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When I put my calibration needle on the v my swr is really high what can i do

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Check your antenna
are you using the correct antenna?
What kind of antenna are you using?
I recommend a dipole antena,at CB use 1.65 meters per side.
with RG 58 -50 Ohms
It is a very easy type of antenna and very,very cheap

Posted on Jun 18, 2014

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SOURCE: SWR calibration waaay off the chart

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.

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weather can effect your meter .Those meters are not very accurate just a base line get a good swr meter and then check it.If your getting good radio checks it could be the potentoimeter is dirty . Radio shack sells contact cleaner and lube try cleaning it . That might help

Posted on Jan 10, 2008

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SOURCE: high SWR

the problem is in the antenna cable. the lenth of a antenna cable must be divisable by 3. try replaceing cable with a 18 foot cable that should fix the problem.

Posted on Apr 22, 2009

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If the radio is working don't worry about the meter unless you absolutely want it. These little meters are not very accurate or reliable. Get an external SWR meter to check the antenna.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Cobra 29 SWR, cal meter

Hello there:
Rule of thumb is go by what the manual tells you. providing it is the manual that is for the radio.. that is why they make manuals for that particular radio a 1-1 to a 1-2 swr rating is really good providing you have no saturation on the internal filter. over saturation due to swr being set too high will eventually burn out the finals of a radio
i have delt with radio's for about 17 years now so i really suggest consult the users manual and always use only a authorized dealer for that particular radio just like my cobra 2000 i am not going to send it to a shop that just does radios i want a authorized cobra dealer ok i hope that this really helps ok please dont forget to give this solution a rate for me it helps me out so i can continue to help out others like yourself.
best regards
MICHAEL

Posted on Aug 23, 2009

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My swr meter will not calibrate. I put it on fwd, Key the mike, put it on ref,and it pegs the needle. why?


Antenna may have a dead short or is open, there may be water in the cable, SWR is beyond the scale of the SWR meter.
Check all connections, make sure you have the radio and the antenna well grounded. if possible disconnect both ends of the coax cable and test cable with a ohm meter for a short or open.
Test the SWR meter on a known good antenna and cable if possible.

Oct 16, 2014 | Radio Communications

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When my calibration needle is all the way in the area my swr is really high


When your needle is all the way in the RED, your swr IS really high. That's what the meter is telling you. You need to clean all of the antenna connection points and adjust the length of the antenna to reduce the SWR (standing wave ratio) which is basically resistance to transmitting signals.

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My ANT light comes on when ever i push the mic button but my SWR isnt that high


The meter will be more accurate and an external meter will be even better. If they show good disregard the ant light it is adjustable. It may have been set to sensitive from factory. These erroneous SWR reading can be the side effects of a PEAK & TUNE if the coils have been spread but that should also show on meter.
SWR meter calibrations
  • Switch (S/RF SWR CAL) to the CAL position.
  • Push and hold mic button
  • While holding mic button adjust the SWR CAL knob so the meter needle swings to the CAL mark on the meter
  • While still holding down the mic button, set the (S/RF SWR CAL) switch to the SWR position, to read the SWR reading. Note: When switched to SWR position the meter needle should ideally be as far to the left as possible. Anything over 3 is not acceptable.

Jul 28, 2011 | Cobra 29 LTD CB Radio

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I have a swr meter and i would like to no how to ues it


Goto channels 1 20 and 40 and do the following.... this a generic calibrate all swr meters have different buttons different style of meters etc...
set meter too the set/cal/fwd position. key mic adjust the meters needle to cal spot should have an arrow or red line etc. then change switch to swr/rev too show your reflected swr.

ch 1 is longer wavelength than ch 40.
if ch 1 is good swr and ch40 is high swr-- then make antenna shorter
if ch 40 is good swr and ch 1 is high swr-- then make antenna longer.
then try to get a good balance between the lowest freq and the highest freq./ch.
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I just need to know how to use it for conversations and what every turn dial means.


you need to hook this up to an antenna. If you are putting it in a car, you need a mobile antenna, if in a house, you need a base antenna. The antenna needs to be tuned for best SWR or you will damage the radio.

