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Ham Radio in Trailhawk

Hello,

Has anyone successfully installed a mobile Ham radio in the 2014 KL? Any info is appreciated.

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Hello,

Has anyone successfully installed a mobile Ham radio in the 2014 KL? Any info is appreciated.

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I have my Kenwood vhf/uhf 732a installed under the drivers seat
and remote head by the media receptacles.
Ran power up from the rear key actuated outlet with no interference
at max power or on receive.

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Re: Ham Radio in Trailhawk

That's similar to what I did with my scanner. I didn't have room for the scanner and ham rig, and for me the scanner was the priority. The remote head fits nicely into that spot and you can even drill mounting holes for the brackets in a way that'll keep them invisible when you remove the rig for resale.

Mounting the antenna is going to be the bigger hassle. Unless you just close your eyes and drill a hole in the roof, you'll have a hard time coming up with a truly satisfactory mount. I used an NMO hatch mount on a top-side corner, but my antenna's only 10" high and ultra-flexible. A proper ham antenna will be a bit more flddly.

Post pics when you get yours sorted.

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That's similar to what I did with my scanner. I didn't have room for the scanner and ham rig, and for me the scanner was the priority. The remote head fits nicely into that spot and you can even drill mounting holes for the brackets in a way that'll keep them invisible when you remove the rig for resale.

Mounting the antenna is going to be the bigger hassle. Unless you just close your eyes and drill a hole in the roof, you'll have a hard time coming up with a truly satisfactory mount. I used an NMO hatch mount on a top-side corner, but my antenna's only 10" high and ultra-flexible. A proper ham antenna will be a bit more flddly.

Post pics when you get yours sorted.

Brad.
Depends on your idea of real ham antenna.
The one I use is a tri-band 144/220/440 MHz mounted on a window
clip mount and works well across those specific bands although it
is a compromise for stealth and ease of installation.
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Re: Ham Radio in Trailhawk

One big thing i forgot to mention. I live in Vermont and there is a strong law prohibiting DRIVERS from holding/using hand held electronic devices. Is there a way to actually use (transmit) a device via bluetooth or something similiar? I have Uconnect in the jeep for cell phone and music from my iphone6.

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One big thing i forgot to mention. I live in Vermont and there is a strong law prohibiting DRIVERS from holding/using hand held electronic devices. Is there a way to actually use (transmit) a device via bluetooth or something similiar? I have Uconnect in the jeep for cell phone and music from my iphone6.

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We have the same regulatory hurdle here in Ontario actually
all of Canada , fortunately a strong representation by amateur
radio lobby has given us an exemption at least for another year.
Having said that the local police jurisdictions will often charge
you under the "distracted driving" regulation and you then will
have to go to traffic court and show the JP/judge the exemption
to have the charge dropped.

There are several Bluetooth/vox systems available however they
are not cheap , I personally clip the mic to my shirt below eye level
and use it without flaunting it , the stealthy antenna helps avoid
usual attention that a lot ham radio porcupine cars attract.
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Re: Ham Radio in Trailhawk

One of the Ottawa (Ontario) local club members created and posted a how-to on making your own bluetooth gizmo: VE2ZAZ - Bluetooth Headset with PTT for Amateur Radio

Obviously that assumes you're comfortable with fairly serious electronics work.

With Ontario's law, and maybe your state's too, the ban is specifically on "handheld" devices. But if you have a headset, with a PTT that's clipped to your shirt (as in, you don't hold it in your hands) or on the steering wheel or similar, then you're okay. Bigstr's proposal of clipping the mic to your shirt is also technically okay, as long as your mic doesn't pick up a lot of road noise.

But, as Bigstr also correctly points out, there's the separate "distracted driving" law that can get you anyway.
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