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Posted: 06/15/12 08:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Would like to install a CB in GMC 2011 3500 Truck. where do I tap into the power and where is a good place to put the antenna. I have a truck camper. thanks

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I purchased this mount for my 2004 and have had good luck with it: Clicky
I got power from my fuse panel on the drivers side end of the dash. I used a fuse tap like this and it is working well.


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WHew brings back memories. The fuse tap is the best and easiest place to get power. One thing to remember with any antenna placement can make a LOT of difference. The one in the clicky is a good one but remember the camper will block a lot of signal strength to the rear.

As a note, we had a real fanatic back in the early 70's when CB was "king" that actually drilled a hole in the center of his sedan's roof and mounted a full length 108 inch whip antenna on there. Hell of a ground plane.
I also actually miss tube CB radios. We had lots of combination to goose the output. Some as high as 12 watts output.
IIRC we're in the high solar cycle output time. So be prepared to keep the squelch up high and have your range shortened.


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I also actually miss tube CB radios. We had lots of combination to goose the output. Some as high as 12 watts output.
12W?
Slacker....

We goosed the radios up to 12-15W just to drive the phased linears (PAL-290's) split between TWO 102" whips. Tubes were fun at home, but I was running converted ham gear that would idle at 60W and hit modulation peaks of 120W. Kinda miss those days before the truckers took over the band.


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Mike 4947,
Are you talking white face or black face Johnson?
Golden Eagle?
Lafeytte, Comstat 25B?
Turner plus 3?
Moonraker?
Hygain Afterburner?
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Mike and Terry Ann wrote:

Would like to install a CB in GMC 2011 3500 Truck. where do I tap into the power and where is a good place to put the antenna. I have a truck camper. thanks


recommend you wire and fuse both the pos and neg leads directly to the automotive battery. as for the antenna it depends on whether you want to drill a hole or not. center of the cab roof would give you the best groundplane but a stake mount on the bed rail would work. my buddy has a glass mount ham antenna on the rear window. lots of options but center of the cab roof is best.

good luck.


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On GM vehicles there is a stud, often at the bottom of the fuse panel, but may be elsewhere, that is HOT all the time (12 volt positive) If it is on the bottom of the fuse panel (And there may be 2 of 'em) it should be fused, it's about a quarter or 3/8" in diamater. Fine thread if I recall correctly, may be brass.

This is as close to the battery as you can get without actually hooking to the battery. Do not forget the proper size fuse for the radio (post stud)

Same is true of Chrysler products though I'm not sure where they stuff the stud.

On my chevy lumina the stud was under the hood, no fuse, Workhorse they are under the fuse box that is under the hood, fused 30 amp.

But there will be a stud.. Somewhere.

Another option is to use the "Add a circuit" adapter.. I'd pull the existing radio main power fuse (not the memory power fuse which is smaller) and insert it in the fuse block there. YOU do have to pay attention to which way you install it.


Here is the Bussmann version.

Google "Add a circuit" for a version with photo.


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Jay Pat wrote:

Mike 4947,
Are you talking white face or black face Johnson?
Golden Eagle?
Lafeytte, Comstat 25B?
Turner plus 3?
Moonraker?
Hygain Afterburner?
Pat
Here's a few more:
D-104 (shame for forgetting that one)
TRAM
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I actually appreciated the guys that used converted Ham Gear for CB. The "others" with the cheap "LEEENNN "E" ORRRRS" put out a signal that was 600 watts alright but unfortunately 500 of those watts was on other frequncies up and down the band...


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Hry Tsalla... That is called Splatter. And I can even tell folks all about it graphically.

Imagine on the wall you have a chart of radio frequencies.

Now take a big bowl of mashed potatoes and.......


When it hits the wall.... That's splatter.

(And if you think that would make what Dr. Spooner would call "a mel of a hess"... You are absolutly right, it does)

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