HF Mobile Install (Ram 2500)

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  1. WJ6F

    WJ6F Ham Member QRZ Page

    Here's how I did an HF Mobile Install In A Ram 2500! I also show you where I bonded the truck to get a better more efficient ground plane. Most of what is used in this HF Mobile Install is from my last vehicle. This project ended up being easier than I had originally anticipated. The items I installed are the Yaesu FT-891 and the ATAS 120A. I have heard people trash talk the ATAS 120A, but I have been told the key to the ATAS 120A is grounding.

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  2. KM4UVY

    KM4UVY Ham Member QRZ Page

    What kind of mount do you have the radio on? Cup holder or?

    Thanks I have a 1500 looking for the best way to mount the radios.

    Joe KM4UVY
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  3. WV4M

    WV4M Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great post. Thanks for sharing.
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  4. WJ6F

    WJ6F Ham Member QRZ Page

    I used a Lido cup mount from Ham Radio Outlet, and a PVC 4"-3" reducer for drain systems spray painted black.
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  5. JF1IRQ

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  6. KD2BBC

    KD2BBC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Everything you done is correct I’m not saying you did anything wrong but bringing some advise from past experience you did wonderful with your install

    from my personal experience I DID the same type of install with the same ANTENNA mount turned out i had that tail light cracked because of that mount lip over time opening and closing

    so guys beware of that small lip from that antenna mount this is a big possibility that it might crack your tail light

    best to bend it out a little bit to avoid any contact with your tail light .

    that’s all

    thanks and 73
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2020
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  7. W4BSS

    W4BSS Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Nice video!! The ATAS 120A is a decent little antenna. I owned one for many years along with a FT-100D and made many DX contacts while driving using only 100 watts. Grounding is key but weatherproofing of the ATAS 120A is very important. I added a little blob of black Permatex silicone to the slit in the rubber boot where the whip passed through on top of the antenna shaft. My ATAS stayed dry for years but many hams found their ATAS 120A had turned into a rain gauge due to water intrusion.

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  8. KD7SV

    KD7SV Ham Member QRZ Page

    What model Blue Sea Fuse block did you use? Looking at the video and their website, not sure I can tell which one it is.


  9. W4KVW

    W4KVW Ham Member QRZ Page

    I hope you have much better success with the ATAS 120A antenna than I did with a Yaesu FT-857D.It by far is the WORST HF mobile antenna I have ever used or owned.Hamsticks,Hustler,DK2 Screwdriver & the TARHEEL II all blew it away on transmit & receive & none of them ever started re-tuning in the middle of a QSO.All of those antennas were used on the same mount on the same mounting location.You could never give me another one even for FREE if I'm required to keep & use it or the 857D.I have considered the 891A as my next HF/6 meter mobile since ICOM thinks every radio should have a Touch Screen but I would purchase another TARHEEL II if I go that route.

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  10. W4KVW

    W4KVW Ham Member QRZ Page

    I forgot to mention that the ATAS 120-A stayed Full of water every time it rained & it rains a lot here in Florida.

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