Unofficial Poll: How many antennas are too many?

1? 2? 3? How many antennas do you have on your vehicle during the hunt? I've seen a couple "newer" chasers in the area who seem to be the mobile porcipine.
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I think the answer to that question would be more than you have equipment for...

I have several for various pieces of equipment..

HAM radio has one...
CB has one...
Police scanner has one...
TV has one...
Car radio has one...

I had one for a separate weather radio, but have basically merged the CB into my WX radio as I rarely use the CB to chat.

TOTAL = 5 + 1 Davis WX Station
1- std car radio
2- Cellphone windshield mount(internal)
3- Dual band Ham 2m and 70cms
Thats three as standard but occasionally 2 extra.

4- extra 2m for APRS not always fitted.
5- Cellphone Magmount for when using Nokia PC cellphone card.- not always fitted.
AM/FM vehicle radio, 2M Ham, Scanner, Wi-Fi and Cell. Add to that the Hybrid Davis Station. Looks like I should be able to talk to Mars.

However, I know of a couple that have many more. One of the OKC Networks has a fella that lives up here. His vehicle is LOADED! Various radio mounts, two cell mounts, Two Wi-Fi mounts, TV Antenna, Davis Station and a few other gadgets. There is no dounbt when he's coming down the road! He's a nice guy though and we trade information and thoughts on location and target. He shares video with us and Vice Versa.
I have three. Dual band ham radio, CB, and scanner antennas. These are very low profile though as they are on the jeep all year. I could probably get away with just having the dual band antenna on there most of the time, but I travel back and forth to Colorado quite a bit and like to have the CB and scanner on while I'm traveling.

I'm with Tony that more antennas than necessary equipment is nothing but antenna envy. To each their own though, I've seen hams running around that put storm chasers to shame. One person can only use so much equipment at one time :roll:

I use 4 antennas while chasing (most of the time, at least):

+ Dual-band 2m/70cm ham antenna
+ Tri-band 6m/2m/70cm ham antenna
+ Scanner / 2m ham antenna
+ CB Antenna

I haven't used my CB in a couple of years, so I don't think that'll be on my car for too much longer...
I am almost antenna-less this year. I can phone in reports on my cell-phone. My wx-worx antenna goes on the dashboard. Same with the 2 GPS units I have.

The only thing I can't hide is the NOAA radio antenna. 8)
Would definitely have to call mine a porcupine.

3 scanners w/ antenna for each
1 2-meter w/antenna
1 dual band (2m 70cm) w /antenna
1 cell phone booster
1 wifi booster
1 VHF (police band)
1 cb
1 am/fm radio
4 T.V (dual phased rabbit ear ) but they stay down until needed.

I thought about combining scanner antennas but it can screw up reception.

Oh ya

1 Anamometer (magmount)
4 here

I run 4

1 for 2m rig
1 for wx radio/scanner
1 for trunking scanner
1 for standard AM/FM radio

Someday I'll probably add one for HF work... (for those quiet days) ;)

3-4 to get there. Then I make a stop and take them all down before shooting in a heavy lightning area.

Charles my goodness. A few more and you'll give the Very Large Array a run for its money :)
I will be running 5 antennas.

1) scanner
1) HAM
1) WIFI External
1) Cell phone
1) Stock AM/FM radio antenna

1) TV antenna (depending on the chase)
This thread makes me think back hundreds of years ago when I worked the drive-thru at McDonalds, where some gentleman with a half hundred antennaes pertruding from his El Camino would come by. Some of the those antennaes extended 10 feet tall from the car and would scrape the underside of the drive thru overhang...the metal on brick made a lovely noise....anyway, I have one antennae for the scanner....GF
I have several antennas on the car during chasing season, only one is permanently mounted (trunk mount):

- 2 Radio Shack Scanner Antennas (Magnet Mount), one for the Uniden Scanner, and one for the Midland Weather Radio
- 2m Transmitter Antenna (Trunk Mount)
- TV Antenna (Magnet Mount)
- T-Mobile GPRS Antenna (Magnet Mount)

I remember seeing a car at the Burger King that I used to work at before I got fired, and they eventually closed down a short time later that had about 10 antennas on their truck, they had a Skywarn sticker on the back of their truck, so most likely a storm spotter there!
Last year I chased with 2.

1- Scanner
1- 2m / 70cm for TM-G707A

This year I've added a SG7500NMO antenna also.

Might get some type of TV antenna also. Any suggestions anyone?
I won't count the stock radio antenna. I have 3 others. A large dual band, a smaller glass-mount dual band as a backup, and the huge 12 ft HF antenna. All others are part of the equipment they serve, and can't be counted as vehicle mounted..
Besides the am/fm antenna that came with the car, I only use one mag mount antenna,
which I usually take off the roof, when there is a lot of lightning.

i agree that you have too many antennas when there are some that arent hooked up to anything, or something very un-usefull, like your 3rd backup NOAA radio, or your 7th backup CB antenna 'just incase' like some people i have seen. If you can convince me that you've got a use for something in your vehicle with an antenna hooked up to it, its fine by me, you could have 16 for all i care.

right now for me its just a scanner antenna and a CB antenna. I havent gotten around to installing my 2M radio in the new truck yet, and the WiFi antenna is magnetic.
That's my deal too. If they are hooked up to something and have a purpose, then they are fine. When you start installing them just for looks and they have no use or purpose, then that's too many. IMO the sole exception to that might be a backup ham antenna. I keep one extra dual bander mounted after having one clipped off in the middle of reporting a tornadic event out in SW TX many years ago and couldn't broadcast any longer. I decided if I was going to be reporting those types of things via my ham, I wanted a backup for that.
Here is my list....

1: Dual Band Ham Radio
2: Scanner #1
3: Scanner #2
4: VHF Public Service Band #1
5: VHF Public Service Band #2
6: UHF Public Service Band
7: CB Radio
8: Cell Phone
9: Television
10: EMWIN Rebroadcast Unit
11: External GPS Antenna (new this year)
12: Sirius Satellite Radio
13: Wireless Network "Can" Antenna (experimental)
14: Omni-directional Wireless Network Antenna
15: Lightning Detector

Others come and go, depending on setup. Sometimes I will take the DirecTV system out with me. I am also adding a DirecPC setup for the vehicle, but I am still trying to figure out how exactly I want to place it on the vehicle. I also have a complete Davis Weather Monitor II weather station installed, and a full-sized Federal Streethawk Lightbar.
8) Well I have around 12 Includeing 2 Sat. dishes I have had folks ask if we track ufo's...