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Old 08-26-2016, 01:12 PM   #1
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The nerdstick, revisited

I changed up the antenna configuration on the telescoping antenna pole that is attached to my trailer's spare tire carrier. The white vertical antenna is an omnidirectional WireEng marine cellular antenna that some of you have. I will use it with my Wilson Sleek amp when necessary. The antenna replaces a directional Wilson antenna, which I removed from the mast but will carry with me in case I need it.

The black vertical antenna is a ham radio two-meter antenna. It works here, but I think I'd be better off with one that has a ground plane.

The white horizontal antenna below is the King Jack TV antenna that several of you have. It replaces an amplified Mohu antenna that was meant for home use. I think the vibrations of trailer towing killed the Mohu. And besides, it was damn ugly.

I know it's not a good idea to cluster antennas together like this, but with the vertical antennas I had no choice, and I can't move the King Jack down on the mast without fear of breaking my rear window when I'm towing with the mast retracted. I really need to have a clamp made so I can mount this assembly near an end of the rear bumper.

Oh, and the green thing in the background is my banana tree.
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Old 08-26-2016, 02:40 PM   #2
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I changed up the antenna configuration on the telescoping antenna pole that is attached to my trailer's spare tire carrier. The white vertical antenna is an omnidirectional WireEng marine cellular antenna that some of you have. I will use it with my Wilson Sleek amp when necessary. The antenna replaces a directional Wilson antenna, which I removed from the mast but will carry with me in case I need it.

The black vertical antenna is a ham radio two-meter antenna. It works here, but I think I'd be better off with one that has a ground plane.

The white horizontal antenna below is the King Jack TV antenna that several of you have. It replaces an amplified Mohu antenna that was meant for home use. I think the vibrations of trailer towing killed the Mohu. And besides, it was damn ugly.

I know it's not a good idea to cluster antennas together like this, but with the vertical antennas I had no choice, and I can't move the King Jack down on the mast without fear of breaking my rear window when I'm towing with the mast retracted. I really need to have a clamp made so I can mount this assembly near an end of the rear bumper.

Oh, and the green thing in the background is my banana tree.
and how tall is the pole typically when extended? pic?
like it...may do something similar.....
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Old 08-26-2016, 03:23 PM   #3
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I think the antenna mast is about sixteen feet long when extended. I bought it from Ham Radio Outlet for about $100. It has held up pretty well over a couple of years of travel.

Here is a photo of the mast extended while I was parked at San Luis State Park in Colorado. On the mast are the aforementioned Mohu TV antenna and Wilson directional cellular antenna, both of which I have replaced in my current configuration.
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Old 08-26-2016, 04:17 PM   #4
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I know it's not a good idea to cluster antennas together like this, but with the vertical antennas I had no choice, and I can't move the King Jack down on the mast without fear of breaking my rear window when I'm towing with the mast retracted. I really need to have a clamp made so I can mount this assembly near an end of the rear bumper.
Clearly, you have just determined that you need two masts, on each end of the bumper, or each end of the trailer.
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Old 08-26-2016, 04:27 PM   #5
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Can you provide the model name/number for the mast? How is it attached to the spare?
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Clearly, you have just determined that you need two masts, on each end of the bumper, or each end of the trailer.
I'm reserving space at one end of the bumper for a big ol' ugly HF vertical ham radio antenna, extendable for 30+ feet. Probably an Eagle One, but I dunno. That does leave the front of the trailer for more decorations, though. Hmm...

Unfortunately, a big HF mast plus what I have now should probably be enough to repel any female who might otherwise be tempted to approach the trailer to check it out, not that this is my intent.
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Can you provide the model name/number for the mast? How is it attached to the spare?
The receipt says Comet-NCG model CP-45 aluminum mast. Oops, it's extendable to only 14 feet, eight inches, sorry. The price was $99.95, and I bought it at the Ham Radio Outlet store in Portland, Oregon, while on my shakedown cruise after buying my trailer. HRO has a big Internet business, so it would be easy to order from them.

I attached the mast to the vertical bar that holds the spare tire, using stainless steel U-bolts and hose clamps. Since I didn't know which to use, I used both. It seems pretty safe and secure, but I can't say that this is the best way to do it. I think I should have a custom mount made at a welding shop and attach the mast to the end of the rear bumper. If I do, I'll provide photos.

One drawback to this method of mounting is that the mast partially blocks the view from the rear window, another reason to move it to the end of the bumper.
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Old 08-26-2016, 06:05 PM   #8
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Is there a reason you leave the mast and antennae mounted, Mike? I was planning on doing something removable. I do not plan on a ham antenna though.
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Old 08-26-2016, 06:13 PM   #9
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Maybe this is a good place to ask my question which some of you nerdy folks might think is really dumb. My goal is to connect an antenna like Mike's BoatAnt WirEng through the wiring of the cable connection in the Escape. We don't use cable at all but it's wired in, of course. Is this possible?

Assuming I can get the correct fittings [I'm quite certain I can] could I connect the WirEng antenna, using the cable wiring, to my weBoost cell phone cradle? I'm tired of snaking the cradle antenna through an open window and placing it on top of my Pilot just to boost the signal. Yes, it works but it's darn inconvenient.

It would be the lap of luxury to sit on the bed, using the cradle via the cable outlet inside. I'm assuming I can set up a mount, either a mast like Mike's or do a roof mount if necessary.

FYI, I have tried connecting the WeBoost cradle through the cable wiring to the WeBoost antenna outside but had no improvement in cell signal whatsoever, if that's relevant.

All you people who know this stuff, please chime in. I'm clueless.

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Not totally Klaus, you knew enough to ask here.
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