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MCS2000 power connection issue

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MCS2000 power connection issue

Postby rubberkidney » Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:59 am

Hello! I just got a mcs2000 radio and im trying to set it up but unfortunatly the power cable has been cut. I am pretty much a radio newb and i wanted to power the unit on before i install it but i really have no idea how to do that! do i need a specific powersupply or is there some other method I can use? Thanks for any help in advance!

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Re: MCS2000 power connection issue

Postby jmccabe871 » Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:56 am

You'll need a 12 Volt (13.8 technically) power supply to run the radio. If you want to test the transmitter you will need a power supply that can give it 20+ Amps (higher the wattage on the RF output the more amps needed) but to just power it on a simple 5 amp bench power supply will do. Also some moto radios have an ignition sense (similar to a car stereo) wire that you must connect to positive to get the radio to power up, you will want to check that if you connect the radio and the thing does not power up. I myself just put a MCS2000 110 W VHF into my van and my radio did not require the ignition sense wire but yours might. Hope this helps.
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