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post #1 of 63 (permalink) Old 03-14-2004, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Ham Radios & Outbacks

Hey, any ham operators on this board? Anyone install any radios in their Outbacks?

I have a Yaesu FT-7100 dual bander installed under the driver's seat, with the head mounted above the ashtray. I'm using a Larsen on-glass antenna that works OK, but I'd like to find a better 2M/70cmm antenna solution. I don't want to drill a roof mount, besides not wanting to block the roof rack. The rear hatch doesn't seem to have a good place for a lip mount.

With the power wires run direct to the battery I haven't had any noise problems, even AM airband is clean.


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Here's another Ham radio! I bought a 2003 in jan 2003 and It has only 12500 miles on it. My wife is using it more that I do because I have a company truck. I did not install any ham radio in the car and I doubt I will. Wagons are not the best kind of car to install antennas: no trunk. Anyway, I really enjouy that car. Bye now!
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By HAM Radios, do you mean UHF?

Here in Australia I'm planning an in-dash solution with a TX4400 DIN sized unit that can be programmed to listen to police frequencies etc.

I've not yet done the install, but I've heard of at least one ariel install on the rear lip of the roof, where the top of the hatch is.

I've yet to see it myself, but I'm trying to contact the guy who's done it (with 2 ariels) and get some photos.
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i am currently working on an install for my Outback Sport (Impreza). i have an Icom 207H with remote head that will be installed above the rear-view mirror to get it out of the way. the unit will be mounted under the drivers seat.

as for antenna mounting, i was considering a window mount, but have decided on a lipmount that will attach to the rear hatch near the top on the driver's side.

i have taken the rear apart to evaluate a coax run, and it looks rather easy. i have yet to figure out where to run the power thru the firewall, but that should be straight forward once i get in there and nose around.

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I've used the Diamond K550 on my A4 Avant for years with good results. It attaches to the roof rail and is a very mechanically solid and stable mount. I plan to reuse the mount on my 2005 Outback "when I get around to it."


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there is a large hamfest this weekend in Gaithersburg, MD. i'll check out the K550KM and see if it will work.

2 weeks since i've been on a repeater and i feel lost on the morning commute.

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Re: Ham Radio Installations

I'm wondering, I have a '05 OBXT, is anyone running HF/VHF/UHF mobile out of their OB's, or considering this in the near future?

I am waiting for the new Icom IC-7000 multi-band mobile to be certified for sale here in the US. I plan to find a spot around the console to mount the head/mike section of the unit. It's rather small, any suggestions on on best locations for the head/mike and the main unit, routing of wires, & power connection?

On the HF side, anyone have experience with the "Outback" or "Perch" antenna's? I would like to install the antenna an a frame mounted bracket. What would be a good spot in general to do the ground and mounting.

I currently use a Larsen/Randal thru the glass dual band on my other car. Does anyone recommend a "best spot for the glass install?

Let me know. Lets exchange ideas, pros & cons.

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Another ham says hello. I am the owner of a OB 2005 LTD, but since it is a company car do not intend to install any equipment. I do run a ICOM 2 Meter in the car and it doesn't cause any problems


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I'm lookin' at a Ranger(CB) for my outback ...I have the perfect bumper for mounting an antenna....! or offroad flag


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Ham Radio in 09 outback

(reawakening an old thread)

I've just acquired an 09 Outback PZEV - now I need to find a way to mount my VHF ham radio!!

I've 2 radios to choose from: an Icom 2000H, and a Yaesu FT-1500M. Neither have remote heads and I'd really rather not buy another radio!!

Mounting the antenna (a Larsen NMO dual band) is easy -- the driver's side front fender with a right angle bracket between the hood and the fender (same as I did on my Impreza).

I can't find any door pockets or anywhere else big enough to take either radio and still be able to see the display -- suggestions, please?

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