I recently installed this cb in my 1999 ram witha new single whip antenna from radio shack. The problem is in cb mode nothing happens. The signal strength bar stays with only one light lit, even with the mic keyed. The weather bands work great. Any ideas what could be causing this?
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Do you or a friend have a SWR/Power Meter? If the Standing Wave Ratio of the antenna and feedline is to high you will not get the power from the radio to the antenna. You want you SWR to be 1.3 to get a good signal from your antenna. Most antenna have a set screw that is loosened and tightened after either lengthening or shortening the antenna stub.
Sounds like a antenna issue. Make sure coax is in good order.and antenna is connected properly. You might have to get a "swr" meter to put in line between radio and antenna to make sure antenna is "tuned" to were the radio is operating. Radio shack sells a ok low budget swr/power meter.
The antenna is your problem not much gain. Height is everything tx and rx. Although it would not compare to a conventional cb size negates performance. Seeing is believing in this case hearing get adapter to connect to standard coax of antenna.
(PL259) to BNC Coax Adapter
Radio Shack sells them. And dont ask or buy any radios there. They are hardly the radioshack of choice anymore.
If you put 4 watts into a four-foot antenna, you will get the same power out of that antenna as if you were putting 2 watts into a 102-inch whip.
If you put 4 watts into a 3-foot antenna you will get the same power out as if you were putting about 1.5 watts into a 102-inch whip.
If you put 4 watts into a 7.5 inch antenna on a hand held CB, it would put out as much power as a third of a watt into a 102-whip.
If you put 4 watts into a 102-inch whip antenna, it is the same output as if you put 11 watts into a 3-foot whip.
If you put 4 watts into a 102-inch whip antenna,, it is the same as if you put 14 watts into a 28-inch antenna.
If you put 4 watts into a 102-inch whip antenna, it is the same as if you put 54 watts into a 7.5 antenna.
-should be tuned, have good coax with no pinches, whip is centered over highest flat metal surface, no metal beside adjacent to whip, power is wired to battery direct, not to ignition or cigg lighter. whip is wiped clean of corrosion, whip is up, longer is better.
Praire City car-to-car: 15-20 km's
Praire Rural car-to-car: four-thirds over the horizon. Probably 60 km's.
Alot further over water.
Less within trees and mountains/valleys.
Google "Ham radio" & "ducting" "inversion" "skip" "sun-spots"
these refer to a condition where a radio signal getting stuck between the upper and lower atmospheres and travel intact for 1000's of km's (canada to mexico for example)
First off, Midland makes a fine radio. Make sure your squelch is turned all the way down to receive distant signals (down meaning counter clockwise). The through the glass antennas are not the best thing in the world. I personally use a 102" whip and a 6" spring on a modified mirror mount. It is installed on the tailgate side of the tool box. The TX and RX is amazing. Wilson and K40 make great antennas also.
the problem could still be with your swr . If your jeep is fiberglass at the point where your antenna connects that could be the problem. move it to a point where there is metal to get a good ground plane and you should hear people talking.
You need to shorten the antenna,adjust the whip all the way down and see what you have and then cut off 1/4" at a time remember this low on 1 high on 40 it needs to be lengthened high on 1 low on 40 it needs to be shortened . I hope this helps and good luck.
CB radios use a frequency range and technology that is prone to noises
both atmospheric, and man made. The height and gain of your new base
antenna may produce more static than you may have noticed before. The
question is 1) is the antenna close to any power lines to your home, 2)
do you notice any increase or decrease of received signals compared to
your mobile, 3) is the static steady or does it come and go.
I assume your coax is not hooked up properly or you have some kink of a short in your antenna connection ( thats if your cb is working properly ) Radio Shacks Information that suggested that the 102" whip is the perfect antenna is their opion only as I prefer to recommend a full wave antenna system to my customers, but I do assure you, the 102" whip does work well if it's properly installed. I have found the main problem in the 102" whip installation is when the center hole is cut to install the antenna, it's not cut big enough, which grounds the antenna. It's not suppose to be grounded in any fashion to the automible chassis. The ground of this antenna comes from the 3 screws mounted around the outside of the antenna mount. Check that for sure. If you can't correct the problem. write me back at this web sight of direct at email@example.com. Good Luck
I tried looking up cb radio shops on google maps for you, but only find Radio Shack. You can always check close to your bigger truk stops, that is the normal place for an actual cb shop to be located. You can also ask the truck stop employees where a local cb radio shop is located.
If you were closer to Texas, I would help you out. But most major cities have a cb shop close to the major truck stops, such as Petro, Flying-J, Pilot, Loves. Some even have cb radio shops inside them.
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