A really cool setup…

This is a picture I came across on Pinterest. It is of a beastly tech-ed out setup. There is a Motorola Mobile Computer framed with a GPS, scanner, vehicle lighting control, radio transceivers and a few radio accessories. All mounted on a niece center console. Based on the dial cluster looks like in a Ford SUV. This is what I imagine as a perfect setup. I just love this system.

I have a Kenwood Dual band radio, a Yaesu HF 50mhz – 160m and a Motorola Mobile Computer. I just need a nice center console.

From top to bottom, left to right.
GPS: Garmin old school but I don’t know the model.

Ham Radio: the radio top center of the picture is a Kenwood TM-942 or at least it is in the Kenwood TM series.

Pactor Modem: That Kenwood radio is sitting on a Pactor modem, THE PTC-IIpro, this is what the computer listed below is actually using to transmit the Winlink/Airmail emails.

Computer: Motorola MW-520 – running probably Windows Embeded or maybe XP. They were powerful computers. Looks like the ham operator is using packet Airmail to send Winlink email over packet radio.

Ham radio: the small green radio just under the computer monitor is another ham radio. The ICOM IC-880H. It is a D-Star radio. http://www.icomamerica.com/en/products/amateur/mobile/id880h/default.aspx

Touch Tek: From my research this device is a lot of the time used by tow truck drivers to operate their lights. But basically it is a device that controls six 40 amp relays. More over though there is some customizing that you can do to these relays via the controller board.
http://ledguy.net/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=22

Radio: The next radio is some kind of business band radio pretty it is a ICOM, and the family of the ICOM F1821, but like a model or 2 older. Based on the screen it has been programmed to monitor ham radio freqs.

Ham Radio: The next radio is the Yaesu FT-857D, there are two there. One stacked above the other. This is a HF – UHF radio very versatile.

Control Panel: I don’t know what the knob there in the middle is unless it maybe selects inputs going to a speaker for the radio.

Ham Radio: We are down to the second Yaesu FT-857D.

Ham Radio: The ICOM IC-7000 is radio near the bottom with the color screen and large dial knob. Like the 2 Yaesu’s this radio is good on HF – UHF had radio bands.

Radio: Bottom center radio facing upwards is another one of those business band radios programmed probably for ham radio freqs. Model unknown but probably ICOM.

Arm Rest: In the arm rest you see a ICOM hand mic for one of the radios. Also in the arm rest you see a Ameritron ALS-500RC, this is a remote control head for a linear amplifier for one of the radios. Instead of transmitting 100 watts this operating is transmitting with somewhere up to 500 watts.
http://www.ameritron.com/Product.php?productid=ALS-500RC

2 Comments

  1. The radios you are calling Business Band are actually Icom ID-1 transceivers. These are 1.2GHz D*STAR Voice and Digital Data units. Capable of up to 128kbps throughput. They have a USB port and Ether net connection for directly connecting to a computer.

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