[OZAPRS] Need a hand

vk2tv vk2tv at exemail.com.au
Sat Dec 9 08:07:47 AEDT 2017

The more I look at the vehicle, the more I read and the more I hear, the 
less I want to install something I'll hardly use!

I did consider a nudge bar but not at $800.

I'll build up a tilt-over mast for at home and populate it before I 
spend too much time on the X-Trail.

Ray vk2tv

On 08/12/17 20:40, Liz wrote:
> 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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