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Re: cant hear anyone
Is the squelch off? Is there even a crackle from the speaker? Does it appear to go into transmit?
If you have a friend can listen in while you try transmitting, get him to let you know if voice can be heard, or a carrier appears (on AM). If TX OK, try sideband, if OK, look for faulty speaker/ socket/ wiring. If no audio on TX, suspect the audio amp is bad.
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First of all, how far are you from your friend? Second, he does not hear you but does he hear anyone else on his radio? If not, he might have a receive problem with his station but it's not his antenna. If he hears other traffic, your signal does not get out. If you don't have anyone else in the area, swap antennae with your friend and this will tell you if it's antenna related or radio related. Let me know what you find out or give me more info! Good luck!
Turn up "MIC GAIN" also check and see if it keys up full scale 4 watts on output meter. If that doesn't do it change MICS. Go for a power mic by cobra that runs off say a double AA battery. It may be conditions also or your out of range of persons. check Antenna,Swr reads (should be 1.1 to 1.5)on a Radio Shack meter. Try it all.
have the swr's checked on the antenna. It should be free at any cb shop if not dont trust them. that should be a service to the public for you they provide... make sure the antenna is clear from any metal objects near it.
You said that you can hear everybody and then you said all you can hear is static. Which is it?
If you can hear everybody and you have switched to a known good mike, then you either have a bad antenna or you have a bad final amplifier caused by a bad antenna or by having transmitted at sometime without an antenna at all.
Not really enough info to help you, but you MUST check the SWR of your antenna system. I've seen many cases where the antenna studs were incorrectly installed, shorting the antennas to ground. Also, make sure the Dynamike control on the CB radio is turned fully clockwise.