Just another Ham Radio install (with pics)

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I just got around to getting the Yaesu FTM-400XDR installed in my Jeep (2018 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara). Still need to put in a good speaker.

I used aluminum bar stock (1/16" x 1") and cut to size then painted to match as closely as possible to the interior trim. This stuff is easy to work with: bend, drill, etc. and not so expensive that you can make several brackets until you get it right!

The radio separation cable was just barely long enough to reach from the control head to under the front passenger seat. I ran it along the front to the A pillar, then along the roll bar to the B pillar, then down to the under seat radio. I will have to get an extension cable for the microphone and an external speaker.

I may get the bluetooth module for the radio, just haven't decided yet.

The antenna and power cable ran through the famous grommet on the driver's side firewall. I made my own power cable (using thicker wire; 12 instead of 14 gauge). The antenna is a lip mount (Comet CP-5M) and the antenna is a Comet CA-2x4SR. SWR is less then 1:1.5 across the 2M ham band and into the commercial band. 70cm is even better, running 1:1-1.2 across the entire band.

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Looks good, nice job. I wish my FTM400 would get here.
 

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Getting ready to install the same radio in my 18 JLUR. Any issues with GPS reception with that location? Right now I am looking at putting it on a 67 Designs rail with the mag mount so I can remove the head if security is a concern. I like how yours is out of the way and won't get noticed from outside the vehicle.
 

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Any issues with GPS reception with that location?
I was going to ask the same thing, but then saw the satellite icon and APRS active, so I figured it must be working fine there. Pretty much only fiberglass above it.
 

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Finally found a spot to mount my ham auxiliary speaker, on the bestop rear bracket.

Just made new and slotted holes in the yeasu bracket and added longer Allen bolts.
 
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No problems with GPS reception. It's just the fiberglass top above the radio head, so not really anything to interfere with the reception.

I like the speaker on the cross bar, I may have to see if I can rig up something similar.
 

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I just got around to getting the Yaesu FTM-400XDR installed in my Jeep (2018 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara). Still need to put in a good speaker.

I used aluminum bar stock (1/16" x 1") and cut to size then painted to match as closely as possible to the interior trim. This stuff is easy to work with: bend, drill, etc. and not so expensive that you can make several brackets until you get it right!

The radio separation cable was just barely long enough to reach from the control head to under the front passenger seat. I ran it along the front to the A pillar, then along the roll bar to the B pillar, then down to the under seat radio. I will have to get an extension cable for the microphone and an external speaker.

I may get the bluetooth module for the radio, just haven't decided yet.

The antenna and power cable ran through the famous grommet on the driver's side firewall. I made my own power cable (using thicker wire; 12 instead of 14 gauge). The antenna is a lip mount (Comet CP-5M) and the antenna is a Comet CA-2x4SR. SWR is less then 1:1.5 across the 2M ham band and into the commercial band. 70cm is even better, running 1:1-1.2 across the entire band.

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HamRadio1.jpg


RadioHead.jpg
What antenna setup are you using?
 

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Just finished installing the Yaesu FTM-300 using the Carbon Fiber Arms & 5mm Offset Mount from 67 Designs and the Grab Bar Ball Mount from Carolina Metal Masters to mount the control head.

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Needing some ideas for a good antenna mount setup for the spare tire area. @Bobby Boucher just ordered those parts for my Yaesu 400. I like that set up
 

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Just finished installing the Yaesu FTM-300 using the Carbon Fiber Arms & 5mm Offset Mount from 67 Designs and the Grab Bar Ball Mount from Carolina Metal Masters to mount the control head.

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I like this for a nice install of the FTM-300. Where did you put the mic and body of the radio?
 

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I like the mount for your antenna. It looks to be NMO and if so did you have to make the hole larger?
 

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