HF Mobile Install (Ram 2500)

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by WJ6F, Jun 6, 2020.

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  1. WJ6F

    WJ6F Ham Member QRZ Page

    I will look at that website! Thanks for the info! I have thought about getting a Hi-Q.
     
  2. K4AGO

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    Yep... Everyone should run a 100 watt radio from a cig lighter plug. It's obviously the correct way to install the radio in any vehicle.
     
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  3. G7NFP

    G7NFP Ham Member QRZ Page

    I recall many moons ago when a mate drew too many amps through the cig socket.

    The wire got so hot that the insulation went on fire.
    The car interior rapidly filled with smoke.
    Was a 2 door mini with 5 of us in it.

    Never seen such a panic when 5 guys were fighting to exit that tiny car.
    I was fortunate enough to be in the front. I was leaving the car before it had come to a stop :)
     
  4. N4QFY

    N4QFY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I sometimes run a 4w cb off my cigarette lighter but the noise from the car is terrible. I wouldn't trust the wiring on anything more than 20w.
     
  5. NX1Q

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    You're funny. I said mostly the opposite...on purpose. Starting flame wars in your spare time? Not going to happen.
     
  6. N9AMC

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    I have the ATAS 120, and it's working pretty well for me. I have an 891 also. (By the way, it's easy enough to make your own remote kit) I've attached photos of the ATAS on my old Expedition. The advantage to this is that it doesn't interfere with the liftgate in any way. In fact, because of the quick release knob, i could actually stand the antenna up on the open liftgate and get a little more height. The mount is a Comet, and it's full articulated to meet most any need. You'll note the SO239 coupler is way too long. It's 2" and a 1" would be more than enough. It was the only one i had lying around.
     

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  7. KF0XU

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    Ive installed ft857d with atas 120a in a 2019 ram and a 2020 ram, made a lip mount that radio sits in center console totally away from everything. I use this as i travel, been through alot of states and have to say atas 120a works flawless! best setup a guy could dream of for mobile, and ive had hustlers, and ham sticks. All worked pretty equal, but atas 120a is a breeze!
     
  8. N9ZYL

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    Great video! I'm running that same radio/antenna. Grounding is definitely the key to success with that antenna!
    Good luck & good DX!
    73's
    john - n9zyl
     
  9. KF0XU

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    Have the 857 and atas 120a have traveled the country and works flawless. ive had huster, hamsticks, and atas120a is a great antenna, to bad ya had bad luck must been bad ground 5 yrs later it still works wonders on all bands!! Been in an 03 Durango 2019 Ram 1500 and now 2020 Ram 1500. Have alot of gravel roads and still works flawless
     

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