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    Hi Gentlemen

    Busy purchasing myself a Two Way radio. Thought it well to start a thread where guys share some pics of where they mounted the two way radios and aerials.

    Please also share tips on what you found worked well.

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    No setups?
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    Janee dis sad, gehoop die manne wys hul radios....wil ook een aanskaf. Uitgesien na wenke en raad.

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    My radio is fitted to the side of the center consul on the Disco and the additional speaker is mounted to the overhead panel. It's small and far forward enough to not be in the way of my leg while driving. I have moved the mic bracket up onto the dash as it did get bumped by my leg now and again.
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    Forgot to mention the antenna setup I have. My Disco 2 had a hole in the roof aft of the second sunroof that had a plastic plug fitted in it. It turns out that is where the optional SATNAV antenna would be fitted if that option was installed. I removed the plastic plug and fitted the antenna to this hole with the coax cable running above the headliner along the standard wiring looms to the right "A" pillar and then down into the dash. I get slightly further comms in front of the Disco compared to the sides and behind but still get 15km to 20km reception and transmission depending on terrain.
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    My little RTS unit works a treat and fits snugly in a place that seems like it was made for it.
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    Centre console to the left - Kenwood UHF NX800 Digital

    Centre console in the middle - Kenwood VHF TK7360H

    Behind the back seat - Kenwood HF TK90

    Right C pillar - UHF antenna

    Left C pillar - VHF quarter wave antenna

    Rear bumper - HF antenna coil, the antenna self only gets screwed in when taking a looong trip as it frustrates low flying planes.

    Oh yes and then I have an ATU for the HF in the load bin which I don't have a photo of now.

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    I don't have any smart pics, these were what I could find stored in my PC from a long time ago.

    Vehicles are as listed below in my signature, then the Motorola HAD Rooftop antenna, a Zara60 pillar mount antenna and a couple of antenna mounting brackets.


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    Amarok under seat instalation , mainly with velcro that sticks to carpet. Easy drill free instalation
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    I am considering the under seat mounting, is it not a hassle changing channels?

    or is channel hopping not really something you do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LandyLove View Post
    I am considering the under seat mounting, is it not a hassle changing channels?

    or is channel hopping not really something you do?
    Normally you pick a channel and stay on that channel.
    It does happen sometime that you get closer to another group and they are on the same channel. And then you want to move to a different channel. But that doesnt happen a lot. I normally just ignore them. Listen to what they say. 5 min and you are out of range and you alone on the channel again

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    Some of mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LandyLove View Post
    I am considering the under seat mounting, is it not a hassle changing channels?

    or is channel hopping not really something you do?
    Channel hopping and volume setting is not possible for the driver while driving but manageable for the passenger .
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    Please excuse my lack of knowledge of this subject, but do i need a HAM licence to run these types of radio systems?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobscratchit View Post
    Please excuse my lack of knowledge of this subject, but do i need a HAM licence to run these types of radio systems?
    You need a licence yes. You can get one on the forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LandyLove View Post
    You need a licence yes. You can get one on the forum.
    Yes, but you don't need a H.A.M. licence. The one you need for these VHF's are actually just a permit.
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    I've noticed online and by the pictures posted so far that we have really cheap antenna. Is there no company in SA that makes decent antenna like the ones in AUS? Those won't snap at the first branch it sees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheldon93 View Post
    I've noticed online and by the pictures posted so far that we have really cheap antenna. Is there no company in SA that makes decent antenna like the ones in AUS? Those won't snap at the first branch it sees.
    The Aussy ones are for UHF, and they are more prone to snapping than a shorter VHF. generally our VHF have longer ranges than their UHFs, even with the shorter antennae. And being shorter and solid, I cannot see why you would say that they snap? In the 5 years I have had mine, going through a lot of rough brush causing all sorts of pin stripes to my vehicles I have never had my VHS arial snap.
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    Since taking up this hobby in 2002, I have had radios in all my vehicles and I have never ever experienced snapping of a radio antenna. And I have done a fair amount of bushwacking.

    You would have to bundu bash and drive like a maniac to accomplish this and something else on your vehicle is much more likely to break before an antenna. That said, what happens from time to time is that you may lose the whip, as this is only held in place by 2 - 3 grub screws. But only with serious bundu bashing.

    As Hedgehog said, no HAM license is required. You just need to be a member of a registered club (like this forum) and you can apply for a license.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    The Aussy ones are for VHF, and they are more prone to snapping than a shorter VHF. generally our VHF have longer ranges than their UHFs, even with the shorter antennae. And being shorter and solid, I cannot see why you would say that they snap? In the 5 years I have had mine, going through a lot of rough brush causing all sorts of pin stripes to my vehicles I have never had my VHS arial snap.
    I think you meant to say the Aussie ones are UHF, so yes, they are much shorter than the VHF ones. The length of the whip is dependent upon the operating frequency of the radio. For VHF purposes, you could use the locally made 5/8 antenna, which is around one metre long but for the forum VHF frequencies you should really use the 1/4-wave VHF antenna, which is under 500mm in length. The whips are made of spring steel and they do not snap easily.


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