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RIGrunner for mobile installs?

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Bulldogarcher

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Currently looking to add a radio to my vehicle, and power is kinda becoming a small nightmare.

I currently have a Motorola PM400 UHF band, and a Motorola CM300 VHF band. These both are programmed for the public safety channels used in by the volunteer fire department I am on. I am adding a Tyt TH-7800 for ham frequencies. I would also some time in the future like to add a CB.

With all this power need I was looking around and found West Mountain Radio whom sells RIGrunners, and Ive found some video where people have incorporated these in to their ac to dc power set up indoors. But I was curious, given if I use a heavy enough gage wire (say minimum 8 gage) to my power in and ground. Plus ground at a very solid point. Would this work in my vehicle? None of the radios will be transmitting at the same time since I rarely have a passenger, let alone someone who would even have any desire to key a radio.

If this would work, could I also wire in a relay to make it to where all this would power on and off with the ignition?

Thank you for the input
 

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I don't see why not. I use one in my car but only have one transmitting radio. The other terminals feed a scanner, an amplified speaker and another accessory. I've not wired mine to turn on and off remotely though but I see no reason that can't work too if executed properly.
 

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You need to be aware of vibration as well. If you use Powerpoles in a mobile setting, I'd suggest having one of the types of retaining clips installed too.
 

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You need to be aware of vibration as well. If you use Powerpoles in a mobile setting, I'd suggest having one of the types of retaining clips installed too.
Yeah, good point, I've heard/read people complaining about that.

Probably not something you want for public safety use.

I know the amateurs love them and some 'emcomm' groups have adopted them as their standard. Probably not the best choice for mobile use, though.
 

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+1 for the auxiliary fuse blocks. They are cheap, no big deal to install, and just plain dead nuts reliable. If you are going to be putting a bunch of radios (or other accessories) in a vehicle they are IMHO the way to go.
 

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I did.. and added an APO box just in case I forget to shut something off when I leave the truck. Ran 10ga wire from the battery positive and a frame ground to the APO, then from the APO to the RigRunner.. Now I can quickly switch radios without a major refit, and have a couple spare outlets for miscellany.
 

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