CB solution that is proven to work. Help?

Discussion in 'CB Radio Forum' started by Mototom, Apr 18, 2021.

  1. Mototom

    Mototom Heavy Load Member

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    I need a radio and antenna/mount combination that is PROVEN to work. After pissing away 600$ I’m mad as hell.

    wilson cascadia mount
    Wilson trucker 2000
    Bearcat 880 are all garbage and not working.
    4ft fire stick and above door mount is trash
    Three different types of coax
    Grounding straps.
    Two different swr meters from different truck stops.
    I’m not gonna piss more money into the bs until I can get some help finding something that works.
     
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  3. russbrill

    russbrill Light Load Member

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    When you say, "Proven to Work", are you saying what you have installed is NOT working, or not working as well as you would like it to???
     
  4. roundhouse

    roundhouse Medium Load Member

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    Crapcadias have a difficult time with CBs

    it’s mostly the truck not the radio or antenna

    search for cascadia or crapcadia CB
     
  5. russbrill

    russbrill Light Load Member

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    A shortened quarter-wave antenna needs a GROUND PLANE to work properly. A truck made of mostly fiberglass and plastic provides a Piss Poor Ground Plane, PERIOD... Ground straps/wires DO NOT Replace a Ground Plane A.K.A. Counterpoise system. A low SWR DOES NOT translate to antenna performance, I have a Can-Tenna (Dummy Load) that has a 1:1 SWR from 1.8 MHz to 30 MHz, I can communicate on it for blocks, NOT miles :cool:
     
  6. Mototom

    Mototom Heavy Load Member

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    Nothing I have tried has even gotten close to a 2.0 swr.
    Even if I go by the book or add grounding straps. I’ve tried several mounts several locations it just does not work.

    I can’t hear anyone farther then a truck length or two. Even right next to me they say I’m like a whisper
     
  7. Mototom

    Mototom Heavy Load Member

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    Man my kenworth t680 had dual antennas in stock location and I could hear for a good ways off even with a crap CB. I’ve had a few other trucks that were mostly fiberglass and have not had anywhere near this trouble.
     
  8. russbrill

    russbrill Light Load Member

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    You've tried different mounting locations, but have you tried another radio?
     
  9. russbrill

    russbrill Light Load Member

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    BTW: Do a search for CB Radio installation cascadia truck... You'll get lots of search hits that might help you...
     
  10. QuietStorm

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    Angle the antenna forward. Make sure your coax doesn’t suck and isn’t kinked. Use a separate swr meter not the one on the radio.
    If you use the Wilson you’ll have to trim the antenna most of the time.
     
  11. nredfor88

    nredfor88 Heavy Load Member

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    For what it's worth, I'm having excellent success with the components below on a Cascadia. I talk loud and clear, verified up to a couple miles so far. I'm not the best on the road, but I'm certainly doing well with this. I've had complements on the clarity of it.

    Cobra 29 LTD Classic peaked and tuned by Walcott Radio.
    Astatic 636L mic
    Single 5 ft Firestik II angled forward a bit.
    Wilson 18' cable, properly raveled up.
     
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