Yaesu FT-7800 Remote Face Mount

by schlem, published

Yaesu FT-7800 Remote Face Mount by schlem Mar 14, 2013


In a crazy collision of technologies, this is a mount for a removable (remote) face for a dual-band Ham radio made by Yaesu.

Problem: How to mount the remote face of my new radio in my Prius without drilling any holes? Bonus for easy removal!

Before you get too far... even if you ARE a licensed Ham, odds are you don't need a mount to fit an FT-7800. However, I am very satisfied with how this came out, and maybe it can inspire you to solve a similar problem.

I have a silly little rubberish doohickey that fits into my cup holder, called a "Cellcup" and is designed to hold a smartphone in addition to pens and maybe a chapstick.

LInk: http://www.amazon.com/Commutemate-Cell-Electronics-Holder-Black/dp/B001RUW4GU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1363248094&sr=8-2&keywords=cellcup

This mount mimics the dimensions of a smart phone such that it can fit into this rubber insert and hold the face of the radio and microphone in a convenient location on the center console of my Prius.

MORE PHOTOS: http://www.flickr.com/photos/theschlem/sets/72157632996764258/

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Small holes in the adapter plate are 1/8 inch; the larger holes are 9/64 inch. You will want to drill them out to proper size. The smaller holes fit 4-40 screws, and the larger fit 6-32 screws.

I stuck a rubber washer on one side of the joint between the mount and the phone-shaped insert to allow a small preload to keep the face from rotating. You may have a better solution. Please share if so.

I have no idea what other radio faces may fit this adapter plate, but feel free to remix it to your needs. Or you can just glue it to the back of your radio face mounting plate. I won't be offended.

The inside measurement of the mount on top of the "cell phone simulacrum" is 37.5mm. If you want a rubber washer or O-ring for friction, adjust your mounting plate accordingly. Contact me if I can answer any questions.