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    Default 2 Meter Radio in My Electric Car

    That's right. After we sold the modified Wrangler and Bronco II I felt like I needed a new toy. Something usable as well as fun. So I started looking at older convertibles and other interesting vehicles. Unfortunately most of the ones I could afford were too old and would need almost constant repair. Been there done that! Then I stumbled across a bunch of low mileage Nissan Leaf all electric cars that had come back from 5 year leases. Long story short I bought a 2011 Leaf for the same money I got for the Wrangler and have been driving it all over town.

    Okay, so that's how we (me) acquired the Leaf. Evelyn won't drive it! Of course I can't have a car without a 2 Meter radio so I installed a Yaesu FT7800R 2m/440 dual bander. I mounted the main box under the passenger seat and the face plate on the dash where there was a spot just the right size. I placed a mag mount antenna on the roof and, howdoyoudo, it works great.

    So now I can drive around town and hear every little thing that is going on with my radio friends...jeesh, turn the damn thing off!!!!!!!!!

    We still have HF/VHF/UHF radios in the truck and Evelyn's car, nothing new there. Check out our updated QRZ page for radio stuff...click on my call sign at the bottom of the signature area.
    Jerry
    Reading and Riding Northwest Backroads
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    No issues with any vehicle systems? My fancy new minivan (Toyota Sienna) has a specfic warning about not installing Radios because it could mess up "various systems." One would think all this new stuff would be RF hardened.

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    Nope, no issues. The Leaf is fairly well loaded with options, but no ill effects that I have noticed. The radio is a 50W, 2m/440 dual band with the main case installed under the passenger seat and the face plate on the dash. We usually transmit with 25W through a short mag mount antenna mounted on the back of the roof.

    We bought a new Ford Escape for Evelyn and it is really loaded up with options. We plan on installing an Icom 706 MK2G all band, all mode radio in it, but will lay everything out first, without nailing it down, just to see if it is compatible with the electronics. Might go with a screwdriver antenna if it is half-way manageable - otherwise Ham Stick style.

    In the past I almost always drilled holes in the roof for antennas and would do the same with modern cars if they didn't have air bags all over the place. I would hate to route antenna feed lines past air bags and have them get hung up when an air bag deployed. Of course the manufactures don't suggest where to feed the coax if your cars are fairly new the dealers have no experience with headliners and what is above them.
    Jerry
    Reading and Riding Northwest Backroads
    K7PNW

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