CB Tuning

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Andrey's Comment
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I have some points on my Pilot card, and would like to install a CB radio. I am not very picky about it, all cheap electronics are more or less the same... many people say they like their Cobra, so if Pilot has it, let it be Cobra. My question is about tuning. Is it something you can do yourself or it requires an expert? Also, I see an antenna in my truck, not sure whether it is a factory Volvo equipment or aftermarket. If it is original, how good it is? Does it make sense to upgrade? I think that 5 miles on a highway is what I need.

Steppenwolf 's Comment
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Hi. Get the Cobra Holds it's value and is a great CB.

Should come pre tuned so just hook it up to the antenna and power. Try it out should work fine.

Never had any problem with both my trucks and sticking CB in. Worked fine, I Think the mechanics at shop could help you if there is a problem.

Good luck, stay safe Steppinwolf

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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The radio comes set up from the factory although many will spend a few extra bucks to have it fine tuned which will improve overall performance. The antenna is relatively unimportant as the coax cable is generally the culprit when a radio isn’t working to full potential. A lot of people get a bit confused thinking the radio gets tuned to the antenna and that’s simply not the case. The antenna has to be tuned to the truck for the radio to function at full capacity. The cb shop in Walcott Iowa (across the Highway from the Iowa 80) does a very good job of setting everything up and making sure it all functions properly. If you do need a new antenna, the Wilson 2000 is really all you need. Don’t worry about high wattage, it’s a scam and aluminum antennas are horrible conductors for RF signal. Copper coated with silver is your friend.

TCB's Comment
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A cb is a valuable tool and highly recommend. Especially in Winter driving conditions. I have been in situations where I knew to get off the Interstate , due closures, from listening to my CB. Those without a CB got stuck on the hwy, and had to spend the night there. As far as tuning, it usually also includes turning up the modulation to give more transmission power. Make sure that you choose a reputable tuner, who won’t over modulate it and turn it into a splatter box.

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