I thought would share some items I just purchased for a new antenna install.
While this is not on my expedition rig, I do travel a lot in this vehicle. i.e back and forth to work.
First I will be drilling a hole in the roof for an MNO mount.
Why? The NMO style mount can be used for a lot of applications, from HAM radios, to cell phones, to GPS antennas. So if I sell the vehicle the next owner can use it if they want. Second the roof is the best location for the antenna.
I will be mounting it dead center near the rear, but at least a 1/4 wave length in from the rear of the roof. This will give it better omni directional pattern. I have noticed a lot of the newer cars have a little antenna in this same location, so it should look almost stock too. Which is a good thing as it won't advertise my radio equipment.
I bought my USA made cables from here
I bought my Diamond NR72BNMO antenna from here.
and my NMO mount from antenna world. It's not a super flush mount, as it stick down about 5/8" but I have room under the head liner
I wanted to use some LMR-240 coax in case it gets used for cell phone, but sure can't hurt for HAM radio either. They offer ultra flex LMR-400 if you have room for a .4" diameter cable