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Author Topic: Getting ready to install my first mobile radio...  (Read 1292 times)
KE7PHS
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« on: October 26, 2007, 10:35:03 AM »

So I picked up a Yeaseu FT-7800R and am itching to try it out. I'll be getting 8# wire to run from the battery to inside the cab of my truck, a Dodge Ram 3500.

I have a few days to mull over where to mount the radio and if I want to mount it and the head in the same location. I'm not in a big hurry to make my mind up on that - I'm trying to find a place that is safe and convenient. I'm also trying to decide if I want to make a home-brew face mount. We'll see.

I'm trying to figure out how and what to do with an antenna.

I drive a truck and have a canopy on the back for half of the year and for the other half, it's off and I have my 5th wheel behind me most weekends and holidays.

Those things said, I'm looking for recommendations on antennas that will be most suitable for my current setup needs and creative mounting ideas. Since the truck ends up in garages quite a bit, wherein there is not a significant amount of clearance, I'm concerned with longer whip antennas from the roof. I've seen the mounts like Geo Tool mounts, and I like what I see, but with the canopy on the truck, it seems to not be a good option. I could work something that used the bed-rail pocket, but jutted out on either the driver or passenger side, but would still likely need the antenna higher than the top of the truck if I am understanding all that I'm reading (I admit, I'm suffering from information overload). While I have a magmount that I use when mobiling from my handheld, I see that as more of a temporary solution than permanent fix and would love any ideas yall might have to offer.

Thanks in advance & 73's,

KE7PHS
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K0BG
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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2007, 11:59:15 AM »

Most folks in your predicament use a hood seam bracket, and there is one made specifically for the Ram. The best antenna you can choose is the Larsen NMO2/70BK. Best there is, and you'll never regret the purchase.

If you want more ideas, go to my web site, and look in the Photo Gallery under Other Installs.

Alan, KØBG
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KE7PHS
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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2007, 01:43:04 PM »

Hi Alan,

Thanks for the reply. I was able to find the antenna you recommended rather quickly, but where do I find the hood seem bracket you recommended? And is this something that should then be closer or further away from the cab?

Now that I have the wiring for the radio, I'm in the process of trying to figure out where I want to install the thing. It has an extension kit I can buy and a way to homebrew it, but I've not figured out where to put it in the truck. I thought it might fit in the space under the radio consol, but it isn't deep enough to fit well. I'll figure it out eventually.

Thanks much for the response, too.

73s,

Khalil
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K0BG
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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2007, 04:15:22 PM »

Google is your friend! Here is one of the hits. Pay attention when you're shopping, as the ones for the 2006 and later are different!

http://www.dandlantenna.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76&products_id=235

Alan, KØBG
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K3GM
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2007, 04:19:40 PM »

Firestik sells them direct, or you can get it thru an online vendor.  Also check LCC Enterprises.  Universal Radio sells them.  I had one on either side of my 2nd generation Ram.  They work good.  One word of caution.  I recommend a good coating of RTV silicone after you assemble the NMO mount to the mounting bracket.  Being up on the hood, they are subject to water and road salt spray (if you have that in WA) and the coax connection will corrode thru within a couple of storms.  With the RTV sealing the underside of the mount, mine lasted 4 years until I sold the truck.
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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2007, 08:00:31 AM »

<<  but where do I find the hood seem bracket you recommended? >>

Any good commercial two-way shop should have them.

73,

Lon - W3LK
Naugatuck, Connecticut
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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2008, 01:48:31 PM »

The Antenna Farm.Com Has a good selection of mounts and antennas.
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