Installing an ICOM802 SSB Part 2: Installing everything and plugging it in

After getting the antenna all set up, now it was time to install everything and plug it all in.

First, I attached the tuner under the cockpit and plugged the antenna in

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Next, I had to find room for the speaker and front unit. I ended up sticking them on the nav desk next to the VHF and stereo

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Wow, that’s a terrible photo. TOO LATE NOW!

Next was installing the actual 10lb unit. I decided to bolt it to the underside of the nav table

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This involved cramping myself in horribly uncomfortable positions while repeatedly dropping a 10lb box on my head as I tried to bolt it in place. Luckily My New Fad is doing yoga every most some days  (hello ladies) so that helped. Still, ouch.

Once that was done I ran wires as neatly as possible everywhere (there are a lot of wires) and plugged in the ground plane into the tuner.

This is what it looks like

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Lot more complicated than the ‘plug VHF into antenna, power, PARTY’ of my other radio

Couple of notes:

  • The manual says to use the grounding cable to connect the grounds of the tuner and the transceiver. Don’t do this, apparently.
  • I got a pactor modem as well which I hooked up but have not used. Future blog post incoming. HANG ON TO UR BUTTS
  • For power I temp hooked it up to a breaker on the main panel and move the thing that was there to share another thing. I am getting a separate panel to move this too – apparently you are supposed to wire direct to batteries to reduce RFI but we will see how it goes.

 

Matt

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