Starting from the left of the radio.

Knob 1. Volume/ squelch. The little knob does the volume of what you hear. Big knob squelches out static noise.
knob 2. Dynamike. This is the volume of your voice transmitted. Its how loud people hear you.
Knob 3. RF gain. This is the receive sensitivity. The higher you turn this, the further you can hear. There is almost no reason for you to have this anywhere but full.
knob 4. Delta Tune. This knob should be in the center. If you encounter some one transmitting off frequency, you can move your receive up and down frequency so you can tune that person in. It does not effect your transmit frequency.
Knob 5. CAL. This is to calibrate the meter for taking an SWR reading off the antenna.

Switches starting form the left.

Switch 1. Meter switch. S/RF - will show on the meter, Your signal going out when transmitting, and the signal coming in while receiving. SWR - will show on the meter, your SWR on that channel after you have calibrated the meter. CAL - This is used to calibrate the meter in conjunction with the CAL knob.

Switch 2. ANL - Automatic noise limiter. - This gets rid of electrical interference noise from the vehicle, or other interference sources. ANL/NB - This is the same as ANL, but with NB "noise blanker" This function blanks louder noises that may make it hard to hear people. It's kind of like an automatic squelch, but not nearly as effective as the actual squelch. Also, NB will lessen your receive in that, really low signals will be blanked out.

Switch 3. CB - the radio is in CB mode. This is the normal operation mode of the radio. You can transmit and receive as normal. PA "Public Address" - If you hook a PA speaker to the PA jack in the back, you can mount the speaker on the out side of the vehicle, and talk over it (Its loud). Also, anything you receive over the radio when not holding the mic key, will come over the PA speaker. This is useful when you are not in the vehicle, and need to hear when some one comes on the radio.

Switch 4. BRT and DIM - this is the brightness of the meter light and channel display. BRT stands for bright.

Switch 5. Normal and CH 9, When the switch is in the normal position, everything is normal, but when you flip it up to CH 9 it instantly puts you one channel 9 with out having to turn the dial. CH 9 is the international emergency channel. So it lets you go to Channel 9 quick. when you put it back to normal it will put you on the channel you were on.

Meter explanation. - You have 3 horizontal lines on the meter. the top line is your SWR (only when in SWR mode on the switch. The next one down is you Signal going out. And the bottom one is your signal coming in, in DB's. ***Also noted that part of the SWR line has a CAL )calibration mark. When you have the switch in CAL, and key the mic, you turn the CAL knob up until the needle is at CAL triangle, and then put the radio on SWR and key it. where the needle falls, on the top line is your SWR. If it is in the red your antenna is not tuned, and you can damage your radio.


HERE IS HOW TO TUNE YOUR ANTENN:



It is important to tune your CB radio antenna to the proper length. The length must exactly match the wavelength of the frequency you transmit on. Or be really really close.

All Cb antenna's have a way to adjust the length of the antenna. If it's a mag mount, the metal whip can be slid in and out of a metal collar. Usually a set screw. If its a fiberglass whip, the way to tune it is on top. It either has a small metal rod with a set screw to adjust the length, or it threads in and out to adjust length.

Either type you have it will need to be adjusted for proper length. Here is how to tune the antenna to lowest SWR.

Some radios have a built in SWR meter. Some do not. If yours doesn't have an SWR meter, then you have to use an external SWR meter. Radio shack carries one, and you can find them cheap on ebay.

If you have a built in SWR meter or external, the procedure is the same:

1. Turn the radio to CH 20.(This is the center of the band.)
2. Switch the meter switch to CAL. (CAL stand for calibrate.
3. Key the radio. (Important. Do not talk while keying the radio.)
4. turn the CAL knob up until the meter hits the CAL mark.
5. Now while still keying the radio flip the meter switch to SWR.

Where the meter falls after that point is you SWR reading. If its above 3, that is real bad. 2 is not gonna kill your radio but its not the greatest. 1.5 and under is a good place to be, but the lower the better.

If your SWR is high, Here is how to find out if your antenna is too long or too short.

