best spot and I would put it there, naturally a 102" whip with a riser to adjust the SWR.You'll need to get a quality ball mount, cheapie's fall over when hitting low obstacles.

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Re: ant. location on a Bronco

Post by nniiss » Monday, 06 November 2017, 8:33 AM

I used a DaveMade mount on the hood. i have also seen 102s added to the rear bumper with a ball mount, but for this a peace of plate steel has to be cut for the ball mount. the steel then bolts to the bumper.

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Post by sonoma » Monday, 06 November 2017, 11:44 AM

a buddy of mine back in the early 70's had one of these and he put the mount on a piece of angle iron he bolted to the frame and let it stick out a few inches to put a stud mount on it and used a 102 steel whip with a ball on it to get his swr down and ran a 23 channel cobra 21 in it. he could out talk every one in our group back then since most of us had a trunk mount on our cars. so look into a angle iron sticking out instead of drilling a large hole for an expensive ball mount. I forget just which corner he put it on but his had a spare tire mounted to the back on a swivel. we had to move it to a location the spare would swing out and the tail gate would open.

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Re: ant. location on a Bronco

Post by 443 Arizona » Tuesday, 07 November 2017, 8:16 AM

yes MD, the front part"cab" area is metal, so that might have to be the spot. its an 84.
i dont care about body holes so keeping it up top is my preference.
anything on the bumper will get wrecked.
i have seen the typical rear flank position, which isn't bad at all.
thanks for your input guys. :cheers:


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Re: ant. location on a Bronco

Post by MDYoungblood » Tuesday, 07 November 2017, 10:55 AM

With having the metal half roof I'd go with a Sirio Performer or Turbo 5000 if you can stand the noise of the whip banging lower obstacles. They use a SO239 mount which to me is a little stronger than a NMO mount. Or use a 3/8 24 roof mount and then you can go with any antenna you want.

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