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IANEWBIE
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« on: October 26, 2002, 07:08:01 PM »

OK, I have a question that probably hasn't been asked before (thats why I haven't been able to find the information on it yet). What is the guage of wire that the Yaesu FT-1500M uses for power?

Thanks
Dan
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K5TEE
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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2002, 01:46:24 PM »

I do not think this is a DUMB question at all.
Most VHF mobile radios use 14 gauge wire for the power.
Tom
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W8JJW
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2002, 12:47:12 PM »

It's OK to use larger, of course. Many of the power cables I see have 10 or 12 gage copper stranded wire in them.
Be sure to go right to the battery, the cigarette lighter may not be capable of supplying enough current at full power, not to mention the poor ground I've encountered trying to use them. Don't forget the fuses.

You can buy commercially made power cable as well that have fuses built it.

73 John
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2003, 03:45:28 PM »

Stock cable is AWG14, which is fine as long as distance to the battery is not more than 10 ft.  On mobile installs where power cables need to be extended, you should go up two wire gages to limit the voltage drop at 20 ft. to no more than it would be for the smaller gage wire at 10 ft. For reference go to the voltage drop tables in NEC, be sure that you use the ones for DC voltages.  
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