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Cobra 142 GTL no dead key

Dose not have a dead key, but will auido swing 10 watts . could this be the driver or what

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Are you sure that you're on the AM mode? It sounds more like you're on LSB or USB. If you are on AM, the problem may be the power control (VR6) inside the radio.

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Cobra 2000 with a d 104 mic and a palomor tx100 bi linear amp...how can if possible make the amp key up with less than one watt on the ssb side..Radio has a 4 watt dead key on am and i have ajusted the...


Hi, my name is John. Adjust the radio to key 1 watt, then switch to SSB on radio,then switch to SSB on amp, key down and adjust to 1 watt on amp. enjoy !!!!!! ...hope this was very helpful....

Aug 31, 2010 | Cobra 148 GTL 120-Channels Base CB Radio

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I have a general lee and I am running a 2 by 8 box. What should I turn my radio down too to run this box I was told 3 watts wgat do I turn to accomplish this I doesn't seem to have much modulation either


The radio needs to be tuned for the box. 3 watts sounds too high for a 2x8.

I would say it would be more like 1-1/5 to 2 watts. That may be why your not getting that much swing.

You should set the radio so the box dead keys around 300 to 400 watts.

Aug 24, 2010 | Cobra 148 GTL 120-Channels Base CB Radio

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I have a cobra 200 gtl dx and some one make modification on it to get more power and more modulation but i see in my books the modification to raise up on the board in front of my cb tell me to raise up...


you do not do it by resistance. To turn up the radio it is a variable resistor. What you do is connect a watt meter that can read PEAK or PEP watts AND AVERAGE or dead key watts.

First you check it on avg watts. Hook the radio up in line with the watt meter and set it on avg watts. key the radio. Stock is 4 watts. A lot of times when you peak a radio, you lower the dead key.(thats keying with no audio.) This allows you to get more modulation wattage, or swing wattage. If that has been done it will probably do 2 or 3 watts. If it has had the AM power raised in it, it could be more, this is no good. You want your dead key a bit lower.

Now check it on peak. Flip the meter to peak and make an AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH noise into the radio. It should swing to anywhere between 15 and 20 watts.

You adjust the AMC while giving it audio and watching the meter on peak to adjust the modulation. 4 watts is legal modulation.

Feb 07, 2010 | Cobra 200 GTL DX 4-Channels Base CB Radio

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Tunring up a cobra 150 gtl/dx


Um... What?? This is hooked to a switch? CB radio by FCC regulations is only supposed to have a max of 4 watts total output. If you can flip it to 7 watts dead key, you are doing really good. It won't do much more then that. It sounds like its set up to run on a linear amplifier, which cannot have more then 3 watts dead key transmitting into it.

Dead key, and modulation are different. You may have a meter that only reads dead key, and won't see the modulation. This radio is probably swinging close to 15-20 watts. you need a meter that can read PEP, Peak envelope power. Cheap meters only read AVG, or average power, witch will only show your dead key.

7 watts dead key is really good for that radio.especially since stock only has 4 watts. you cannot get any higher then that without changing finals.

at 3 watt dead key, or 7 watt dead key, your modulation wattage is still swinging much higher.

Also, you will get more swing with a lower dead key any way, which is better if you want it to be loud.

Leave it alone. its probably set just right.

May 12, 2009 | Cobra 150 GTL DX Base CB Radio

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Low output power


On the meter you are using, does it mesure Average power or peak envelope power?

This is very important to know when you are measuring.

AVG measures basically your dead key. It usually will very little if at all.

PEP measures your peak output, or swing. Modulation.

So even if you have a radio that has been peaked, on a meter that reads AVG, it will still read around 3 to 4 watts. And, if it has a swing kit in it, it will read even less. A swing kit lowers the dead key it increase modulation. Higher PEP.

