Mobile Radio setup

I got a new car, but the really great news is that means I get to do a new radio installation. Normally I would be happy to whip out the hole saw and start ripping plastic molding out but this Kia Amanti has more airbags than I’ve ever seen so I took it to a profession radio installer.

A photograph from the driver's seat looking at a radio control head and a GPS device.

On the left is the control head for the Kenwood TM-D710A for 2m and 70cm voice and digital work. Typically I use one side for the local repeater and the other side of the radio runs APRS. To the right is an AVMap GPS and APRS display.




Looking down to the right of the driver, tucked in front of the passenger’s seat, is a Uniden Bearcat BCD996T scanner.

A look inside the boot of a car, a netbook is attached to a radio that is mounted on the sidewall. Several bags and tools are stacked in the background.

Here is the main radio portion of the Kenwood TM-D710a. It is mounted up on the side of the trunk wall, well clear of the junk .. I mean cert gear, tools, and various supplies stored here.  I’m currently programming the radio with the netbook, it doesn’t stay in here. The power lines use Anderson Powerpoles which makes it easy to swap in a large marine battery to run the radio at events without endangering the cranking battery.  (Yes, lesson learned here I had to get a jump off after a long day of cross banding.. now I don’t work an event with out the car running or the marine battery installed.)

An antenna mounted on the side of the car using a ball mount.

This is the antenna for the TM-D710a. These large antennas put a lot of strain on the metal of trunk lids and roofs, so we hip mounted the antenna on the side with a ball mount. There is a wire running from the mounting screws on the flange to a large washer to provide a ground for the antenna.

You can’t see it in this picture but in the centre of the trunk lid is a short dual band 5/8 wave antenna for the scanner.

Researching ways to improve scientist’s access to data. Programming software to solve humanity’s problems. Disseminating emergency preparedness knowledge. Sharing knowledge about science. Practicing amateur radio. Serving humanity through volunteer efforts. Drives a robot to work.


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