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Author Topic: Under dash bracket long enough to hold two radios?  (Read 2941 times)
KB8WPD
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« on: February 20, 2012, 11:00:44 AM »

Hey guys, I want to mount two mobiles under the dash of my F-250.  I think there is plenty of room and basically all I'm looking for is a longer version of the stock bracket that will hold 2 radios.  I don't need anything fancy or expensive.  Does anybody make a bracket like this.  The radios I am planning to mount are the Yaesu FT-8800 and an Alinco DR-235.  Thanks.
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KG4RUL
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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 01:36:35 PM »

This is a setup that I have used in the past:

http://www.kg4rul.info/DualRadioBracket.bmp
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KB8WPD
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012, 01:39:58 PM »

that's genious!!!  Why didn't I think of that? Huh
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KE6VUK
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012, 02:48:37 PM »

Heres another idea for you too.
http://www.walcottcb.com/radio-accessories-radio-mounting-brackets-c-221_31.html
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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2012, 05:05:11 AM »

If your radios have the usual 2 screws per side, make a simple square or rectangular plate for each side, and drill holes to match each radio, spaced by the height you need. Use the top radio bracket to hang it from the dash.
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K1CJS
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2012, 10:53:40 AM »

If your radios have the usual 2 screws per side, make a simple square or rectangular plate for each side, and drill holes to match each radio, spaced by the height you need. Use the top radio bracket to hang it from the dash.

That is the simplest way to do it.  If the radios are about the same width, that is.  If not, but they're close, consider getting longer mounting screws and some sort of collar to go around those screws to take up the extra space between the less wide radio and the bracket.

BTW, one of the best places to get the metal is an older computer enclosure or hard drive rack.  Sometimes, with a little cutting, the plates in those are ideal for things like that.  Good luck and 73!
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WD5GWY
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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2012, 11:44:35 AM »

Be careful with the longer mounting screws going into the sides of the radio.
Too long and you could end up contacting an internal part or circuit board and
shorting something out. Could be very expensive!!
james
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K1CJS
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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2012, 08:56:35 AM »

Be careful with the longer mounting screws going into the sides of the radio.
Too long and you could end up contacting an internal part or circuit board and
shorting something out. Could be very expensive!!
james
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Good point that I forgot to mention.  Cut the longer screws to length (about the amount of thread exposed beyond the bushing that the original screw length is) BEFORE you try mounting the radios.  Even if you don't have power connected, a longer screw may just physically damage internal components.

Thanks James! Smiley
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