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SirJ

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Hey everyone ,hope all is well.
I have been working even though there is a stay at home order. With that said, I drive a company vehicle and though I enjoy just toting around my HTs with me in the van I'd like to find a temporary/permanent solution to use my Motorola XTL5000. I thought about buying the control unit that has the all in one controlhead part# pmun1034 but I don't want to swap my xtl into a remote mount. I can't and will not drill holes into the interior of the cab so I figure I could find something like this:


And this would be rx only so I could use a duck antenna on the back of the radio. I remember a long time ago havis or jotto made a contractors seat console but this is the closest thing I could find and I don't even know if the radio will mount inside face up.

Any help or comments would be appreciated btw I have scanners but I only listen to one band, and the xtl is just a far better rx in my honest opinion
 

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Hello, are you employed by a law enforcement agency that is subjected to daily inspections by supervisory personnel? Why can't you place an external antenna on the vehicle, even though you are going through the trouble of putting in and mounting a console to "hide" the XTL mobile radio? You could put a magnetic-mounted antenna in the back window draped against the glass, as long as you don't transmit on high power. But you said that it would be used for receive-purposes only.

What services are you planning on monitoring? Your own agency or employer's two-way system, or something else totally different?

Years ago, a Ham Radio friend of mine had his dual-band mobile radio actually mounted within the communications/siren/light control console, with a trunk-lip mounted dual-band antenna on his squad car. His picky supervisor just didn't want it to interfere with normal communications gear, which of course it didn't.
 
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