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Clean VHF/CB radio installs

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by FoleySwampPlotts, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. Oct 25, 2017 at 8:59 PM
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    Rujack

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    Just an update FWIW. Tuned my antenna and got SWR to 1:1 on 145.000 mhz.
     
  2. Nov 25, 2017 at 1:15 PM
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  3. Nov 25, 2017 at 1:17 PM
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    Is that a Relentless NMO mount?

    I want to get one but I don’t even see them on their site.
     
  4. Nov 25, 2017 at 1:26 PM
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    It’s their ditch light mount that I drilled out to 3/4” for the NMO. I don’t think they make the antenna mount for 3rd gens.
     
  5. Nov 25, 2017 at 3:05 PM
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    Is it pretty stable? Not wobbly?

    I might do something similar. I saw in another thread what someone was calling a Relentless NMO. Looked just like the hood mount but had a larger welded piece to it fit for an NMO. Maybe a custom item.
     
  6. Nov 25, 2017 at 3:33 PM
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    It’s rock solid. One other thing to note is the bracket doesn’t sit completely level so I had to put it in a vice and bend it out so the antenna didn’t tilt forward. That seems to be true with every brand ditch light bracket though.
     
  7. Nov 25, 2017 at 4:09 PM
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    Installed mine a few days ago, came out pretty good! This seems to be the way to go for a stealth install in the 3rd gens. I made my own bracket so I could mount the antenna in the bed with my bed cover on still.

    I'm running with the Uniden 520XL, 3' Firestik and a Pyle PA speaker under the hood.

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  8. Nov 30, 2017 at 3:29 PM
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    So for those of you that have head units on an A-Pillar ram ball or openly mounted center dash area, what do you do about security? Do you just leave it out and don't worry about it, or what? I know HAM faceplates look unlike most things car electronics one would want to take, but I dunno I have seen weirder things.

    I live in a good part of town, but wouldn't want to leave a GPS out for example. It just bugs me since I had my truck broken into 6 months ago. Part of why I was planning on an over mirror mount since it "hides" pretty well. Thieves don't really look that highup I would think.
     
  9. Nov 30, 2017 at 3:37 PM
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    Looking for clean installs of Ham setups, I've got a FT-7900;

    Previous install was under the seat with the faceplate tucked in nice in the second gen pen cubby;
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    Trying to come up with something similar in the 3rd gen.
     
  10. Nov 30, 2017 at 4:09 PM
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    I really like how tidy that looks, but I usually keep my phone in that slot since it is close to the charger cable.

    I am putting a switchpro face next to the rear cup holder on an XPOTRPR mount so the whole unit would look super clean. Hmmm...
     
  11. Nov 30, 2017 at 5:06 PM
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  12. Dec 2, 2017 at 6:29 PM
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    I don’t really worry about it, especially because my windows are tinted pretty dark. But it takes a few seconds to remove the face plate from the x mount. Just unclip the rj45 connector and put it in the center console.
     
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    Really want to only have one radio in my vehicle and am thinking about the FT-857d as it seems like the one to do it all. I want to be able to monitor the CB frequencies and I know you can mars mod to monitor 11m. My question is with antennas. I have noticed some companies are making "quad band" antennas, but what would you have to do in order to receive 11m besides just modding the transceiver? Would you just have to run a CB antenna in addition to an antenna for whatever other bands I want to receive?
     
  14. Dec 5, 2017 at 10:04 AM
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    I have the 857-D in my truck for the same reason...only want one radio cluttering up my cab.
    The 857 has 2 antenna outputs one for HF and one for UHF. I have mine setup with a "CB" antenna on the HF side to monitor 10-11m frequencies and a dual band antenna on the UHF side for 2m & 70cm use. It has worked well for me and my needs so far.
    If you wanted a more all-in-one solution, you can use Yeasu's ATAS-120 antenna which is designed for this radio and will tune itself for any frequency you use no matter the band. I have considered this solution myself, but haven't bit the bullet yet.

    Also, besides just frequency memories, you can program things like power output for each stored frequency to better comply with some of the power limited frequencies the radio is capable of.
    This is handy when using in conjunction with handhelds and/or trail buddies that are nearby and don't want/need 50-100 watts of power to reach them.

    I'm at work so don't have access to pics, but can post some this evening if you're interested in my setup.
     
  15. Dec 5, 2017 at 10:52 AM
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    That answer just helped me so much! Pictures please! Trying to decide where to place the remote face plate. I was thinking in the headliner right above my head in front of the driver sun visor but that might be too out of the way. Ordering a radio before I decide that so I can test the faceplates in different locations.

    Also, looking at the ICOM 7000 because I’m an electronics nerd and love the color screen but haven’t found a good reliable source for a MARS mod to monitor 11 meters. There’s a used one on eBay that states it’s unlocked for 11m but it is being sold from Greece for like 1350!! Insane. Any knowledge or advice on the two radios? From what I’ve read, they’re pretty much identical except for a couple things. Me being a newb, not a damn clue how those things would affect the radio.

    I looked at those screwdriver style antennas and am really interested, but I haven’t found one small enough that interests me. I’m willing to sacrifice some performance for looks as I have to entertain some corporate clients and don’t want to look like a prepper when I have to entertain them. Not sure if you can easily remove those kinds of antennas easily? The baby tar heel is the smallest I’ve seen so far, any other recommendations?
     
  16. Dec 6, 2017 at 6:09 PM
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    I have the body of the radio mounted under the passenger seat and made a custom black Plexiglas mount to hold the faceplate/bracket in the Qi charger cubby. I did have to drill a small hole in the back corner of the cubby for faceplate wires.
    All the wires run under carpet/console. The mic is run into center console and lives in one of the slots of the Salex organizer I have in there. Easy to get when I need it and neatly out of sight when I don't.
    Power is run through passenger firewall to 2nd battery I have mounted at the rear passenger side of the engine compartment (off grid engineering).
    coax cables are run through grommet in the floor just behind passenger seat and along frame rail to rear of engine bay and antennas I have mounted on each fender.
    changed the screen color setting on the radio to closely match the blue of the dash lights and to the casual observer it looks like it came that way from the factory.

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  17. Dec 7, 2017 at 3:46 AM
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    Looks super clean! I’ll post some pics whenever I pull the trigger
     
  18. Dec 7, 2017 at 5:40 AM
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    Still waiting for it
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    Where’s the antenna?
     
  19. Dec 7, 2017 at 7:18 AM
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    One on each fender. You can see one of them in the last picture.
     
  20. Dec 7, 2017 at 8:20 AM
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    I use the Midland 75-822. There’s a hole in the center console already to run the antenna cable through and plug the cb into. Then I made a simple bracket that mounts to the console lid using two existing screws from the lid. I can easily take the mount off whenever I want. It’s not in the way of reaching anything in the cab at all, and very easy to grab when I need it.

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