I need to replace my old Icom
718 and would like some ideas on where to mount a replacement. I typically listen to ham SSB
more than talk, and also like to listen to shortwave broadcast as well.
is two long settees with a small galley
to the starboard aft. There is a folding table that comes down from the fwd bulkhead. There are shelves behind the settees. and a long shelf along the aft cabin
wall. I have a hammock that crosses the cabin from corner to corner, which is my favorite listening location.
In the past I mounted the ham radio
in the aft port corner, and the vhf
on the cabin top, also aft port. It was always a stretch to sit on the settee and reach back and to the right to tune the ham radio
. It works OK when I stand and tune it. It is somewhat uncomfortable to scan the bands for shortwave broadcasters because you have to stand until you find something worth listening to. Somehow I need to put the radio near where I like to sit so I can enjoy tuning it.
Does anyone move their radio around from place to place in the boat? If I had a way to dismount the radio I could put it on the folding table while using it, and maybe stow it in the shelf behind the settee when not using it. This might cause the radio to be broken if it fell while not secured.
Has anyone used some type of bulkhead mount for the radio?
It would be nice to be able to control the radio from the hammock. This sounds silly but I have spent most of my hours on the ham radio while "hanging" in the hammock on board. I can easily hold the mike while in the hammock, it is just tuning that is the problem, it is a pain to get out and adjust the radio and then climb back in the hammock. Are there any ham hf radios which are suitable for use on a boat that have controls on the mike?