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Old 02-23-2018, 09:11 AM
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Ham radio windshield mount question.

I am finally getting around to adding CB and Ham radio to my TJ. I'm in the process of taking my technicians license.

I was looking at different locations to mount each radio. For the CB i was going to mount it by the shifter using something like this



I don't mind it being sideways since the only display that matters will be the channel.

Where I'm concerned is i was thinking about mounting the ham radio next to the instrument cluster like this.

http://www.eadoffroad.com/rugged-rid...filter_name=CB

My buddy who had operated ham since 2000 but is unfamiliar with jeeps thinks this will be too hot of a location with the heat form the windshield.

Does anyone have any input or other suggestions on a mounting location for the ham radio? I've seen quite a few using the top center of the windshield but since I like to fold my windshield down on the trail I don't think this would work.

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Since you haven't passed the test yet, I'm guessing you don't own a ham radio yet. Correct? I ask because my answer would vary depending on which exact radio you purchase. Many of them have removable faces and can be remotely mounted, which gives you many, many more options for installing them.

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CB- I use the Cobra 75. I use it very little. Only when I'm off road and you have to have it. Otherwise I stay with my ham setup. The Cobra is a two part system. The speaker/mic/control head works okay. I mounted the base of the unit in the center console and placed a piece shelf over it. It cannot be seen at all. I leave the mic in the console as well. I use an external speaker for the system instead of trying to hear it from the speaker/mic combo. When in use, the mic is placed on a clip on the passenger grab bar on the dash. The antenna is mounted on the left side of the tire carrier.

Ham setup - In the photo below is the control head from an Icom 2730 that I use to use. I now use an Icom 5100 with the control head in the same location. I much prefer the separate control head from the transmitter since it's so much easier to mount and remove when not needed. With the control head mount where you see it, it gives the driver almost a straight view of the control head. The transmitter is under the drivers seat. For daily drive, the antenna is mounted on the drivers pillar. This is not the best place for sure, but for around town it does ok. If your on a trail with others that have a ham setup, it great since your only using simplex. When on the highway, I use a magnetic mount on the roof rack. This works out really well. I put a 3 ft square plate on the rack and it gives the antenna a good ground plane to work off of.





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Ham setup - In the photo below is the control head from an Icom 2730 that I use to use. I now use an Icom 5100 with the control head in the same location. I much prefer the separate control head from the transmitter since it's so much easier to mount and remove when not needed. With the control head mount where you see it, it gives the driver almost a straight view of the control head. The transmitter is under the drivers seat. ...
K9TXS, What hardware are you using to position your control head where it is? I've got a dual band radio ordered and I'm looking for mounting ideas. Also, any concerns about mounting the main unit under the seat? I'm concerned that if I ever flood the cabin that I will ruin anything electronic on the floorboard. Thank you.
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This is how I've run my ham and CB radios in my two Wranglers the last 15+ years, it works very well. The no-drill mount is made by ARIZONA ROCKY ROAD ANTENNA MOUNTS FOR JEEP WRANGLER, UNLIMITED AND LIBERTY which also hides the wiring inside. It's strong enough to support both radios with zero flex. It works so well that I'd never mount my radios any other way after having tried a few different locations before discovering the Arizona Rocky Road mount.

The CB is bolted to the ham radio's bottom cover plate.
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Another use of the Arizona Rocky Road mount with Kenwood TM-281A on top and Uniden Pro520XL on the bottom:

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You can also use the Rugged Ridge Footman loop mount. It's strong enough for a CB and the Ham remote head.

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K9TXS, What hardware are you using to position your control head where it is? I've got a dual band radio ordered and I'm looking for mounting ideas. Also, any concerns about mounting the main unit under the seat? I'm concerned that if I ever flood the cabin that I will ruin anything electronic on the floorboard. Thank you.
I worry about this too.

What about mounting the main unit in the back somewhere? The trunk area? (Asking everybody) Is there a drawback to running the coax, power, and line to the head unit that far?
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What about mounting the main unit in the back somewhere? The trunk area? (Asking everybody) Is there a drawback to running the coax, power, and line to the head unit that far?
Nope, just insure you use an adequate gauge of wiring for the power cables.
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With the main in the back you'll need to run a remote speaker. That's easy and not expensive.

Watch where the microphone plugs in. On some radio's it into the main unit, others into the remote head.

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