New Shopping Trolley – Antennas and radios.

It has taken a little while but my Icom 208H and the Yaesu FT-857 are now in the new car.

Both are out of sight and I must thank Norbert, VK5MQ for an extremely tidy installation.


Front on view

Front on view

As you can see from the photos I had a custom made aluminium number plate mount made for the front. This was then powder coated to match the grill colour.

Viewed from the side

Viewed from the side

I think it looks pretty good without looking too cumbersome.

The Icom 208H position

The Icom 208H position

The two metre dual band whip works OK but I still have some work to do with the HF side of things. I have yet to make a bracket to mount the remote head of the 857 and it may be necessary to run a tuner of some sort for the 40 metre mono band antenna, (Fitting on R.H.S. of mounting plate), as it has a limited bandwidth.

I am currently thinking of putting the 857 remote head just in front of the gear selector on the front edge of the silver part of the console. It would be mounted in such a way that it is easily removed for security as it will be pretty visible in that spot.

The white cable which is visible in the console shot is the audio lead from both radios into the cars auxiliary socket to the in car audio system. It works well with no hum and stacks of volume. (If required).

So far it looks to be pretty well free of any vehicle generated noise of any real consequence. (Fingers crossed).




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2 Responses to New Shopping Trolley – Antennas and radios.

  1. Chris says:

    Excellent install. Something to think about as I’m trying to figure my way through a 706 installation in my Hyundai Tucson.


  2. vk5hcf says:

    Thanks for the nice comment Chris.
    Most of the credit must go to Norbert, VK5MQ who has done an excellent job of installing the wiring and the radios. It has finished up being very discreet and tidy. Good luck with your install but I am sure that it too will work out well.
    Col. VK5HCF

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