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High power radio installation considerations

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Move to installation sub forum please.


Does anyone know of any special considerations in installing a high power radio (PM1500 VHF) in a car? Other than the power requirements, the radio is rated for 110 watts. Is there any specific place an antenna would be better suited? As of now it's on the trunk with a wideband PCTel antenna, with 2.4 db gain on a ground plane. The car is a 2012 Malibu. Currently have a 35 watt Kenwood 7180 in place.
 

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Center of the roof is recommended. 110 watts is a lot, and some of that will come through the back window if it's on the trunk. I wouldn't want that long term, personally, but many won't care.

We have 100 watt VHF MCS-2000's in our Crown Vics. Antennas are center of trunk lid, no issues. I know the newer cars have a lot more electronics in them, so you might want to test it out first to make sure it gets along with the rest of the car.
 

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Remember that most of a vertical antenna's radiation comes from the first 1/4 of the antenna starting at the base.

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Yeah, that's what I figured. I really don't want to mess with the work of pulling the headliner down. Lol
 
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