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Author Topic: Mobile Rig Mounts  (Read 1280 times)
JS6343
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« on: December 06, 2006, 05:02:08 PM »

Any thoughts out there about the viability of mounting a transciever on the headliner/cab roof?
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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2006, 05:20:13 AM »

I've seen it done a lot of times, but it isn't ideal for several reasons. The main one is safety.

If you want some ideas, got to my web site and look under Radio Mounts. Also, check out the Installations article, and the Photo Gallery under Other Installs.

Alan, KØBG
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KB1LKR
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2006, 02:37:18 PM »

Car/light truck, or medium/heavy truck/bus? The latter may present a whole lot more options, but I suspect you mean the former.

If you can bolt *securely* to the roof structure (ribs, overhead console, etc. vs just the liner), above the rear view mirror (if equipped) it might not be too bad for a receiver or other (AM/FM broadcast, scanner, GPS, rear CCTV, comm speaker, etc. particularly in a truck or bus) and in fact in cars/light trucks this is a common factory location for (granted smaller) compass/temperature/trip-fuel computers), but for a transceiver you'd end up w/ the mic cord hanging down in front of your windshield, not good, unless you can route a custom mic cable through a windshield piller to a more conventional location on/below the dash, so in general Alan's probably right, not to mention less verbose!
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2006, 04:36:42 PM »

Thanks for the input.  I have an Avalanche.  I am leaning toward a roof mount if I can make it happen.

Alan - I checked your website course, but did not see any examples of a roof mount.   (but many other great ideas.

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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2006, 06:03:25 PM »

hi james,

have you seen the Ram mounts ?

http://www.ram-mount.com/hamradio.htm

73 james

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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2006, 06:42:26 AM »

Jim, the reason you don't see roof mounted transceivers on my web site is simply this; I try my best to error on the side of safe mobile operation. This includes minimizing distractions. Dangling mic cords are a big distraction.

My Install database contains several hundred photos of poor installation practices. I even have one of an Icom 706 mounted atop the SRS in the center of the steering wheel in a Subaru. I don't publish them for obvious reasons.

Do yourself a favor, and find a safer place to mount your radio.

Alan, KØBG
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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2006, 11:45:47 AM »

One other factor against overhead mounts for tranceivers is the additional length of wire needed for the power connection. More wire, more (undesirable) voltage drop. Not to mention running no. 8 or no. 10 wire through the windshield pillar or the headliner.

If you simply MUST have an overhead mount, get a rig with a control head and mount that overhead with the tranceiver mounted in a more conventional location.

The reason you don't see such installations on Alan's site is that it is a lousy location for a transceiver - CB rigs on OTR trucks, notwithstanding.

73,

Lon - W3LK
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« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2006, 10:42:06 AM »

I prefer overhead mountings and contrary to what some say I feel its safer. I have had my Icom 706 control head mounted in lots of spots and I found overhead on the console just above the mirror is the perfect place.

I am already looking that direction from time to time to check the mirror so a quick glance up isnt distracting. I can look up at the head and still have my eye's out twards the road, If you mount it low under the dash line you looking down and not out.

In most cases you need a remote head and you need to remote the mic so it doesnt hang down then you dont have any cords to deal with in your field of vision.
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JS6343
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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2006, 09:50:52 AM »

Great points.  Thanks.  Decisions, decisions......

KC9KKZ

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« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2007, 09:05:39 PM »

I bought a Shelf-It for my BroncoII and mounted an Icom 207H there. What a PITA, for all the reasons noted above by others! Acquired the remote kit, cobbled up a bracket for the control head (attached at the 4WD Switch on the dash) and put the RF unit in the Radio/Gun Box partition of a Tuffy Console.

MUCH better, and harder to steal the radio.

On the other hand, a Tuffy Console costs more than a VHF/UHF rig...but I already had one.
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