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Leaving radio in the vehicle when very Cold

Post by mm3148 » Monday, 12 December 2016, 12:57 PM

Just a curiosity question,
I did a search on "cold weather" to see if there was a cut off temp that you guys might bring your radios inside. Found a lot of info on how radios don't like to work so well in the cold but I would like to know if its safe just to leave it in the car during very cold temps or should i bring it in when it gets in like the single digits.

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Re: Leaving radio in the vehicle when very Cold

Post by MDYoungblood » Monday, 12 December 2016, 15:54 PM

There are working temperatures in the radio specs, here is an example; "Frequency stability-----Within ±0.5 ppm (+0°C to +50°C; +32°F to +122°F)". I believe heat is more of a problem.
I live in Maryland, the weather does get cold but not like farther north, I leave my radios in the vehicles unless I want to work on them. I do however let them come up to a bearable temperature before turning them on in the extremely cold days, now a days I click the fob and start the vehicle before I even head out the door.

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Re: Leaving radio in the vehicle when very Cold

Post by army1975 » Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 1:13 AM

well, all I know is that here in Asheville, NC, it gets right nippy at times during the winter and I leave my radio in the vehicle and have had no problems. I just go by the working temp. specs. of the radio.
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Re: Leaving radio in the vehicle when very Cold

Post by jessejamesdallas » Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 4:19 AM

mm3148 wrote:Just a curiosity question,
I did a search on "cold weather" to see if there was a cut off temp that you guys might bring your radios inside. Found a lot of info on how radios don't like to work so well in the cold but I would like to know if its safe just to leave it in the car during very cold temps or should i bring it in when it gets in like the single digits.

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Re: Leaving radio in the vehicle when very Cold

Post by PA629 » Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 6:09 AM

jessejamesdallas wrote:
mm3148 wrote:Just a curiosity question,
I did a search on "cold weather" to see if there was a cut off temp that you guys might bring your radios inside. Found a lot of info on how radios don't like to work so well in the cold but I would like to know if its safe just to leave it in the car during very cold temps or should i bring it in when it gets in like the single digits.

Thanks in Advance

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Do you take the car stereo out and bring it inside when it gets cold????

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Re: Leaving radio in the vehicle when very Cold

Post by 443 Arizona » Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 7:23 AM

i have put them thru extremes and the only problem in the cold was a frozen mic cord and frost forming on the mic from my breath. as for heat, never had any problems.

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Re: Leaving radio in the vehicle when very Cold

Post by Scholar » Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 9:27 AM

My radio stays in the truck even when it gets below zero F. Been down to -19 F at night last winter. :pale: I too use the fob to start my truck before going out to get in. I just let the truck warm up a bit before using my radio. Other than a little off freq have had no issues.
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Re: Leaving radio in the vehicle when very Cold

Post by mm3148 » Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 14:42 PM

Thank you all for the replies,

I just want to make sure I am not shortening the life of this radio (I paid enough for it). Its in the car for now until I can save enough for a good power supply, 100ft Coax (not Cheap), and Antenna for the house.

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Re: Leaving radio in the vehicle when very Cold

Post by nk14zp » Thursday, 15 December 2016, 16:01 PM

I think the risk of damaging the radio by moving it in and out is higher than damage from the cold. My radios have never seen it colder than -47.

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Re: Leaving radio in the vehicle when very Cold

Post by Scipio Kid » Thursday, 30 March 2017, 16:36 PM

I hope no one's radios ever see it that cold!!! Sheeesh, can you imagine trying to talk skip in that temperature? Your lips wouldn't be able to form words, your mic wouldn't be able to vibrate to produce sound and your power amp would ... well hey, there's a good thing, you wouldn't need heat sinks at all!

