FTM-400XDR install - RAM 1500

Discussion in 'Mobile Radio Systems' started by VA3KXS, Apr 4, 2019.

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  1. VA3KXS

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    Thanks! I was fairly surprised at how much room was behind that center stack, and lucky there was a usable cross member to bolt to and that cubby to drill holes in. I'll have to thank a RAM engineer if I ever encounter one! :)

    The control panel is fairly large, but I like it. I'm running APRS on the second VFO so it doesn't really need to be displayed all the time.

    I haven't totally wrapped my head around why it's beeping at me half the time. I've turned off all of the pop-ups but had a few alerts turned on. I've been in the parking lot listening to the last part of a local net when it has gone off... can't for the life of me figure out what the beeps are for. It needs a screen that shows all of the items it has beeped for, lol. I'm sure I'll figure it out at some point (or just disable them all).
  2. KE5MC

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    It might be the APRS side beeping for a new station received. (S.W.A.G.) :)
  3. KD4MOJ

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    I have a 2004 1500. Here are the heads to my radios, which are under the back bench seat passenger side.

    Here are the antennas on the roof:

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  4. AI7PM

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    I love seeing it done right. Nice work.
  5. VA3KXS

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    Looks good! Is that a custom bracket? What are you connecting to below? Seat bolt?

    That’s quite the antenna array!
  6. VA3KXS

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    You nailed it. Turned off the alerts and all good now.
  7. KD4MOJ

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    It's a goose neck type mount drilled into the tranny hump. There is vertical bracket that attaches to the top of the goose, then I mounted each control head bracket to that. I'll see if I can found out what model it is.

    It took about 6 or so hours to get the headliner down, and get the measurements correct on the roof before I drilled. Double-check, triple-check etc. as I didn't want any of them to be out of "whack". That was the most nerve-racking part of the install.

    The two antennas in the front are basically scanner antennas at this point.
  8. VA3KXS

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    Looks like you did a great job installing them symmetrically. Not easy!

    I only pulled down the passenger side since I only had to reach halfway over. Sure are a lot of bits and pieces involved in taking it down!
  9. K0BG

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    Taking down?? With respect to most modern vehicles, the headliner is installed before the windshield is installed.
  10. AI7PM

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    Yes, and since you can't take them out with the windshield in place, it can offer challenges. On my last few F-150s pulling just rear corner areas was doable without creasing the headliner. The middle C-channel support on those also served as a cable chase for the center mounted antennas that lead the coax right to the back of the cab.
    I'm about to install three in the roof of a Ram MegaCab, as well as install DyaMat to reduce antenna related wind noise. I'll have to remove a pile of trim then let the liner just rest on the seats. In the end, it'll be worth it. May even install a 4th NMO and just cap it for future use.

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