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Old 08-12-2012, 03:14 PM   #1
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My CB Mount Solution

Hi All,

Being a Ham operator and doing all of my off-roading either by myself or with fellow Hams, I never felt the need to install a CB in my JKR. However, I quickly found out that most of the guys on this forum or clubs coordinating off-road trips want all participants to have a CB, which is understandable.

I've had a Cobra 29 WX NS ST Sound Tracker sitting in the garage for a long time and thought I would try to mount that somewhere. If you are familiar with the radio, you know it is on the medium to large size and I just couldn't find a reasonable spot to mount it. Also, I really didn't want to install the radio permanently. This is what I came up with.

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I built the box out of some plywood-type matierial I had sitting around and glued and screwed all joints. Then I covered the wood with some cheap automotive carpet available at Walmart, holding it all down with hot glue.

I rarely run with the rear seat in, so using this box allows me to place it either immediately behind the 2 front seats or to even place it on the passenger seat.

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Dimensions and antenna mounting to follow in next post.

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Old 08-12-2012, 03:20 PM   #2
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Here's the dimensions, but of course, it all depends on the size of the equipment you want to install.

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I used a typical spare tire antenna mount and a SO-239 to 3/8-24 mount. I then used a short piece of coax I had sitting around to run from the antenna to the front seat area.

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Since the installation was not going to be permanent, I routed the coax between the glass and rubber gasket on the rear window area.

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That's it.

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Old 08-13-2012, 08:27 PM   #3
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Neat. What did you do for power? Cig adapter?

That gets the creative thoughts goin. Kudos.
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:57 PM   #4
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Hi Blueridge,

I use Andersen PowerPole connections for most of my power needs. They are polarized and when done properly, you can connect them to any other PowerPole.

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I already had ran a fused 10G power line from the battery to under the driver's seat. There, I attached a PowerPole power spilitter. One of the lines runs to my ham rig under the seat. Among other temporary devices, this is where I plug in the power line for the CB rig.

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Obtaining power from a typical cigar lighter outlet is not a good idea for radios. It can (and usually does) introduce alternator whine and/or spark plug noise into both your receive and transmitted signals.

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Old 08-14-2012, 07:45 PM   #5
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Obtaining power from a typical cigar lighter outlet is not a good idea for radios. It can (and usually does) introduce alternator whine and/or spark plug noise into both your receive and transmitted signals.

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My thoughts precisely, which is why I was wondering how you got around that for a temporary mount. Good answer. Well thought out install.

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Old 08-26-2012, 09:34 PM   #6
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Where do you get the Anderson power pole connectors? I woupdnlike to use them in an upcoming project.
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Old 08-26-2012, 10:10 PM   #7
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I get mine from Powerwerx.

30 Amp Unassembled Red/Black Anderson Powerpole Sets

and this for some high quality RED/BLACK zip cord. Lots of different gauges available.

Red/Black Zip Cord

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