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2014 JGC - Ham Radio Install

Saw a few people asking about install options for ham radio on here a while back.

I just finished a install in my 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee tonight (almost done) but wanted to post some pics and info.


Icom 880H D-Star 2m/70cm radio (Trunk mounted)
Icom SP-35 Speaker (Mounted in passenger side floorboard)
Larsen 2m/70cm thru-glass antenna (Drivers side rear window)
Rigrunner 4008 (Temporary, 4005 will be here tomorrow - 4008 is for home - Trunk mounted)

DC Power in is run from the battery under the passenger seat. Fused at 40AMP, then fused again in the rigrunner. From the Rigrunner it is fused at 25AMP running to the IC-880H located in the rear tire-well.

The radio is activated on key via a relay fed from the key activated trunk cig-lighter outlet.

Remote cable run from the trunk to the front for remote speaker (front passenger foot area), head unit is located in the "ashtray". Nice hidden install. My wife drives the Jeep on a day to day basis so this will keep here happy.

I apologize for some of the pics, they are grainy from being taken on my phone. I'll get better pics in the next few days.









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Great pics... and great radio (the more I read up on it, the more I am interested) with an excellent installation; been thinking of D-STAR lately, but no such activity locally (yet). Meanwhile, My wife takes delivery on a new 2014 WK2 in a couple of days.

We have been using Yaesu FT-8900R's (we both like 6-M FM ) in the WK's and Maxrad mag-mount antennas, but I am not yet sure if the curvature of the roof on the WK2 will accommodate this, and the location of the control head would interfere with her (predicted to be) occasional use of the USB and SD ports. The Yaesu control head is (HxWxD) 2"x6"x2", so I will have to measure that "hidden" spot where your control head is mounted to see what will fit.

About those magnets on the rear fo the control head; are measurements (diameter and placement) available? I was thinking that Small metal plates could be used (for them to adhere to) that may not interfere with the SD/USB/DC sockets.

Thank you for the excellent description and pictures... this will help a lot.
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Very nice install. I never really got into the RigBlaster and Powerpole thing though. When I got my WK2, I had to decide between APRS and my ID-800H with D-STAR. I chose APRS, but I do miss D-STAR at times.
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Got my wife's FT-8900R installed this afternoon; after the "measure a bazillion times, cut (or drill) once" approach, it was quicker and easier than I thought. Not sure how she liked the idea of using her new WK2 as a test mule, though.

I used the larger of the two studs on the battery clamps, ran the power cable through PowerPole connectors (to facilitate a later addition of other stuff) and back to the right rear "tub" in the cargo area. The control head is on a RAM mount in the forward cup holder, Everything works great, and there is now no ignition noise on 6-meter FM, as the power cables do not run near the engine compartment. Absolutely no drilling, although if the 3-M Dual Lock adhesive strips fail to hold the radio in place, then a couple of holes will be necessary.

The best thing, aside from how well it works, is that there is no cable visible, except for a very short section of thin black cable to the right of that cup holder.

Many thanks for the ideas and pictures... made this task a lot easier.
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How is the Larsen 2m/70cm thru-glass antenna (Drivers side rear window) working for you ?

Any problems, performance or recommendations ?
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How is the Larsen 2m/70cm thru-glass antenna (Drivers side rear window) working for you ?

Any problems, performance or recommendations ?
I almost went that route, but stuck with the Maxrad mag mounts; they work well (more gain) and hang on well (even at highway speeds with strong headwinds and crosswinds).
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How is the Larsen 2m/70cm thru-glass antenna (Drivers side rear window) working for you ?

Any problems, performance or recommendations ?
Working out great for me.. Nice clean install, pull the antenna off when I don't need it (just unscrew it and throw it in the back).

Going to install one on my Golf TDI in the next couple of weeks. No complaints here.
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