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2020 TRD Pro: Mobile Communications Platform Build

Discussion in '5th Gen Builds (2010+)' started by LocInn, Jul 11, 2020.

  1. Jan 13, 2021 at 3:48 AM
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    4Runner Shutterbug

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    Thanks for the information from ARRL. I wasn't aware of that. I note they do recommend no more than 100 watts. And they talk about routing cables away from the ECMs...the only problem with that is that I have no idea where the modules are located! :(

    You'll certainly be okay operating HF with the truck shut off, on any band. I would think that for digital ops on 40m you could easily get away with just using lower power (25 watts, for instance) unless you really need the full 100 watts. One thing I note is that your wiring and setup are totally different from mine, and you've done a much better job with the permanent antenna installation. You may in fact have much less stray RF in the truck than I do, in which case there's likely no problem at all. Just keep in mind that if you do get interference and the ECM error, you should be able to easily reset things with a code reader. It worked for me.

    BTW, I love your active tracking setup, too. Have you thought about working for the FBI or Homeland Security? :)

    Hope to hear you on the air someday. Good luck and 73. TTYL.

    Joe VE3LNU
     
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  2. Jan 13, 2021 at 11:31 AM
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    This is seriously impressive! wow! nicely done. looking forward to any updates. and here i am sweating over where to install a midland mini haha
     
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  3. Jan 15, 2021 at 8:45 AM
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    Mod #11 - Audio Out
    This is a temporary setup to get the receive audio to the front of the cab since the radios are tucked away in the vault and their internal speakers can't be heard.

    The VHF/UHF Kenwood radio speaker is tucked up pretty far under the driver side dash - so far it was difficult to get a decent picture. I was able to use an existing bracket to directly attach the speaker. This is my primary radio so having it on the driver side made the most sense
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    The HF/VHF/UHF Icom radio speaker is mounted under the passenger dash. There wasn't much room under their so if a long legged passenger decides to stretch out they can give it a kick. This was also mounted to an existing bracket so no holes had to be drilled.
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  4. Jan 15, 2021 at 9:09 AM
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    Mod #3.1 - Accessory Mount Update
    The Kenwood control unit comes with a nice mounting plate that allows you the ability to fix it to any angled surface and then adjust the head to the proper alignment. The Icom didn't have this option, so I ended up using a RAM mount to hang it off the accessory bracket, which gave a rather wonky view of the radios.
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    The fix for this came from an unlikely source - my older brother! A retired military aircraft mechanic, and car rebuild enthusiast, he had every sort of tool and material to fabricate a mounting bracket for the IC-706MKIIG control unit.
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    Far more secure and cleaner looking mount.
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