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Author Topic: First Mobile Installation questions  (Read 387 times)
KD5RKO
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« on: April 29, 2007, 09:26:24 PM »

I have purchased a used Yaesu 1500M transceiver, along with an MFJ-1402 antenna and a Larsen NMOK NMO antenna mount. The vehicle is a 1999 Ford Escort Wagon. My main questions are transceiver location and routing of wires.

1. For the antenna mount, I was thinking the best location to drill the hole in the roof would be just above where the dome light is for ease of access and it is almost centered on the roof. Now the question is, how do I run the cable? Do I need to remove the headliner somehow? It seems like the logical route would be to go down the pillar between the front and rear passenger doors and somehow conceal it in the molding. Then go under the carpet towards the center console area.

2. Wiring the power cable: anyone have any experience with Fords on bringing cable through the firewall towards the battery? Are there any available holes already that I could squeeze the wire through, or will I need to drill?

3. Location of the transceiver: One possibility I was thinking of is vertically mounting it on the passengers side of the console. Only issue with that would be that it is right at the passengers knee/leg level and the speaker would be aimed away. Another possibility is in the little cubby directly beneath the climate controls and radio. The 1500 is pretty small and will fit there well as long as there is a way to secure it. The third option I thought of would just be up on the dash, nut that would be ugly, directly in the sun and hard to conceal the wires.

Any thoughts, ideas, advice would be appreciated. And I did try several car stereo places for the antenna mount/power cable install, but they want ludicrous prices. Car-Toys quoted me 175 just for the antenna. I wouldn't mind paying a professional especially on the drilling a hole in the roof bit. But at that price I believe I can do it myself.

Thanks in advance
KD5RKO
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K0BG
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2007, 06:45:38 AM »

I could answer all of these questions easily, but everything you need to know is on my web site. Look under VHF Options to start, then Wiring, and perhaps the Antenna articles.

Alan, KØBG
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KE4DRN
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2007, 03:28:39 PM »

hi andrew,

if your car has automatic transmission,
you will find rubber plug where the clutch cable would pass to the firewall.

most of the time if you follow the hood release cable,
it will pass by the battery on the way to the hood latch.

73 james

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