I am fairly new to the “Jeep” ownership and the brand’s community.  Recently, I traded-in our BMW 7er 2001 model to get into a JK 2015 Rubicon Hardrock jeep.  I am thankful for the opportunity to own such a nice vehicle. I hope I do justice and take good care of her.

Since I’m a HAM, I am going to be installing a few things in the Jeep as I progress.  First thing I will be endeavoring is installing my FTM 400-DR in. The radio has a BU-2 Bluetooth module, so I am debating whether to stick w/ a BT headset or to hardwire the PTT/Audio, etc.  The latter is lot more work obviously, but, more seamless.  To do the latter, I am exploring an option where I can install a custom steering wheel control to do the PTT and then engage the vehicle’s audio and microphone circuitry.  I need to do more research on how exactly to tap into this. I’m sure others have done it, so I will keep looking.  In the meantime, I will stick to a BT headset.

The current install is being planned w/ the following rig:

  • Yaesu FTM 400-DR
  • Yaesu BU-2 BT Module
  • Diamond SRG7500 UHF connector
  • Antenna bracket for behind the spare wheel
  • Some braided copper grounding wire
  • Yaesu BH-2 BT heardset

A few pictures:

73s, Thanks



4 Comments on Jeep

  • John Jake says:
    February 1, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Do you still have the FT 897D for sale?


    • N0AGI says:
      February 2, 2016 at 11:11 am

      sorry – she was sold


  • Anonymous says:
    November 12, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Can you give me a little more detail about how you mounted the head unit? Thank. Wayne K4KF.


    • N0AGI says:
      November 13, 2018 at 8:59 am

      Hi Wayne
      Yes, I used the bracket that came with the radio. To install the bracket, look closely in the Jeep’s sunglasses tray area, lift up on the tray cover to expose the screw. Unscrew the screw and fasten the bracket. The wiring harness can run behind the tray cover and in thru the console’s backend. Hope that helps


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