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Old 04-22-2020, 08:39 AM #1
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Gmrs radio

I picked up a Midland MXT275 gmrs radio and found it fits nicely in the console. I used the power outlet for power, and drilled a hole for the antenna. Works very well, made contacts at 17 and 25 miles away with the mxta26 +6db antenna






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I like mine as well but never went that far for testing, good to know it works on repeaters at that range with the extended antenna.
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Looks great! Was considering installing mine under the dash on passenger side but this looks like a better idea. Thanks for sharing!
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Are you closing the center console door on the coil? does it close and stay shut?

Mine is in the glove box but not permanately fixed just Velcro down, so I can move it to other vehicles when needed, ghetto rig I know.
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I did the same with my box but ran switched constant power and extended the mic to a homemade port in the tiny dash cubby. Itís a great set up having all the controls on the mic.



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Are you closing the center console door on the coil? does it close and stay shut?

Mine is in the glove box but not permanately fixed just Velcro down, so I can move it to other vehicles when needed, ghetto rig I know.
Mine is Velcro as well for ease of removal and setup in a go box.

I actually used a dremel with a cylindrical grinding bit on the lid where the mic wire comes through between lid and console. The straight part before the coil is what comes through. I just leave the mic in the front cup holder currently.


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I did the same with my box but ran switched constant power and extended the mic to a homemade port in the tiny dash cubby. Itís a great set up having all the controls on the mic.




Nothing wrong with that! I agree , all controls on the mic was honestly why I chose that model Gmrs radio


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Nothing wrong with that! I agree , all controls on the mic was honestly why I chose that model Gmrs radio


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Just got mine last week, still looking for mount + antenna. Are you using their 4R hood bracket? Does it still tilt forward or can it be easily bent back?
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Trying to work a commo plan for the TuRD. GMRS is good for... A closed network? Are they used on the highway like CB radio in the olden days?
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Trying to work a comment plan for the TuRD. GMRS is good for... A closed network? Are they used on the highway like CB radio in the olden days?
I use it in off-road groups and caravans on road. Has worked better for me than CB generally. Ive used both and gmrs is easier with good range. If you want to talk to truckers I suppose they still use CB. I occasionally got some entertainment on the CB but Iíd rather listen to music.
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I did the same with my box but ran switched constant power and extended the mic to a homemade port in the tiny dash cubby. Itís a great set up having all the controls on the mic.



How did you make the homemade port? I just ordered the radio and I'm looking to do the same.
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How did you make the homemade port? I just ordered the radio and I'm looking to do the same.
Just drill a hole in the back of that cubby and run an extension cable from the radio in the center console under the console to behind the dash and through the hole in the back of the cubby. Could probably do this without removing the entire center console by drilling some holes and tucking the extension cable under the sides of the console leading to the dash, but I pulled mine out when I did it.
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Just drill a hole in the back of that cubby and run an extension cable from the radio in the center console under the console to behind the dash and through the hole in the back of the cubby. Could probably do this without removing the entire center console by drilling some holes and tucking the extension cable under the sides of the console leading to the dash, but I pulled mine out when I did it.
What is that insert/bracket that you have in that cubby that is holding it?
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What is that insert/bracket that you have in that cubby that is holding it?
That's the mounting bracket for the radio. It comes with it.
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Trying to work a comment plan for the TuRD. GMRS is good for... A closed network? Are they used on the highway like CB radio in the olden days?
GMRS is pretty affordable, and if you're going to be legal, the license is for a family and not an individual like HAM. Distance isn't quite what HAM is, but there are more and more repeaters popping up all over to help with that. Seems to be a better, clearer, and further reaching option over CB.

But none of this matters if you're going with a group that has something else. I haven't installed a mobile radio of any kind yet because of this. I do have my HAM license, and there are reasons I like HAM, but I have a couple of GMRS handhelds for going exploring with my kids. Only problem is distance with handhelds... not too far.
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