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Author Topic: First mobile installation  (Read 696 times)
KE5ATF
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« on: May 29, 2007, 07:05:34 AM »

Hello,

Is $85 worth it for installing a mobile radio professionally? Does anyone have a website with step-by-step instructions? Most websites seem to be a novel and talks about everthing BUT the actual installation.

Also, I own a 2007 civic. Can't seem to find an opening from my driver seat to the battery... Any opinions? Thank you! ^^

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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2007, 08:24:27 AM »

You haven't looked very hard.

Go to my web site and look at the Installation article, and in the Photo Gallery under Other Installations.

If you can't find what you want, e-mail me.

By the way, there is a convenient hole in the firewall of the Civic. It is just about and to the right of the accelerator passthrough.

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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2007, 09:19:41 AM »

Depends on how much money you have Smiley

I am not sure if your going for permanent/drilling holes or more of a temporary setup.

I have some pictures and description on my website.  http://www.n0zld.com/ then click on mobile at the top.  I need to update the site as I have the antenna now mounted but just use your imagination and picture a mag mounted dummy load on top of my CRV Tongue

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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2007, 10:07:09 AM »

>>...Is $85 worth it for installing a mobile radio professionally?

If the shop KNOWS ham/commercial radio, then 85 bucks is a steal for professional installation labor.

Does than include antenna installation?

In the commercial world, mobile installations run from two hours' labor and up. That's $150+.

What are you getting for your $85? How were they recommended to you? Will they provide references of other installations?

Clint Bradford, K6LCS
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KE5ATF
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2007, 10:12:11 AM »

Thanks for all your replies!

I've decided that i'm just going to do it on my own and save money.

What are couple of options to ground the radio? I've heard people use the seat sliding metal on the floor.  Is the metal connected to the body of the car?

SHC
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2007, 10:36:23 AM »

Here's a 2007 Civic installation...

http://www.wm5r.org/mobile/
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2007, 10:37:56 AM »

>>...ground...the seat sliding metal on the floor. Is the metal connected to the body of the car?

Nope. Guaranteed to be electrically noisy.

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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2007, 11:48:00 AM »

The truth is, you needn't ground the chassis of the radio. If that is necessary to cure some problem like RFI ingress, then something else is amiss. Remember too, a ground strap IS NOT a ground plane.

To be sure, there has to be a return for the coax shield, but a long ground strap isn't it. This fact is why experienced mobile operators drill holes.  

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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2007, 10:49:41 AM »

I can not agree with not grounding the radio to the floor pan of the vehicle. If the only grounds are the antenna ground, and some don't even do that and the return neg battery lead you are asking for trouble in my book. When in question, ground, ground and more ground.

I say this after earning a living in RF and EMC/EMI engineering/testing in the automotive world in Detroit.

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N6QL
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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2007, 01:28:10 PM »

"Is $85 worth it for installing a mobile radio professionally? "

Wow! A ham paying to have a radio installed?!  
Not trying to flame the original poster here this is just the first time I've ever even thought about having a ham rig "professionally installed". Next thing you know HRO will have an installation center like Circuit City! Sure makes a strong case for improving the quality of the licensing exams!


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« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2007, 09:21:09 AM »

...Sure makes a strong case for improving the quality of the licensing exams!

A stupid statement.

On some of these modern vehicles, there is no appropriate pass-though in the firewall to get power from the battery to the radio. And the proper touting of antenna cabling sometimes requires tearing apart a whole series of interior paneling...

The amateur radio exams don't need to cover construction techniques of modern vehicles.

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