[OZAPRS] Need a hand

Liz liz at billiau.info
Fri Dec 8 20:40:35 AEDT 2017

QTR Mon, 4 Dec 2017 09:19:27 +1100 vk2tv QTC

> I've just looked at my X-Trail and I think I've lost any enthusiasm I 
> had for installing radios, hi. I think the engine block was poured in
> situ!
> The main frame of the vehicle - subframe, floor pan, roof, firewall
> and door frames - seems to be a welded mass of metal to which
> mudguards, bonnet, doors, etc are bolted, so any bolts attaching
> components to the sub-frame could be a possibility. A "Z" bracket
> coming out from under the bonnet could possibly utilise one of the
> mudguard mounting bolts. A magbase on the edge of the bonnet could be
> earthed via a short lead to a mudguard mount or the bonnet hinge
> mount. Most bonnets are not purposely earthed so heavy(ish) straps
> (RG213 braid, e.g.) around the hinges could be beneficial. A couple
> of possibilities there, but this is just one specific vehicle.
> My days of crawling over and under vehicles to install radios ended a 
> long time ago; these days I'm the wrong shape for crawling under, and 
> multi-focal spectacles don't work well upside down under a dash.
> Ray
> vk2tv

I've got a 32 series Xtrail.
You forgot to mention the 8cm of insulating foam as well....
My OM took out the passenger seat and got a base plate fitted to the
base of the seat, on which the radios sit, with one head on the dash
and the other on a stalk attached to the passenger seat bolt.
Antenna for 2m is in the middle of the roof and HF antenna on the
bullbar. As indicated previously, motorising the antenna support cost
about $45K.


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