It's time to retire my 2002 Toyota Corolla. My son is coming back to the U.S. after spending some military time overseas. He's going to get this car. Before I start the remove and reinstall I thought I'd capture the old install before moving everything to my replacement car.
The gear is pretty simple:
Dual band Frankentenna on the trunk lid
The transceiver is mounted in the trunk, nice and close to the antenna. Makes for a beautifully short coax run.
The trick was installing the radio control head in a tiny car so it wasn't in the way but remained useful. Fortunately the car had an old-school CD player in the lower portion of the dash. When I replaced the stereo the old CD player went away too. It left a gaping hole in the console. So I cut a small section of 2X4 lumber, painted it black, and attached it to the dual DIN sleeve that lives in that part of the console. Then I cut some aluminum stock and bent it to the desired angle. I attached the control head to that, sandwiching a little star ring between them so the control head won't rotate. Once that was done I cut a little chunk of black packing foam to hide the aluminum strap.
The only drawback is the control head prevents using the built-in cup holders. No problem. I bought a cup holder wedge at the auto parts store. It's all about priorities!
The mic hang up clip is simply a retired antenna mount that used to hold an antenna on a truck fender. It's just wedged between the different parts of the dash. Works like a charm.
The scanner only rides shotgun occasionally, so it just hitches a ride in the after market cup holder. It's close enough to the dash that my audio cable for stereo aux-in reaches it perfectly. Routing the scanner audio into the car stereo sounds good. If I want music AND scanner, I just pull the plug.
Once in a while I take a road trip and add a mag mount for the scanner or a Byonics MT-AIO APRS gadget. Alternately I run a SPOT tracker and use the external antenna for the scanner instead of APRS.
Within a week or two I'll move all the toys to a 2010 Ford Fusion I just purchased. First I have to analyze the install options and make a plan. Once I have a plan it'll be time to remove the fun stuff from the trusty Corolla.
Eric Wuz Here