I've run the comet ss-680sbnmo on a tailgate mount on my Tacoma - had it mated to a baofeng with decent results. Then I put a shell on the truck and needed some extra height to get the antenna tip up above the shell and went with the diamond 770 which I now have mated to a Yaesu 100drThank you very much! I have compiled a list of antennas from Comet and Diamond that are all 1/2 waves. Was unable to find a website for Larson. Out of this list, any favorites? Not on this list? Are they all able to take hits well or does one stand out? Would prefer black to match the radio antenna but by no means a deal breaker. Is there a preferred mounting location between front fender, tail light, tailgate hinges or bumper? looks like the club is getting us licensed in 2 weeks!
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I have this antenna mounted straight into my roof. a great performer and very durable. Also, Pulse-Larsen sells those springs individually so if you see an antenna of theirs that you like that does not have a spring, you can add it on, just make sure you throw an analyzer on it to get it tuned up right.Another shorty option is a Larsen NMO2/70SH, which is a stubby dual band with a spring. I have one for low hanging trails.
Wanted to mention that @sonoronos some time ago mentioned preferring Laird to Larsen for the spring loaded center pin. At the time I didn't agree, arguing that the springy tab of the Larsen is fine. And it had always been for me (and still does on my NMO2/70).For NMO antennas, I highly recommend the Laird C27 for CB and the Laird C144/440C for 2m/70cm.
I also have the Larsen NMO270, but the construction feels a lot better on the laird antenna. The center ground pin on the Laird NMO is a nice spring-loaded brass plunger rod, as opposed to the Larsen, which is a flimsy tab of mystery metal.
RF performance is probably identical, but I wanted to put a good word out there for the Laird antennas.
FOR THE time being.. go to get a 2 mtr mag mount.. it will stick anywhere on the roofline... then when you get home you can address enlarging the hole in the rack to accept a NMO mount for the antenna... etc... G>M. WA6CDEI have learned with CB that the antenna is an often overlooked part of the setup, and that the best radio will be worth nada without a good antenna.
So, as I venture into 2M land... what type of antenna can I get that will mount to the tabs on my rack... and do the job well without breaking the bank, while also being durable enough to handle "hits" from trees, urban obstacles etc.?
BTW, I'm looking to replace my Firestik II CB antenna too so maybe I can get two that are of similar construction/length etc. for mounting up front on my rack?