1. Turn to CH 1
2. Repeat SWR procedure. You must calibrate every time you do it.
3. Remember the SWR reading.
4. Turn to CH 40.
5. Again repeat SWR procedure.
6. Compare the reading between CH 1 and CH 40.

Now if the SWR is higher on channel 1 then channel 40 your antenna is too short. You must make it longer.

If the SWR is longer on channel 40 then on channel 1, then the antenna is too long, you need to make it shorter.

Make height adjustments about an eight inch at a time, and take reading each time.

once the SWR is significantly lower and the reading on channel 1 and 40 are about the same, you a about matched. At this point turn the radio to the center of the band, channel 20 and take an SWR reading.

You should now have a low SWR reading, 1.5 or under. If you are 1.5 or under, you are good to go.

If you cannot get the SWR to an appropriate level, there may be an antenna problem.

Nov 12, 2010 | Cobra 29 LTD CB Radio

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I have full power but no white noise as they call it.it wont calibrate either.when useing swr or calibrate switch.


Turn your RF gain all the way up. There is no need to turn it down. Make sure the squelch is down. Also, some days it's just really quiet out. You can turn the radio on some day and hear nothing. Or you could have a problem with the mic.

As for the calibrating. You do not calibrate the radio. that is for calibrating the meter to read the SWR of the antenna. Here is how to tune our antenna.....

It is important to tune your CB radio antenna to the proper length. The length must exactly match the wavelength of the frequency you transmit on. Or be really really close.

All Cb antenna's have a way to adjust the length of the antenna. If it's a mag mount, the metal whip can be slid in and out of a metal collar. Usually a set screw. If its a fiberglass whip, the way to tune it is on top. It either has a small metal rod with a set screw to adjust the length, or it threads in and out to adjust length.

Either type you have it will need to be adjusted for proper length. Here is how to tune the antenna to lowest SWR.

Some radios have a built in SWR meter. Some do not. If yours doesn't have an SWR meter, then you have to use an external SWR meter. Radio shack carries one, and you can find them cheap on ebay.

If you have a built in SWR meter or external, the procedure is the same:

1. Turn the radio to CH 20.(This is the center of the band.)
2. Switch the meter switch to CAL. (CAL stand for calibrate.
3. Key the radio. (Important. Do not talk while keying the radio.)
4. turn the CAL knob up until the meter hits the CAL mark.
5. Now while still keying the radio flip the meter switch to SWR.

Where the meter falls after that point is you SWR reading. If its above 3, that is real bad. 2 is not gonna kill your radio but its not the greatest. 1.5 and under is a good place to be, but the lower the better.

If your SWR is high, Here is how to find out if your antenna is too long or too short.

1. Turn to CH 1
2. Repeat SWR procedure. You must calibrate every time you do it.
3. Remember the SWR reading.
4. Turn to CH 40.
5. Again repeat SWR procedure.
6. Compare the reading between CH 1 and CH 40.

Now if the SWR is higher on channel 1 then channel 40 your antenna is too short. You must make it longer.

If the SWR is longer on channel 40 then on channel 1, then the antenna is too long, you need to make it shorter.

Make height adjustments about an eight inch at a time, and take reading each time.

once the SWR is significantly lower and the reading on channel 1 and 40 are about the same, you a about matched. At this point turn the radio to the center of the band, channel 20 and take an SWR reading.

You should now have a low SWR reading, 1.5 or under. If you are 1.5 or under, you are good to go.

If you cannot get the SWR to an appropriate level, there may be an antenna problem.

Nov 12, 2010 | Cobra 29 LTD CB Radio

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29 LTD CB Radio: Calibrate cb radio...


The CAL is to calibrate meter for reading SWR (standing wave ratio) which is reflected power when transmitting back to receiver(radio) from antenna system.
This CAL switch position when selected and mic keyed uses the CAL knob to align the meter needle with inverted red triangle next to cal on meter. Then when you select SWR switch position meter will display accurately when mic is keyed for that channel. Now notice the difference when you go between channels 1 and 40. The ant led light will act as idiot light if it is not lit then you are most likely safe to transmit.
I say system because your vehicle, antenna and coaxial cable are all part of this system. When you have a high reading and have to trim you antenna this is really calibrating the antenna to the vehicles body which acts as a ground plane.

