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Can you wire a cb to the fuse box?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio - CB - Trail Communications' started by Jsmith180601, December 9, 2007.

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  1. Jsmith180601

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    Can you wire a cb to the fuse box instead of running it thru the firewall an directly off the battery? if so how is this done?
     
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    Yea it can be done. might look a little redneck in the sense of having to find a fuse in the box that hot(+12v) on both sides of the fuse all the time and then tap it. If you want the radio to work all the time regardless of key position.

    a better option would to use a quick splice and tap the cigarette lighter power lead.
    again just remember to turn off the radio when you leave the vehicle for the night :D
     
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    I've done this many times, jamming a wire around the hot spade side of the fuse, and using the cb's inline fuse. Maybe not the best way, but has always worked fine for me. Another option is to look for unused fuse position that are hot, but a spade terminal on your cb power lead, and just plug it in. This has worked well for me in other vehicles where I had fuses and relays in the same box, and unpopulated relays were a great place to find the hot plug.
     
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    BTW, welcome to the forum. Have a look around the radio forum for plenty of installation ideas from other members, and remember the search button, a link to which is in my sig.
     
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    Yes you can hook up the power for the CB at the Fuse box BUT...

    Fords have a lot of noise inherrent to the electrical systems and a CB, being an AM device, just loves to listen to it and in turn puts out a lot of noise in the speaker.

    The best way to hook up a CB or any radio is directly to the battery; running both the red (POS) and black (NEG) to the respective terminals AND using a fuse on at least the red wire or both if you like, close to the battery as possible.
    The Battery will act a filter and help with the noise but will not eliminate it so try your Fuse panel hookup and see how it works out if too much the battery route may help.

    The easiest way to determine a point of power in the Fuse Panel is using a Multimeter, probe the Fuse Panel for a 12 volt source, check for 12 volts with the key on and with the key in the off position to determine if you will have 12 volts when you want it.
     

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