Mounting ham gear on car dash etc.

Discussion in 'Mobile Radio Systems' started by KE5WWX, Jan 2, 2011.

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  1. WA6MHZ

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    I worry about that too for my Nav units, so I take them off and store them after each use. They are designed to be windshield mounted, but it gets painfully hot there. It did ruin a radar detector I had mounted there.
  2. W1ADE

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    I don't know if they're still made, but I dig the overhead console add-on device--usually only suitable to pickups and vans. I used to use rivits to mount to the endless plastic in Ram 2500's. Hit a stump in the woods (with the front diff at 2.4mph) and my 17# dog flew off the armrest and broke the mounting points of that install. Took out the "sharkmouth" thing in a 6-speed truck (autos have fold out cupholders) and built a bracket that once held a 2 vhf/uhf and the control unit of my 900.

    I'm going back in that direction--but maybe with some overhead something--which is where I always mount my speakers.

    to be really really safe, one should pull the airbag fuses, install a 5-point harness, roll bar, wear a hans device, helmet, and mouth guard--and mount all equipment on the hood.

    or buy a retired cop car--will have plenty of dept. approved mounting points and even holes for aerials. plus they have cop motors, cop tires, cop shocks...(aykroyd to belushi-remember?)
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2011
  3. W8JI

    W8JI Ham Member QRZ Page

    I used an ALS600 in my Ford truck. I'm planning on an ALS1300.

    I have a modified 4000 watt inverter supply that runs 50 volts and -12 volts.

    The ALS600 is a great mobile amp. I did not use the remote model. I mounted mine tilted up from the floor, with my rig bolted on top of it.
  4. K2WH

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    Check out LIDO Mounts for possible mounting options.

    On the other hand, I have to ask why are you putting the ALS600 in your car? For mobile HF operation, 100 watts is more than enough. I have worked the world with only 100 watts in the mobile with an autotuner and a hamstick.

    Sure, 600watts will make for a nice signal, but 100 watts does the job and besides, 600 watts will bath you in RF including the electronics in your car which may not like it too much.

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