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Old 02-15-2006, 17:01   #1 (permalink)
owner@chickenfriedsteak.us
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Ford Ranger / Mazda B-Series 1999 Ignition Switch Accessory Terminal

Ok, dumb question for the rest of you who know what you're doing:

Just bought myself a CB radio, something I've been wanting for a long
time. I've got a 1999 Mazda B-2500 (Ford Ranger), and the manual for
the CB says to connect it to the ignition switch accessory terminal.

Where is that? Sorry if I sound ignorant, but the most technical I get
with the truck is ... well, not this technical.

Any help appreciated. Pictures of the new set-up to follow once I can
get it in. The new CB is a Uniden Bearcat PC78 Elite. Nice one.

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Old 02-15-2006, 18:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Ford Ranger / Mazda B-Series 1999 Ignition Switch Accessory Terminal

In article <1140049124.838493.12490@g44g2000cwa.googlegroups.com>,
owner@chickenfriedsteak.us wrote:

> Ok, dumb question for the rest of you who know what you're doing:
>
> Just bought myself a CB radio, something I've been wanting for a long
> time. I've got a 1999 Mazda B-2500 (Ford Ranger), and the manual for
> the CB says to connect it to the ignition switch accessory terminal.
>
> Where is that? Sorry if I sound ignorant, but the most technical I get
> with the truck is ... well, not this technical.
>
> Any help appreciated. Pictures of the new set-up to follow once I can
> get it in. The new CB is a Uniden Bearcat PC78 Elite. Nice one.


If you turn the ignition towards you from the "OFF" Position, you can
operate things like the radio; I think windshield wipers; cigarette
lighter. That is the ACCessory Position. I've not looked under my '99
Ranger to see, but you should be able to find the wiring stuff for it.

(Sorry if you knew that.)

H.
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Old 02-15-2006, 18:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Ford Ranger / Mazda B-Series 1999 Ignition Switch Accessory Terminal

Hehehe, yeah I know what the accessory position is, I'm just wondering
where I can attach wires to it. The wiring for the CB is a plug at one
end and two stripped wires at the other, which means I won't be able to
just "plug-n-play" this thing.

The next hurdle is where to PUT the dang thing! Beatrice (the truck)
has a five speed manual, which means putting it on the dash under the
radio & A/C controls is out.

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Old 02-15-2006, 18:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Ford Ranger / Mazda B-Series 1999 Ignition Switch Accessory Terminal


<owner@chickenfriedsteak.us> wrote in message
news:1140049124.838493.12490@g44g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> Ok, dumb question for the rest of you who know what you're doing:
>
> Just bought myself a CB radio, something I've been wanting for a long
> time. I've got a 1999 Mazda B-2500 (Ford Ranger), and the manual for
> the CB says to connect it to the ignition switch accessory terminal.
>
> Where is that? Sorry if I sound ignorant, but the most technical I get
> with the truck is ... well, not this technical.
>
> Any help appreciated. Pictures of the new set-up to follow once I can
> get it in. The new CB is a Uniden Bearcat PC78 Elite. Nice one.
>


Try the fuse box.

Personally, I just get a cigarette lighter adapter and plug them in there.
It's fine if you're running a low-power (4 watt) AM rig (unless you actually
want to use the lighter for...gasp...lighting cigarettes!). Higher power
sideband or 10-meter radios I wire right to the battery with 10 guage wire
(with in-line fuses on both the pos and neg lines).



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Old 02-15-2006, 19:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Ford Ranger / Mazda B-Series 1999 Ignition Switch Accessory Terminal


Hit your local TA, Pilot, Flying hook, what have you truck stop and for
about
$5 you can buy a power plug for the radio that will plug into the cigeratte
lighter. And dont go putting twin antennas on the thing, it isnt wide
enough, they need
at least 8 ft between them or they fight one another..
My antenna of choice is the good ole 102" stainless steel whip mounted on
the left rear
cornor. Radio Shack $19.99. But skip radio shack for the coax, their
cables are lousy,
the ends corrode terrible, and the "cable" quality is really poor. Nothing
kills your ablity to
talk or hear like poor quality cable. Cable should be 18' , dont coil the
excess in a tight coil,
loop it like a skein of yarn 14"-16" and wire tie it in the center. Tight
coils act like a "choke"
mess up reception, and make it very hard to get a good match. Mounted right
you should have a near
perfect match with the 18' cable and 102" antenna. Make sure the radio has
a good ground from the
radio chassis/housing to the vehicle.
Next choice after Stainless steel whips is a 48" Francis. Wilsons are good
too, but not any
better than ether for the first two, and way more expensive. Firestick used
to be a
good buy, but thats was 15 years ago, the new ones are the pits. Hustler
center loads
used to be top shelf, way back when CB was king, the 19" Hustler ceramic
center load was one
of the best.

http://www.firestik.com/ good page with lots of info even if the antennas
are lousy
http://www.wilsonantenna.com/ One upside is Wilson is made in the USA.

As to your radio choice, its not a bad radio, but I hope you paid less than
$90 for
it. The Uniden Cobra 29LTD is only $59 after rebate right now at Pilot
travel centers.
The "soundtracker" radios from Uniden are paper weights. I will say the
older Cobra 29 LTD Classics
are better than the new ones ie made in Japan vrs made in China.

Microphones, get a good noise cancelling mike, ether a Turner Road King
RK56, or an
Astatic 636L. Forget power mikes, and for god's sake dont go getting a
roger ping,
bloody echo, or any of the "video game" noise makers. Be very careful of
radio
shops offering "peak and tune" there are a lot of hacks out there today.

Whitelightning




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Old 02-15-2006, 20:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Ford Ranger / Mazda B-Series 1999 Ignition Switch Accessory Terminal

In article <1140052003.460339.129970@g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.com>,
owner@chickenfriedsteak.us wrote:

> Hehehe, yeah I know what the accessory position is, I'm just wondering
> where I can attach wires to it. The wiring for the CB is a plug at one
> end and two stripped wires at the other, which means I won't be able to
> just "plug-n-play" this thing.
>
> The next hurdle is where to PUT the dang thing! Beatrice (the truck)
> has a five speed manual, which means putting it on the dash under the
> radio & A/C controls is out.


Sorry for the unintended insult. I can't help yet with connection.

Mounting - under the seat, maybe? Buckets? Between the seats?

H.
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