After reading Russ's comment on last week's post, I decided that he's right.  There's no good reason to keep the FT-7800 in the truck when I'm installing a better, more capable radio.  So it came out.  Below are the gory details, all in pictures.

Cigarette lighter wiring

This is the reason why people like K0BG says on his website (which is the Oracle of Mobile HF) to NOT use cigarrette lighter wires - these things are around 16 gauge. Pulling 20 amps through this for an extended period of time would cause a fire.

Image of currently-mounted FT-7800 bracket and the IC-706 bracket (which is about an inch wider and won't fit in the ash tray void)

There's a little problem with fitting this thing in...

Image showing the FT-7800 bracket upside-down to hold the IC-706 bracket.

So if I turn this over and bolt it in upside-down...

Image showing the 706 mounted in my truck's center console

It's in and that's that!

Bottom of rig showing mic zip-tied to the rig's foot for a stress relief

I zip-tied the mic cable to the foot on the bottom of the rig to keep from pulling too hard on the cable and damaging it. The modular cable ends are a pain to replace because the mic wire bundle is not really made for those (unlike network cable which is simple to terminate).

Passenger side of rig

I also zip-tied my cellphone charger to the mount to keep the plug from pulling out (which I wouldn't be able to fix while driving, obviously).

With all that said and done, all that remains is dealing with the antenna side of the equation, and removing the one below, which certainly feels like a dummy load... on a stick.

Someone gave this to me.  I'm considering giving it back once I have a better alternative.

Someone gave this to me. I'm considering giving it back once I have a better alternative.


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