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Clean VHF/CB radio installs

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

  1. Jun 28, 2019 at 3:44 AM
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    Cavmedic

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    Right now I’m using a Tacoma specific NMO mount with a 3/8/24 adapter and using multiple single band ham sticks. As of last night, I punched the order in for an ATAS 120a and a Diamond K400c mount. I’ll be returning the NMO mount a uhf/vhf antenna , and mounting the atas on the right side of the hood/ fender.
     
  2. Jul 2, 2019 at 3:28 AM
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    That's a lot of metal. What bands do you use this setup on?
     
  3. Jul 2, 2019 at 3:33 AM
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    Not sure where you made the wrong turn , but
    this is the “ clean” vhf/ cb install thread.
     
  4. Jul 2, 2019 at 5:45 AM
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    Sorry to upset you, bro.

    CB is HF.....

    Carry on.
     
  5. Jul 2, 2019 at 5:51 AM
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    The operative word here is “ CLEAN”
     
  6. Jul 2, 2019 at 5:52 AM
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    Some scrap Al strapped to Rhino rack.10-40m with hamsticks.

    I only use mobile HF for CW contests, so it's more convenient to have a temporary install.
     
  7. Jul 2, 2019 at 5:57 AM
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    Confuscius say, cleanliness is in the eye of the beholder.
     
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    Who makes this speaker? I want to do this also
     
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    The Area 51 welcoming committee??? :alien:
     
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    I also have a Uniden Bearcat, and a 3d printer... where did you find the STL fire for the radio box/sleeve to hold the radio on the side of the center console? I can print my own.
     
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    Ok. 85% clean (will be working on cables). This is in the rear seat back compartment. The transceiver (center) for my ham unit and a new 7.5 Ah auxiliary SLA battery. (Left side).

    When truck is running, the battery is being charged. When truck is off, power is solely from the auxiliary driven by the relay switch.

    While my rig has an auto shut off feature. I like to monitor for long periods sometimes.

    The rest of the cables are clean and encased. Working on an in box solution to allow for ample slack.

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  18. Jul 25, 2019 at 6:54 PM
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    I used the old school method - took the factory mount for the FTM-400 faceplate and stuck it to the trim above the driver's air vent. So far has withstood 100+ temps, bouncing up and down roads, and hasn't loosened a bit. Cable runs down behind the trim of the door, then through the door sill, under the carpet and out at the main unit (mounted under the driver's seat). So far pretty happy with it.

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    Antenna mount from Rago - trimmed a bit to get past the topper

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  19. Jul 26, 2019 at 8:55 AM
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    I will be using the new rago fabrication bridge to mount the head unit and mic of my yaesu

    (Stock photo from rago's website)

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  20. Aug 3, 2019 at 8:42 AM
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    ICON8 Lift -285s. upTOPoverland rack.
    Adding post here now it’s clean.
    I installed a secondary SLA 7.5 Ah battery and auxiliary DC/DC charger in the rear seat compartment to support an always-on capability for my Icom Radio.

    When the truck is running, and if the auxiliary battery is in need, it charges in isolation from the main battery. This solves the problems of parallel cross drain and more importantly overcharging risk associated with dual mismatched batteries. I added a relay to allow for [future] remote disconnection of the charger when the truck is in aux/ignition but not running mode.

    I built a bottom panel to protect the battery and wires better:
    At current I have the Icom in 2 hour auto shutdown but that’s an easy menu option if I want to monitor until the auxiliary battery gets to low power shutdown. ​
     

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