Introduction: Head-rest Speaker Mount (for Ham, CB, or Scanner Radios)

This instructable will show you how to make a simple head-rest mount for your external speaker for your ham, CB, or scanner radio.

Why would you want to do this?

An external speaker for your radio is a great way to make it more usable. They generally deliver better and louder sound than the radio's own speaker. By putting the speaker behind your head you are directing the sound at you, making it easier to hear and less irritating to your passengers. This placement also puts the speaker up and out of the way.

You can see in the photo that my ham radio is mounted down on my transmission tunnel. While this puts the radio at arms length and makes it easy to see and operate, it faces the speaker away from me, making it difficult to hear at times.

Note, this instructable is for cars with removable headrests only.

What you need:
  • External speaker. I got a 'Roadking' unit on amazon for $15 that works great.
  • Piece of paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Thin plywood
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Sandpaper

Step 1: Make a Template

Making the template is fairly easy:
  1. Remove your headrest, usually by pressing the adjustment button and pulling up.
  2. Get a piece of paper and trace the two posts of your headrest on it.
  3. Fold the paper in half so the two post marks are on top of each other. Hold the paper up to a bright light, like a window, to see that they are matched up.
  4. Unfold the paper and mark how far back you need to mount the radio.
  5. Fold it in half again and draw a design. Straight lines are easier to cut than curves.
  6. Cut out your template
Note: You can attach the speaker how you please. I marked two holes to drill for screws. You can use glue, velcro, or whatever your heart desires.

Step 2: Make the Mount

To make the mount:
  1. Trace the template onto your plywood.
  2. Cut it out.
  3. Drill holes. I didn't had a big enough drill, so I drilled as big of holes as I could and made them bigger with my sandpaper.
  4. Clean up the edges with your sandpaper.

Step 3: Install the Mount

This part is easy:
  1. Attach your external speaker to the mount.
  2. Slip the headrest posts into the holes in the mount.
  3. Install the headrest.
  4. Hook up the speaker to your radio, and set the radio to output to it.
Now you have an excellent external speaker mount that makes radio use more enjoyable, with no permanent modification to your vehicle. It's easy to remove, out of the way, and doesn't rattle at all.

Happy day!

Comments

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mbainrot made it! (author)2014-02-05

I love this idea so much :D It's a little tight because in the mazda's they make the headrest posts move in slightly but it works well.

Although I went one step further being a hatchback owner.

I made one for the backseat, given that no one usually sits behind me due to how tall I am. This setup will allow me to semi-permanently install my rig in my car, without having to worry about my rig toolbox moving around in the boot!

Only concern is whether this interferes with the active headrests, in that case it's not a problem, I can just move the speaker to somewhere else.

All I need todo is give the backseat mount a lick of paint (to make it more incognito) and she'll be good to go!

73s

Max

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hailster (author)2013-06-10

Thanks for the idea, I'll be making one of these to use on my IC-706mkiig.

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kaboom949 (author)2013-06-05

What a great idea. I listen to a lot of podcasts and the audio quality differs...a lot. If I forget to turn the volume down on the car radio when I leave it becomes an unpleasant surprise when I go back to the car later and get blasted by volume. Not to mention nearly blowing speakers. I'm going to make one of these rigs and use the external speaker for podcasts now. Thanks again. Ingenious.

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