Where The Wind Blows
Where you mount your HF rig in your mobile is of the upmost importance for good cooling.
Mount your rig where it has maximum access to a good air flow front and back.
The Kenwood TS-480HX as shown in the photo harbors a secret that you may not know about that makes it the top rig in its class for mobile operations.
There are actually two Kenwood TS-480 models the other being the TS-480SAT a 100 watt rig with a built in 3-1 tuner.
In the TS-480HX the tuner is replaced by a second 100 watt amplifier giving the TS-480HX 200 watts out.
The difference is of some significance in the fact that the TS-480HX has two cooling fans compared to the TS-480SAT only having one cooling fan.
As noted in the photo of my 480HX, the front of the rig has 3 vents allowing for air to be pulled through the rig and expelled out the back making for a very cool running rig when being driven hard at 200 watts out.
There is no other HF transceiver available for your mobile that has the cooling capacity of the TS-480HX.
I know what your thinking..... "It needs 2 cooling fans as its a 200 watt rig"
May be, but it still has 2 cooling fans, even if your running it at 100 watts.
Believe me you cannot have too much cooling capacity in a HF rig when the bands are hot.
Click on the photo for a closer look......