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Offline Roykirk

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How would you ground an antenna mount like this?
« on: November 11, 2019, 0300 UTC »
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1hE_6xib6rw5bT7MXz9B47QSYzstqqiGZ

I doubt the hitch receiver itself is going to be enough to ground it to the car body.  I'm thinking attaching an alligator clip to the base, connected to an appropriate length counterpoise wire, stationary of course  ;D.  Any problems with this idea?
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Offline pinto vortando

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Re: How would you ground an antenna mount like this?
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2019, 1255 UTC »
What type of antenna... frequency, band, receive only or transmit ?
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Re: How would you ground an antenna mount like this?
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2019, 1322 UTC »
Probably hamstick vertical, 40 m, receive and transmit.

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Re: How would you ground an antenna mount like this?
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2019, 2310 UTC »
Try flying lead to any decent ground point on the frame, like some flat braid, solid wire, anything, just short as possible.
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Re: How would you ground an antenna mount like this?
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2019, 2344 UTC »
Try flying lead to any decent ground point on the frame, like some flat braid, solid wire, anything, just short as possible.

Thanks, Josh.  I'll give that a try. 

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Re: How would you ground an antenna mount like this?
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2019, 1834 UTC »
Talked to a ham buddy who had a trailer hitch antenna mount and he got it to work by using an antenna tuner located in the trunk.
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