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[aprssig] Vehicular Window Flag Mount for antenna base?

Richard Amirault ramirault at erols.com
Sat Aug 27 03:14:05 UTC 2005


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rodney Padmore"
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Vehicular Window Flag Mount for antenna base?


> Thanks for reply, Richard. I am thinking of the kind that is used by many 
> Patriots to fly the U.S. Flag attached to  the rear car windows, 
> typically. I recall seeing them in the Merrimack Valley and now they are 
> appearing up here flying the red and white flag.
> You see them especially on commemorative occasions. It seems to me they 
> might make a great base for a quick and dirty vhf antenna-quarter wave or 
> such. I am trying to figure if they can be adapted as an antenna baseand 
> thought someone might have already seen the potential , 73 de Rod,

That's what I *thought* you meant ... but I didn't really believe it ... On 
my car I've been running an American Flag on such a mount since 9/11 (not 
the same flag/mount of course)  They are all similar, but not exactly the 
same. Some of these flag mounts are one piece. Some are two piece units .. 
the flag "staff" twists and locks in the window mount part.  Some of these 
flag staffs are not very stiff either.

Frankly, I think you'd do much better with a suction cup mount or a over the 
window mount that Radio Shack used to sell (don't know if they still do .. 
with no catalog to look at) BUT these only took BNC antennas

But these BNC over the window mounts were made of metal, not plastic like 
the flag mounts.  If you wanted to mount a NMO antenna I think it you'd have 
better luck converting a BNC mount than using a plastic flag mount.

Richard Amirault                                N1JDU                Boston, 
MA, USA
www.erols.com/ramirault          "Go Fly A Kite"




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