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Has anyone installed or investigated installing ham or CB radios in their new Colorado or Canyon yet? I just got my truck last week and it coincides with me getting into amateur radio. I'm not really ready to install a radio yet but I'm curious as to mounting positions and getting power through the firewall as well as an antenna connection out to the bed, plus antenna mounting in the bed.
 

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I have looked into adding My Yeasu Ham radio into my truck. I'm trying to figure out how im going to put the antenna on the truck. As for the 12V power I'm sure there is some way to get a power cable through the firewall. Get that HAM ticket. It's a great hobby.
 

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Please be sure to update when you figure it out. I'll do the same. I'm getting a tonneau cover installed, so that is going to complicate my antenna install. Especially considering that I want to avoid drilling at all costs.
 

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Mix, will do. I know somewhere out on he web there is a solution for the cover. I have the Extang Trifold on my truck now. Do you already have your HAM ticket?
 

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Mix, will do. I know somewhere out on he web there is a solution for the cover. I have the Extang Trifold on my truck now. Do you already have your HAM ticket?
Not yet, probably going to be doing that in another month or so. Not sure what kind of radio I want to put in the truck either and what I want mobile vs. in the house. I want to keep the antennas down to regular whips and with a reasonable height since I park in a deck at work.
 

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Cant say how it may go with the 2015 but theres about a half dozen or so hams on here plus unknown number of CBers,. FWIW my rigs are mounted on the hump which wont work if you have a console, wired direct to the battery by virtue of a preexisting grommet in the firewall, antenna runs under the carpet and out the rubber louvered air vent at the rear of the cab up to the bed where my 5/8th wave whip is clamped to the side rail and then further clamped by my lund trifold tonneau. A simple piece of metal with a right angle bend is all it needs for the base.
As for radios if you are looking at 2m single band you cant really fault The Kenwood 281a, mine works flawlessly. Sadly my yaesu ft 2600m is so finicky I can only run it on low power and even then the memory often gets wiped out due to the idiosyncrasies of the older Colorado's electrical system. .
 

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I would love to make some recommendation for you, but until you decide what you want to run, it is difficult to say. I run 2 meter/440 and 2 meter APRS in my Colorado . I run HF, 6, 2, and 440, plus APRS in my Blazer. Each one presents different challenges with power and antenna selection / mounting.

If you are starting with 2m/440 then there is not much to it Make sure you have a good (short lead) ground at the base of the radio and if possible also a the base of the antenna. While wiring direct to the battery is a good idea, I seldom find it necessary on 2 meters with only a 50 or 75 watt transmitter. The center of the roof is alway a good choice for a 2 m/440 antenna. Mine barely rubs the garage door at home and only drags in one place overhead in the local casino garage. If I was not a Z71 I would not hit in either location.

Any of the popular brand mobiles will work. Just choose one based on features and price. I use Icom 2m/440 and Yaesu hand helds and HF.

Good luck

N9KB
 

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VE5 PPR, and still deciding what kind of mobile rig I want to get, besides where I want to put it!

Good luck and would appreciate any pictures if someone gets their rig set up.
 

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You can always go with a mag mount on the roof.
well, guess its still better than through the glass.... ;o)
 

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Studying for my Element 2 now. Still a lot of greek to me.
 

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cb hook up

driver side kick panel trailor wire harness red hot blk ground radio shack stick on cb ant cable into door sill plate done 12 miles from I59 works good
 

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Studying for my Element 2 now. Still a lot of greek to me.
Make sure you have some familiarity with the various practice exams that are out there as well,
 

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when you consistently hit 80 percent you're ready for taking the test and passing
 

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Well, I did it! I shed a tear or two or three but what a difference it has made. I had the NMO mount installed professionally and wired up the radio. The radio is the Yaesu FTM-400DR and I purchased it for the Fusion repeater that I purchased from Yaesu and will be receiving soon.

I know it sucks to put a hole in a almost 40K truck but if you are into the hobby and use it then it is worth it. Just like the other post you can plug it if need be.

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn169/Billdavidjr/baf96f86-ed1f-4d46-8b0d-b11d318826ea_zpslwx5hrcs.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn169/Billdavidjr/20150413_165123_zpsudtipxus.jpg
 

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Forgot to update. I did pass and am a newly licensed Technician. :smile2: Bought a Yaseu FT-60R and a Yaseu FT-7800 with a mag mount antenna (both used from the family of a recently deceased Extra). Haven't talked yet, but been listening to a couple of local RACES nets. Awaiting word on a vanity call sign.
 
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