'09 Ford F-150 Mobile Setup

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texasemt13

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I finally got around to taking pictures of my new truck. I drilled a hole in the roof last Wednesday (it took me awhile to drill my old truck, but I figured I'd have this one for awhile so I bit the bullet early).

To see my '05 check out this thread. In my '09 I have essentially the same setup. I've drilled the firewall to run power to my Yaesu FT-7900R and an amplified speaker. I have placed the transceiver body and amplified speaker behind the center console. When I get a console built to hold the unit (and speaker, mag-light, notebook, security system) I'll post those pics as well. But here they are without all my scanners:

The first picture is the firewall portion I drilled through. I removed the kick panel fuse door in the passenger floorboard. From there it is easy to peel back the flooring (I have vinyl), and the heat shield blanket lifts right up to expose the firewall.

The second picture is of the FT-7900R's remote head, mounted on a Mount Guys snake arm. I used two of these in the '05 for my 7900R and my PSR-500 (now I rest the 500 in the cup holder). The mic sits nicely in the cubby hole of the truck.

The third picture is of a rear view of my roof showing the Diamond NR72BNMO dual band antenna. Read eHam reviews on this antenna here. I absolutely love this antenna. My fiance (yeah, yeah, I don't wanna hear about it) even commented to me yesterday that "that antenna almost looks stock." I almost shed a tear at those words (I prefer a stock look, and really don't care for people to know what's in my vehicle).

The fourth picture shows how tough finding a place for this antenna was. There isn't a flat spot wide enough in the center of the roof, for the NMO mount. I also had a different metal roof framework to deal with once I got behind the bed light (which prevented me from going too far forward for a better ground plane). All in all, I was worried about the reception of this mount compared to my '05, where it was at least in a vertical position (whereas, as you can see on the '09, the antenna leans back in a swept look). But I have not noticed one bit of difference in reception. I can still hit all the same repeaters I could in the '05.

My last comment might make some of you cry: I still have my paper plates- I've had this vehicle exactly 15 days now.
 

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I'd put a grommet on the hole through the firewall.

Won't take much before the exposed metal wears through the insulation on those power wires.

You did fuse them, right?
 

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I'd put a grommet on the hole through the firewall.

Won't take much before the exposed metal wears through the insulation on those power wires.

You did fuse them, right?
I'm putting a grommet and splash guard on there today. Everything is fused. No crimp-ons either, all solder.
 

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Alright- I've protected the wiring through the firewall with a rubber grommet. The wires have also been zip-tied to anchor points so they are no longer free-hanging. Spent the rest of my afternoon installing my toolbox (which was a beast of a task without another pair of hands).

Next pixtures will be of my custom console I'll have to create soon to hold my radio body, amped speaker and other tools of the trade.
 

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"My last comment might make some of you cry: I still have my paper plates- I've had this vehicle exactly 15 days now."


My partner bought a brand new 2009 Ford F150 and we were drilling it with 3 NMO's and heavy gauge power wires for three radios the SAME day he bought it.

BTW, very nice, can't wait until you finisnh and see the end product..
 

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My partner bought a brand new 2009 Ford F150 and we were drilling it with 3 NMO's and heavy gauge power wires for three radios the SAME day he bought it.
Nice! I drilled the firewall for power at about 3 days old, then the roof at about day 12. I wish I had enough radios to need 3 antennas...
 

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I think I've mentioned this before, but I bought a 1990 GMC Suburban (in 1990, that is) and it wasn't in the driveway more than 15 minutes (no exaggeration) before the full headliner was pulled down, the center console bin was pulled out, the carpet was pulled up, and we were starting the 1st of 5 holes straight down the center of the roof (cellular, 5db UHF, 3DB VHF, CB (actually a professional style low band VHF cut to 27megs, and a V/U/800 scanner antenna) - all from Antenna Specialists (except the CB). 4 of us crawling through and over the truck like a swarm of ants ;-)
 

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Texas,

I love my comet b10 nmo and work ao51 with it regularly! I think that it out perfoms my diamond supergainer 7500. Great post!
Yes, great choice on the antenna! I love mine! Very low-profile and it doesn't perform too bad either.
 

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My last comment might make some of you cry: I still have my paper plates- I've had this vehicle exactly 15 days now.

One of my secret nasty pleasures is to take a new car right off the lot and make swiss cheese out of it before it even gets to the customer! But the again they are usually company vehicles and not personal.

Nice eyeball on centering the antenna, looks professional.

For people considering a radio install I'd like to point this out. If the radio (head) is mounted high on the dash or up in the overhead, it takes considerable effort to punch buttons and tweek dials when you are bouncing down the road with your arm stretched straight out. The position of your head will allow you to rest your arm on your knee and stabilize yourself to where you can almost go by feel with just a quick glance down to confirm what is going on. A radio mounted to the front of a big ol' armrest is perfect (remember those mid 80's full size Broncos with the humongus plastic bucket between the seats)?

Anyway, very nice install...
 

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I'd put a grommet on the hole through the firewall.

Won't take much before the exposed metal wears through the insulation on those power wires.

You did fuse them, right?
I concur... got a snow plow harness that shorted out on me .... all it took was a grommet.....
 
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