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Cant hear i can transmitt but can not hear anything. any suggestions?

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  • jwade_24 Jan 28, 2008

    thanks for the advice. the cb will transmitt but there is no deflection on the receiving side. listened to it on other cb's. gets out great but nothing coming back

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Several things can cause poor reception. I have a few questions for you.

1. Have you tried measuring your SWR (standing wave ratio)? This helps give you an idea how well your transmission line and antenna are working.
2. Is this radio being used as a base or mobile? Do you have proper grounding on the antenna?
3. Pressing the mic button and seeing the radio indicate "transmit" does not always mean you are transmitting at full rated power. Have you tried transmitting through a wattmetter into a dummy load?
4. If the transmission line is good and the antenna is good, then I would suspect that something may be wrond with the receiver's front-end (sensitivity).

Receiver sensitivity can be checked by using a RF signal generator. Unfortunately you'll have to take the unit to a repair shop to have that checked. Try the other things I mentioned above. Let me know what you find and we'll go from there.

Good luck,

- Jim

Posted on Jan 28, 2008

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    SHARCNET-USA Jan 28, 2008

    Also, if your radio has a RF gain control, make sure its not turned down. The RF gain control will affect the receiver's front end sensitivity.

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    SHARCNET-USA Jan 28, 2008

    Another question: Do you hear any sound? Is the internal speaker ok? Do you see any deflection on the S/RF meter during receive? Many CB's have an external speaker jack. If you are not hearing any audio but see meter defection on received signals, try hooking up an external speaker.

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    SHARCNET-USA Jan 28, 2008

    Then I would say, try to take the radio to someone with a RF signal generator. Typically, a CB receiver will have a sensitivity of 0.5 microvolts for 10 dB; (S+N)/N (without a pre-amp). To test the receiver, you set the RF level of the generator, very low (below .5 microvolts) and connect it directly to the antenna jack on the CB. You can also set up a 1 kHz tone on the generator that can be heard on the CB. Slowly, you increase the level until you can hear the signal on the CB. If you hear the 1 kHz tone pretty well, even though there is noice on the signal, with the generator set at .5 microvolts, this will give you an indication that the recever's front end is ok. If you have to increase the signal level of the generator to many times the level above .5 microvolts in order to hear a signal, this is an indication that the receiver's front end is bad. You can also try setting the generator to the CB's IF frequency and see if the CB will pick up that signal, which will tell you if the IF section is operatng properly.

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