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Well I finally tuned my CB, what do you think?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio - CB - Trail Communications' started by 1996BLKBauer, August 21, 2015.

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  1. 1996BLKBauer

    1996BLKBauer Well-Known Member

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    So after months of having my CB mounted in my dash, I finally had time to tune it. the Radio is a compact Midland 100 LWX, with dual 4 foot Firestick fiberglass antennas on springs, but I am only using one, because to co phase they need to be further apart, so because I have OCD I kept both for looks, lol

    Final SWRs are 1.20 on Channel 40, and 1.40 on Channel 1, I would say that's pretty good, considering half my antenna is below the roof...

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  3. MayJan

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    That's not bad! You're still putting out about 95% of the radio's power efficiently!
     
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    That's pretty good! I'm around that range as well on my Trac. The middle channels I'm around 0.5.
     
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    Its definitely workable, and a good SWR. You might be able to get it a little lower if you could raise that antenna up some, although just lowering the SWR won't make any noticeable difference in performance...


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    I've thought about tuning mine. But my antenna gets knocked around by a bunch of trees and that screw occasionally comes loose. I don't even have the red cap anymore- that's in the forest somewhere.
     
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    Looks good! Should work out well for you. I don't know that I'd mess with it anymore, unless it's adjustable and you can go back.
     
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    Thanks guys, it took a while of messing around with coax, placement, and antenna height, I originally had 3 foot ones, and I couldn't get the SWRs below 2.0. So I am really happy with this. It also my first properly set up CB system, it's nice you know it will actually work, lol.

    I used this guys video to help me tune it, super helpful for a first timer like me!!

     
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    That should work well. I believe I have one of those radios on the headliner of my Taurus, with a 3 foot firefly drilled into the trunk lid. I have a 4 foot firestik II on my 2G Explorer, and by comparison the firefly is quite difficult to tune compared to the firestik. Anyway glad you have it dialed.
     
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    Yes the firestick on mine tuned super easy, it just has the piece on the end that you spin, and a jam nut keeps in in place, and the cap goes over.
     
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    The Firefly has the same tip, but it seems the bandwidth is narrow and is very sensitive and more finicky to tune.
     
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    Where did you mount inside? Pics?
     
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    The picture does no justice to how good this install looks in person. I will tell you the CB is a tight fit in terms of depth, but it fits fine. If there is such a thing as a 90° coax connector, that would help but is not crucial. Also the lower sides of the double DIN mount I coped those with a knife to match the profile of the CB's faceplate.

    The receiver has Bluetooth, hands-free, Pandora, USB, AUX, and AM/FM. The CB has weather, scanning, and dual-watch. I have a FireStik door jamb mount at the hatch, which gives a mounting location just above a "tail light mount". On the mount I use a quick-disconnect, and alternate between a 36" Firefly and a 48" FireStik II, depending on conditions.

    The coax I run through the taillight grommet, and on through the cab under the door sills and trim panels, on up into the dash. I cope out a small round notch in the top of the taillight housing so the taillight mounts back up tight without impingement of the coax. That I accomplish with a few strokes of a chain saw file on the plastic lip.
     
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    That pretty similar to how I mounted mine, although mine was a lot of work due to not having a full size CB, a lot of sanding using fiber glass, ect. my only regret is that I wish I put the radio, and the CB flush with the front so I would have more room in back for the the plugs, and wires.

    I might redo it this winter, now that I have a garage to work in, and a second car I can drive so I can listen to the radio while i'm going places, plus I need to send out the radio to Alpine for an update.

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