Ham Radio Antennas Installed

With the roof rack installed on our Toyota FJ Cruiser it was time to get the Ham Radio antennas installed. Three antennas are needed for my build. The first antenna is used for the ARPS radio and the other two are used by the ICOM 2820. The 2820 uses the primary antenna for transmission. For reception two antennas are used with the antenna with the best signal selected.

Primary Antenna

Primary Antenna

The mounts are made out of a heavy duty selection of aluminum “L” stock. The brackets are then bolted to the rack and the antenna mounts are then attached to the brackets. I use UFH based mounts which allows an me to attach a cable to the mount if I need to setup a high gain antenna for stationary communications.

Secondary Antenna

APRS Antenna

Cost: Antenna Mount and cable: $45.00 each

Time: 1.5 hours



Tomas has lived in Colorado since age 5. Having grown up on the Western Slope of Colorado lots of time was spent in the Desert Southwest. Tomas' father introduced him to the love of 4 wheeling at an early age in the high mountains around Aspen, Colorado. While an avid Mountain Biker, Tomas and his Family enjoy adventures in the mountains and desert in the remote locations that can only be reached by 4wd. Day hikes are always a must when on the family trips. While enjoying outdoor activities he wants to share his love as a certified 4wd trainer and ski instructor. Tomas also enjoys caving and cave exploration. Tomas currently resides in Colorado Springs. 


  5 comments for “Ham Radio Antennas Installed

  1. dale durham
    November 1, 2010 at 7:58 AM

    Very Nice!

  2. Chris Ohland
    November 2, 2011 at 7:42 AM

    Just wondering if you ever considered mounting a ham antenna on the front bumper. I’ve had a 2M antenna on the left side of my roof rack (held in place by a very nice Fourtreks mount) but it gets clobbered by low-hanging trees. The antenna I’m using is a Firestik 2M quarter-wave, it’s only about 15″ high but gives me good performance, at least on the roof. Other locations, I’m not so sure. I’ve got a Bandi mount on order to try the antenna out on the rear door hinge; others have done it, it might work well enough for short range work on the trail, and I can always screw on a longer one (Firestik makes a 2M 5/8 wave as well) for the highway. The only shortcoming with these antennae is that they use a PL-259/SO-259 mount, and the newer cables are more readily available with NMO mounts. The NMO mount’s wider base is what’s making me consider mounting the antenna (at least one of them) on the front bumper (I’ve got an Expedition One) where there’s more room.

    • November 3, 2011 at 2:02 PM

      The problem with the Bandi mount or a bumper mount is the lack of ground plane. FM antennas are going to perform best in the center of the roof.

  3. Steve
    December 18, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    I’m currently researching the parts list necessary for a roof rack mounted 2m/70cm antenna. I’ll be installing a FT 857d with a little tarheel on a bandi mount on the rear for 6m on down, so snaking the cables for that is not that big a challenge (grounding will be and that will be a pain, LOL). My question is where did you snake the coaxs for the roof antennas? Did you bind them to the rack and bring them back to the rear door? Or did you come through the roof somehow?

    You’re guidance and experience is greatly appreciated.

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