I've got an advanced ticket, but have been off the air nearly ten years.
Due to lack of space, to put a HAM rig in my boat is going to take a rig with a removable face such as the IC 706 or 7000.
I can mount the radio
using the faceplate extension cable without any problem, but it looks like the auto tuner will have to live in an ama, driving an insulated cap shroud
and grounded with a rather easily installed plane below the compartments via access hatches.
It's an unvented location without any leaks
, but an inflatable kayak
, sail storage
and fenders also have to live in the compartments.
The AT 180 is often listed as a companion to these radios and looks to be for mobile use, or at least a dry location, as it's got vents on the back with a fan option which, in my case may be the cause of its early demise.
If that is the only option, I would open it up and spray it with conformal coating and mount it as high as possible.
My previous rig was an Icom
735 with a AT 120. It was waterproof.
Does anyone have a recommendation for such a sealed unit for the 706 or 7000?
I rather doubt I'd be using anything higher freq than the HF bands, but you never know.