Update on my mobile setup 2005 Ford Focus

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Hey all, some of you might remember my first thread on my car, though probably not :)

Anyway, a little background. I live in the High Desert of southern California and finally decided to get myself a trunking scanner, so I went cheap and simple with a RS Pro-163. The county is still analog up here and I haven't heard that they plan to go digital anytime soon (it's CA, we're broke!!!)

So, I wanted to mount it in the car along with my ham radio, a Kenwood TM-271A, which I bought right before they stopped making. I originally had the kenwood mounted under the dash in front of the shifter, not ideal in my mind but it worked great. However, the scanner didn't really have a place to go, so I decided to move the kenwood into the dash, right underneath my AM/FM/CD radio and put the scanner where the kenwood used to be. I have also since added a Maldol EX-107B on an NMO mount back center of the roof and put my old magmount on the trunk and use that for the scanner- not technically a scanning antenna, but that scanner was picking up the 800MHz trunking system with no antenna attached when I was messing with settings in the car, so any sort of antenna will do wonders :)

The topmost image is the final install, scanner all the way on the bottom, ham radio in dash right below the car radio. The scanner has a downward firing speaker, which at first I didn't think would go so well, but man that thing can throw audio, a little bit of a distortion and breakup when totally cranked, but I've not needed to go that loud in 'normal' driving yet :)

The next photo was the original setup, with the radio all the way at the bottom, the only bad thing is that when in park, no joy on working any of the controls, which was fine as most controls could be input through the mic and also it wasn't that difficult to shift to neutral!

The next three are from the day of the install of the NMO mount, I had never done one before and to be totally honest they're not that bloody difficult. The first one is the over all, the next two are of the mounting spot outside of the car as well as underneath the headliner.

More to follow!!
 

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More shots: The first two are after the drilling was done- a very weird feeling shoving a hole saw into the top of my car!!!!!

The next one is of the mount itself, the antenna in the background is for the AM?FM receiver, and the last shot is my crappy attempt to show the three antennas, it's a hard shot to do without a really good backdrop, the neighbors house is no such backdrop :)
 

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Good job, you seem to have everything you need in the car! And great job on drilling the hole in the roof!

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Thanks, yeah that's pretty much all I was wanting, only changes will probably be NMO mounting a scanner antenna on the trunk as well as getting a dual band ham radio.
 

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Dual band ham antenna? Are you thinking of replacing the 271A for something else? I just got the V71A and I love it!

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I am wanting to get a dual band radio to replace the 2M monobander, and I was thinking the V71A! Glad to hear you like it. I was looking at the dimensions and it looks like it should slide into the same space as the 271A, it's just a bit longer, but that shouldn't be an issue.
 

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Nice

Very nice! Great looking install!! Only thing I would have done different? I'd have double din mounted the scanner up with the stereo and left the Motorola where it was...
 

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That was my original plan, but, being an after market install already on the stereo, whatever I did would have to have been pretty custom done anyway. The problem was, the screws from the dash kit didn't fit in the scanner mounting holes and the brackets wouldn't fit in either, so doing it that way would have been much more difficult.
 
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