[amsat-bb] Re: [Mw] Slightly OT: Mobile Installations

AJ9N@aol.com AJ9N at aol.com
Tue Apr 14 09:33:36 PDT 2009

I own a 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and a 2008 Toyota Prius.  Love  both 
hybrids.  So far I have not installed a radio in either car but I have  used 
an HT using the 12V socket with no apparent problem.  Here are some  web 
sites that might help.
_http://www.k0bg.com/hybrid.html_ (http://www.k0bg.com/hybrid.html)    the 
main page is listed below.
_http://www.k0bg.com/_ (http://www.k0bg.com/)   really cool  home page for 
a bunch of mobile stuff.
I am leaning towards just installing a VHF/UHF dual bander in my hybrids so 
 I might not have much of a noise issue.  But HF is another story.
I also went into the Toyota web site to look at their manuals.   You can 
buy a 1 day subscription and download as much as you want.  They  were not the 
most helpful for installing radios but there are some interesting  things 
to know.  Toyota has something called TIS (Technical Information  System).  
Go to:
I too am interested in what others are finding.
Charlie Sufana AJ9N
In a message dated 4/14/2009 1:34:31 A.M. Central Daylight Time,  
kl7uw at acsalaska.net writes:

At 05:22  PM 4/13/2009, Jim Sanford wrote:
>The other day, somebody  decided he needed to get thru an intersection
>ahead of me . . .  .  so, in search of a replacement chariot to support
>the mobile  equipment.  Considering:
>     Toyota  Highlander hybrid
>     Saturn VUE  Hybrid
>Have read the Consumer Reports rap on  all.
>QUESTION:  Does anybody have any experience or  guidance regarding:
>     -- problems installing  HF/VHF/UHF radios in either vehicle
>     -- problems  with noise FROM the hybrid equipment
>I remember that some years  ago, all the Japanese manufacturers would
>void your warranty if you  installed two-way radio equipment.  That
>appears to be no longer  true, as long as "properly installed" (defined
>as adequately  fused).
>All experiences welcome.
>Thanks for  bandwidth.
>wb4gcs at amsat.org


Excellent  question, considering the number of hybrid cars (and 
all-electric cars  soon to be offered in 2010).  I wonder if the 
electric motors have  brushes and if they are RFI bypassed?  I do not 
have any info to  provide, but certainly interested in what you find 
out.  I am  watching the Chrystler Electric Town & Country van to be 
offered in  2010 with 40-mpg performance.  It runs with electric 
motors 100% and  has gasoline generator for extended distance driving.

73, Ed - KL7UW  

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