Any Hams???

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Gadget Tech' started by ResOps, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. ResOps

    ResOps Member

    I have a new Sierra Crew cab coming and wondered if there are any other ham operators out there and if so how did you install your radio? Just looking for good ideas 'ahead of time' :happy:
  2. EvilNetwork

    EvilNetwork Rockstar

    I used to have my 10 meter mounted below dash similar to a CB <shrug>
  3. bill190

    bill190 Rockstar 100 Posts

    Newer vehicles can have 24 different computer modules in them as well as 3 different computer local area networks. And all sorts of wires running around which are inputs to these computer modules.

    These are prone to EMI or ElectroMagnetic Interference.

    You might want to poke through some of the following pages on CB radio problems along these lines. In some cases someone might key their microphone and the vehicle stalls! cb emi&aq=f&oq=&aqi

    Also might want to check with a few big rig truck repair facilities. They have problems with CB's and the electronics in 18 wheel trucks and might have a few suggestions.
  4. silveradotrailblazer

    silveradotrailblazer Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    Prefer chicken.
  5. ResOps

    ResOps Member

    I'm driving an '07 ford right now and have my all band (FT-857DM) in it pushing 100 watts with no EMI (or RFI) so I sure better not encounter any in a GM:lol:
    I'm comfortable with the radio operation I was just wondering where guys are stuffing them in the cabs and antenna locations. My antenna's a big'un..
  6. ResOps

    ResOps Member

    Thats what I was looking for -if theres room under the dash :money:
  7. KC8QVO

    KC8QVO New Member

    I am a Ham. Hence my user name :rules: I just joined up here, though, so sorry if I am late on the party.

    Anyway - for mobile installations heres everything I've got and done:

    This is probably what you want to take a look at for the install:

    Here is some info on curing RFI in my truck (and it does work, very well just as the article suggests - I wrote it and I use the radio every day = I know! My update in July says it all)

    I can't remember if I put this in the article or not, but when I put the FT-857D in there it would turn on all the idiot lights when I keyed up on HF. Grounding the rig didn't help, but putting a coax choke on the HF feedline near the rig cured it all. I wrapped the coax 6 times around a 4" or so diameter loop. Then I zip tied the coils tightly together. Not a problem since. I work the world on it - New Zealand, Japan, Italy, France, Maldovia, you name it...

    If you are interested in mobile CW, or just want to see the new mobile station layout:


    Heres a picture of what the outside looks like (or close to it, the antennas on the roof are different and I don't have the TS-2000 on the dashboard anymore HI)


    I hope this helps! Happy mobiling!

    Steve, KC8QVO
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2009
  8. tech2332

    tech2332 Rockstar

    :rofl:. Hilarious
  9. KC8QVO

    KC8QVO New Member

    For those not in the know - we call CB the "Chicken Band"

    But thats another story...

    CB is a great driving aid. I have had a CB since I was a kid and won't hit the road without that capability. I hauled cars for a year and was on the road all over the eastern half of the US - CB is more than entertainment. I had several circumstances where other people on the road notified me of problems - tie downs, lights out, etc.

    On the other hand, I will always have my ham radio.

    Ham radio for the "fun" and chatting, CB for the road problems.


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