RAM Mounts for HAM Radios

Mounting a HAM Radio in your car, boat or motorcycle is never easy.  That’s because HAM radio manufacturers rarely make mounts for their devices.  Today we discuss how a leading mount manufacturer’s products can be used for HAM radios.  RAM mounts are extremely popular because they are very well made and come with a manufacturer lifetime warranty.  The solutions discussed in this article are mostly made of metal.  The advice in this article also applies to scanners and many CB radios as well. There are two HAM scenarios that we will discuss:  handheld and detachable front panels from transceivers.  Examples of transceivers with … Read more

AMPS Pattern Mounts

The mounting industry does not have an official standard but the AMPS pattern might be as close as you can get (at least for small electronics).  The AMPS pattern is a series of four holes aligned in a rectangular pattern.  Some manufacturers use two of the four holes while maintaining the AMPS pattern spacing dimensions.  The mounting pattern consists of four holes in a rectangular pattern spaced 1.188 inches by 1.813 inches.  Some manufacturers also have 2-hole adapters that support the diagonal measurement of 1.912 inches. The AMPS pattern is fairly well-known in the HAM Radio industry where many head plates from … Read more

Mounting a HAM Radio in the Car

There are several large HAM Radio manufacturers.  The largest are Yaesu, ICOM and Kenwood.  There are also some secondary companies that make some nice options such as Wouxun, Cobra and Baofeng.  A lot of what we discuss in this article apply to the other brands as well.  Mounting options are plentiful.  Mounting configurations sometimes depend upon the radio.  Most handheld radios are used in marine or mobile environments.  The majority have a rear belt clip or knob that inserts into a belt clip.  The larger tabletop versions often have a detachable head.  That head typically can be mounted while the … Read more