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Old 08-13-2014, 02:43 PM   #1
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Ham Radio Remote Front Panel Location

I have not seen a remote front panel mounted in the dashboard center cubbyhole before. It was super easy and I like the location. It is just above the radio, so easy to see at a glance and easy to reach the controls. The cable runs under the rubber gasket at the back edge of the dashboard. The transceiver is mounted under the passenger seat. Antenna is mounted on the front driver's side fender. The remote kit comes free with the FT-8800R Yaesu radio now. In the picture I have removed the rubbery insert so that you can see the cheesy bracket I made and where it screws in. I can still put my sun glasses in there and some of my wife’s junk.

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Old 08-13-2014, 06:14 PM   #2
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I put mine between the sunvisors.

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Old 08-14-2014, 03:41 PM   #3
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I looked at that but didn't like it that high. It is probably because of my bifocals... ;-)
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Old 08-15-2014, 11:13 AM   #4
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I tried the high mount first because it was easy. Replaced the footman loop and used the same screws. It was difficult to use up there. The Yeasu has small knobs and the squelch is touchy.

Mine is now down where your is. I can rest the heel of my hand on the dash to adjust the knobs, and it's just in glancing range. Easy to see.

Have fun with your new setup.
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:35 PM   #5
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I was not kidding about the bifocals. If I put it up by the sun visors I have to point my face at the ceiling to read the tiny buttons. Where I put it my face is pointed toward the road when I look at the buttons. Probably a safer choice. Getting old sucks in oh so many ways. I guess it is still better than the alternative!
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Old 08-16-2014, 12:54 PM   #6
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I fully understand the bifocal issue. Every year the legends and displays get smaller and fuzzier. The radio must be aging.

I can do most of my operating without touching the radio's buttons. The mic has four programmable function keys, so those are set up for most used stuff. Only time I touch the buttons on the head is when I am not driving.
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Old 08-22-2014, 04:48 PM   #7
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