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Chevy Silverado Install

This forum is dedicated to helping people with questions about installing radio equipment in vehicles. This can include antenna installs, electrical wiring questions/problems, and mounting systems. Pictures of installs are welcome.

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tuckerm
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Chevy Silverado Install

Postby tuckerm » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:24 pm

Haven't posted my latest truck here yet...install done by me. I am a Tactical Dispatcher/Field Comm person so I end up using my truck for that a lot. I also do Fire & EMS for the local Fire Department.

I have two Motorola XTL 5000s in VHF. Both are setup identically with the exception of different scan lists. Day to day, one is for Fire, the other Law. One XTL has a Pyramid VRS installed to it and that is turned on/off using the Radio button on the console.

The Uniden 996XT monitors statewide counties and the 536 monitors the statewide WISCOM trunked system. Both are hooked to GPS to turn on and off sites/counties as I travel through the state. The 536 is also setup for Minnesota's ARMER system in the same fashion.

The switches turn the scanners and radios off along with the Garmin GPS and the GPS Antenna's power. The Feniex 4200 controller handles all my lights and also have a photocell tied into it for Night/Day mode. The AUX 1 switch is tied into my garage door opener inside the console...I press the console button to open/shut my garage door. I have a voltage meter/dual USB port in the 5th switch cutout to charge phones or just to monitor the voltage. I also have shore power to keep my truck battery maintained when parked at home or on scene.

I have a master switch that feeds into the ChargeGuard. Ignition sense enabled and theres also a toggle switch on the top of the console to force the ChargeGuard to stay on if the truck is off. I also have a SafeStop ignition switch to allow me to keep the truck idling without the key in it.

I have five VHF antennas along with a shark fin antenna for my Cradlepoint. Next up is to replace the XTLs with APXs dual banders (V/U on one, V/800 on the second).

Full Console:
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Top Half:
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Bottom Half:
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Maser Power Switch and ChargeGuard
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Shore Power:
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Schrodinger's Radio: It is simultaneously too loud and too quiet, but you will never know which until someone transmits.

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radiokid
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Re: Chevy Silverado Install

Postby radiokid » Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:58 am

Which console did you use?

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Re: Chevy Silverado Install

Postby crazyboy » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:35 am

Looks good, think I msy have seen it posted in another site as well.

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What radios do you own?: APX

Re: Chevy Silverado Install

Postby sjxts3000 » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:22 am

Looks great! Where did you get the mic brackets from? I'm in need of one.

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Re: Chevy Silverado Install

Postby tuckerm » Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:30 pm

I used the Gamber Johnson console for a 2014+ Silverado. No drill and it looks great. Mic brackets are Gamber Johnson as well. One "long" and one "short".
Schrodinger's Radio: It is simultaneously too loud and too quiet, but you will never know which until someone transmits.

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Re: Chevy Silverado Install

Postby radiokid » Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:26 pm

Ok thanks. That install looks great.

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Re: Chevy Silverado Install

Postby wd9cms » Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:57 pm

Looks great...any pictures of antennas?

Thanks,
Bill, WD9CMS
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tuckerm
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Re: Chevy Silverado Install

Postby tuckerm » Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:13 am

Five VHFs + Cradlepoint antenna:
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Schrodinger's Radio: It is simultaneously too loud and too quiet, but you will never know which until someone transmits.

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Re: Chevy Silverado Install

Postby wd9cms » Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:42 pm

Very Cool!!! Thanks for the pictures....I was wondering how you had five antennas spaced on the roof.
Bill, WD9CMS
444.775 PL131.8/NAC293
927.900 PL131.9/NAC293


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