GMRS Antenna mounting solution (I think)

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I've currently got a Midland MXT115 micro mobile w/ the shorty antenna it comes with on the roof. It works fine on repeater channels but I'd like more range. I'm looking at this antenna on Amazon right now and you can purchase a hole mount for it. I'm wanting to install the antenna on the front light bar I've got (Pics below) so I can have the longer antenna but mounted lower so I can fit in the garage. Two questions...

1. Will I benefit from a longer antenna w/ higher gain mounted lower than my current shorty antenna?
2. Does it look like this will work for mounting in a small 1" diameter hole? (I can drill it out further if I need to)

You can see to the left and right of the intensitys there's another tab there for mounting lights. I want to mount it behind the fishing pole holders.


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What if you were to get a magnetic roof mount antenna for better reception/range? If you put the antenna in front then I would think the range for anyone behind you would be hindered?
 

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What if you were to get a magnetic roof mount antenna for better reception/range? If you put the antenna in front then I would think the range for anyone behind you would be hindered?
Because I want to keep the truck in the garage and not mess with the antenna on and off all of the time.
 

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Because I want to keep the truck in the garage and not mess with the antenna on and off all of the time.
Could you not mount it on one side of the front bumper, and then, depending on the overall length, use a small strap & clip to attach to the antennas end? This would create a bow, either long-wise, or crosswise) that should clear your garages upper door frame. I do this with a Wilson 5000 steel whip that is mounted behind the cab in a stake pocket, with the clip attached near the tailgate. By doing this i can go in under commercial covered parking areas without damaging the tip. It takes just a few seconds, and you don't have to unscrew or detach from the mounting base.
 

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In my opinion that is too low, it would be severely blocked by the vehicle and being that close to the front sheetmetal and/or radiator it may cause problems with the SWR.
The hole for the NMO style mount needs to be 3/4" or 3/8" depending on which version you get.

I would not be surprised if the small antenna on the roof performed better than a longer antenna down on the light bar.

Depending on the budget you want to put towards this, there are fold over mounts both manual and motorized.
Manual: Diamond Antenna K515 Series Luggage Rack Mounts K515SNMO
Motorized: Diamond Antenna K9000 Series Mobile Motor Drive Mounts K9000LRMO
 

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In my opinion that is too low, it would be severely blocked by the vehicle and being that close to the front sheetmetal and/or radiator it may cause problems with the SWR.
The hole for the NMO style mount needs to be 3/4" or 3/8" depending on which version you get.

I would not be surprised if the small antenna on the roof performed better than a longer antenna down on the light bar.

Depending on the budget you want to put towards this, there are fold over mounts both manual and motorized.
Manual: Diamond Antenna K515 Series Luggage Rack Mounts K515SNMO
Motorized: Diamond Antenna K9000 Series Mobile Motor Drive Mounts K9000LRMO
I'll take a look at those, thanks for the help.
 

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I agree that spot on the front light bar is too low. Put it on the roof.
The mounts the other gentleman recommended are excellent .
Here is an antenna that should do the job. Before going into the garage
Pull it up and lay it over, works great.
 
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You can also fab a small bracket to attach to the light pods on the hood. I just did the same thing with my new dual pod mounts on my JK. I used the lower mounts for my lights and the upper mounts for my antennas. Ham on one side and CB on the other. The ham mount is also going to have a dual switch inside so that I can either use the ham radio or the GMRS Midland MXT115 and still use the same antenna. I will post pictures of the setup once I complete it.Jeep is in Tucson and parts are in Phoenix. Hope to finish it up this weekend.