Jeep Wrangler Forum

Jeep Wrangler Forum (http://www.wranglerforum.com/)
-   Communications and Electronics (http://www.wranglerforum.com/f40/)
-   -   One Ham Radio Solution for the Wrangler (http://www.wranglerforum.com/f40/one-ham-radio-solution-for-the-wrangler-236159.html)

4sight 04-18-2013 03:46 PM

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.
Just my .02

chipmonk66gt 04-19-2013 10:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 4sight
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

Post some pics.

4sight 05-02-2013 08:24 AM

http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/...ps4ca20e1e.jpg
http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/...psc7725bb1.jpg
http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/...ps4a93c279.jpg
http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/...ps5c9445e3.jpg
http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/...psbf3b4f99.jpg

chipmonk66gt 05-02-2013 10:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 4sight

Nice. I need to post my set up.

4sight 05-02-2013 01:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chipmonk66gt (Post 3710177)
Nice. I need to post my set up.

Cool! Love to see it.

bma43 01-15-2015 07:22 AM

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.
Thanks
km4gcb

bma43 01-15-2015 07:48 AM

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
bma43
km4gcb

Sccafire 01-15-2015 10:39 AM

Not the one in the phote but will work

Mounting Solutions For Amateur Radio

Jerry Bransford 01-15-2015 11:41 AM

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?

N6TAY

sparky 01-16-2015 09:09 AM

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.

Jerry Bransford 01-16-2015 11:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sparky (Post 16257585)
to the op, you will get a much better signal using a mounted antenna, even a mag mount would be an improvement.

x2.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:19 AM.


User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.