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CB radio info help please

Well I want to have a CB radio so that I can say I have a good reason for the 3ft whips I can run the coax (missspelled) cable but im not sure how to wire the power from the fuse box. can anyone help me out with how i get the power?
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not shure i can ask my dad and get back to you but here a

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my fuse panel is under my dash, i have my CB wired into a fuse there.

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my fuse panel is under my dash, i have my CB wired into a fuse there.
I did the same thing with the hot wire. Picked a fuse that has constant power backed the fuse out and stuck the wire in and pushed the fuse in tight. Then took the black wire and grounded it to a metal bracket underneath the dash.

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I hooked mine directly to the battery with inline fuse. When you get the radio read the owners manual for installation directions. Install it with the way they say to. Some radios require a good powersource like my radio RCI 6300FT needs to be hooked directly to the battery due to the power it requires.

Also make sure you have the antenna matched to the radio. This will prevent damage to the radio and will ensure the best performance from the radio.


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I hooked mine directly to the battery with inline fuse. When you get the radio read the owners manual for installation directions. Install it with the way they say to. Some radios require a good powersource like my radio RCI 6300FT needs to be hooked directly to the battery due to the power it requires.

Also make sure you have the antenna matched to the radio. This will prevent damage to the radio and will ensure the best performance from the radio.

exactly right. Run it to the battery imo also. Don't mess around with the fuse panel, but you do have to put your own in line fuse in.

Oh, don't forget, you can run dual whips, but don't hook them both to the radio. Yoiu'll never get it to work right....

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Don't mess around with the fuse panel
It might be too complicated.

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I agree! Go to the Battery. If you run to the fuse panel you get tons of RF interence from all the components run to the box such as blower motor windshild wipers.... Remember HIEGHT is MIGHT... 3ft whips wont cut it.....

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I ran dual 4 footers on my 79 and it nave came in good was it maybe because both whips were hooked to the radio??

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If you run dual antennas then they need to be properly spaced. Aproximately 1ft for every ft of antenna. So if your running dual 4ft antennas then they need to be spaced at least 8ft from each other in order to operate properly.

Also when you run duals you end up sending beams forward and backwards. This is why truckers will run duals so they transpond forward and behind them which is usaully the directions they wish to speak.

When you run a single antenna you transpond in a 360 degree circle. Now typical radio's and antennas are good up to 5 miles. Non-modified standard CB radios work with around 5watts of power. They work with in a specific frequency range from channel 1-40.

Other radios 10m, 12m, fm, radios work differently and require licenses from the FCC to be used. 10m, 12m and radios with side band are considered HAM radios and require a HAM license. FM shortwave radios require a shortwave license from the FCC.


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