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Bench Testing AD Radio
#1424858 Wed Sep 22 2021 12:37 AM
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I got a radio it is supposed to work, my truck is all taped up ready for paint but I want to bench test the radio. The truck is 12 v so I have a 12 v to 6 v converter 20 amp. My plan is to test the radio using the trucks 12 volt battery and the converter. Seems like it should work. is this correct? also when I plug the antenna in (it is not attached to the truck, just laying on the bench) do I have to ground it or does the antenna cable take care of that ?

sorry for the dumb questions but I don't want to blow up a working radio....

Thanks


1953 3100
Re: Bench Testing AD Radio
Cletus1950 #1424865 Wed Sep 22 2021 01:40 AM
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I used a 6-volt battery charger to run a radio in the basement.. Don't know if that's approved.


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29 Years of Daily Driving. With a '61 261, 848 head, Rochester Monojet carb, SM420 4-speed, 4.10 rear, dual reservoir MC, Bendix up front, 235/85R16 tires, 12-volt w/alternator, electric wipers and a modern radio in the glove box.
Re: Bench Testing AD Radio
Cletus1950 #1424869 Wed Sep 22 2021 03:23 AM
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You aren’t doing anything fundamentally wrong
Your setup should not cause damage
The antenna doesn’t strictly need ground its specific geometry will only affect efficiency at reception
A quarter wave antenna needs a ground plane to reflect an image so you have a pseudo dipole but when it’s not present stuff still works out okay and you will get many local stations just fine.
Original 6v radio is happy with 5-8 volts and either polarity the radio is good on positive or negative ground because the front end is just a chopper for the power to the ac transformer and it won’t care much at all.
Let us know how it works out
-s

Re: Bench Testing AD Radio
Cletus1950 #1424930 Wed Sep 22 2021 11:07 PM
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Thanks for the help (and confidence) I set it up the way I described got power and listened to some tunes it sounded great. Best of all the magic smoke is still inside!


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