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auxiliary dc power

Old 11-16-2010, 07:15 PM
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as a ham radio operator, my ham radio requires a reliable source of dc power, typically 20 amperes. the feed to the radio has fuses in both legs. use of the cigarette lighter/aux power plugs is not recommended due to reliability and possible fuse issues.

my solution was to connect the radio ground wire through a ring terminal under the ground bolt located in the engine compartment, passengers side, on strut tower. (recommended point for connecting a jumper cable.) the radio power cable was run through the rubber boot on the rear side of the fuse box nearest center of car with a ring terminal under the nut on the stud that connects the vehicle power cable to the fuse block.

both radio power feed wires were fed along the passenger side of the engine compartment, through a rectangular hole at the rear of the engine compartment near the hood hinge, under the weather stripping, along the front door post and under the dash to the radio.

the radio antenna is mounted on the tailgate passengers side edge with an adjustable mount. the wire runs up the inside of the tailgate, into the passengers compartment and behind the interior trim along the passengers side, under the passengers seat, along the side of the console to the radio.

overall a very simple, clean installation without any cutting or drilling of the vehicle.

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