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Old 02-12-2019, 10:44 PM   #1
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Default Any of you guys have a HAM in your truck?

Looking to put a proper HAM in my D21. My little handheld doesn't have enough transmit power. I was considering mounting the radio underneath the center console behind the shifters, but it seems like it might be annoying to get to. Thought about a roof mount but wasn't sure how that would work either. Any of you guys have a radio in yours I could use for some inspiration?
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Old 02-13-2019, 01:59 AM   #2
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Be careful mounting things to the roof. There is not much room for a mistake when drilling.
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:29 AM   #3
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Your handheld, when used INSIDE the truck, will barely get out a half mile. Get a good distance away from the metal of the truck, it does much better. I only use my CB radio and antenna when I go on camping trips. I mount it to the center of the dashboard using Velcro strips on the metal mounting bracket and run the antenna wire under the seat and out the back slider window to the roof. That only works if you don't install permanently, though. For the hot lead, I tap into the cigarette lighter.

For a permanent install, I would recommend a mount on the tunnel just forward of the gear shift. Then you can hide the antenna wire and the power lead and ground. Antenna wire under the carpet, out the back slider and to the roof antenna. Put the microphone on the passenger side of the radio, or you will keep kicking it when you drive. You can also tap into your front or rear stereo speakers to hear the thing better, rather than using the little stock speaker in the radio. It's actually easier to tap into the door speakers.
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Im not licensed yet, soon.. but I have a Baofeng uv5r for listening to...
Works pretty good with the longer antenna 18" and remote mic...
I've yet to get a mount, but I'm thinking to build a mount using the ashtray slot as a point for semi permanent mount..
Been thinking a piece of plate the width of the slot and then a flange for the radio to clip into aswell as the mic...

Seen some mounts using the seat bolt as the anchor point... But I'm thinking this might do aswell..
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The Baofeng UV5R+ is what I'm using now. I've got an external whip antenna for it that I can use, but the 5w transmit power is limiting even with the larger antenna. Most of the proper truck mount radios have 75 or 100w transmit power, a considerable increase.


A lot of the higher end units have remote fascia you can mount to the dashboard so you can put the actual radio under the seat or somewhere out of the way. I like the thought of that but am not sure I want to spend that kind of cash. Looks like under the center of the dash behind the shifters may be the best option, which is a bit unfortunate. I'll have to do some more thinking on this.
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75-100 watts on the base units? Hell, I might have to get ME one of those...

I have seen those Baofeng units a lot at Amazon. Was looking at the one that goes to 8 watts, but I had no clue they went so high on the output for the base units.
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Years ago when I was involved in desert racing I had a Yaesu dual band with antenna mounted on the roof towards the back on my xtracab Toyota. It worked great.

similar to this...



I currently have a small CB below my radio in the dash.
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Amazon has a bunch of radio setups for a relatively good prices...
Was thinking of getting a bigger unit later when I get a license...
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The Yaesu 2900 is the unit I was considering purchasing.
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While I am not a licensed HAM, I do own a converted uniden president hr2510. It goes from 26.000 to 29.999 MHz in all modes....am fm usb lsb and cw.
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