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Old 10-07-2015, 08:08 PM   #11
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Coax Connector and Antenna Duplex Box Pictures

CB Antenna Coax located behind AC controls. Notice that you will need a mini-uhf to SO239 adapter to connect to your CB Radio. They used mini uhf for ease in passing cables through small spaces (I believe.).
CB Antenna Duplex box from RAMI.com located behind shifter (No real need to access, just get coax.)

Hope this helps,
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Old 10-08-2015, 06:35 AM   #12
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Good job Terry. Please post pics of your final install. I'm also interested in installing a cb and ham rigs. 73, N5KEX
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Old 11-03-2015, 06:28 PM   #13
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Almost complete

The CB Radio install is nearing completion.
1. I've cut into the headliner, ran power and antenna to the overhead cubby, and placed radio with some edge trim.
2. Used blue tape and straight edge to mark for straight line.
3. Cut with razor knife.
4. Used auto trim to clean up.
5. Was not pleased but hope to have a prototype shelf tomorrow from a local precision manufacturing company. My template is pictured.
6. Will use Anderson Power Poles to supply power as shelf will hold ham radio on right side.
7. I plan to add antenna on right mirror bracket just as they did on left.
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Old 11-03-2015, 08:12 PM   #14
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Looking nice Terry. What material are you using for the shelf and how are you attaching it to the headliner? I thought you would be mounting it near the bottom of the dash. How did you run the power lead and antenna coax?

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Old 11-03-2015, 08:21 PM   #15
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Looking nice Terry. What material are you using for the shelf and how are you attaching it to the headliner? I thought you would be mounting it near the bottom of the dash. How did you run the power lead and antenna coax?

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Thanks...

We are prototyping the bracket out of aluminum. (My brother is a cad guy at the shop and the oil industry is slow right now.) It does not need to be weight bearing as there is a nice shelf in the overhead skeleton, complete with cutouts for a bottom facing speaker. In the opening around the skeleton are two threaded holes, probably for the factory overhead system. I plan to use those same holes with a nice matching torx head screw. I chose the overhead because I saw the other had done the same. As for power and antenna, I ran it up the A-pillar...lots of room. I have not made a final power connection, still looking for the clean power. I have noticed a lot of alternator whine and will use a filter.

Thanks for the observations. It really helps.
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Old 11-04-2015, 06:01 AM   #16
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Thanks Terry. Keep us informed, it looks like it will be a great installation.

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Old 11-29-2015, 05:37 PM   #17
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Curious how your HAM setup is going. I have been contemplating a 2m/70CM antenna on the passenger mirror, but not sure how well that would radiate, or how difficult it would be to run the coax. Tried tying into the factory mounted driver mirror since it brings in NOAA weather radio, but was not able to get much of anything. Have not put an analyzer on it yet however.
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Old 11-29-2015, 06:50 PM   #18
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ID:	21027Thanks for asking. Ive been meaning to update, but it has taken longer than expected.

1. Shelf was completed, and provides a very solid mount for the CB. See picture.

2. I ran clean power from the large battery leads located at the under hood fuse blocks. There is a rubber panel in the firewall near the OEM coax pathway that was easy enough to safety route the leads through the firewall.

3. I completed duplicating the factory mirror antenna mount for the passenger side, adding an SO239 mount for the hame antenna. I am playing with an older Yaesu ATAS antenna, but have not completed the connections...ran out of daylight today.

Sorry for the sideway pictures, they are vertical in my directory....
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Old 11-29-2015, 07:07 PM   #19
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Nice, this may be easier than I thought! Does the factory mirror mount tube naturally pass into the door, or did you need to drill that as well? I have not taken anything apart yet

Is that a screwdriver antenna? Will be curious how well it performs on HF.

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Old 11-29-2015, 07:10 PM   #20
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Yes, the tube is open all the way. Had to loosen the lower mirror bracket during the threading, but it went through very easy. Don't forget to add a ground wire, just as the factory did.

Yes, the Yaesu ATAS is a screwdriver that works with their FT-100 to FT-897 line. I have an older FT-100D.

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