For many, many years the only mobile antenna I used was a 19-inch whip on a mag mount. It worked flawlessly on both 2 meters and 70 centimeters, and, as long as you are careful about how you put it on and take it off, it does no damage to the vehicle's finish.
Because I'm in a Jeep Liberty now and I have height problems because of the parking garage I use during the day, I have had to give up the mag mount, and will use a hole-mount on a small metal protrusion from a bolt under the hood. (Note to self: I really must go get an antenna and get the thing mounted once and for all!)
I, too, will not drill a hole in my vehicle for an antenna. After 41 years as a ham, I know all too well that I will change taste in antennas, and that could leave me with a hole on my vehicle that just won't heal.
uhlawpup - deep in the heart of Downtown Houston
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