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Who adds chokes on inside power leads for radios without them?

Discussion in 'General CB Services Discussion' started by Big Kahuna, Feb 24, 2021.

  1. Big Kahuna

    Big Kahuna Sr. Member

    Jul 31, 2008
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    Was watching a Lester video tonight and he pointed out the McKinley didn't have any chokes on the inside power input which I hadn't noticed before. I know the Lincoln and Richard have them so surprised they didn't bother with them on the McKinley (or the Uniden 980). Even the cheap Stryker 94 has something inside.

    He installs JW Miller 5230-RCs -

    Just made me wonder if anyone else here ever bothers to add them when they notice a radio doesn't have them?

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  2. Eldorado828

    Eldorado828 8-2-8 in the Lonestar State

    Feb 21, 2016
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    Funny, I watched that video a few days ago and thought the same thing.
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  3. M0GVZ

    M0GVZ Sr. Member

    Oct 18, 2011
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    What difference do you think they'll make given how small and pathetic they usually are? They're literally there to keep the EMC compliance people happy, they're literally of no use for stopping power wire borne interference. Much better to get a large snap on 31 or ideally 43 mix ferrite and wind several turns of the power wire through it. That will actually do something.

    Back to the video, another radio ruined. No RF shielding at all between the amp he installed and the mainboard of the rig and no RF shielding on that amp kit he installed either.
    #3 M0GVZ, Feb 27, 2021
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2021
    Cam Tetzlaff and sp5it like this.
  4. Handy Andy

    Handy Andy Do Your Research First, Then Decide...

    Apr 23, 2018
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    It's a cost to performance hit, many radios used to have a power choke, nowadays they seem to have a lot of them without the same device...

    You asked a great question which focuses right back on China and their sheer desire to cheapen the radios yet markup for the highest prices the market will bear...

    From just a few years ago too - this montage is from radios of only several years past...


    Arrows point of Power supply chokes for power feeds.
    McKinley has none - so the effort of chokes may be lost on the sheer ignorance
    of the consumer. Most wouldn't notice it missing,
    but the rest of those that own one in a mobile setup do complain about noise.​

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