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My radio in setting swr in CAL mode it will not reach the CAL mark?

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You have to adjust the needle from inside the radio. depending on the radio it is a simple twist and adjustment of a variable. Go to www.cbtricks.com find your radio and see if there is a service manual for it.The manual will tell you what to do.

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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.
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Have a new cobra 29lx. Everthing works fine except for the SWR meter. Can't use the meter to adjust SWR. No matter what I do the meter stays the same. Sent to factory but they said nothing was wro


The SWR cannot be changed by rotating this knob. The SWR function allows you to determine the SWR or "match" of the antenna system and transmitter on a specific channel. The entire process must be performed whenever you want to know what the SWR is on a different channel. The SWR/CAL button toggles the meter between the CALIBRATE and SWR modes.
Set the radio to CH1. Press the SWR/CAL button. The radio CAL(ibrate) mode is now selected. Press and hold the mic PTT (or push to talk) button. Rotate the SWR knob as needed to adjust the meter indicator until it is on the SET mark on the dial. The meter is now calibrated for this channel.

While still holding down the mic PTT, press and release the S/RF SWR CAL button to the SWR setting to read the SWR on the meter.



This entire process should be done for Ch 20 and Ch 40. You must go through the CAL procedure for EACH channel before attempting to read the SWR.


Changing the SWR requires that the antenna be lengthened or shortened until such time that the SWR can be reduced no further. Typical SWR across the band may be:


CH1 - 1.5:1, CH20 - 1.1:1, CH40 1.5:1


or


CH1 - 2.2:1, CH20 - 1.7:1, CH40 2.3:1


The "dip" in SWR on CH20 is typical, as the antenna is the perfect length on only one channel - it will be come slightly too long or slightly too short as you tune up or down from CH20. The further away from CH20 you go, the poorer the SWR will be. You can "slide" the dip to any channel you prefer - say CH8. If you tune for lowest SWR on CH8, You might see CH1 with a 1.2:1 SWR, CH8 at 1.1:1 SWR and CH40 at 2.5:1. All are acceptable - sort of. Many manufacturers say up to 2.5:1 or even 3.0:1 matches are ok, There's no reason a quality antenna can't be tuned for optimum SWR in the middle of the band (CH20) to have less than a 2.0:1 SWR on CH1 or CH40, unless there is a ground issues or bad cable / antenna / connection somewhere.


You can view the manual here. I hope this helps & good luck!

Nov 30, 2012 | Cobra 29 Lx Full-featured Cb Radio

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How to set swr galaxy dx 949


you do not "set" swr.you cannot set it on the radio. the radio can tell you what yourswr is. it can take an swr measurement. swr has to do with the antenna system. in order for the radio waves to radiate from the antenna properly, the physical length of the antenna must match the length of the radio waves. if the antenna is too long or too short you will have a higher swr ratio. the higher the ratio the less energy will leave the antenna. but that energy needs to go somewhere, so it goes back into the radio which causes damage and can ruin a radio.

first turn the channel to 20. then switch the meter switch to CAL. then key the radio. while keyed, turn the CAL knob up until the needle in the meter gets right to the CAL Mark. next flip the meter switch and key the radio. where ever he needle is, is what your swr is.if it is more the 1.5 that's getting high. if its over 2 you are in the danger zone. if its over 3 you are damaging your radio. you must repeat the calibration proceedure for every channel.to figure out weather your antenna is too long or short, you compare the swr readings from channel 1 and ch 40. if the swr is higher in 1 then on 40 the entenna is too short. if its higher on 40 then 1 its to long.

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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 Cobra CB Radio and was wondering if I have it on SRF or SWR or CAL


S/RF/SWR/CAL SWITCH. When in the S/RF position, the meter swings
proportionally to the strength of the received signal. When transmitting,
the meter indicates relative RF output power.
When in the "CAL" position, the SWR meter can be calibrated by adjust-
ing the "SWR CAL" control to the "CAL" mark on the meter face.
When in the "SWR" position, the standing wave ratio is measured.

You will want to operate on S/RF position.

Jul 14, 2011 | Cobra 29 LTD CB Radio

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Swr meter not moving


follow these steps to adjust the
standing wave ratio(SWR).
1. Turn on the CB.
2. Set S/RF/SWR/CAL to CAL.
3. Key the Mic and rotate SWR CAL so the meter points
to CAL.
4. Unkey Mic.
5. Set S/RF/SWR/CAL to SWR.
6. Key Mic again and note the actual measurement on
the SWR scale. Refer to the following table to interpret
the reading.

1:1 - 1.5 Great
1.5 - 2:1 OK
2:1 - 3:1 Not So Good
Higher than 3.1:1 Terrible

Jan 14, 2011 | Cobra 29 LTD CB Radio

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I just took my cobra 29 outta my big truck to put in my pickup. when it was in my truck it worked great i installed a 5 1/2 ft wilson trucker antenna on pickup it has a good ground i ran new rg58au coax....


You seem to have a short or an open circuit . Could be a PL259 connector problem, the ant. is defective and can possibly be a bad ground. Try to add an extra GND. from the ant. base to a central GND. point...This will include the power neg. lead from the radio.
PLS E. Note: If the O/P POwer shown when you key up to check SWR is higher than usual this
will indicate a definate ant. problem................GOOD LUCK and have fun learn'n ! ! !

Dec 07, 2010 | 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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Dec 06, 2010 | Radio Communications

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Dont know how to use the swr meter on my radio


With radio turned on

1. Switch the first switch (S/RF SWR CAL) to CAL setting
2. Key mic up &
3. Turn SWR CAL knob while still keying mic until the needle is on the red CAL arrow at the far end of the meter scale. Unkey mic.
4. Switch the first switch back to SWR setting.
5. Key mic up again and record SWR reading and adjust as needed.
6. When done adjusting put switch back in the S/RF setting for normal operation.

Do not flip the switch with the mic keyed up.

Jan 19, 2010 | Cobra 29 LTD CB Radio

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The ant light and the other light light up red when i key the kic


the tx/rx liight is green when your radio is recieving signals and turns red when you are sending signals. the ANT light is red when your SWR is too high (over 3)

1. turn the knob labeled swr cal all the way counter clockwise
2. set the rf swr cal switch to the CAL position
3 key up the mic and hold it while you rotate the swr cal knob until the needle reaches the swr cal postition
4. set the swr cal rf switch to the swr position
5. key up the mic while on chanel one (record the the number)
6. switch to chanel 40 key up the mic (record the number)
if the number on chanel one is lower than the number on chanel 40 then your antenna is too long.

Sep 14, 2009 | Cobra 29 LTD CB Radio

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I need the manual/s for a Cobra CB radio, 29LTD Classic,ser#105129711,manufactured 5/01. Thanks for any help you might have, This radio has a built in SWR meter and I need to know how to tune it or do I...


1) push the button marked S/RF / SWR / CAL to CAL

2) Hold in the button on the mic

3) Turn the SWR CAL knob until the needle is over set to the far right of the meter

4) flick the switch (in step 1) to SWR

Your SWR reading will be displayed. The more to the left the better..

Jun 22, 2009 | Radio Communications

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