Introduction: No Damage Ham Radio Installation

About: When I was a boy, I was amazed how my grandfather could make flotsam and jetsam into useful things. I am proud that I have inherited some of his skill.

I have never been a fan of doing permanent damage to my vehicle while mounting a mobile transceiver. Over the years, I have done it in a number of ways, all having one thing in common: it was a much better job than I would've had if I had merely used the supplied mounting bracket.

Step 1: Decide Where to Put It

There are a few things to keep in mind when mounting a transceiver in a vehicle:

It must be useable.

It must not interfere with the operation of the vehicle.

It must not interfere with the air bag or other safety equipment.

It must not be in a position where the sun, heat output, etc. harms the radio.

It must not pose a hazard to the driver or occupants of the vehicle.

In a nutshell, the installation must make sense, Given the small size of modern day transceivers, it would seem to be a simple thing, but vehicles are smaller, too, and the possible mounting locations are often limited.

In this case, my best mounting location proved to be the fold down middle (front) seat back, which when not in use, is sort of a console in my truck. I never seat anybody in the middle of the front seat, so it poses no problem.

Step 2: Decide How to Mount It

How you mount your transceiver is limited only by your ingenuity. Once you decide where, your only real choice is how.

In this case, once I had decided that I would use my fold down seat back to hold my transceiver, it was a simple thing to bend a piece of flat aluminum stock in sort of a "U" shape, One part of the U went between the top of the seat and the headrest and the other part held a couple of aluminum angles that actually held the transceiver.

It is important to make sure the transceiver is mounted so there is plenty of airflow around the heat sinks at the rear of the rig..

Once I had mounted my transceiver to the bracket, I merely slid the bracket into place, where it fits firmly and holds the rig like it grew there.

Describing how I did this is much more difficult than showing how by means of the attached photos. It really is a simple piece of work and took me only ten minutes or so.

Step 3: All Finished

As you can see from this photo, my transceiver is mounted in a location where it is out of the way and yet easily visible.