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Re: [Yaesu] Direct Battery Hookup.

To: Randy Berry <randyn3lrx@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Yaesu] Direct Battery Hookup.
From: Cecil <chacuff@cableone.net>
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2019 13:22:07 -0500
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Running the negative lead directly to the battery increases the risk of noise 
related to ground loops.  Think of the vehicle chassis as a ground/return buss. 
Also take que’s from the auto manufacturer who has more electronics in today’s 
cars than you will put in them...they don’t run ground returns for every 
computer system, audio system etc back to the battery directly for the same 

The manufacturer of the radio sells that product globally...it will go in 
boats, airplanes tractors you name it...not to mention your shack where you 
need both leads to be the same length to reach the power supply terminals.  So 
the power leads being the same length is to accommodate all possibilities that 
an installation may face...not as evidence that they are both to go to the 
battery in a car...

As for the two fuses...who knows. Maybe a negative ground system where the 
chassis of the radio is isolated, the positive lead is tied to the chassis and 
the negative goes to the battery.


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> On Jun 12, 2019, at 9:51 AM, Randy Berry <randyn3lrx@gmail.com> wrote:
> OK, not  exactly a Yaesu question, but a question about most mobile
> radios including Yaesu sold today.
> I had a disagreement with someone about the need to hook both negative
> and positive directly to the cars battery as opposed to cutting the
> ground wire from the provided power cord and grounding it to the cars
> chassis near the radio.
> My argument is that the battery will filter off some of the noise
> generated by the alternator if both are hooked directly, he said that
> is not the case and insisted a chassis ground near the radio is best.
> If this is true why do practically every automobile electronics
> manufacturer provide a cable with both Neg. and Pos. leads, and
> recommend direct connect?
> In my experience I have had better luck connecting 2 way radios, car
> stereos and amplifiers directly to the battery.
> The argument of having 2 fuses, one on the Neg, and one on the Pos,
> was also brought up. I have a lot of equipment that came with fuses on
> both leads. My Icom's, kenwood's and Yeasu's all have dual fuses.
> Again, the engineers who designed the radio know a hell of a lot more
> than me and some bloke on social media do. And there must be a reason
> for the recommendation of going direct, and the 2 fuses must be there
> for a purpose.
> I recommended using both fuses as provided, and direct to the battery.
> I was told I was wrong.
> Who is right?
> -- 
> tnx es 73 de Randy, N3LRX/8
> https://n3lrx.com
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