Help with a 2M rig in a 2013 Subaru Crosstrek?

Discussion in 'Mobile Radio' started by W3TPL, Nov 27, 2016.

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  1. W3TPL

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    Hi all-

    Finally looking to do 2 meters right. An H/T in the car just isn't doing the trick.

    So here's the thing... I don't want to do a mag-mount, and I don't want to mount anything on the roof of the car considering I'm generally either carrying bicycles or kayaks on the roof rack in warmer weather.

    I've found out I will be getting an Icom IC-2300H for Christmas (got a good deal at HRO yesterday) and am excited about getting it into the Crosstrek... (I'll be using it as a base station 2M until I get it mobile).

    That being said, I want to run 2M mobile, without a roof mounted antenna. Any experience?

    I found someone on a Crosstrek forum that mounted a CB with a FireStik antenna in a way that's appealing to me. I've attached some photos.

    I can get the mounts and a 2M antenna. But will I have a strong enough signal? I know roof mounted would be more ideal, but the roof is generally carrying something else that would get in the way of an antenna.


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  2. K7TRF

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    What you show will work fine. It will help to get as good an electrical bond as you can manage between your mounting hardware and the car body. Toothed lock washers can help there to get through the paint and make a good electrical connection.
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  3. W3TPL

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    Great. Thank you! I'm willing to scrape off some paint where needed to ensure that contact gets made as good as possible. I will keep the lock washers in mind as well to ensure.

    Thank you!
  4. AD5KO

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    I am using a through the glass mount antenna on my wifes car which I got from palmetto antennas. It works very well with just a hand held radio. I have used it for APRS too.

    I never thought a through the glass antenna would be any good, but they are.

    It tunes well, and would be good with an Icom IC-2300H.. I have two of those radios, nice radios IMO.


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  5. W3TPL

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    Good to hear! I'm actually running a cheap mag-mount (gifted to me generously by WC3T) running through my FT-60R right now.

    Looking forward to the IC-2300. But the mag-mount will probably stick around at least until the spring!
  6. AD5KO

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    I used a 2300h with a mag mount for a long time. Also a yaesu FT-60.


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  7. W3TPL

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    Ladies and gentlemen, I finally "installed" the IC-2300 today and got a good signal report from Rich WC3T.

    I'm running the IC-2300 through a Diamond MR77 mag-mount dual-band antenna atop my Crosstrek. It will do for now. I'm currently powering using a Powerwerx cigarette lighter cable into my IC-2300. Not ideal, but once again, it will do for now until I can either run wires straight to the battery or find someone that can without charging an arm and a leg.

    Now, I just need to mount the thing. I've got it sitting in my passenger wheel well right now, which will work until the girlfriend gets in the car and drops her 14 lb. purse on it! I want to mount it vertically to the transmission tunnel using the factory mounting bracket.

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  8. KE8IWM

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    Old thread, I know, but could you please post a picture of the radio mount you settled on?
  9. W3TPL

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    Haven't settled yet, unfortunately. Still floating around in my wheel well.
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