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PA System - Connected To Stock Stereo, With An ON/OFF Switch...

On our hunting truck, I want to figure out a way to have a PA(outside speaker, basically) to be able to be connected to the stock stereo, and be turned off or on, by the flip of a switch...

The reason I want to do this, is that they make "Game Call" tapes and cd's, that I want to be able to play out of the truck...

Does anyone have an idea of how I could make this work?

The truck is a 99 F250 with the stock fm/am cd/tape player head unit...

Thanks in advance...
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Sounds to me like ur gonna have to splice the wire from the outside speaker into the CD players speaker wires then you could just run the power wire to the power wire of the CD player,fuse box, or like you had said b4 a switch.
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For this to work with music, you'd have a problem. However, I am assuming that the game call CD is not in stereo. You can simply splice the outdoor speaker into one of the inside speakers and use a switch to turn it on and off.
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How much do you want to spend? Seriously?

Depending on what you want to do, run a small amp, one you can use by tapping into your rear door speakers, and run the speaker off of the amp, while having a turn on(remote)Blue wire, when it comes to amps) Running off a switch. On/Off

Its easy to do, buy the stuff, and i could do it for you.
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i don't want to spend too much...(less than 100) and i don't want the inside speakers to have to play the sound at the same time...

i probably need to get a cheap marine speaker... and mount it somehow under the hood... or inside of the bed, even...
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hmm i know what you are talking about Christian..that would be really cool but i dont know how the inside speakers wouldnt play it also..but i am sure you will be able to figure it out..
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Sounds like a killer idea....
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you could always buy a cheap, portable cd player, wire it into the electrical harness to get power to it and then run a speaker from that.

if you didnt want to listen to anything else while you had the calls going, you could wire and interupter or switch to all speakers and the switch would route the sound to your one speaker and disable all other speakers until you flipped the switch the other way. this would require a three way switch.

you might try finding the wiring schematic of any vehicle with surround sound and tv cuz my dad's yukon you could flip a switch to listen to the radio or wutever movie was playing. it was probably very similar to my previous statement.
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Even better if you could find a way to hook it into ur iPod that way it doesnt play through the door speakers and you wouldnt have to splice wires, buy a switch, waste a CD to just burn calls on, and the iPod wouldnt get scratched up and skip like a CD that would be very cool if u fabbed it up that way.
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no.

my ipod will never be used in this truck...

i really want it to go through the tape/cd player, so that we can play tapes, too...

and if we wanted to do music..
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If you want it to play outside, from the stock stereo, it most likely is going to have to play it inside the cab.

If not, your going to have to wire the a switch to turn off the internal speakers..
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is that easy to do? wire a switch to turn them off and one on?
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Yeah its easy to wire, but you'll need alot of switches. You'll need basically 1 switch for each channel/speaker to turn them off. Not sure, but I'd bet radio shack would have a few switches that can do 2 speakers at once, but I doubt you'll find one that can do 4 at once.

DPDT (Dual Pole, Dual Terminal?) switch: http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...5Fid=275%2D710
I'm not sure if that means 2 sets of terminals (I.E. 2 speakers per switch) or not.

Then you'll need another switch for the external speaker. The hardest part is chopping the stock wiring (not just tapping into the wire). But probably 10 bucks in switches and some wire and a cheap optimus speaker should do the trick.



We'll see if Bob or John have any more astute advice.
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yeah... i just wanna get it figured out, but i don't want to ruin the current stereo...
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my friend has a little 10 inch sub hes running off of a like 75 watt amp and he pluged the PA into it and it's damn loud
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