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Title: Mounting your mobile scanner...
Post by: yfdgricker on October 08, 2003, 05:38:55 PM
Just interested in seeing how many people out there in cyberspace have a mobile scanner in their vehicle?

I (finally) have a uniden MR-8100 mounting in my 2000 Cavalier. Below are two photos of the rig. I'll have a couple more photos with the wire tubing in place.  Haz helped out with this installation.
Title: Re: Mounting your mobile scanner...
Post by: jim trk 1 on October 09, 2003, 03:16:36 AM
All that vehicle needs now is a light/siren mounting console in the car.  It also would be nice to have YFD lettered on the side of the car.  I hope to have a mobile scanner next year sometime.  I can see it now, "YFD photo unit responding to the box 5." :)
Title: Re: Mounting your mobile scanner...
Post by: dcmkris on October 09, 2003, 10:19:23 AM
I have one that I take in the car with me it fits right in place in the consoul.  I have a mobile gain antenna semi-permanetly mounted on the car.  Up here in MI we are required to have a State police permit to carry it.  If caught without it the penalty is $500.00 and charged with a felony crime.

BTW we need permits for both mobile and in car scanners.
Title: Re: Mounting your mobile scanner...
Post by: Hazguy on October 10, 2003, 10:00:59 PM
If I am in Michigan, I can officially tell the police where to shove their scanner law .... as a Ham Radio Operators, we are allowed to carry equipment that can listen to public service frequencies per the FCC for Emergency Communications purposes.  ( I have the text of that law floating around here somewhere .....)

 As for my scanner installation, heres a few pics:
Title: Re: Mounting your mobile scanner...
Post by: Hazguy on October 10, 2003, 10:04:26 PM
NO No No Jim ..........

 "YFD Historian .. en route to (address here)"

  or as Greg and I jokingly say:

  "Hotdog and Marshmellow One .. responding to (address here)"

  LOL
Title: Re: Mounting your mobile scanner...
Post by: visiting dcmkris on October 23, 2003, 11:10:30 PM
Hazguy I'm sorry I should have included HAM radio operators in there.  It kind of slipped my mind. :oops:  

People overreact to this law, as it's simply a 2-minuet process to fill in the application and one stamp.  Lo and behold a week or two later you have your permit. :D  

I have never heard of any out of staters getting harassed by police here in MI.  I only got the permit after being told to by an officer while I was pulled over.  He never used the law against me except to say other officers would not be so understanding.  Every profession has it's donkeys :lol:
Title: Re: Mounting your mobile scanner...
Post by: yfdgricker on October 24, 2003, 10:00:33 AM
While surfing, I found this site which does a great job listing the various state scanner laws.

http://www.grove-ent.com/LLawbook.html

Also listed on the site is FCC PR Docket No. 91-36 which exempt amateur radio operators from most if not all state scanner laws. I haven't had a chance to read through it though :)

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Mounting your mobile scanner...
Post by: yfdgricker on December 11, 2003, 12:19:48 AM
Here is a mounting job in a 2001 Checy Blazer. I don't think there are enough radios in this SUV.

From http://www.dapcom.com/mobileradios.htm
Title: Re: Mounting your mobile scanner...
Post by: yfdgricker on June 19, 2004, 09:38:01 AM
Ok I thought I would update my photo. In addition to the Uniden MR8100 scanner mounted in my vehicle, I've also added a Radio Shack HTX-252 2meter Amature Radio transceiver in my vehicle. As you can see in the photo, I made some slight modifications to the arm holder to accomodate the 252.
Title: Re: Mounting your mobile scanner...
Post by: SFD333DFD720 on July 13, 2004, 10:23:43 PM
We've got a BC780 mounted in an '04 Silverado....we had speakers put in next to the stereo speakers in the door....I will post pictures sometime tomorrow.
Title: Re: Mounting your mobile scanner...
Post by: SFD333DFD720 on July 15, 2004, 03:21:32 PM
Here are some pics...
Title: Re: Mounting your mobile scanner...
Post by: SFD333DFD720 on July 15, 2004, 03:25:55 PM
last one..sorry its blurry :(
Title: Re: Mounting your mobile scanner...
Post by: Chorizoxl on August 02, 2004, 10:04:01 AM
here is my scanner in my pickup.
it is a uniden bct7
Title: Re: Mounting your mobile scanner...
Post by: pgoogs on August 04, 2004, 01:34:41 PM
I bought a Radio Shack Pro-2066 off of e-bay for two reasons:
1) It has DIN mounting and fits in the dash under the stereo of my Toyota Tacoma.
2) It receives CB channels so I don't have to mount a CB in the truck to listen in when traffic comes to a stop on 80. etc.
I don't have a picture of the install but  I see somebody else mounted a scanner in the dash.  I run an extention speaker that is mounted on top of the dash so I can hear it better.  I used to use a hand held in the truck but the mobile is alot nicer!!!
Title: Re: Mounting your mobile scanner...
Post by: WEFR 15 on August 28, 2004, 09:05:47 PM
Just got a new Bearcat BC789D with the APCO-25 digital card and have mounted it in my work truck.    
Title: Re: Mounting your mobile scanner...
Post by: yfdgricker on December 08, 2004, 10:55:35 PM
Here is a shot of Robert Sanfords vehicle setup from Bay Area Scanner Recordings (http://bayscan1.50megs.com/)
Title: Re: Mounting your mobile scanner...
Post by: yfdgricker on October 19, 2005, 06:46:55 PM
My wife bought me a new Radio Shack Pro-2051 scanner that was on clearance. I retired the old MR-8100 to my fire collection room. I also had to purchase a new 2M/440 antenna for my mobile amateur radio and I picked up a seperation kit for my FT-8100 duel band radio. So, to say the least,  I had to do some remounting and rewiring in my car this week. The result is very nice and very clean.

It's a little easier to shift from park to drive now :)

The base part of the FT-8100 is mounted in the trunk. The face of the radio is mounted under the 2051 using the seperation kit.

The following is a list of my mobile radios:
Yeasu FT-8100 Duel Band Amateur Radio Transceiver w/ Seperation Kit
Radio Shack Pro-2051 1000 Channel Receiver

Makes those 45 minute commutes to work and back just a little more bearable.
Title: Re: Mounting your mobile scanner...
Post by: yfdgricker on October 19, 2005, 06:50:48 PM
2 more photos...
Title: Re: Mounting your mobile scanner...
Post by: yfdgricker on October 19, 2005, 06:52:44 PM
Last 2...