Look at post #7. The radio body is bracketed to the right kick panel, it get power from the battery through a switch thats always hot. Remote speaker sits in the floor console in front of the shifter.
I've since moved the head attachment to the coin tray above the center console. Found an old "L" bracket, it lets me angle the head towards me for better visibility. Antenna uses a ball mount behind drivers door, with a quick disconnect. All visable pieces come out quickly, and are just as fast to go back in. Nobody can see the body unless they are looking hard, and then it looks like a black box with wires, not interesting to thieves.
I have an 06 TJ... being a longtime ham, radios come and go along with the emergency response equipment. (Local FEMA team) I took an oak book shelf from the local DIY store and cut it to fit above the sport bars at the windshield header since I never drop the window. covered with cheap black automotive carpet and tied it in place with 4 heavy nylon cable straps it currently holds the control head of the siren and local ems/le radio, the external speaker and body of my Yaesu 857d. The head of the 857 is mounted on top of the dash. The TJ is a porcupine as far as antennas go, HF is ball mounted passenger side rear fender, vhf,uhf public service is driverside behind drivers door, vhf/uhf ham is windshield mounted and is going to be replaced as it is an SWR nightmare due to the metal content in the windshield tint. Beware of this on any newer vehicles. My 98 Grand Cherokee Doesn't have this issue, so Isuspect it started about 2000...
Sounds like a winning combo! Both rigs are great. I have an FT60, VX8R, and an FT8900. Tricky with Jeeps are getting enough metal for a decent ground plane. I had an F350 diesel before the jeep and noticed it was a bit better on the reception side of things. Same antenna and mounted the same. Front side lip mount on the hood. I'm still very happy with the set up though. Good job for signing up for the class. It's a great hobby!
Quick comment on your reception issues... it's your antenna location. Your ham antenna is too close to your stereo antenna. SUBSTANTIALLY too close. this is skewing the pattern of reception and transmission of your ham antenna. you need to move the ham ant to the other side... I could cite the data and a long shopping list of hows and whys but the long and short is between the ground plane aspect and the "beam" aspect the two antennas create you are losing signal from about 260 degrees of the available are around the jeep
Here's what I settled on. IC2200H with a "11m freeband". Antennas are NMO type. I had to mill the angle iron down to get the NMO brackets to work but I am happy with the result as it is about as low profile possible with a jeep. The ground plane is obviously a lot less the than ideal but it doesn't snag on brush. My range on 2m is extremely good if I'm TX/RX to my rear as I have about a 80/20 lobe ratio favoring the rear.
YAY! I found more of my peeples! N2GNZ here. I'm running a Kenwood TM-231 next to an old Regency 40 Channel CB. I'm using a stainless 5/8 wave whip on my 2M mounted on the tire stop and I Frankenstein'd the CB antenna on the driver's side onto a custom bracket I made to match the tire stop on the passenger side. The set-up works quite nicely, but I think I'm gonna try to get the radios mounted in my .50 cal ammo can console since it's water tight.
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So, I just got my first JEEP....a 2013 Unlimited. This sure is a lot more challenging to mount radios and antennas than my '98 Durango was. In the Durango I had a Radio Shack Pro-2096 Scanner and a Yaesu FT-7900 Dual Band rig.
Considering Public Safety in my county is going to a digital encrypted system, I don't mind giving up the mobile scanner. So, I will be satisfied with a permanent install of the dual band radio.
My big dilemma is mounting the antenna. I have read many threads here and are familiar with the Tail Light and Spare Tire mounts many are using. In fact, if I was running 2-meters only I would probably go with one of those and the Firestick antenna....but in this neck of the woods UHF is used a lot and I already have the dual band antennas.
As for a mount, my thought train is this: As I have to run power from the battery through the firewall it's probably better to run an antenna coax from a hood or fender mount versus having to run the cable from the tailgate all the way through the vehicle to the front.
I'm studying while I can at work (3rd shift!) So far it's fairly common sense stuff. I haven't gotten to the real technical stuff yet. I bought the study guide by Gordon West because it fit in my bag easily
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Ps yeasu 8800, comet NMO, 220 , comet NMO in my suburban. Yeasu 8900 in my jk with matching antenna and dual band comment
Ft60x2 I think it's fr60? Yeasu tri band ht x2
I've been looking for hams to go on runs with, maybe start a 4x4 net
OMs & YLs/XYLs Just a word of caution. I would refrain from posting calls on the site. Remember, this isn't a secure net. One of our local repeater clubs had a number of it's members rigs "borrowed" without permission, recently. The only common link is the use of the repeater as the radios were stolen out of their mobiles, from wide spread locations, across 3 counties. When you post a call on the web you are literally giving name and qth via the fcc database... I'd advise only giving the call In private msg After confirming the person you are having the qso with is trustworthy. The airwaves are literally much more secure... they don't retain a copy of the qso indefinetly... 73 N9###
Ah heck I ain't worried, yall come over, I'll make waffles. Anyway, just got my 2008 Wrangler and put a Yaesu ft-1900 in her today. Right now the power is from a switched plug in the aux power plug, and I'm using a mag mount antenna on the rear tailgate. I'll wire the radio direct to the battery this weekend and get a permanent antenna too. There's only two repeaters locally for 2 meters and this little mag mount works surprisingly well. Lots of tourists on .52 simplex also. Now to find a cheap cb.