Mounting small CB on top of larger VHF transceiver

Need to stack one radio on top of the other without buying extra, expensive brackets?

Here’s how I put my used RadioShack brand CB on top of my Kenwood TM-281A VHF!

I used two 1-13/16 in. x 5 in. Tie Plates ($0.52 each at Home Depot) that I bent as seen in the last picture. I also enlarged the hole where the CB mounting screws go (used the drill on my Leatherman SuperTool) and filed notches in the tie plates where the screws for the Kenwood goes through.
I painted the things with PlastiKote Bed Liner spray.

The screws shown inserted in the side of the CB radio are not the right dimension and has since been replaced with better fitting screws. I used rubber O-rings in between, to reduse vibration.

So I tried to make a CB mounting bracket…

So I tried bending this piece of a discarded piece of steel (what is this thing, by the way?) into a CB mounting bracket, but as you can see, it broke. Think the strap in the link can be bent with a hammer?
Bottom three images in collage by manufacturers/retailers (Fair Use)



The start of the mobile setup in my old Jeep (and unidentified mystery wire)

It’s the new Kenwood VHF and a used CB radio I got on eBay. For safety, I later engraved both radios with my name, email and call-sign in several locations with my engraver (

For some reason, the CB interferes with the VHF when it’s set on channel 2. Strange. I have ferrite beads on the power leads on both radios.

The VHF is connected with the original cables directly to the battery.

The CB is connected to the fuse-box using a mystery fuse. I assume it used to be the cable for a tracking device from back when the car still had payments left on it. It lead up to under the dashboard where it was snipped off without any termination or even electrical tape. This is the cable going up to the dashboard. The soldered joints were taped over:


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