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SWR calibration waaay off the chart

I recently bought this CB, a big upgrade from my last POS. The factory installed antenna in my truck works fine, but when I recently upgraded my antenna to an oil coil, I can't get the SWR calibration to get below three or even meet the calibration mark on the meter. I've tried shortening the antenna, but the next step would be to start snipping pieces off. (I read that somewhere) Any before someone types it first - I'll say it.... Go back to the factory antenna! ;-)

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  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    I bought the same antenna for my geo tracker The swr on my 4 foot whip was a 1.2 all over the 11meter band i decided i wanted to try something a little nicer looking so i picked up a oil can type and installed it Did as the instructions said Put it all the way down as most cb antennas are to long. Then it said do an swr check and i did it was a 3 on 1 and a 3.5 on 40 so i cut a 1/4 off and nothing changed so i took another 1/4 off nothing i did this 8 times a total of 2inches and still no change so I went back to the trucker stop Bought a Little will Magmount thats all they had for under 50.00 as i juist spent 80 on the oil can. I took the magnet off undid the bolt Cut a slice in the side of the plastic ran a piece of flat bar and installed it. And again my swr was high i took 1/2 an inch of the whipp 2 times at 1/4 checking the swr each time, and i got a 1.1 on 1 and a 1.2 on 40 Im happy and it runs great... The reason i never put the whip back on I had allready gave it to another guy for his truck. anyways good luck and maybe go buy a wilson

  • jlaudio12 Jan 10, 2009

    I was the one who had the same problem with the oil can... I've ran into new problems with my tracker The little will worked for about a day, So i ran ground straps everywere i could still no Fix,. I was about to light the jeep on fire but the wife stoped me, So i cooled off and got the problem fixed been running for 2 weeks off and on road and The fix was a No ground plane mobile antenna, Works great on my hr2510 and i can tune from in the cab with the slider on the coax,, I payed 17.00 for a 4 footer off ebay and it works GREAT!!!!

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Powerfull antenas require longer coax!!!!ex:Willson 5000 ,18 feet coax!!!!

Posted on Dec 23, 2009

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GROUND, GROUND, GROUND! If you are running more than barefoot, you should have everything GROUNDED. 95 percent of high SWR is related to a bad ground plane with the antenna. I would run ground straps from body to frame, doors, everything. If all else falls, run a ground strap, as short as possible, to the antenna mount. It'll work everytime.

Posted on Aug 11, 2007

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Double check your connections and your cable for shorted PL 259 connectors. Oil filled antenna! Humm Sham on you if you are using a liner! Oh and quit sniping the antenna remember the higher in frequincy the shorter the antenna and longer for lower in frequincy. So it could be just where the antenna is located some antennas work good there but a diferent one wont try another spot also make sure your in a clear area when checking SWR not your drive way next to the garage or house or other car and finaly use an external SWR meter the ones on the radio some times SUCK.

Posted on Jul 07, 2007

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