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Ashtray Ham Radio

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Johndeere40, Jul 6, 2021.

  1. Jul 6, 2021 at 6:04 AM
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    Johndeere40

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    I'm looking for a Ham radio that will fit in the ashtray of a 1st gen, anyone know of any that fit?
    I've seen guys do it with CB's and @Willbeck stuffed a 25w rugged radio in there that appears to be out of stock everywhere.
    On that note, anyone have a RM25r from Rugged Radios they're looking to part with?
     
  2. Jul 6, 2021 at 10:17 AM
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    Alot of the rugged radios are just rebranded chinese radios, might have better luck figuring out which is which and searching for those.
     
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    Awesome! Thanks guys!
    The B-Tech version of that rugged radio I was initially looking for is the BTech UV-2501.

    @TMFF I was looking at that one, good to know it'll fit!
     
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    I recommend you get a externa speaker too, it's a little quiet in the dash.

    The RR kit isn't bad ready to run at $300.

    https://www.ruggedradios.com/collec...5-watt-waterproof-dual-band-amateur-radio-kit

    Edit: GMRS kit is a little cheaper if you don't need the HAM channels.

    https://www.ruggedradios.com/collec...s/products/rugged-gmr25-mobile-gmrs-radio-kit
     
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    @TMFF Noted. How bad was it to program the BTech version? Also where did you end up mounting your antenna?
     
  7. Jul 6, 2021 at 10:39 AM
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    I used Chirp to program, easy enough to do.

    I have a mag mount that I put up when I'm using the radio.
     

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