May 16, 2010 | Cobra 29 LTD CB Radio

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How to set SWR readings to my K40 Antenna without a meter


If you have a cobra 29 then you have a meter. There is no way to Tune an antenna without a meter. You need a device that can read the reflect, or Standing Wave Ratio.That is a standing wave of RF energy that instead of leaving the antenna, is going back down the feed line to the radio and in time hurting the radio.

If you have a cobra 29 LTD, it has a build in SWR meter. It is not as accurate as an in line meter, but it will get it close enough not to hurt the radio. Here is how to do it.

Turn on the radio, with the antenna hooked up. Never key with out an antenna hooked up.

Set the switch all the way to the left(S/RF SWR CAL) to CAL. this stands for calibrate.

You will notice there is a knob right next to the channel selector knob marked SWR CAL as well. Start with the knob turned all the way to the left.

Put the radio on Channel 20. This is just about the middle of the band.

Key the radio and hold it. While holding the key on the mic, turn the SWR CAL knob up until the needle on the meter hits the mark "CAL". there is a triangle, and a gap in the line. The needle needs to be at the point of the triangle in the gap.

NOW, while still holding the mic key, flip the switch from CAL to SWR. You should see the needle immediately swing back. What ever the needle is on at this point is your SWR reading. use the set of numbers on the top of the meter, that's for SWR measurement.

If the needle does not swing back, and is in the rad, the antenna is WAY off. There are some reference points on the scale. The first gap in the line is 1.5 SWR. if the needle is there or less that is fine. then you have 2 and 3. 2 is not so great, but not extremely bad, but you should try to get it lower. 3 is really bad. Anything past 3 is considered infinity, and is really really bad.

If its high, then your antenna is either too long or too short. So how do you know which?

Here is how.

Turn to channel one and repeat the SWR process from above. Make note of the reading.

Then turn it to channel 40. Repeat the process again and take note of the reading.

Now, if the SWR is higher on channel 40 then 1, then your antenna is too long and you must shorten it. If the reading is higher on 1 then 40, then your antenna is too short, and you must lengthen it.

Make adjustments in length about an 1/8th inch at a time until you have either the same reading on 1 and 40 or real close, and or the reading on channel 20 is really low.

If you get it so that the reading on 1 and 40 are the same, then the SWR reading on 20 will most likely be almost nothing, unless there is either something wrong with the antenna, coax, or its just a crappy antenna.

K40 should be able to get a nice low SWR.

Apr 04, 2010 | Cobra 29 LTD CB Radio

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Cobra 29 SWR, cal meter


Hello there:
Rule of thumb is go by what the manual tells you. providing it is the manual that is for the radio.. that is why they make manuals for that particular radio a 1-1 to a 1-2 swr rating is really good providing you have no saturation on the internal filter. over saturation due to swr being set too high will eventually burn out the finals of a radio
i have delt with radio's for about 17 years now so i really suggest consult the users manual and always use only a authorized dealer for that particular radio just like my cobra 2000 i am not going to send it to a shop that just does radios i want a authorized cobra dealer ok i hope that this really helps ok please dont forget to give this solution a rate for me it helps me out so i can continue to help out others like yourself.
best regards
MICHAEL

Aug 23, 2009 | Cobra 29 LTD CB Radio

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Cobra 29 NW LTD Classic wont calibrate and red antenna light keeps coming on


The calibrate knob only calibrates the radios SWR meter, the owners manual will show you the procedure for that. If your ANT light is coming on, it is telling you that your SWR is to high, and may cause damage to the radio from reflected power. You should purchase an in line meter as the radios internal meter may be somewhat unreliable. You need to tune the antenna to the lowest SWR possible. Typically anything under 2.0:1 is acceptable. Radio Shack sells a meter for about $50, and is pretty accurate. Antenna mounting can also cause high reflection if it is to close to other objects. Google "CB antenna tuning" or read the instruction manual for you antenna, and you should be able to figure out how to properly tune the antenna.

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