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modern vehicles not radio friendly

Post by army1975 » Monday, 12 December 2016, 14:15 PM

Read an article that states that "Any vehicle manufactured in the last 15-20 years--and anything new--is packed with electronics--relays, microprocessors, switches, sensors, and the wiring harnesses connecting all this stuff. If you screw up one sensor, you could kill the engine and let yourself in for a big repair bill. Remember--a radio is going to be transmitting a relatively powerful signal. They may be enough radio frequency energy to cause real problems with automotive electronics is that energy gets into the wiring, sensors, microprocessors, etc., also vehicles with airbags, the airbags could explode open." My vehicle, a 2002 Buick Century, has all said stuff. I am installing the Galaxy DX-979, tuned and peaked, wiring it directly to the battery. Are there any danger of my vehicle being in danger of said stuff in article?


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Post by MDYoungblood » Monday, 12 December 2016, 15:12 PM

I don't think you will have a problem, for one the airbags need a frontal collision to deploy, the sensor is electronic but only senses impact. There could be some ignition problems, I bought a 02 Chevy Malibu for my daughter to drive, (same car, same engine), and the slightly modded CB (E.F. Johnson Viking 4740) in it did just fine. It would be wise to add some bonding to the hood, trunk lid, etc. if none is present, make sure the wire connections are tight, especially to the throttle body, (found that was one problem with her car), the drain for the cowl was plugged and the interior would get wet, cleaned it out and ended that problem. I used a trunk lid antenna mount and the Hustler Hi-Q 27 center load antenna and the radio wired direct to the battery.

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Post by jessejamesdallas » Monday, 12 December 2016, 15:51 PM

No more power than what a Factory Galaxy 979 put's out, you'll be fine. Where you start to run into problems with Newer Vehicles is when you start adding Amplifiers to the mix...Once you start getting over the 400w mark, then you can start getting RFI issues with the cars electronics.


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Post by army1975 » Monday, 12 December 2016, 15:58 PM

army1975 wrote:Read an article that states that "Any vehicle manufactured in the last 15-20 years--and anything new--is packed with electronics--relays, microprocessors, switches, sensors, and the wiring harnesses connecting all this stuff. If you screw up one sensor, you could kill the engine and let yourself in for a big repair bill. Remember--a radio is going to be transmitting a relatively powerful signal. They may be enough radio frequency energy to cause real problems with automotive electronics is that energy gets into the wiring, sensors, microprocessors, etc., also vehicles with airbags, the airbags could explode open." My vehicle, a 2002 Buick Century, has all said stuff. I am installing the Galaxy DX-979, tuned and peaked, wiring it directly to the battery. Are there any danger of my vehicle being in danger of said stuff in article?
thanks for the info.

-- Monday, 12 December 2016, 18:00 PM --
jessejamesdallas wrote:No more power than what a Factory Galaxy 979 put's out, you'll be fine. Where you start to run into problems with Newer Vehicles is when you start adding Amplifiers to the mix...Once you start getting over the 400w mark, then you can start getting RFI issues with the cars electronics.
good to know. had me worried there for a New York year when read that. thanks for the info.. :cheers:


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Post by 543FtWorth » Monday, 12 December 2016, 17:22 PM

You can run a lot of power in a modern vehicle but you have to follow the rules. Proper antenna install, use a common mode choke of some kind, no hacked radios and use decent amplifiers that are not overdriven. Goes against everything some CBers stand for.

I used to have a lot of issues running a 4 pill. With a proper install I now run a 16 pill and do not bleed on the stereo. It took me a long time to see the light.




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Post by army1975 » Monday, 12 December 2016, 20:09 PM

543FtWorth wrote:You can run a lot of power in a modern vehicle but you have to follow the rules. Proper antenna install, use a common mode choke of some kind, no hacked radios and use decent amplifiers that are not overdriven. Goes against everything some CBers stand for.

I used to have a lot of issues running a 4 pill. With a proper install I now run a 16 pill and do not bleed on the stereo. It took me a long time to see the light.
thanks for the info. but don't need no shoe for what I use the radio for. just tuned and peaked. mag. mount Wilson 5000 dead center on the roof of the vehicle. lol, when it comes to pills, only thing I know about pills is the 8 I have to take everyday.


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Post by 443 Arizona » Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 8:30 AM

haha, dont worry Keith, Gm has to put that disclaimer in all their vehicles, :lol: :lol: :lol: and in CA it may cause cancer, :icon_rolleyes:
but if something did happen, dont let the govmnt know cause then they will either ban cb's or buicks :lol: :lol: :lol:



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Post by 295 antenna » Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 9:06 AM

I have a ford c-max hybrid and im afraid to install a radio ,nothing much just a peaked and tweaked a little (10 ) watts) because of the electronics. Any body know of some one running a cb in a hybrid ?


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Post by army1975 » Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 15:49 PM

443 Arizona wrote:haha, dont worry Keith, Gm has to put that disclaimer in all their vehicles, :lol: :lol: :lol: and in CA it may cause cancer, :icon_rolleyes:
but if something did happen, dont let the govmnt know cause then they will either ban cb's or buicks :lol: :lol: :lol:
man, took a load off my mind. had me all kind of worried. :biggrin:


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Post by Mr Bow Tie » Sunday, 01 January 2017, 20:43 PM

I was also wondering about this. I'm looking at putting a Stryker SR-497-HPC in a 16 Silverado. Was also concerned about electronics on the truck.



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Post by milkman21218 » Sunday, 01 January 2017, 23:10 PM

295 antenna wrote:I have a ford c-max hybrid and im afraid to install a radio ,nothing much just a peaked and tweaked a little (10 ) watts) because of the electronics. Any body know of some one running a cb in a hybrid ?
3 of my Ham Radio Club have Toyota Prius which is a Hybrid. And they all have some type of radio in them. From 50watt FM VHF/UHF FM to a 100watt Yaesu FT-857 HF rig with no problems. So you should be just fine with a CB.


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