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My Escape!

https://flic.kr/p/4428734120
In the picture above the shifter is a Ram laptop stand. I am currently installing my ham radio dual band mobile transceiver. I found this site when I was searching how to remove the floor console. (I need to run a power cable through it and exit the side.) I have been talking to a local communications installation company about getting some (5) NMO connectors installed through the roof. Yay, Antennas! =D

More pictures to come!
 

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Hello Grrxyn.Nice interior photo. :thumb:
I noticed the camera lens in bag.
Also that laptop mount.
Welcome aboard. Good to see another, transceiver communications enthusiast on here.
 

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Nice interior photo.
Thank you! =D That's my fisheye lens at its best!

I'm intending on having antennas for:
  • 40" 144/440MHz Dual Band[/*]
  • Shorter 144/440MHz dual band for a dedicated APRS transmitter[/*]
  • 900MHz/1.9GHz (Cellular AND Wireless LAN)[/*]
  • 2.4GHz (802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN)[/*]
  • 5.8GHz (802.11a/n Wireless LAN)[/*]
  • GPS[/*]
(I should note that the 40" antenna will be using a non-permanent lip mount that is on the hood. I go in parking garages a lot so I need clearance, but I do have the capability of using it on the roof, I'll just need to swap some connections!)

So far, my intention is having three of the antennas forward of the luggage rack, and two on the far aft of the rack. The two at the rear of the vehicle will be for the GPS and APRS antennas. The RF feed will drop into the side compartment that is completely empty on mine where I will make home for my integrated GPS/APRS transmitter. The other three feeds will go down the pillar at the immediate left of the driver and to the equipment under the seat. The final feed (from the hood lip mount) goes to the driver's seat as well. There isn't a vast amount of space in this vehicle for this stuff, ESPECIALLY when you want to maintain the cargo area's use.
 

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Cool photo. Nice Laptop mount too, I have one as well but don't use it a lot. The manual shifter and mount is a pain, but it works out well as long as I don't have a passenger.

Post some pics with the antennas on it. I think antenna's look cool but don't have any myself, at one time I had a scanner inside with an antenna up top, till I read it wasn't legal, so I took it out. I mostly listened to the local airport and stuff, heck I could hear the school buses on it.

Might hit you up for info on your setup. I'm sort of interested in HAM but I'm not a big talker, although using it for computerized transmission is more up my alley. Are you intending to pick up wireless internet? If so that is awesome, I might ought to look into that as I have 2 computers I will use in the truck, a netbook and a 14" Laptop. I have a USGlobalSat BU-353 GPS for my laptops that has a magnetic base, I attached a small metal plate way out on the dash where it sticks when in use.

Nice Escape! Post more pics sometime if you can!
 

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How my radio was mounted:

https://flic.kr/p/4502401545 -----
How it is mounted NOW! =D

https://flic.kr/p/4526472107
It is secured to a 1/4" T6061 aluminum plate which is bolted to the front two seat supports via 1/8" guage aluminum L channel. The back uses two pieces of the aluminum L channel, the bottom one is pinched between the seat's rear supports and the floor. I used stainless steel hardware. ;) (Its a Kenwood TM-D700A for those interested.)

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The Power Feed:

https://flic.kr/p/4527101880

https://flic.kr/p/4526471735

https://flic.kr/p/4526471935
The power feed uses a 2x 6 AWG marine type power cable. The connectors are 75A Anderson PowerPoles. Btw, the frigging firewall is 1/4" thick!!! o_O It took me a while to find that grommet and it was still a VERY snug fit for the wire, I had to put some grease on it to get it to slide through without bringing the grommet with it.
 
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