For example. I peaked my cobra 29 and it does some where around 22 -25 watts PEP. I have variable power in it as well, but usually run the dead key at 2 watts because I have a linear. The Radio alone, when mesureing on PEP with key up at 2 watts, and then when you talk, swings to about 22 -25 watts.

If I flip the meter to AVG, it stays at 2 watts even with talking.

If you have one of those cheap pyramid meters, etc, they usually only read AVG.

Get a meter from radioshack. They have a fairly decent radio for the money. It reads both PEP and AVG and has SWR as well.

If the radio has been peaked and it has a swing mod, it will most likely be swinging to some where in the 20 watt range.

On a side note. According to FCC regulations, a CB radio is only allowed to transmit with 4 watts of final power. Most times the manufacturer will have it a hair under so that they are leagal.

Basically it is illegal to use a CB that puts out more then 4 Watts.

But its a free for all these days. There is no more funding to the FCC for monitoring CB radio, so they do not want anything to do with it. As long as you don't over do it, have over 50000 watts and terrorize a small community with RF, you can do what you want.

Now a days most cb radio's bought have already been peaked if you got it from a cb shop, or off a website that does it.

Apr 21, 2009 | Cobra 148 GTL 120-Channels Base CB Radio

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Cobra 1000 GTL by Dynascan


This is a complicated modification. I have never done it to a 1000 GTL, but its done basically the same in all radio's.

I don't recommend doing it, especially since I am not 100% sure on how exactly to do it. I have never been in a 1000 gtl. If I had one in front of me I could tell you for sure how to do it.

If the reason for Variable power is a linear, just a swing kit in for the dead key you need, most likely 2 watts, and leave it.

Here is how to do a variable power mod. this is assuming the swing mod is done the same to this as a cobra 25/29 or uniden 68/76 etc.

If you would like to try it, here it is.

You get a TIP31 transistor, Radioshack has them.

Where you put the swing mod in the radio, which is a cap and a resistor, you put the TIP31 and cap. A 47uf cap works fine.

With the resistor facing you, and the tab in the back away, solder the cap to the transistor. the leg with the black stripe goes on the right most leg. then the other goes to the center leg of the transistor.

Solder a wire on the left most leg, long enough to reach the front of the radio. Now solder the 2 legs that don't have the wire on it, in the place where you would put the swing kit, with the black stripe on the cap facing the back of the radio usually.

Remove the wires from the RF gain and solder them together.

Now solder the wire from the transistor to the center tab.

Remove VR6 and solder a wire from the top tag of the RF gain to the top connection of VR6 that you removed.

Then connect a wire from the bottom tag to a ground point. The side of a tuning can works fine.

Take a piece of shrink tube and put it over the TIP31 so it does not ground against the heat sink, that would be bad.

This is done basically the same in all cb radio's.


Apr 07, 2009 | Cobra 148 GTL 120-Channels Base CB Radio

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Low dead key on my radio


If it is a 142 GTL your A.M. power is VR6 . Good luck and be carefull and DON'T get carried away remember AT YOUR OWN RISK NO LIFE GAURD ON DUTY!!!! You should'nt have any problems though......Dan

Apr 01, 2009 | Cobra 148 GTL 120-Channels Base CB Radio

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Question about my cobra 200


no need to increase power output. you can take a radio with 100 watts and a radio with 10 watts that had had a modulation kit installed and the 10 watt radio will out talk the 100 watt radio ALL day long. the best thing to do would to put a mod kit in it and have the dead key cut back to 1/2 watt then put as little amp behind it. with those mods it will be loud and clear. hope that helps

Dec 30, 2007 | Cobra 200 GTL DX 4-Channels Base CB Radio

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159GTL DX 10 meter I thank it needs a driver and finels


If this radio is only showing 2 watts output, Then check the driver transistor and/or the output transistor. Thats the starting point. If they check good, check the regulator transistor. All parts can be purchased from the manufacture or they should also cross on the NTE list, and could be purchased from a local parts house. Good Luck
Ed
NC Electronic
Mills, Wyoming

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