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I ended up getting the Kenwood TM-281A radio last night. It's 2m single band, 65 watts. I figure it's a good starter radio and later I'll upgrade to something with more bands and then set this one up for solar power use. Now I need to find a good mobile 2m antenna.
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I ended up getting the Kenwood TM-281A radio last night. It's 2m single band, 65 watts. I figure it's a good starter radio and later I'll upgrade to something with more bands and then set this one up for solar power use. Now I need to find a good mobile 2m antenna.
First, if you haven't already, you need to run wires to your battery.
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First, if you haven't already, you need to run wires to your battery.

Im working on this problem too, and not sure which direction to go. Access to the firewall is extremely limited inside of the engine compartment.

Several forums talk about using a fuse block tap. My car has a bunch of unused fuse spaces for high amperage features like rear heated seats, which are not included with my model. It seems like I could just tap one of these sockets. From what I can tell the max current my radio will draw is about 15A when transmitting at 50 watts.
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I've installed 2 Blue Sea Fuse blocks, each with 12 fuses, in my FJ. One is under the dash and the other is in the rear, in a compartment above the wheel well that holds the jack. They each have 4 awg wire from the battery and each have a 100 amp marine grade circuit breaker at the battery connection. The front one currently powers my offroad lighting and CB, the rear is my ARB air compressor and some USB and 12V outlets. Fishing the 2 4awg wires through the firewall was pretty easy. I just used a 2' long thin steel rod, taped the wires one at a time onto it, and shoved it through a pre-existing wire loom penetration with a rubber grommet around it on the driver side of the firewall.
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My Ford has an aux fuse block in the trunk area, which is mostly unpopulated. I tapped into that for trailer hitch wiring.

I have since located a part number for the crimps that they use for the individual circuit wiring. If I add anything in the future, I can add new dedicated circuits and fuses directly.
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One trick for antennas, to make them less obvious, is to paint them flat black.

For a simple, cheap, effective antenna, I like the "virus" antenna. It is a panel mount S) connector, and 5 pieces of welding rod or coat hanger. One to the center connector, one in each panel mount whole. Cut to length for band, and bend the 4 corner wires down at 45 degrees.
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I have read that through the glass antennas do not work with tinted glass. I tried to find more info but I cannot verify that information.
Tinting is ok, unless metallic.
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2m has the most traffic but get a radio that will do 70cm as well. The radio I use in my truck is actually a Yaesu HT (ft-60). I have a mag mount antenna with a short sma adapter to go from the antenna bnc to the radio. When I need to get out of my truck I can simply unscrew the sma adapter and screw on a 1/4 wave whip and bam I can move on foot. I will probably get a permanent mobile mount eventually though and it will be a dual tuner 2m/70cm rig.
When I started, I ran a similar setup.

Yaesu FT-530 dual band HT, with mag mount antenna, external speaker mic, and a cigarette lighter cord.

Later upgraded to actual dual band mobile rigs, but the HT worked fine.

And my ex ran that setup for many years. I built a small kit amplifier to help in fringe areas.
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From what I can tell the max current my radio will draw is about 15A when transmitting at 50 watts.
That sounds high.

15A at 12 volts is 180 watts of power.
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That sounds high.



15A at 12 volts is 180 watts of power.

Yup. I need to go back to my Amateur Study Guide. However I was thinking that was just going to install my fuse tap into that socket. The power cable from radio does have a fuse link built in.
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