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    moto for the cherokee

    really wanted to get a radio in the "Momma Jeep"
    as my wife is a very new ham i wanted to adhere to the "kiss" theme
    i couldn't figure out where to mount a Astro W9 head or a Midland STII head
    so just to keep things simple
    a Moto CM200 !
    i programmed it for 52,the club machine,and couple other locals and set the power to around 20 watts
    new NMO mount right in front of the dome light and ran the coax over to the front right pillar on above the headliner
    and down inside the post trim and under the carpet to the console
    power comes from the lug on the fron power box, i grabbed a ground up there as well
    its a old yaesu harness so it has those silly fuse shells (when they go to crap ill put those rubber ATC holders up there
    i will be putting a 1/4 wave whip on it as i cant see the need for that Diamond dual band antenna (i never liked it any way)
    I haven't done a install for a while so i thought i would share

    cm200vhf1.jpg
    cm200vhf2.jpg
    nmo&dualband.jpg

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    4x4 Ham Member Dayhiker's Avatar
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    Nice clean looking install.

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    4x4 Ham Member Supporting Member WB9YZU's Avatar
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    I second, it looks clean!
    73's Ron

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    Good stuff I have an XJ myself. It's nice to see a good threw the roof antenna install. They really do work best. As long as you seal them from leaks!(don't ask me how I know this!)
    You will see the best performance from a 1/2wave or 5/8th wave antenna. However with such a good install even a short 1/4wave antenna is still going to work great. My only suggestion is to simply move your front roof rack cross-member back 1-2 notches. There is enough metal in that thing to screw with your swr and or the antenna pattern. I leaned that fact the hard way trying to tune an antenna too close to that rack. I though the crossbeam was 100% plastic. Nope it's steel with plastic ends. It's more of an issue with 5/8th and 1/4wave antennas than 1/2wave units. Good luck and great install!


    R

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    thanks for the support! everybody
    the Comet dual bander is what i had on hand (never liked the darn thing) as Momma only drives about town and my normal 5/8 wave whip is of no benefit for her use
    and i was hoping to someday find a dual band radio i dont hate.......
    ill probably end up putting one of my lowband maxtrac rigs in there and say "yup she is a dual band jeep 6 and 2 "

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