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I noticed you have your CB radio in the same place I put mine, and I meant to ask about your wiring and antenna. I wired mine into the fuse pannel near the floor on the passenger side using one of those circuit doublers they have at Auto Zone. Normally I put a two-pole flat connector in the line so I can easily remove the radio, but I haven't done that as yet. My antenna is a magnet mount with a fairly long thin mast - probably 4 1/2 feet.

On my first Ranger (a 1984), I drilled a hole inside the dome light for a roof mount, and I did the same on my previous truck, a 1969 GMC. I haven't seen any of those roof mount antennas in years and have wondered why. Of course, getting under the headliner in newer cars and trucks is quite a bit more of a challenge than it used to be.

Come to think of it, I believe the lights in both trucks were at the rear of the cab and it was a 1967 VW that gave me room inside the dome light. Not sure any more.
I have mine just wired in to a 12V Ignition wire, the fuse is inline. My Antenna is a 4ft Firestik mounted on my toolbox (with a ground strap to the bed)

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It actually isnt hooked up right now though. I do think the magnet roof mounts get better range on them since you have a nice reflecting surface in the cab roof.
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You can verify model year by checking the Certification Label on the driver door/jamb and the Emission Label under the hood. The Cert Label will also give the build date.

In a fleet situation, it's more likely that the radio was swapped truck to truck than the factory misbuilt it with the previous year's parts.
The build date on the door post is 5/06. That seems a bit early for a 2007 model to me, but maybe not. We were on the way to town for lunch, and I forgot to look under the hood.
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The build date on the door post is 5/06. That seems a bit early for a 2007 model to me, but maybe not. We were on the way to town for lunch, and I forgot to look under the hood.
You could also check the 10th character of the VIN.

"6" = 2006 model year
"7" = 2007 model year
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I have a 2007 stereo just like the one Michael posted and it has Text right above Scan too. I feel kind dumb for askin this, but what is the TEXT button for?
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I think it's for like the radio stations that will sometimes have text like the name of songs or something. like an info button.
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Thanks again, Bob. I guess that settles it. The tenth character is a 7.

I went out and checked under the hood, and there's a sticker saying it meets California emissions requirements for the 2007 model year. I then opened the hood of our 2009 Forester, and there's no such sticker there. Could it be in the truck because it was sold in the west?
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I have a 2007 stereo just like the one Michael posted and it has Text right above Scan too. I feel kind dumb for askin this, but what is the TEXT button for?
Text is for if you have sirius radio you can see the text of station,artist and type of music.
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Oh I see said the blind man to his deaf dog ... That 2007 at the salvage yard still has the Sirius satellite thing under the dash, I might buy that.
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I went out and checked under the hood, and there's a sticker saying it meets California emissions requirements for the 2007 model year. I then opened the hood of our 2009 Forester, and there's no such sticker there. Could it be in the truck because it was sold in the west?
The engine compartment emission label is an EPA mandate so it doesn't matter what state or region of the country. Check everywhere in the engine compartment including the underside of the hood. Your Subaru definitely had one when new. If the car has had paint/body work up front, the label could have been lost then.
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Michael:
I noticed you have your CB radio in the same place I put mine, and I meant to ask about your wiring and antenna. I wired mine into the fuse pannel near the floor on the passenger side using one of those circuit doublers they have at Auto Zone. Normally I put a two-pole flat connector in the line so I can easily remove the radio, but I haven't done that as yet. My antenna is a magnet mount with a fairly long thin mast - probably 4 1/2 feet.

On my first Ranger (a 1984), I drilled a hole inside the dome light for a roof mount, and I did the same on my previous truck, a 1969 GMC. I haven't seen any of those roof mount antennas in years and have wondered why. Of course, getting under the headliner in newer cars and trucks is quite a bit more of a challenge than it used to be.

Come to think of it, I believe the lights in both trucks were at the rear of the cab and it was a 1967 VW that gave me room inside the dome light. Not sure any more.
Most peoplt do not lke the antenna on the roof but it is the best location to mount it; the higher the better.
Two reasons, 1) higher means getting out (transmitting) better; CB is line of sight type of communications nd if your antenna is higher then the distance increases. and 2) Higher means getting the antenna away from the interferance of the electrical systems in the truck. A lot of noise can come in on the radio signal so the further it is away from most of the noise source then the less gets to the antenna.

As far as powering the CB, best location is directly to the battery, the battery will act as a filter for some of the electrical noise in the truck that get in the CB through the power wire. Some people use a piece of RG58 or 59 U Coax (Antenna Cale) to feed the power to a CB, power or positive on the center conductor and negative or ground on the shielding braid, work well enough and ther is always the ½" RG8 that can power more than the CB.

A lot of people use the Fuse Panel and have good results powering ther CBs but it is unusally not the best way. If youget noise coming in thruogh the power wires chg them up to the battery.

Also, antennas and their MOunting need a good ground, double check there is you get problems in transmmissions and/or SWR, which brings up another point to make sure to tune the antenna to the system/truck.

luck, thks for listening.
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Thanks again, Bob. I guess that settles it. The tenth character is a 7.

I went out and checked under the hood, and there's a sticker saying it meets California emissions requirements for the 2007 model year. I then opened the hood of our 2009 Forester, and there's no such sticker there. Could it be in the truck because it was sold in the west?
does the forester have the PZEV decal on the hatch?
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If the car has had paint/body work up front, the label could have been lost then.
Ah! We had over $5000 worth of hail damage while the car was still very new. I know several things were replaced, and that probably explains the absence of the sticker.
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Grev Balzarini:

Thank you. Your wiring suggestions make a lot of sense. I have a sizeable coil of ½" RG8 from the CB antenna that was on the roof of the house when we moved in thirty-five years ago. I think it was the 1978 ice storm that took the antenna down, and I've never replaced it. I may just try some of that wire.
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does the forester have the PZEV decal on the hatch?
I had to google PZEV, I'm afraid. Now that I see it, I have a vague memory of seeing something about it some time ago, but if there was a sticker, it's gone. There's nothng on or inside the hatch nor in the spare tire well.

It's possible the hood was replaced when the hail damage was repaired, but there is a small sticker that identifies the A/C coolant and warns of pressure about midway and toward the passenger's side. It doesn't seem likely the body shop would have replaced it and not the emissions sticker. There are other labels, but none refer to emissions. It's difficult to be sure because of dust (we drive on quite a bit of gravel), but the cover on what I assume is the air cleaner could once have had a sticker on it. Inside the glove box (almost impossile to get bifocals into position to read it) is a sticker that deals with the cabin air filter. I couldn't think of any other place to look.

I don't think it's a problem, but it IS curious.
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