CB Radio Issues, Any Ideas?

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Bird-one's Comment
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About to take my cool cobra 29 and smash it to pieces with a tire thumper. After a week of finally getting it wrestled in, and getting power to it which I had to run through a 12 volt in the end anyways. I'm still not getting and sound. When I key the mic I'm getting red flashes on both the cb and antenna button. After some Google, it appears the problem is with the antenna and not grounded properly? And this point I have no idea anybody else maybe?

PackRat's Comment
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What kind of coaxial cable do you have? Cheaper is not better. Can you swing by a cb repair shop in your travels? It is most likely a quick fix for a capable repair person. They do these daily, so I would pursue that route. Don't destroy the cb during a moment of extreme frustration.

Turtle's Comment
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It's likely you're having an SWR issue with the antenna not being properly tuned with the radio. Do not key the mic anymore until you get this resolved, as it can destroy your radio with backfeed. You can still use it to listen, just don't talk on it.

Like PackRat said, hit up a CB shop.

Bird-one's Comment
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Hey thanks guys really appreciate it. As far as what kind of coaxial, I'm honestly not sure. I'm in a Pete 379 and the previous owner had a setup but it's a mess. That's partly why I have to run power through a 12 volt adapter. Where would I be able to find someone who can finish it up for me?TA? At this point I pay top dollar, a tip, and a firm handshake haha.

Turtle's Comment
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Well not all truck stops are going to have a CB shop. You can Google "cb shops near me" or something like that and you might find one. Or look up how to set SWR.

Most truck stops do sell an SWR meter. With that and a little research you can probably figure out how to do it yourself. But Ia CB shop would be easier, and most will set you up for less than $50

Dan67's Comment
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If you are close you to Ohio you can hit up "Moving on CB shop" off exit 99, I-75 In Anna, OH. I have been there several times and they are a full service shop with a drive in bay. Sales, service, repairs, mounting.. etc. They have the equipment to test your current setup and get it working

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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There is Booneys CB shop off 30 in Colombia City IN. I remember seeing their sign all the time when going to Fort Wayne.

Bird-one's Comment
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Thanks 🐢, and thanks Dan I don't make I out to Ohio but much appreciated. And Bobcat PERFECT! I turn right before Columbia City down the 5 so never came across that shop but that will be my first stop Monday. Thanks man.

PackRat's Comment
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There are probably some truck dealerships up that way, too. Pull in one and trade in that 379 fuel hog for a newer aerodynamic tractor that will save money on fuel AND will already be wired up correctly. It's a Win - Win!smile.gif

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