60 watt two way radio kit for your 2019 ford ranger

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    Nice...wish they made one in black
     
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    I know it's not "polite" but I would like to let everyone know to do their own research about the Rugged Radios before purchasing one. At least if you are living and driving in the USA.
     
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    I didn’t find anything, what are you trying to say?
     
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    #5 May 5, 2019
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    This 2 meter two-way radio operates on radio frequencies that are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). To transmit on these frequencies, you are required to have a license issued by the FCC. For questions regarding FCC licensing please visit the FCC online.
    73, KJ4WKL
     
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    Some of the Rugged Radio pre-programmed frequencies are also overlapping with Public Safety, etc. It's not recommended to use them for transmit. The GMRS/FRS frequencies cannot be used without a Part 95 type accepted (certified) radio, which none of the Rugged Radios are.

    The radio shown is also just a generic Chinese mobile, which can be had for much cheaper, and is not going to last when pushed at it's maximum of 60W.

    The radio in question looks to be a TH-9000D and is 130$ plus the cost of a programming cable (10$ max)
    https://www.amazon.com/TYT-TH-9000D-136-174MHz-Scrambler-Mobile/dp/B006QMM9XM
     
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    Their practice of being cagey about what frequencies they use is enough of a red flag.
     
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    I hear ya. I had to download the rigs manual to find the specs. Then, in small print at the bottom I saw the FCC disclaimer.
     
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    Would be awesome for use in Mexico though, but at that price I'd get a Yaesu or Kenwood and clip the green wire... Sorry to threadjack this ad thread from one of our esteemed sponsors, but though rare, the penalties can be quite severe, especially if a public service agency is pissed enough to track you down.

    I've had a few of the chinese ham radios, and only the HT's (walkie talkies) live longer than 6-8 months.
     
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    Robby,

    This looks sweet man! Love this setup, can you give me an idea where you ran the coax and power into the console?
     
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    There are a couple Ham Radio install threads on this forum, all of which have ideas on how to get the coax into the truck.

    For getting into that console, the usual way is to go under the carpet, loosen the screws holding the center console down a little, then fish the coax/power up into that console. I would come in from the rear of the truck with the coax as there are a few spots you can get it in without drilling.

    Power comes in through the hood release grommet, down under the door trim, and up to that console from behind.


    Also, don't forget to check the Amazon prices for the TH-9000D since it's identical except for the branding.
     
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    Thanks, for sure I'm not too keen with popping holes in my new ranger. I did a roof mount on my Tacoma that turned out well but a pain with removing the head liner for the coax. Much appreciated for the quick response.
     
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