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post #1 of 8 Old 12-12-2017, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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RAM VB-142-SW1 Laptop Mount for 2-way radios

I ordered a laptop mount back on Black Friday so that I could use it to install UHF and VHF radios in my WK without chopping it up.

https://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-VB-142-SW1

The install is easy enough, just drive the front passenger seat all the way to the back and remove the two front bolts. The instructions say the spacer bushings and long bolts in the kit are for the Commander but I used them on the WK. I can't see how you could manage without them. The bracket does interfere with the floor mats but doesn't look like it will be a problem for my wife when she is in the Jeep.

The next step is to make a mounting bracket for the Kenwood TK-7180 and TK-8180 radios. I bought a Steel Armadillo switch plate for power controls. Still need to hunt down some power switches and antennas.

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post #2 of 8 Old 07-22-2018, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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I finally got around to buying and installing some radio gear. One radio is UHF and one is VHF. I haven't gotten a CB radio yet because I thought CB was dead but I may break down and buy a cheapie.



I ran the antenna coax cabling into the Jeep by going under the weather stripping. From there I went under the trim down the side of the seat, under the door sill, and popped out under the front passenger seat.



I ran the power from the fuse panel through the firewall grommet behind the brake booster. From there I went inside the dash across to the passenger side and popped out near the radio mount.


The plan is to remove the laptop clamp and screw the piece of plywood directly to the ball mount as this will save me about 2" of height. The plywood still needs to be painted and may get reduced in size...not sure what size I want yet.
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looking good so far man. good to know about that laptop mount bracket, didn't know that existed. love the RAM stuff, use it for all kinds of things.

i've also got a TSA switch plate, they are nice. for switches i went with OTRATTW. you can get them labelled any way you want and they make them up custom, i think laser engraved. i got mine w/ graphics of a grand cherokee on it, custom text, etc.

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post #5 of 8 Old 07-22-2018, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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I decided not to use switch plate in the end because I opted not to use switches or relays in the radio power circuits. I use these radios in my van and I found that having a relay in the circuit impacts radio reception. As a result, it seemed pointless to use external switches on the radios when they already have their own power switches on their faces.



I will probably install the switch plate later on and just put blanks in it until another project requires switches.


OTRATTW looks like a good lead. https://www.otrattw.net/ The USB charging module would be helpful as the cigarette adapter chargers I have can not keep up with my tablet demands.

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This is a good idea. I want to try it too.
By the way, what antivirus can you recommend for the latest version of Windows?I used Norton, but I did not like it. And judging by the rating, the positions are not too good. What do you think about Kaspersky?

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post #7 of 8 Old 02-13-2019, 11:20 AM
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Is there a reason you went with two separate radios instead of a dualband radio?

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Is there a reason you went with two separate radios instead of a dualband radio?
I wanted to get professional 2-way radios and those are not available as one unit. You could get multi-band HAM radios or even export radios if you want. I was thinking about getting a 3rd radio like an AnyTone AT-6666 for the CB frequencies but I bought a toolbox instead.


If you just want to listen Uniden makes a GPS location based scanner which ties back to www.radioreference.com listings.
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