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Mounting a Yaesu FTM-400XDR

Beta V

Author, Dad, Mentor, Technology Critic
Nov 8, 2017
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Redmond, WA USA
I am a ham radio operator (KJ7BIH) and installed my Yaesu FTM-400XDR in my Model X. There are a few tricks I would like to share.
First, consider that there are several body styles for the Model X. Mine was built in late 2016 as a 2017 model. It has a large (rain-gutter-sized) channel through the "firewall" into the main cabin. I could not find a good place on the rear hatch so I used a trunk-lip mount on the frunk and routed the antenna cable through that channel. Easy. The radio is attached to the hump away from the passenger's feet. I ran the 12VDC power to the trailer brake connector which supplies enough current to run the radio at full wattage. The control head needed to be up in my face (kinda) and I chose a ProClip customized for the Model X. It attaches to the air vent just to the right of the instrument console. Unfortunately, it places the radio too far to the right and too low--by about 3/4 inch--just enough to cut off important nav info on the main screen. After several months of frustration, I used a hacksaw to separate the two parts of the Proclip (which were epoxied together) and reglued them into the correct position so as to be easier to read, not be anywhere close to the parked steering wheel controls, and not block either screen. I have considered mounting an external speaker, but the radio can be easily heard in its current location. The microphone is attached with an RJ45 extension cable and lives in the back of the center console.
 

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Steinmetz

Maker of Lightning
Sep 25, 2019
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Thanks for the information and pictures. I had not really considered installing a radio in my 2019 Model X, but now will consider it. How is the radio environment, any noise from the inverters, or any issues from your RF getting into Tesla systems? Have you tried HF as well as VHF/UHF?
Thanks, K6BCD.
 

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