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Old 03-26-2010
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Show Me Your Amateur Radio Installation

I just bought my used 2009 Ranger XLT Supercab this week. I am already making plans to install my IC-208HVHF/UHF FM Transceiver. Looks like lots of room compared to my previous daily driver a Saturn Vue.
I would love to hear all about your install and see pictures of antenna and control head mounting locations. I will most likely hang the transceiver under the seat like I did in the Vue. There is a ham in my building at work who has a full size pickup and has used a Backrack, headach rack to mount his antennas on. Very clean looking, but at $250 might be out of my price range.
As soon as I get mine installed I'll post pictures.

Jay NS4J XLT_geek
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I have never got around to installing my radio in my last two trucks.
In my Ranger I had an FT8100R dual band, dual VFO. I mounted the base under the seat and the control head on the front of the center console, the ranger didn't have hardly any flat surfaces anywhere else. The antenna was a dual band NMO mount on the side of the hood. Not ideal for ground plane but it worked great and didn't get hit by trees and stuff much. Prior to that I used a handheld, and a 2m firestik mounted on the other side of the hood. The firestik was garbage, never tuned up right.

You can see the dual mount and the firestik mount here, best picture I can find at the moment.



After I removed the radio to sell the truck, but the control head sat on the front of the console.



Whenever I get around to installing that radio (or a different one) in my F150 I'll probably do another hood style NMO mount, and the F150 has a lot more options for mounting the control head inside.
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I was just looking at the Diamond HRKS stick on mount.
Diamond® Antenna ~ HRKS Adhesive Backed Mount
Seems like that would work pretty good on the back glass.
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Maybe, I don't have much faith on self adhesive stuff. Might be okay with a 1/4 wave antenna or something but I would rather do a mini magnet 1/4 on the roof if I went that route.
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I'm about to add VHF to my 98 Ranger regular cab. I'll punch two roof holes for motorola mounts, and the plan is to work out 2 radio mounts that are part of the driver's seat ( just in front of the console on a 60/40 seat). Manual transmission, so not too much hump space available.

I have a surplus of yaesu 2500s (a whole batch of mine in both ham and federal service were made obsolete on the federal side going narrowband), so one will go here for ham-only service. The other radio is an old but good icom marine radio (federally authorized here -- don't try this at home). Somewhere I have some previous hump mount multiple radio brackets, but I've fabricated these before...but not like here where there will be some extra lever-arm effect coming out from under the console (the idea is that the radios move with the seat, they won't obstruct moving the seat except possibly at the shortest leg setting...I'm 6-3, so that won't be for me).

Part of the goal here is "no new radios" given how many loose ones I have, so a remote front panel version isn't an option. And I'm not interested in mobile (at least from land vehicle) ham HF. My 6M gear is portable, not needing a mount.

All of this is only "because I can", not "because I need". But that's true of many mods!!

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Ever since I bought my current 2007 Ranger I haven't yet installed any radios. My gear is still sitting in the box I used at the time to clear out my trade in. I guess you'd call me inactive. Sold all my shack radios back in 2003 to pay for my Harley. I guess the motorcycle has taken up all my free time of lately. I always had a dual bander in my past two Rangers. This reminds me this year is my expire year. I got till new years eve to renew my call N9NPP good in the call book since '91. 73's
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