I also just did a Midland MXT275. Mounted the bracket/guts down along the passenger side of the center console near the footwell. I also put a Nagoya UT-72G mag mount antenna on the drivers side hood/cowl area and ran the wire back through the firewall and reterminated the coax at the radio (had to cut the coax to get through the firewall).
Currently just using the cigarette lighter adapter to see how it works. So far so good, so will grab 12V somewhere under the dash and hardwire when I get a chance.
Also would like a better, more permanent surface mount of the antenna. Still thinking about options for that—not many flat less-instructed metal surfaces suitable for mounting in the TJ.
I still need to check the SWR of this setup. I was missing an adapter to check that but it just showed up this week.
Overall this setup worked well on a first test wheeling in a very hilly and woodsy area, communicating with a few Midland handhelds.
I just recently got a rugged radio handheld. Before that I had a CB. It was fairly priced, think like 90 bucks shipped.
I got the handheld so I could have it in my tow rig when we have a few guys in a convoy for longer trips. Didn’t want a mounted radio in my truck.
Welp, liked it so much and its so much clearer than a CB that it made its way into the jeep also. We were at Windrock for a week and I never touched my CB.
The one pro I really like about a handheld is I can walk a trail if need be and give info back to the group.
The one negative is a few times after banging around on trails I thought I lost it, but found it floating around my jeep in some random place. Need to get a holder for it…
I don’t have a lot of experience with it, but that’s my take so far
FWIW, I have a "mounted" GMRS radio - and a couple of cheapie FRS walkie-talkies in the Jeep with it. Wife can go on walk about and stay in touch, spotters can use them, whatever. Best of both worlds.
Might not be the best but it's on sale
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