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Started my Ham Radio install

Discussion in 'Recovery & Gear' started by vader7071, Sep 8, 2018.

  1. Sep 8, 2018 at 5:41 PM
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    vader7071

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    Well, I finally made some progress. Got my antennas mounted. The true test will be this week to see how well the mount holds.
    20180908_190503.jpg 20180908_190516.jpg 20180908_190509.jpg

    Yes I know my choke coil doesn't need to go around the mount......lol just hanging it there for now as I road test the mount.

    Once this gets locked in, on to the mounting of the rigs.
     
  2. Sep 8, 2018 at 7:14 PM
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    MotoTundra

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    I don't know a thing about HAM radio, but that looks cool.
     
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  3. Sep 8, 2018 at 7:38 PM
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    baylrballa

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    Ditto
     
  4. Sep 9, 2018 at 7:55 AM
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    @MotoTundra @baylrballa , thanks.

    For ham radio, think CB radio on crack, and those hand held family radios sold at Wal-mart on crack plus.
     
  5. Sep 9, 2018 at 8:03 AM
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    Nice!
     
  6. Sep 9, 2018 at 9:50 AM
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    Randy Morton

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    Great job. What radio are you using, and whose antenna mounts are those? How about some interior pictures?
     
  7. Sep 9, 2018 at 10:13 AM
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    Haven't quite got to the inside yet. That is next once these mounts pass my Interstate test this week.

    Radios are an Icom 706MKIIg and a TYT TH-9800.

    Antennas are a Comet UHV-6 and a Comet UHV-4

    Mounts. Ah, there it gets fun. I used this as a starting point:

    Tenq Car Antenna Mount Stainless Steel Car Clip Mount Trunk Lid Hatchback Mount Bracket for Mobile Vehicle Car Radio Car Two Way Radio Radio Antenna + 5m Antenna Cable

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    Took the base off

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    And drilled the hole out to 1/2". Then i got a 1/2" x 1" stainless steel carriage bolt, (2) 1/2" flat washers, (2) star washers, and a 1/2" stainless steel nut.

    20180908_144251.jpg

    From here on, I forgot to take pics. But I ground/cut two edges off the carriage bolt head so it would slip in the factory side rail.

    Slid the bolt into the rail, got it to the first notch, slipped on a flat washer, then a star washer, then the mount, the other star washer, the final flat washer, and then the nut.

    Tighten till it don't want to wiggle and screw the antenna on.

    I am worried at prolonged interstate speeds it may want to rotate, so I either have to figure out how to lock the unit from rotating, or move it to the rail at the front of the bed and have the antennas right at the cab. The latter is the absolute last resort.

    Total cost to mount both, maybe $80. $35 each for the 2 mounts, and maybe $10 tops in stainless steel hardware. And the mounts came with coax, so that helps alleviate some cost.

    Next step is to pull the back seat and mount the bodies, antenna tuner, 1 farad capacitor, and power distribution block.

    3rd step is mounting the faces. But I think I have that fully figured out.
     
  8. Sep 9, 2018 at 10:18 AM
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    Darkness

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    Stuff on crack is good... I think... just not people.
     
  9. Sep 9, 2018 at 1:44 PM
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    Looking good on the truck, sir...and totally digging the bedside decal! :thumbsup:
    I find HAM radio very intriguing...in the truck, at home and especially for a grid down SHTF scenario!
    Getting a license seems like a worthy endeavor.
    And you need 2 antennas, eh?
     
  10. Sep 9, 2018 at 3:49 PM
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    A) TY!!! Custom made ;) goes well with my Deadpool costume.

    B ) yeah, the license is not that hard, and it is a fun hobby.

    C) well, I need 2 antennas because i am using 2 radios. But "technically" I really should be running 3. I've just combined 2 into 1.
     
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  11. Sep 11, 2018 at 4:43 AM
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    Ok, suggestion. If you mount on the passenger side, all is good. If you mount on the driver side, either change to a nylon locking nut, change to a left-handed thread, or crank down on the nut like mad.

    Other than that, I have driven about 500-600 miles at 60 to 80mph and they have held up well.
     
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    Looks awesome. I am still contemplating a vhf Mount. Can you send a pic of where you mounted your radio or control head.?
     
  14. Sep 12, 2018 at 2:51 AM
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    Haven't mounted the heads yet. So far, this is all I have done.

    My "plan" is to use these parts to mount the faces:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0057JYEUG
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002KO5XVU
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FN11KM2
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075V79QN6

    Use the cup mount in the very front cup holder, then mount the ball on the back of the face. This lets me swing the faces where I want.

    But, I haven't done it yet. Got to order the parts.
     
  15. Sep 12, 2018 at 6:33 AM
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    This is awesome. I want to put a CB in my truck since I do a lot of highway driving. Nice to know what is going on around you.
     
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    Oh yeah? Check this guy out.

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  17. Sep 14, 2018 at 3:02 PM
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    Well, after driving over 1,500 miles on the interstate over a week, still had a little of the layover issue. But it was a ridiculously easy fix. The factory tie down points that slide in the rails? Yeah. They but right up next to the mount and keep them from rotating over. No cost fix.

    I'll get a pic and post it.
     

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