FORD MOBILE RADIO INSTALLATION GUIDELINES

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Filed Under (Ford) by admin on 01-01-2014

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Ford Motor Company vehicles are designed and tested for safe operation with properly installed and properly used land mobile/amateur radio communication equipment with up to 100 Watt transmitter power. Special design considerations are incorporated into all Ford vehicle electronic systems to provide immunity to radio frequency signals. To maintain compatibility with vehicle electronic systems, mobile two-way radio and telephone equipment must be installed properly by trained personnel, observing these general guidelines: Power connections should be made directly to the battery and fused as close to the battery as possible. Avoid using cigar lighter or “Power Point” receptacles as power sources for radio communication equipment. Antennas for two-way radios should be mounted on the roof or the rear area of the vehicle. Care should be used in mounting antennas with magnet bases, since magnets may affect the accuracy or operation of the compass on vehicles, if so equipped. The antenna cable should be high quality, fully shielded coaxial cable, and kept as short as practical. Avoid routing the antenna cable in parallel with vehicle wiring over long distances. Carefully match the antenna and cable to the radio to achieve a low Standing Wave Ratio (SWR) and to avoid RF currents on the antenna cable shield. All installations should be checked for possible interference between the communications equipment and vehicle electronics. Mobile radio equipment with greater than 100 Watts output may require special precautionary measures beyond those outlined in this document. This pamphlet is provided as a supplement to the radio manufacturer’s installation instructions for installing communication equipment in Ford vehicles. Listed on page 4 are some additional sources of information. Radio transmitters are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States. Compliance with FCC regulations is the responsibility of the manufacturer and/or user of transmitter equipment and not Ford Motor Company. 1. Transceiver Location a. A transceiver location should be selected that provides a solid mounting point which does not interfere with the vehicle operator controls and provides adequate ventilation. NOTE: Do not mount any transceiver, microphones, speakers, or any other item in the deployment path of the airbag system. b. Before using screws to mount the tranceiver equipment, be sure to check for vehicle wiring under the carpet or behind the instrument panel which could be pinched, cut, or otherwise damaged.

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