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post #1 of 5 Old 03-12-2009, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone hardwire their two-way radio to battery?

I just purchased an Autocom Active Plus communication system and would like to hardwire a two-way radio to the motorcycle's battery (fuse box in my case). Planning to use the two-way radio for bike-to-bike communication. Has anyone done this and how?

I know that the latest version of Autocom Super Pro AVi can power a two-way radio by plugging directly into the autocom box, but I have an Active Plus. I have also read that there can be problems with feedback (not sure the term) if you connect the two-way directly to the battery but that you may be able to get around this with some type of converter.

Any Autocom Active Plus guys have any suggestions?
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People have trouble with HF radios (CB) but I've had no trouble with FRS/GMRS or 2 meter FM.

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TMC, how did you connect the radio to the battery? Did you use a bulky 'battery eliminator' type charger that motorola offers or some other means? Molorola's battery eliminator connects to the back of the radio and has a cigarette lighter plug on the other end to power it from the battery.
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I change peripheral gear like radios frequently so I use Anderson Powerpole connectors for DC connections on the bike. If your radio has a "lighter" plug, there's a good chance it has voltage reduction circuitry in it, so the best choice would be to use a lighter socket.

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thanks for the feedback. had a follow-up question. i have a set of inexpensive two-way radios. when using rechargeable batteries, you can put the radios in the desktop charger. trying to figure out how to connect permanent wires to these guys.

here are my two options:
1) i took the backs off of the radios and there are two metal plates, one that is the positive terminal and the other a negative terminal, on the motherboard where power is provided from the batteries. i could solder wires here but not sure how long the solder would last with all of the bike vibrations.

2) the other way would be to connect the wires on teh inside of the battery compartment somehow.

is this how you powered your radios?
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