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Any Ham Radio Operators in the group? VHF mobile installation query?

My Young Bride and I are Hams (W4AOP & W4AMK) and want to install a VHF (2 mtrs & 70 Cms) rig into our new MS85 when it arrives next month. Has anyone done that, and how is the reception in the MS with that myriad of electronics riding along ? And, are there any or many problems when transmitting? In our Peugeot the widow wipers came on with every transmission. Lastly, any tips on antenna placement - Rear deck or roof or...??

Tnx much, Dick

Installing external antennas on a Tesla is irregular, illegal, and will result in your car being recalled and junked. Be warned. >:(

If you have the pano roof, there are roofrack screw mounts hidden under flaps above the B pillar. Good place for a whip antenna. Route coax through hatchback seal. Check for RFI into Model S's computer (which is under the center armrest).

Note that the windshields and side glass make a good faraday cage for lower frequency bands than cell phones use.
WB7RAY

Your #1 issue is ground. I haven't tried the larson glass mount antenna but from what I an tell it *should* work on the rear window, Otherwise you can use a lip mount on the rear but will need to ground directly to the vehicle (easy enough but still needs to be done)

Running a Dstar iCom 2520 2m/70cm runs just fine with no adverse effects but I recommend adding extra shielding to the rig and any connectors, and run on low pwr whenever possible.

Jim
N6JRA

See this thread from last month.

No alternator whine in the audio :) N6HMB

Those roof rack screw holes look like they would do a good job of grounding.

#Bob W, Tnx - hadn't seen the previous thread.

#Brian H - Gosh! Been hamming mobile for 60 years and didn't realize how much trouble I could get into. Now I'm quaking! ;)


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