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Old 04-17-2006, 04:14 PM   #1
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In a previous thread I posted pics of my Starmate and Icom 706 install in a Buick LeSabre. All that stuff got washed away in Hurricane Katrina so here I am back with the new install in a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The antennas are the same ones that were on the Buick, same for the Starmate. They were the only things I was able to salvage. The Starmate went with us when we evacuated to Arkansas.

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The antenna on the passenger side is for HF (Li'l Tarheel), the driver side for VHF & UHF (Comet CA2x4SR). The mounts are Diamond K-400s.





I made the mount from a piece of aluminum sign. It's 1/16" thick. I made a paper template then used a scroll saw, drill press and bench sander to finish the piece. I bent it in a vise and painted it in a black hammertone finish. The Starmate mount is basically the same but thinner. You can see how the wires are ran into the console and the modification to the cupholder so everything fits. It puts the radio right at my fingertips and drinks in the cupholder don't really get in the way. The lighting, flash and hot day make the display look wonky in the pic. It's perfect in person. The radio itself is under the front passenger seat.

The Sirius antenna is on the front edge of the roof on the passenger side. The wire is ran down the passenger side A-piller and into the console. The power is still from the cigarette lighter. I know... I know... but I don't smoke cigarettes so it's not used for anything else.









My Garmin NUVI 350 GPS. I can't find my butt with both hands handcuffed behind my back, a search warrant and a blood hound. Invariably if given a choice between turning left or right I will pick wrong most of the time. I never get lost now.

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Glad to see you back on your feet. I recently purchased a Garmin Nuvi 350 that is the coolest little GPS I've ever seen. Totally LOVE MINE! In fact I am taking a trip via my vacation this next week and I plan to put that baby to the test.
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You're gonna wonder how you did without it! My father in law is working for a FEMA contractor servicing FEMA trailers here in south Louisiana and some of those trailers are out in the middle of nowhere. He bought a Nuvi 350 and so far there isn't a FEMA trailer that it hasn't found. He processes at least twice the work orders per day than anyone else.

I had a Garmin GPS V that was in the trunk of the Buick so I upgraded to the Nuvi. There's no comparison.

Thanks for the kind words. We were lucky in that we had this weekend place in Mississippi. It's a double wide and growing up in Oklahoma I was never fond of living in a trailer but this thing withstood 125 mph winds with only a few shingles and one piece of siding blown off. It's twice as big as our other house was so it was a no-brainer to stay here.
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Wow! That's cool. I need to come to the Install Garage more often.
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