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Old 06-10-2015, 12:37 AM   #1
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Ground plane for tpo roof?

Are there any kits out there or just grab a metal panel and dicor it to the roof?
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Old 06-10-2015, 04:53 AM   #2
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What type antenna needs a ground plane on the roof?
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I needed a ground plane for a small magnetic mount XM antenna. I fastened a small metal bracket to the metal rim of a ceiling vent and fastened a small piece of sheet metal to that.

If I needed a large ground plane, I'd probably screw it to the top of a vent cover, eg a MaxAire vent topper. I would not like to make more holes in my roof.

Maybe there is an antenna that does not require a separate ground plane available for your application?
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What type antenna needs a ground plane on the roof?
Many antenna's need a ground plane, and a typical vehicle being metal provides that. but RV's can be a challenge with the rubber roofs. Ham Radio, CB radio, etc.

CarlB, What is the antenna for? and what mount? You can buy radials or make one. for most antenna's the ground plane just needs to hook to the outside conductor of the antenna cable and does not have to be tied to the ground of the body. Here are some ideas
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Looking at this system - http://www.amazon.com/weBoost-Drive-...dp/B00RHMFPEU/
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Long story short, I have about 30 days to get to Alaska and back, but cannot take that many consequtive days off. As I am in IT presales, I can do a lot over the phone and via webex, so my phone needs to work as well as it can. Yes I realize there are some areas of BC and Yukon where there is absolutely NO coverage, but I should be out of those in a couple days.
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:30 AM   #7
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Wilson has a few antennas with built in ground plane that could be ladder mounted.


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Good info! Another idea would be to ask someone who has a ham antenna already mounted. I never seen a ham radio operator who didn't like to talk about his setup.
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Are the vent caps over the gas fridge still steel? Would that give enough surface area?
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I've used the Wilson Sleek (link) and Wilson Trucker Antenna with a Verizon Jetpack for a couple of years. Verizon 4-G is available widely (but not everywhere) and the antenna and amplifier help in those situations where there is an on again and off again 1 bar signal. Obviously nothing works where there is not signal all. I have the antenna mounted to my ladder.

It is NOT recommended that a telephone device be held to your ear when it is in the amplifier cradle; too much RF. I have used a phone in the cradle as a speaker phone.
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