A few weeks ago at my wife’s urging I purchased a new vehicle. New is a bit of a misnomer as the truck is a 2007 Toyota Tacoma, however it is new to me.
In any case part of the reason for purchasing a truck was to take it on adventures around Texas. One of the things on my wife’s list is to drive down the National Sea Shore and camp on the beach. I’ve believed that having a good set of communications gear in your car or truck while traveling is an important part of being prepared so I set out to install my Kenwood TM-D700A in the Tacoma.
Here’s my small “around town” Comet SBB-2 Antenna on a Comet “hatch back” mount I had laying around in the parts box. I’ve got a few larger antennas, but while around town this makes pulling into the parking garages easier.
I attached the body of the radio to the bottom of the drivers seat by wedging the mount between the steel springs and the foam. Then I applied four velcro straps to keep it in place. The power and coax are tucked in the wiring loom holders under the kick panels.
I ran the cable for the control unit under the center console. Then under/behind the coin tray on the right side of the steering wheel. Currently the mic is just pulled up from next to the seat. I intend to extend the RJ-45 and mount the mic from the back of that change tray as well.
Higher resolution versions of the images above can be found HERE. I will work on taking some more detailed, daytime photos of the install soon.
Next on my list for the truck is to install an inexpensive CB Radio inside the center console under the arm rest. I don’t really have a desire to talk on the CB, however several of the Overland groups in the area use them to communicate while camping and traveling together.
That’s all for now.