RF Friendly Used Cars

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W3WN, Nov 7, 2019.

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  1. W3WN

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    So in about 2 months, I’m going to be looking for another vehicle.

    Why 2 months? The Boss’s car got hit by speeder 2 weeks ago. It’s totaled. She’s recovering from a broken leg an won’t be able to drive for at least 2 more months. (Thank goodness for side air bags.. a little bruising beats the alternatives!)

    Why will I need a car? When the time comes, she’d like the Outback I’m currently driving back as her car.

    So... any thoughts on a late-model used car (not more than about 5 years old) that will, amongst other thing, be relatively easy to mount a dual band V/UHF rig in, with a minimal of ignition noise or similar problems?

    (And yes, the rig will get used. We have a small but active group, who still converse during the commute to work in the AM and home in the PM, on the club repeater.)
  2. W4ZD

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    Here ya go...

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  3. K7WFM

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    You may have a problem keeping a mag mount in place.
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  4. WB2WIK

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    A '66 Cadillac El Dorado convertible was a good choice.
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  5. W3WN

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    Out of the question. Little Miss Field Day would permanently swipe the keys (but not the payments)
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  6. W3WN

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    Nah. The mag mount is worth more than the car!
  7. K1VSK

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    Perfect example of a distracted driving poster.
  8. N3HGB

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    Mercedes diesel from the 60s to mid 80s. Almost nothing in the car involves electricity.
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  9. WX7P

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    A 6 Cylinder Toyota Camry or Avalon. All you have to do is routine maintenance.

    Post 2008 ( I think) Toyota got rid of the timing belt for a timing chain which eliminates a $600 repair every 90K miles. It's a powerful car and rides smooth.

    I don't know about your part of the world, but used Toyota Camrys are all over the place out here for not a lot of money.

    My 98 has 317,000 miles and still runs strong. I installed a Tarheel Model 200 HP using a Yaesu ft-891 and I have no noise issues.
    No noise on VHF/UHF from the FT-8900 either.
  10. KF5FEI

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    I've got a 2014 Toyota Yaris SE that is very RF-quiet on VHF and UHF. There are some places to mount a radio and control head, although I chose a removable seat mount as me and the dog are the only ones ever in the car, and she rides in the back.

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