Configurations for Mounting an Antenna on a Pickup Toolbox
The toolbox on a pickup truck can definitely be a good place to place an antenna. While the strategy can be slightly different between a standard ground-plane dependent antenna and a no-ground-plane antenna, there are a couple of mounting configurations that can work for both antenna types:
1. Standard side mounted "L" bracket
2. Roof mount
Regardless of the configuration, make sure the antenna is as far away from the vertical side of the truck as possible. These vertical surfaces can prove to be barriers, preventing the antennas from radiating their signals efficiently. If you mount your antenna too close, you might find that you have SWR issues. This can easily be prevented by giving your antenna some space and using an antenna that the load whether top or center is above the vehicle roof line.
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