Mobile Rig:

My mobile is a Yaesu FT-7800R, 50 Watt, Dual Band Radio with detachable control head. I have it installed under a Larsen NMO2/70SH, Roof Mount Antenna. Although it is Dual Band, it is not capable of “cross banding.” For the money, it has been a great little radio.

My vehicle is an Isuzu Ascender, which is the same vehicle as the Chevrolet Trail Blazer, which allowed for some interesting installation opportunities, which you will see below.

I should point out that I took advantage of a service who not only provided a clean, detailed, professional installation job, with work was done quickly, and conveniently wherever your vehicle is located; in my case, at my office. Their prices are reasonable, and very satisfactory. If you're in the Kansas City area, I highly recommend them! They are:

The Service Center, Inc.
On Site Mobile Service
(913) 888-5780

 
     
 

YAESU FT-7800R

The Control Head is mounted on the center consol, just to the left of the shifter. The external speaker (not pictured,) is mounted on the right side of the consol, near the floor.

 
     
 

Before:

This is the cargo space of the Isuzu Ascender before the installation of the radio.

 
     
 

After:

The radio is mounted in one of the two stow-away compartments in the back. This is a clean, hideaway install, and has not suffered any issues related to heat buildup.


 
     
 

The Finished Project:

The final touch includes a “perforated dish” grill screen to allow for air movement into the compartment, (hence, no heat problems.) This item by the way was for a Fender Guitar Amplifier. They come in black or silver.

 
 
 
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