Me and one of my buddies bought one of these from walmart, we wanted something cheap when we go off roading. we got them all hooked up and he came by to see if everything is working ok. when i transmit it is crystal clear on his but when he transmits it doesnt sound real clear, it does have any back ground noise and you can understand what people are saying if you listen close, but his sounds like your on the phone.we havent tuned our antennas & i have tried searching to see what effects and out of tune antenna can have but just got stuff on how to tune it with a meter. so is my cb messed up or is his? is it the out of tune antenna causing it, but his is clear with no tune eithe? what could it be? thanks and sorry for the long story
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Re: receiving fine but transmitting bad??
First off, that radio will not transmit very well anyways. but for just off roading it should suffice. You really should adjust your antenna's both of you. First off this is almost definitely the problem if you can recieve but not send. Also if you use the radio without a properly adjusted antenna it will destroy the radio over time, sometimes instantly. pick up a cheap SWR meter and follow these steps:
Plug the SWR meter into the radio, and the antenna.
Start on channel 1, the meter should have a switch with 2 settings, one for adjustments and one for reading. Key up (hold down talk button on mic) with the switch in adjust mode and adjust the knob until it reaches the adjustment marker.
flip the switch to reading and key up again.
Your goal is to get this reading as close to 1.1 as possible, anything above a 2.0 will damage your radio.
if the reading is within range repeat for channels 20 and 40.
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When the batteries are reaching the end of their life or in need of charging the first thing that is likely to happen is that the unit will be weak when transmitting while receiving just fine. This is because it takes a lot more power from the batteries to transmit than to receive. Try a new set of batteries or if rechargeable then try charging the unit. With regard to regular batteries, make sure your batteries say "alkaline" on them somewhere since they will last much longer and also are more likely not to leak inside which can ruin your radio. Ignore labels on batteries that read "super heavy duty" or other such nonsense. Look for one and only one word "alkaline" on them and buy any brand you want to since cheap or expensive they are basically the same. Don't waste your money or risk your radio by using anything but alkaline batteries.
Three things come to mind:
1) The radio is receiving, hence the light, but you may have a different PL code than the other radio and it is muting the transmission. Check your programming to be certain both radios are programmed alike. The red light indicates activity on your frequency.
2) Your radio may have a problem with the receive side of the radio or a bad speaker.
3) The transmitting radio may have a problem with transmit. This can be a sign of a bad battery. Swap batteries and see if the problem moves to the other radio. If so, replace the battery. (It takes more energy to transmit than to receive, so loss of transmit is common with a bad battery.)
take it to a dealer, have them test the remote to make sure it is transmitting. if not replace the battery, they are cheap at walmart. if the remote is transmitting the dealer can program the car's receiver to recognize the transmitter. costs about 15 bucks unless you have it done in conjunction with some other service then it can be free.
It depends on if you bought an extended warranty at Walmart or not. If you did, see the extended warranty information for the appropriate contact information. Otherwise you will need to contact the manufacturer (I hope your TV had a 1 year warranty).
I hope this helps.
Cindy Wells (most electronics have only a 30 day return at the store; some stores have a shorter policy.)
Can you explain why you think the tires are too big? Do they NOT fit the rims? What condition was this bike in when you bought it? If the brake pads line up with the rims then the wheels are correctly sized for the frame.
ant. light should only come on if you have a high vswr a bad thing did you check that cb/pa switch is set to cb check your swr this is not a good place to mount ant. as it is close to metal of back of cab
Moving the volume/on/off knob to make the radio work again is interesting and a good clue. On most CB's, the pot is probably soldered directly to the printed ciruit board.
It's possible that there is a bad solder joint to the power connections on the pot that turn the radio on & off. If the solder joint is bad, it can still make a connection but the connection will have added resistance in line. The on/off switch can be bad too. Switches arc each time they are used and over time, the contacts become pitted and make poor connection.
I had a stereo receiver where the tuner lights flickered and there was electrical noise in the receiver. It turned out to be a bad on/off switch.
This resistance may be low enough not to affect the radio when in the receive mode but when you transmit and draw more current that resistance will be noticable during transmit.
The fact that you rotate or move the volume/on/off knob and the radio starts working again, tells me that there may be a bad connection in the radio.
A cheap thing you can try is spraying some electrical contact cleaner into the pot and rotate the pot back & forth several times and turn the switch on & off several times to clean it.
Please let me know if I can be of further assistance to you.