Mounting radios in a Ford F150

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  1. Petra

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    I just passed my tech exam a couple of days ago. While I'm saving up for my first radio (2m/70cm mobile unit), I'm trying to determine how to mount the ham radio and a CB in my 2000 model Ford F150. There is no underdash area to speak of. I've thought about mounting them on the transmission hump like we used to do at the police departments I worked for. Found this radio rack and was wondering what are your opinions on it? Is there a better way?

    Here's a link to the rack I'm looking at:


    http://www.tessco.com/products/displayProductInfo.do?sku=40324&eventPage=1

    Thanks for your help.

    Mark
     
  2. R. Emmelman

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    How about one of the units wit a detatchable faceplate? You could mount the radio under the seat and attach the faceplate to the dash with Velcro®.
     

  3. G23Adam

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    Get a removable face unit, like the Yaesu 7800 or the icom 208 would be good, I'd suggest a permenant mount antenna, but you can put a dual band mag mount immediately ahead of the 3rd brake light and pass the wire through it's gasket into the cab.

    I like these guy's antennas:

    www.hamstick.com

    I have their 2 meter colinear on my truck and it does very well, and the NMO magnetic is excellent for a mag mount.
     
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    What is your seat config? On my 89 F150 I mounted a galaxy on a center console between bucket seats. It was a convient place for when I need to disguse my voice or change channels. Also depending on your cab, on single cabs with a low center seat or console, mounting to the back of the cab is fairly convient and out of the way.

    In my superduty, I mounted my galaxy under the radio and reinforced the plastic panel.
     
  5. Petra

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    I've thought about the remote mount option, but still haven't figured out where to put the face plate. The obvious place would be on the roof, but I have a console up there. I don't have much dash space and really don't want to mount it on top of the dash.

    This is an extended cab with a 40/60 split front seat and fold up back seats. I thought about putting it in the fold down arm rest in the middle of the front seat, but it's too small and would place the radio in a awkward position to work controls while driving.

    I'll come up with something. I have a neighbor that installs custom stereo systems for a living. He might be able to figure something out.
     
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    I have a 2001 F150 with the same seat configuration as you. If you find something that works, let me know, it might be an incentive to get me back on 2m.

    burfurd
     
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    Doesn't sound like you have a center console, and I'm sure you've seen this pic twenty times by now anyway, but just in case it gives you any ideas:

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