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I have a cobra 29 ltd bluetoot. with builtin swr meter that reads 2.0 on channels,40,1 ,20 when testing is this low enough .what can i doo to get it lower

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What type of aerial are you using? is the aerial near any metalwork ie fencing/metal sheeting etc if so move it away as you could be getting reflected power back into the aerial causing high swr, also 2.0 swr isnt too bad could be better but the swr meters built into cbs are not that acurate, I would use a dedicated in line swr meter (even a loan of one) and compare the readings, I take it all your electrical conections to the aerial are good? let me know and i will try and help, Thanks.

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Cobra 29 now Ltd classic Cobra 29 nw.ltd classic receives not well but does not transmit don't even move the swr./power meter any ideas


High SWR on antenna system.. may have mess up your RF final transistors. if you were talking on it for a long time. have someone check the SWR on the antenna system... should be a FREE service.

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How do you set the SWR on a cobra 29 LTD classic radio


the same way you set it on any other radio.Look at the face of the set,you will see a switch that says S/RF,CAL , SWR. Now look at your meter and you will see a triangle that shows cal.Put your set on ch 1 with the switch in the cal position and bring the needle to that calibrate line on the meter by keying the mic. now release the key and set switch to SWR and key the mic again.Now write this reading down.Repeat for channels 40 and 19. If the reading is higher on 40 than on 1 you need to shorten the ANTENNA.If its higher on 1 than 40 you need to make your ANTENNA longer Always check 19 to make sure you have an average SWR. Any reading under 1.9:1 is good

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How to match a antenna to a cobra 29 LTD Classic


You are actually tuning the antenna to the vehicle it is mounted on here are some very good resources. http://www.rightchannelradios.com/pages/cb-antenna-tuning-guide-pv-c0-61.htmlhttp://www.wilsonantenna.com/swr.php

Be aware that if your radio has been modified it may produce a dirt signal that an swr meter may read as reflected power. In this case it may be more accurate set with a unmodified radio also if your radio is setup for a linear it may have a deadkey to low for the swr meter to calibrate correctly.
Hope this was of help.

Nov 26, 2011 | Cobra 29 LTD CB Radio

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I have a cobra ltd 29 bt hooking to a 102 inch whip and cannot get m swr readings down under 3 or it will go up higher then the calibrate triangle instead of down. my antenna is mounted with a gumdrop...


  • Sounds to me like you need to check the connectors and connections on that coax. A cobra29 and a 102" whip is a simple enough set up and should not produce that high of SWR unless the coax or the connectors on the coax are pretty messed up. Also i recommend putting an SWR meter in line.
  • The meters on them Cobras can be accurate sometimes but I trust an inline meter much more.
  • Ground it again to make sure.
Regards, Tony

May 17, 2011 | 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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Need instructions on how to swr my cobra 29 ltd bluetooth


You insert an SWR meter in the antenna line, usually one end goes into the Antenna OUT socket, and the Antenna plugs into the SWR meter, you then tune you antenna coupler, inductor, & final PA, in the final stage, until you achieve a 1:1 SWR reading, this is however quite hard to achieve, so simply tune for the closest 1:1 SWR that you can achieve.

Feb 22, 2010 | Cobra 29 LTD CB Radio

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Cobra 132 recieves good poor send


Poor send? Is your modulation ok?
The biggest hurdle for good coms is the antenna, placement and proper tuning will make or break your CB.
Check your SWR, if you can't check it then another way to get an idea is to use your power meter.
It will show more power when the SWR is high, check you high and low channels for increased deflection. High on channel 40 and low on channel one would mean antenna needs to be shorter and the opposite for channel one. A balanced reading or slightly lower reading in the midband channels would indicate antenna working near optimum.

Dec 06, 2008 | Cobra 29 LTD CB Radio

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Cobra 29 nw ltd classic


Hello candy_72_99,

Hello candy_72_99,

If I am correct what you are saying is that your radio has poor modulation? ok. First I need you to run two tests for me.

1) Power output Test: connect a power meter to the antenna jack and the other connector of the meter to the antenna, Key up the mic and record the power reading is should be 4W PEP or 36.02dbm

2) Then I want you to take an oscilloscope and put a 1khz tone in to the mic while measuring the RF output at 100% modulation the wave form should not clip.

If these two test are good then your modulation is ok. What I believe you are asking for is more power or better power efficiency.

Try to tune your antenna for 1:1.0 or 1:1.2 SWR with a SWR meter this should deliver the full power to your antenna.

I hope this helps

Thank you,

Shuttle83

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Cobra 29 ltd classic antenna calibration ??


You should not calibrate the antenna before you install it on the car!! the antenna needs to be calibrated on the vehicle that it is going to be on. Type of vehicle, different mounts, and many other variables can change the amount of reflection you will get.

j0hn9999 did a much better job but left some info out.

Take your SWR readings on channel 1, then on channel 40.... NOW, if your SWR is higher on ch 40 then ch 1, then your antenna is too long and it needs to be shortened. Refer to the antenna instructions on how to shorten the antenna.

If your SWR is higher on ch 1 then on ch 40 then your antenna is too short. You must lengthen the antenna. Again refer to your antenna instructions on how to lengthen your antenna.

You must calibrate each time you take a reading.

Make sure your doors and windows are shut when taking a reading

Make sure you are in an open lot when taking a reading as buildings, trees and other structures can cause reflection and give you an inaccurate reading.

If you adjust the length of your antenna on another vehicle and then put it on yours, the SWR will be off. It will need to be tuned again.

An external meter is better then the one in the radio, but will need to be hooked up in the vehicle you have the antenna on.

If you are not running any kind of power, or do not have a swing kit installed, and the radio is stock, the meter in the radio is more then enough to get a correct SWR reading.

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