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6992WHALER posted 06-21-2012 11:27 AM ET (US)   Profile for 6992WHALER   Send Email to 6992WHALER  
I installed a Standard Horizon Explorer GPS GX1700 VHF radio in my 1992 23 foot Walkaround whaler drive.

I am having a hard time finding a good location to mount the microphone. Trying to keep it away from a compass, and the cord out of the way of the Garmin 3206 units. ?action=view¤t=IMG_8782.jpg

The location shown in the picture might be the best but I am not thrilled with it mounted on the top of the dash.

Any of you guys see a better location?


jimh posted 06-21-2012 03:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Mount the microphone hanger bracket to the aluminum frame of the windshield side panel. Stow the microphone in the hanger bracket. Look for a metal hanger bracket.
David Pendleton posted 06-21-2012 03:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton    
Personally, I would put it in the middle of the panel underneath the cup holder, but I guess that's where you don't want it.

Is there room on the right side of the e-box adjacent to the radio?

6992WHALER posted 06-21-2012 05:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for 6992WHALER  Send Email to 6992WHALER     
Dave: that is the best place for the mic if it did not have the cord.
I would rather not drill a hole in the fiberglass or the aluminum. But Jim might be on to something. I will have to see if the windshield works
Chuck Tribolet posted 06-21-2012 08:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Put it where you can grab it in a hurry while operating the
boat. Holes? Whaler's work for living. No problem.


gusgus posted 06-21-2012 08:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
I like the installation I saw on here where the radio was installed inside the console, behind the door and a remote mic kit was used where it could be placed anywhere on the console. Mine? On top with the cord running down the side, out of the way.
Phil T posted 06-26-2012 09:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Phil T  Send Email to Phil T     
I would remount the radio below the display units. The cord is always going to be in the way as it is now.
contender posted 06-26-2012 12:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Just put it in the cup holder, if you are worried about the compass, put a wall between the cup holder and the compass from underneath. I do not think the mic is that strong to affect the compass from that distance...
6992WHALER posted 06-26-2012 01:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for 6992WHALER  Send Email to 6992WHALER     
I spent a lot of time with a temporary installation of the GPS units to find the best location for them. If they are mounted higher they are hard to read when you are sitting down.

I mounted the mic to the front windshield frame as far to the right as I could.

It is out of the GPSs and does not interfere with vision out the windshield.

Next time I get on the boat I will take a picture.

Thanks for the ideas, looks like I owe Jimh another beer

jimh posted 06-26-2012 07:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I'll take a nice micro-brewery India Pale Ale. Thank you.
David Pendleton posted 06-26-2012 10:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton    
Jim is no-doubt referring to a Summit India Pale Ale which I brought to the a Holiday Rendezvous two years ago...
6992WHALER posted 06-27-2012 08:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for 6992WHALER  Send Email to 6992WHALER     
I was thinking I would get some Kirkland brand, when I picked up the shrimp at Costco
swist posted 06-27-2012 04:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for swist  Send Email to swist     
Yeah, and packaged in some strange size like 17.8 fl oz bottles plastic-wrapped together into a 9-pack.

Anything to keep a lot of people from figuring out what the real cost is.

6992WHALER posted 06-28-2012 11:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for 6992WHALER  Send Email to 6992WHALER     
Here is the picture of the installation.

http:/ / s18. photobucket. com/ albums/ b115/ johndraby/ 23%20walkaround / ?action=view& current=IMG_0558. jpg#!oZZ2QQcurrentZZhttp%3A%2F%2Fs18. photobucket. com%2Falbums%2Fb115%2Fjohndraby%2F23%2520walkaround%2F%3Fac tion%3Dview%26current%3DIMG_0558. jpg

I turned on the unit for the first time yesterday, and to my surprise it had located it's position in less than a minute.

It is mounted under a hard top and I am only using the internal GPS antenna.

The built in speaker is very loud and clear. The big display was easy to read even in the bright sunlight. Not that you can tell from this picture.

http:/ / s18. photobucket. com/ albums/ b115/ johndraby/ 23%20walkaround / ?action=view& current=IMG_0558. jpg#!oZZ1QQcurrentZZhttp%3A%2F%2Fs18. photobucket. com%2Falbums%2Fb115%2Fjohndraby%2F23%2520walkaround%2F%3Fac tion%3Dview%26current%3DIMG_0559. jpg

I hope this radio mounted below the windshield unlike my primary radio that is mounted overhead, will be easier to hear when the boat is on plane.

jimh posted 06-28-2012 08:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The microphone hanger bracket location looks perfect.

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