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Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010-2024)' started by Thacrow, Jan 29, 2024.

  1. Jan 29, 2024 at 8:58 PM
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    Thacrow

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    I want a temp antenna for off road camping with buddies. We do hand helds now and maybe that's good enough but I wanna get the antenna outside for a little better range / reception.

    Seems like a bull bar mount would be best to get the antenna away from the the vehicle. Of course roof would be best but branches and what knot.

    What has everyone done? We'd love to see it!

    I would thinking about making a bracket that would clamp to where D-rings go on my bumper to avoid a bull bar clamp maybe scratching the bar. This would be temporary and only used when camping. Would love input and suggestions.

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  2. Jan 30, 2024 at 6:18 AM
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    jdm-v35

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    Unless you put the antenna up top at the highest point you will not gain much if anything over the handheld. I would use one of those short ones with magnetic mount and just stick it on the roof.
     
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  3. Jan 30, 2024 at 8:01 AM
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    kmeeg

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    Nothing fancy. Just MXT 275 with stock antenna and Midland T71 inside the house.

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  4. Jan 30, 2024 at 9:37 AM
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  5. Jan 30, 2024 at 9:44 AM
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    kmeeg

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    Hi BearBio, does this antenna require a serious ground? If I use 3M tape on my spoiler like I used my GMRS antenna it would be bad? I have met with some Jeep folks in the past who use CBs. Like to add a cheap CB and maybe pay a little for tuning? Last time I met with a CB tuner he was very suborn and wanted a huge antenna.
     
  6. Jan 30, 2024 at 10:46 AM
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    Thacrow

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    I went ahead and got a MXT275 and maybe I'm over thinking it. For Temporary use I should do exactly what you're doing. I was a little worried about having pelican cases in my room rack in front of the antenna.

    How is the 275? I was messing around with it in my house and it seems LOUD on the lowest volume. REALLY loud.
     
  7. Jan 30, 2024 at 11:11 AM
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    kmeeg

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    True lowest volume is little loud especially listening to weather. you can disable main unit speaker if needed so you only hear from the handheld.
    I like the 275. A nice balance in power. Its strong yet I can power it from a wire tap behind the cigarette lighter. (The more powerful ones you need a dedicated wire to the battery.)
     
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  8. Jan 30, 2024 at 11:56 AM
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    BearBio

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    Not really=it's a glorified hand-held. Plugs into the "lighter" port or can use batteries. hook up to antenna and stick it on the roof. I like the mobility in case of emergency and no cell coverage!
     
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  9. Jan 30, 2024 at 12:05 PM
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    Ripper238

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    I have my Midland mounted here:

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    And the magnetic mount with ghost antenna or 6db whip depending on my off roading on the roof. Up high is key!

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  10. Jan 30, 2024 at 3:40 PM
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    grizzlypath

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    I have the same set-up as kmeeg, but I have mine magnet mounted to my ditch light bracket which works alright.

     
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  11. Feb 7, 2024 at 6:48 PM
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    DRH

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    I put my antenna on the gobi rack and mounted the radio in the center console just in front of the add on tray. An easy install, just needed one more KC wire hider and a single hole drilled in the front of the console.
    The handset is stored in a stuff sack in the console when the radio is not needed.


     
  12. Feb 7, 2024 at 6:57 PM
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    coryanderson

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    2 radios and antennas for chasing races in Baja. I bought these for the base:

    Anina 3/4 Inch Hole Mount NMO L... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CFFC2CBR?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

    and

    PCI antennas:
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    I just got them wired up and had problems last week programming the radios. Heading down to San Felipe next month. Hopefully everything is dialed in by then.

    One of my radios is a Yaesu FT2980R and the other is a Icom IC-2730A. I ran one cable out the passenger boot (not the provided hole, the actual rubber boot) and the other out the driver side taillight.

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