Yes, please document your project!Has anyone installed their ham radio yet? I'll start tomorrow since I got the antenna today. Have to use shorter antenna to fit in garage
Going to use the roof rail threaded stud above the tailgate cover as starting point.
I'll post pictures
Refer to the 7th jpeg down. With the SMA in hand, start at the left of the liftgate hinge. Pass SMA and coax to the right of the hinge and tuck under the plastic trim. That jpeg shows the THHN tucked under and the coax along the right edge of the plastic trim. The trim will hold the coax in place. The diameter of the coax is small enough the flexible seal around the liftgate, seals. I've put the water hose all over that area, no leaks. But also as in the old Chevy Blazer and this Passport, the coax has to pass through the storage area, under the rear seats, and to the right of the center consul. Watch where one tosses stuff into the storage area!!!!Looks great, where did you pass the coax thru the body where it won't leak?
I'd look at fabricating or buying a clamp mount arrangement you attach to a roof rail. No the ground won't be perfect but anything less than a home in the roof is a compromise. I would not sweat the coax, your door jam has a rubber seal and usually RG 58 sized coax will fit between the door and frame. You can "kluge" an arrangement like this to try different locations and mounts. My guess is that there probably will not be a lot of difference between them.Hi, all, I've had my Passport only a few days, so the ham and CB antennas are in the planning stage. I don't want to drill the body and I don't like magnetic mounts. Some of the Diamond and Comet mounts come with RG-316/U coax cable, which is considerably thinner than the typical RG-58/U, so it should be possible to snake it in somewhere.
The ground connection to the antenna mount has to be really short, though. For example, a 20 inch ground wire is about a 1/4 wavelength at 144 MHz, so it won't really function as an RF ground. I'm looking for a place to anchor a really short copper strap or braid. Maybe there is a grounded screw on the roof rail somewhere. Some of the 1/2 wavelength antennas on the market don't require a ground.
There appear to be plenty of places to install a radio. Ideally, I shoud pick up power directly from the battery, but I don't plan to run a lot of power, so I think that one of the power points in the cabin will suffice.
With all the electronics in the Passport (light years more advanced from the 1992 Explorer that it replaced) EMI to and from the vehicle remains to be seen.