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Re: Leaving radio in the vehicle when very Cold

Post by army1975 » Friday, 31 March 2017, 2:54 AM

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 9:27 AM
My radio stays in the truck even when it gets below zero F. Been down to -19 F at night last winter. :pale: I too use the fob to start my truck before going out to get in. I just let the truck warm up a bit before using my radio. Other than a little off freq have had no issues.
what I do with my mobile, let the inside of the vehicle get warm afore I turn the radio on. ain't nary had no problem a tall with doing it dat a way. :cheers: well, ain't that special, can edit posts now :cheers:
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Re: Leaving radio in the vehicle when very Cold

Post by barney33 » Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 6:04 AM

When I lived in Fairhaven, NY I would only take the mic indoors when the temperature drops to 10 deg or less. The cord would get hard to stretch so that solved the problem.
Unfortunately in Florida the crime rate is rising so fast, I have been pullingl the radio and antenna off every night since I got it working 10-8. :shock:

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Post by silvereagle1 » Monday, 17 April 2017, 9:24 AM

Cold weather affected my Galaxy 99v2 to the point I brought it in and left it in. Bought another brand radio and no problems with weather whatsoever now.

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Post by Trapper444 » Sunday, 12 November 2017, 21:57 PM

A bump because it's a relative question as we head into winter.

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Re: Leaving radio in the vehicle when very Cold

Post by jon6667 » Monday, 13 November 2017, 11:24 AM

i used to leave mine in the truck. until it got stolon.now
i bring it in at night. quick disconnects.

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Post by Trapper444 » Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 20:12 PM

I remember I had a quick disconnect back in the day. It was pretty cool, whole radio just slid out.

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Re: Leaving radio in the vehicle when very Cold

Post by jessejamesdallas » Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 4:31 AM

jon6667 wrote:
Monday, 13 November 2017, 11:24 AM
i used to leave mine in the truck. until it got stolon.now
i bring it in at night. quick disconnects.
We used those quick disconnect's back in the day, so the thieves wouldn't be tearing up the dash stealing the radio... :mrgreen:
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Re: Leaving radio in the vehicle when very Cold

Post by PA629 » Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 10:05 AM

jessejamesdallas wrote:
Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 4:31 AM
jon6667 wrote:
Monday, 13 November 2017, 11:24 AM
i used to leave mine in the truck. until it got stolon.now
i bring it in at night. quick disconnects.
We used those quick disconnect's back in the day, so the thieves wouldn't be tearing up the dash stealing the radio... :mrgreen:

What JJD really means to say is that back in his day, they used those QD's on their 8-track players so people wouldn't steal them. :icon_e_wink: :lol:
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Post by jessejamesdallas » Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 14:49 PM

PA629 wrote:
Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 10:05 AM
jessejamesdallas wrote:
Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 4:31 AM
jon6667 wrote:
Monday, 13 November 2017, 11:24 AM
i used to leave mine in the truck. until it got stolon.now
i bring it in at night. quick disconnects.
We used those quick disconnect's back in the day, so the thieves wouldn't be tearing up the dash stealing the radio... :mrgreen:

What JJD really means to say is that back in his day, they used those QD's on their 8-track players so people wouldn't steal them. :icon_e_wink: :lol:
That too...Back then it was hard to keep a CB and a 8-track in your car for more than a couple of months before someone would help themselves to it...And forget about keeping a antenna for more than a few weeks. :roll:
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Post by silvereagle1 » Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 16:44 PM

Gotta love those 8 tracks. One song fade out on track 1 and fade back in on track 2

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Post by jessejamesdallas » Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 17:59 PM

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 16:44 PM
Gotta love those 8 tracks. One song fade out on track 1 and fade back in on track 2

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8-tracks were also the worlds-worse for hanging up in the deck...seemed like every time I had a favorite 8-track, the radio ended up eating my tape!
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Re: Leaving radio in the vehicle when very Cold

Post by MDYoungblood » Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 18:26 PM

Getting a little off topic here so how about starting another topic about "8-tracks", I would chime in with a story or two also.

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