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Radioshack trc-487 I need to know what on this cb radio I can tune??? Like for Modulation and power? What coils I tune? Let me know what I can do to beef this one up a little bit... Other than going to a Galaxy with a linear! haha

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Sorry can not suggest even the addition of a aftermarket mic it would be to much hassle to rewire to that 5 pin plug.
Don't spread coils!!!!
Besides it is an older unit that has obviously set unpowered for long periods this makes it a good candidate for dry capacitors.
Don't forget that antenna system when looking for increased radio performance a good antenna(tall) and good shielded coaxial cable can make or break the setup.
Hope this was of help

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  • Randy Smith Nov 16, 2011

    well i mean it works i can send and recieve signals to other radios but i would like to know what to do to get more wattage out of it... what pots to turn up and how to get it to swing... the radio hasnt sat unpowered bc it was my friends for a long time until he got a cobra 29 classic

  • Iron
    Iron Nov 29, 2011

    Spreading coils is fine if you know which one to spread for a tune. Wiring a 5 pin mic is simple to explain and do.

  • memaleach
    memaleach Oct 24, 2012

    anyone know what coils?



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  • There is no need to send the radio to some unsanctioned moonlighter.
  • I normally don't recommend clipping parts but for this radio there is not much else to do and it looks OK on an Oscilloscope too. Clip diode 205 to increase modulation. Then take a plastic flat tool and spread L 203 coils apart about a 1/8" each, nice and even and make sure they don't touch any metal.

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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.

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I hope this helps

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