My new to me mobile monitoring post

Citywide173

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I'm lazy, so this is a repost from Scan New England

In May I was desperately in need of a new vehicle. After one false start I was able to find an offer I couldn't refuse.

I had been looking for a Ford Explorer Police Interceptor for ease of radio instalation. The dealer I ended up at said he had a 2014, but it wasn't a PI-I told him that if it had a center console with shift I wasn't interested. He asked me to take a look anyway. When I got to the car and opened the door, I immediately told him I was interested. His price was already in an area where I wasn't going to haggle.

I am told that the car was the Colonel of the Pennsylvania State Police's take home vehicle. The title lends Creedence to that. It had a Havis console already installed and the power was still run to it.

I ordered the faceplates and installed my radios, I used the one NMO that was left in the vehicle (the LOJACK antennae had Ben removed and holes plugged.) I added two NMO mounts to the rear of the vehicle and ran my antennas.

The outside
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The antennas-L-R NMO 150/450/800fedto the SDS200, Forward is a cheap ebay dual band antenna that sucks as a HAM antenna but makes a decent low profile scanner antenna which is fed to the 996XT, Rear is the factory AM/FM antenna and the right most antenna is a low profile Antennex 450-470which feeds to the Icom F2821D.
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The console from the dash back:
Amazon Echo Auto to left of shifter
Samsung TAB A 8.0 on a RAM-A-Can mount with Tabtite mount
TAC-9 Radio in Cupholder
3 Cigarette Lighter/2 USB port plate
SDS200
996XT
Icon F2821D
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Wider view showing the Anker Roav C2 Pro Dash Cam
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Finally, the GPS unit for the SDS200. I put it in the same place where they had left the GPS antenna for the Harris radio (they also left the radio bracket under the passenger seat. I drove it to Detroit overthe July 4th holiday and it worked flawlessly with the nationwide database.
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03msc

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That's one of those "this was meant to be" moments. Rare to find exactly what you're looking for when you're a radio guy. haha Nice find and nice install!
 

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You got damn lucky in finding a great vehicle like this! AND with the Havis console already in it! Buying a vehicle today for people like all of us who are in the scanner/ham hobby is a nightmare!

Mike
 

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Can i ask what dealership? I'm a used government vehicle dealer in the southwest and I'm always looking to see who else is in the business. That's an awesome find by the way. Congrats.
 

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That's in unbelievable condition, the seats look new and there's no wear on the brake peddle! How many miles? It must have belonged to a little old lady scanner enthusiast! :giggle:
 

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That's in unbelievable condition, the seats look new and there's no wear on the brake peddle! How many miles? It must have belonged to a little old lady scanner enthusiast! :giggle:
Just over 94K when I got it. If the info I was told is true, it was the PA State Police head's take home car. It's not a Police Interceptor, so I'm sure it was babied and got all PM on schedule.
 

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Very nice, that console is awesome.

I had an ex police car pass me on the road the other day and I saw 4 capped NMO mounts, of course that got my brain going. But then I thought about the life most of these vehicles have and thought better about it, you seem to have gotten a good one though.
 

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So what color are the lights below the grille?
 
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