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    Amateur Radio mounts for the MKX

    This is for you Ham operators , others are welcome to read... So I wanted start a thread to exchange a few idea with other operators, and show you what I did and maybe see they way you mounted your rig. My objective was I did not want to drill holes, take the dash apart or anything major. So it isn't as clean as some would want. So as you can see I mounted my Icom on a "engineered" bracket that mounts to a magnetic cell phone mount. Then I took small black tie raps with about 1/2" to 3/4" tail and slipped it in the crack to keep the cable in place. The control head is in the perfect location for me because it does not block either the speedometer or the park button, yet easy to reach without having to take you eye off the road much. I continued down the side stoping in the pocket to spool extra cable and a connection point for the mic. Then I have the cable ran under the drivers seat, then under the carpet mat then back to the plastic tray in front of the spare tire where the radio base is located. Also I have an external speaker under the drivers seat. Then I have a Diamond 2/440 1/4-1/2wave on a mag mount, then you can see how I laced the rg-58 back down the side of the opening to come into the cabin at the bottom of the door, I figure there will be less chance of water penetration there. So now the next step is to install a relay under the hood and run a power back to the radio. Right now the radio is fed with the 12v plug in the back, but I can only use 5w out because of lack of circuit capacity. Then I probably will try to pull both the 12v line from the engine compartment and then along with the other cables run them under the carpet, hopefully I can find a wire chase that I can utilize. So has anyone else out there solved the power feed issue mounting their rig? Thanks for your feedback... Mike & 73 de wa4qfy