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How did you run the coax into the truck? Is there a punch out under the cab?
I came in through the can vents on the back wall of the cab.
Mount your antenna. Get the wire into the bed. Under the bed rail there is openings that will allow you to pass the wire between the inner and outer bed panels and drop to the ground. Secure the wire.
Inside the truck flip back seat forward and remove the plastic panel and pull insulation back from lower corner to expose cab vent.
I used a coat hanger to push through the vent and directed it down to my antenna wire. Then use electrical tape to secure antenna wire to coat hanger and pull it through.

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I came in through the can vents on the back wall of the cab.
Mount your antenna. Get the wire into the bed. Under the bed rail there is openings that will allow you to pass the wire between the inner and outer bed panels and drop to the ground. Secure the wire.
Inside the truck flip back seat forward and remove the plastic panel and pull insulation back from lower corner to expose cab vent.
I used a coat hanger to push through the vent and directed it down to my antenna wire. Then use electrical tape to secure antenna wire to coat hanger and pull it through.

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Thanks for the info. I will look into doing that for sure. I will be running my coax from the bed stack area and under the bed.
 

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If I could ever get him to call me back I would get one of the mounts ordered :( Finally got up with Rick at Geotool. He sent me a lot of info on the bed stack mount. That is way I will be going. I will be ordering it this week. Going to get the SO-239 mount. Going to be ordering a new Ham radio this week. Either the Yaesu 400 or the new 300. Not sure yet on that one. Going to order the Lido Gooseneck mount for the radio head. Will be taking pictures and also shooting a youtube video to put up on my channel.
Glad you finally heard back! Will look forward to the pics and I’ll check out your channel. This may sway me to finally get a mount and out the radio in the truck.
 
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And I'm still on-the-fence about putting a rig in mine.

I'll let you guys do all the "leg work", so if/when I decide to install a radio I'll just follow your lead.....

73, Jim
 

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So, I've run into a bit of a new headache. Not with the existing Kenwood, but with a new Whistler TRX-2 scanner to be added into the mix. I already have the two panel-mount RJ-11 jacks for the Kenwood head and mic (just like all the great install pics on page 6 of this thread), and want to add a third for the Whistler remote head, but I can't see how to wedge another one into that spot, short of cutting that center brace (which I hate to do).

Also, anyone know the part # for that panel? I can find it in the parts fiche (searching for "aux jack" pulls up the pic). But, it's the aux jack 9and part #), the 12v socket pieces (and #'s), and the panel, with "#12" as the group, but no part # for the group or panel. Pulled mine today, and searched for the part # from the sticker on the back but nothing found :-(

If I can get a couple of those, I might just carve one up and see if I can fit two RJ couplers in one side next to the aux jack and a third in the other side next to the 12v. Or, maybe someone has a line on a 4-6 port frame for those couplers that can be cut in and the three I need snapped in...
 

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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

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I was running an Icom 7000 in my '05 Colorado fo ra few years I had a mount off my trailer hitch that was on the side and a plat clamped under my cap. I have pictures on QRZ.COM under ifyou wan tot see that I did. I had a mag mount on the roof for 2mtrs and 440. I now have a 2021, and have to install it on it. As for power, in the crew cab has some hole plugs under the rug that is under the back seat. I will bring the power under the truck, and use it for antenna and tuner control lines
similar to what I had in the '05. It is important to grouind everythnig ot the body , dont use any of the neg (return) lines for lights etc.
contact me if you want to see pictures. BTW, I got fantastic reports (literally) all around the globe on 40 meters
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I came in through the can vents on the back wall of the cab.
Mount your antenna. Get the wire into the bed. Under the bed rail there is openings that will allow you to pass the wire between the inner and outer bed panels and drop to the ground. Secure the wire.
Inside the truck flip back seat forward and remove the plastic panel and pull insulation back from lower corner to expose cab vent.
I used a coat hanger to push through the vent and directed it down to my antenna wire. Then use electrical tape to secure antenna wire to coat hanger and pull it through.

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I sent you a couple of messages.
 

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I have installed a small Midland CB/PA/WX radio in the driver side footwell. Antenna mount is I believe for a Ford F250, sorry can't remember exactly. Firestik 90 degree flat antenna cable. See attached photos.
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My solution

After weeks of tinkering I finally have a permanent solution to the placement of my ham radio gear!

I had a Retrax cover installed. Love it!

Then, I hired a professional audio guy (Driven Mobile Electronics in Chantilly, VA) to install the radio, speaker, a programming wire, and cable wire to the antenna. They did a fantastic job!
I have a Kenwood TM-V71A radio. The base is under the driver’s seat, the faceplate is mounted in the cubby in the dashboard.
The speaker is mounted in front of the console facing forward.
The programming wire is under the carpet, next to the console on the driver’s side.

Mounting the antenna proved to be the biggest challenge. I needed a mount that would fit with my Retrax and I did not want to drill holes in my truck. So, for the antenna, a Comet Antennas SBB-1, I purchased a Breedlove stack pocket mount. The stake mounts fits in the stake pocket perfectly. The problem was the length of the top plate which needed to stick out to the side and not toward the bed.
The first top plate for the mount was 6.5 inches (too short). This would have caused the cable/connectors to rub against the side of my truck and scratch the paint. So, I asked Jerry Breedlove if he had other sized plates. He did and sent me a 8.5 inch top plate. This proved to be too long and the plate and the cable stuck out too far.

So, I asked Jerry to make me a 7.5 inch plate and he did so. It is perfect! We used an “L” shaped connector so that the cable would run flat and not loop down the side. The pocket holds the mount perfectly. It is really secure.

I will try to attach some photos.

Lisa
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Great installation - very neat, clean and professional looking. I am going to do something similar in my 2015 Colorado.
Just wondering if you have special grounding for the antenna and radio?
Thanks,
Peter
 
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