The biggest decision was where to locate the HF antenna. I did not want to put it at the front of the truck as it would be an obstruction. The top of the truck was out of the question (although the top of the cab would make the best ground plane) due to height. So that left the side or rear of the truck. I had no desire to put a large hole in my truck, so I opted for mounting the antenna on the bed rail. I will outline full details of my install in a later blog. But for now, I was looking to set up the interior. Even though I have a large truck, there is actually very little room in the cab for mounting ham stuff. I try to avoid airbag paths so that even narrows my availability even more. I also wanted a location as discrete as possible, too.
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I'm pleased with the amount of noise that I have with my diesel but I feel that I can alleviate more with better grounding. The Noise Blanker takes out most but some bands are worse than others. In looking through my stash of ham stuff, it seems I haven't any ground straps. So, those should arrive later this week. I also ordered a smaller microphone adapter cable as the one that came with the separation kit was about as long as my truck. Apparently, most people must mount these in vehicles and in their trunks? But for now, I'm can operate mobile and the only things left to do is work on some grounding and make a new cable for my key.