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tweak January 15th, 2009 05:51 PM

Amateur Radio Antenna Cable Routing
 
All,

I want to set up a more permanent radio solution in my Disco. I have been using a handheld with a magnetic mount, which works but is not the best. I am planning on getting a Diamond NR770HB with the motorized mount but I am curious, what is the preferred method of routing the cable into the cab?

Thanks in advance.

greghirst January 15th, 2009 10:09 PM

I ran mine down the A-pillar into the engine bay and through the firewall to under the dash.

tweak January 16th, 2009 06:19 AM

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Originally Posted by greghirst
I ran mine down the A-pillar into the engine bay and through the firewall to under the dash.


What did you use to secure it to the pillar?

greghirst January 17th, 2009 10:27 AM

I used the Ho Chung "tuck-it-under-the-windshield-seal" method.

However, this hasn't worked too well so I am going to run all my roof-mounted accessories wiring in plastic automotive conduit and mount it to the side of a Mantec raised air intake next to the driver's side A-pillar.

At the top I'm going to put electrical connectors on all my lighting wiring (except antenna and power cord for motorized mount) so I can remove my roof rack without the pain of removing the roof mounted wiring.

I mounted my NR770 and motorized mount above the driver's side of my rack next to the rail to allow the antenna to move up and down without limiting my storage space on the rack. The antenna when down is right next to the rack edge and the mount is below the edge of the rack.

I mount my spare tire towards the front of my roof rack in the center, whereas some people put a couple Pelican cases on either side in the front to allow the motorised mount to raise and lower the antenna in the center of the rack.

It's a matter of choice however, my location allows me to only have a few inches of antenna cable to deal with when removing my roof rack.

I believe the antenna mounted in the center front may have a very slight advantage in reception/transmission but I'm very happy with the quality of transceiving I have with the Icom IC706 and Diamond NR770 in it's current location. My impression is I have superior transceiving than some others I wheel with due to their choice of components (especially their mic!).

dchapman January 17th, 2009 04:34 PM

Pics

tweak January 17th, 2009 07:04 PM

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Originally Posted by greghirst
However, this hasn't worked too well so I am going to run all my roof-mounted accessories wiring in plastic automotive conduit and mount it to the side of a Mantec raised air intake next to the driver's side A-pillar.


I like the idea of running them down the snorkel, I just have to get one first. I just sold my '03, with the snorkel, and I am picking up an '04 next weekend, which of course does not have one. This sounds like a solid option. I also like the idea of the quick release couplers for the lights. Thanks or the input.

tweak January 17th, 2009 07:05 PM

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Originally Posted by dchapman
Pics


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greghirst January 18th, 2009 09:25 AM

OK-I'll try to snap a couple pics.

greghirst January 18th, 2009 12:50 PM

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This is side view of antenna mount is lowered position above driver's side.

greghirst January 18th, 2009 12:56 PM

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I have not mounted the raised air intake but in this pic I'm holding it in approx. position but it is angled slightly inward since lower section is not inside the fender. Please ignore filthy truck.

Of course I'll use a larger diameter plastic conduit when lights are mounted and I run wiring and cable along the side of A-pillar and BEHIND the raised air intake rather than in front of as pictured.

I plan to copy Jack's wiring connector arrangement or similiar when lights are mounted.

You can also see in this pic that I mounted the motorized mount directly to Starboard.

tweak January 18th, 2009 04:44 PM

Thanks for the pictures.

Quote:

Originally Posted by greghirst
I have not mounted the raised air intake but in this pic I'm holding it in approx. position but it is angled slightly inward since lower section is not inside the fender. Please ignore filthy truck.

Of course I'll use a larger diameter plastic conduit when lights are mounted and I run wiring and cable along the side of A-pillar and BEHIND the raised air intake rather than in front of as pictured.

I plan to copy Jack's wiring connector arrangement or similiar when lights are mounted.

You can also see in this pic that I mounted the motorized mount directly to Starboard.



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