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Re: [RFI] Mobile amps and vehicle issues

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Subject: Re: [RFI] Mobile amps and vehicle issues
From: digital-conjurers@adelphia.net
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2006 22:07:11 -0800
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Had a 1990 Mazda with an interesting twist: The rear window defogger grid was a 
_perfect 1/2 wave on 2 meters._  The antenna was on the trunk.  Tried 
everything; RF traps, chokes, bypassing, toroids, etc etc.  Never solved the 
problem, which largely had to do with the cruise control ramping up under 
key-down, and the LEFT turn signal flashing 2X as fast.

Went to a 1/2 wave on-the-front-window-thru-glass Larsen, went from 25W to 10W, 
and that cured about 70% of it, but it always was a bugaboo.

I would NOT install a mobile rig of any kind on my 2001 Mazda; this thing has 
more computers on it than Carter has pills, and they're _expensive_.  Looks 
like the older, pre-computer vehicles are more desirable for this sort of thing!


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