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Tacoma Baofeng Ham Radio

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Rainmaker@62, Jul 6, 2021.

  1. Jul 6, 2021 at 11:49 AM
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    Rainmaker@62

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    Looking for ideas on how to setup my Baofeng in my 2012 Tacoma. If you've already have done it would've to see photos of your mobile setup. Thank you in advance.
     
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    EatSleepTacos

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    Welcome to TW. What kind of setup are you looking for? Being a handheld, most people's setup will be just holding it in their hand.
     
  3. Jul 6, 2021 at 11:53 AM
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    I'm looking for something where I don't have to hold the radio while a drive. Just hold the mic when necessary. A mount that allows my radio to stay in place while drive.
     
  4. Jul 6, 2021 at 11:56 AM
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    Expedition Essentials has their TPAM mount, works great for me!

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    I don’t have a pic but my radio came with a mic extension. When I’m wheeling with people, I have both the radio and mic mounted up on the sun visor with zip ties. That’s it, that’s my mount
     
  7. Jul 6, 2021 at 11:58 AM
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    And here's a pic of my old setup.

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    I second these suggestions. I'd also recommend getting the largest antenna possible if you do not have a bumper antenna to connect to. Will you be running licensed frequencies or sticking to the family frequencies?
     
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    MadDaddy, I will be running licensed. Any suggestions on antennas?
     
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    I use mine handheld and by "use" I mean it's on standby if ever needed and the kids use them when they're exploring the neighborhood. I added an extended antenna on mine. For a deep-woods or far offroad setting, I imagine there's a way to link the unit to a whip antenna.
     
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  13. Jul 7, 2021 at 6:34 AM
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    Sandman614, do you have this setup? Any photos?
     
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    I had mine hooked up to a comet ssb5 in the same manner, check my build thread. @HrBrad8 and @JimboAnz used the mini mags. Think of your truck as a farraday cage of sorts.. any antenna outside the truck is better than one inside it.
     
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    I mounted mine on the passenger side center console (see pic, taken of passenger seat). Antenna cable runs underneath the seat to a rubber plug. 12v cigarette lighter plug

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    theres a whole Ham thread over in the hobbies sub forum.
     
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    What Timmay said
     
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    Here is my current set up -
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    Found a really neat little cup holder mount from Lido Radios - https://www.lidoradio.com/collectio...adjustable-heght-cup-holder-mount-for-all-hts

    and a Bao Feng Power Adapter on Amazon for permanent power. My only modification was to add a small strip of Velcro to the back of the battery and the base bad. The hole for the belt clip is a bit too wide and the radio would swivel when trying to use the keypad. Now it doesn't move.

    I will eventually add an external antenna, most likely with a hood mount on the passenger side or use the Rago bracket for the end of the bed. The point here is that the entire thing can be mounted or removed with no permanent modifications to the truck. And it's clean...
     

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