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Old 04-18-2013, 03:46 PM   #1
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Talking One Ham Radio Solution for the Wrangler

After purchasing my 2013 JKU, I started scouting out a solution for the installation of a 2m radio. I was going to go with the Yaesu FT-2900. I'm not doing mobile DXing, just looking to hit some repeaters while local and on the road. Every option for mounting a radio did not appeal to me. IMO, the cabin is way too tight to start jamming things under the dash or hanging them over my head.
I decided to make my solution more of a portable one. I'm using my HT (FT-60R) with an upgraded rubber duck antenna (MFJ 1717S). I hang the antenna from the rear passenger window with the MFJ-310S. I can run the HT from battery, or plug it into the 12v power port. I have a cup holder mount and speaker mic for mobile use. I also have a MOLLE pouch to hang it off the side of my Trek Armor seat covers if I like. Additionally, I have an Mirage BD-35 Amp which will get me 45w output on 2m, 35w on 70cm. Only 7 amp draw plugs into 12v power port. Plenty to hit my local repeaters.
I realize I could have spent less on a mobile radio, but this set-up is super compact (takes up almost no space), flexible, extremely portable and connects in seconds. When I'm not on the road, I just unscrew the antenna from the window clip, pop it on the HT and I'm portable.
Everybody's needs are different, but for a mobile solution in the tight quarters of a Wrangler with no permanent install, this works well for me.
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After purchasing my 2013 JKU, I started scouting out a solution for the installation of a 2m radio. I was going to go with the Yaesu FT-2900. I'm not doing mobile DXing, just looking to hit some repeaters while local and on the road. Every option for mounting a radio did not appeal to me. IMO, the cabin is way too tight to start jamming things under the dash or hanging them over my head.
I decided to make my solution more of a portable one. I'm using my HT (FT-60R) with an upgraded rubber duck antenna (MFJ 1717S). I hang the antenna from the rear passenger window with the MFJ-310S. I can run the HT from battery, or plug it into the 12v power port. I have a cup holder mount and speaker mic for mobile use. I also have a MOLLE pouch to hang it off the side of my Trek Armor seat covers if I like. Additionally, I have an Mirage BD-35 Amp which will get me 45w output on 2m, 35w on 70cm. Only 7 amp draw plugs into 12v power port. Plenty to hit my local repeaters.
I realize I could have spent less on a mobile radio, but this set-up is super compact (takes up almost no space), flexible, extremely portable and connects in seconds. When I'm not on the road, I just unscrew the antenna from the window clip, pop it on the HT and I'm portable.
Everybody's needs are different, but for a mobile solution in the tight quarters of a Wrangler with no permanent install, this works well for me.
Just my .02
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Nice. I need to post my set up.
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Nice. I need to post my set up.
Cool! Love to see it.
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Cup Holder

Great Post, I have been looking for a cup holder as well but no one in my area has them, Ordered one but it never showed, company just took my money. I also use the FT-60. My question is where did you get your cup holder or brand of the cup holder.
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Great post, I also use the FT-60 ht, great little radio. I purchased a cup holder from a company and never received it, tried to find one locally with no luch none of the my local ham shops or even Wal mart carry them. What brand or company did you get your at. Thanks
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Not the one in the phote but will work

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Is that an over-the-glass mount for your antenna? If so, how is the antenna mount getting its ground plane connection? Are you getting a good low SWR with it in that location?

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I think those mounts rely on the shield for the ground plane / other half of the antenna. They will work after a fashion.

To the OP, you will get a much better signal using a mounted antenna, even a mag mount would be an improvement.
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to the op, you will get a much better signal using a mounted antenna, even a mag mount would be an improvement.
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