Mobile Mount Homepatrol 2

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Mobile Mount Homepatrol 2

#1 Post by magellanous » 20 Sep 2015 20:02

I took the plunge last week and picked up a Homepatrol 2 for use on the nightstand and in the truck. I wanted something with a screen that was easy to see while mobile and could be "hot-swappable" between multiple cars. That didn't leave many options and so I found myself looking at the HP series. Then it was a matter of deciding on the first or second model. I have a bad habit of sometimes going cheaper and regretting it later when I decide I need the feature set I didn't get so I opted for the newer version.

I also have the 436HP so figuring out the HP2 wasn't much of a chore.

Overall, I really like the HP2 so far. The screen is a pleasure to read, audio is good and the menu is easy to navigate.
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#2 Post by Mark SNE Moderator » 20 Sep 2015 20:53

That looks like a great setup. What does the mounting setup consist of?
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#3 Post by magellanous » 20 Sep 2015 21:00

It's basically just a cup holder mount with the Homepatrol bracket attached to it. I had the faceplate of a Yaesu 857 attached to it up until yesterday but I've decided to attach that to a seat bolt mount in the near future.
The benefit to this setup is that I can grab the whole mount right out of the cup holder and just drop it into another car if I want to. The other advantage is I can rest my wrist on the shift knob while keying through the menu. Oh, and no drilling required!
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#4 Post by N1BHH (Silent Key) » 21 Sep 2015 00:28

The cup holder mount is a good choice, for anything heavier you'd need something much more sturdy and rugged. A friend of mine bought one of those mounts for his old Pro-34 and because of the weight of the scanner, it kept falling over. They're not made for every scanner or other application, but that is a good choice for that radio.
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#5 Post by magellanous » 21 Sep 2015 21:14

The only thing I ran into was that the bottom of the stem where it attaches to the base has a somewhat shallow fitting. I hit it with some rubber cement. The HP2 has close to the same weight as the remote face I had on there previously so I suspected it would be ok. You're right, not much more weight would be an option here.
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