Mobile comms in a Ram truck

Discussion in 'Mobile Radio Systems' started by N5MST, Mar 19, 2020.

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  1. N5MST

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    So a while back I decided that I wanted to expand my mobile comms and be able to work most modes on most bands from practically anywhere. So begin my new project and today I reached the halfway point. I had already installed my Kenwood TM-D710A so I pulled my old Yaesu FT-857D out of storage and went to planning out how to make this work. I started by adding Lidos extended mounting plate to my seat bolt mount so I could install both radio heads. From there I had to start expanding the power distribution system. So I took a Rigrunner 4005 I had sitting around and ran that off a newly installed and dedicated relay. This setup gives me enough power to run both rigs with everything else running (33-34 amps peak draw) without any issue. From here I needed to make sure I was running the D710A to its fullest. I had never hooked a GPS to the unit despite my appreciation for APRS. So first I tried an old Garmin unit that I got dirt cheap. I was just never happy with the size and power consumption of this unit so I went looking for better options. So I found a puck style GPS receiver on Ebay and wired that into the control head. And from here I needed to make sure I could access the TNC from my laptop to get the most out of APRS. Thus back to Ebay I went grabbing up the USB to serial adapter cable and a programming cable. With that combination I was able to run PinPoint software on my laptop in conjuction with APRS. All and all I am happy with how this turned out so far. And now I am looking forward to getting the HF side of this running by adding a TNC and ATAS 120 antenna to the setup.

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  2. W7EDC

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    A Kenwood and a Yaesu together... I know there is a joke in there somewhere. :)
    Looks great!
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  3. N5MST

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    I can be open minded and accept inter-brand radio unions. But really I think those two radios make the most versatile pair of mobile radios in existence. There are very few things one can't do with those two radios.
  4. KF5LJW

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    Put them together and you get a "Woody"
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  5. KD4MOJ

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    In my 2004 Ram, I have a Woody plus a Bat /\/\... so I guess that equals a Chubby...


    P.S. It's not as dirty as it looks in this picture.

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  6. KC1ICX

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    Any updates on your antenna set ups? I am considering a similar plan, but I have a 2018 with RamBox bed and hard folding tonneau cover that complicates things.
  7. WA4SIX

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    If you can, get any other screwdriver antenna. The ATAS is just not worth it.

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  8. N5MST

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    Sorry but no. I just found my way back to the land of employment so the antennas were set on the back burner.
  9. N5MST

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    I am familiar with some of the issues surrounding the ATAS but they all seem fixable via grounding. How are other screwdrivers better?
  10. K0UO

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    That's a nice setup except I would do something other than the 120 antenna
    Get an HQ, Tarheel or the Scorpion

    I like the Kenwood 710 and the kenwood 480,the heads look very similar, I used to run the TS 2000 with the remote head that was just like the 710.
    The 710 is a great Radio for VHF UHF

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