Need help please!!

Discussion in 'CB Radio Forum' started by shaggychan, May 24, 2020.

  1. shaggychan

    shaggychan Bobtail Member

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    Had this issue of me not being able to speak to other drivers on my cb. Mind you it was an old hammy down from my uncle, so it was only a matter of time before it stopped working. But first a buddy of mine lended me his mic to try that and see if it was just my mic that wasn’t working. Even with his mic still no one could hear me. So I went and bought a new cb hooked it up and everything worked perfectly. Then I decided to buy some new antennas and then just created more problems. I bought the Wilson 2000’s for my t680 hooked em up and now I’m getting no sound whatsoever on my cb. Tried to tune antennas but still nothing and swr readings are over 2 and considering it’s a brand new cb I don’t want to mess with it more and mess up my brand new cb because of it
     
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  3. shaggychan

    shaggychan Bobtail Member

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    Kind of at a loss on what to do. I’m currently just going to put the oem antennas back on since they were working and try and see if a cb shop could help me, I just wanted to check and see if maybe anyone knew what’s happening before I put the oem ones back on
     
  4. craig_sez

    craig_sez Road Train Member

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    Most likely you bought wilsons with a short shaft...Coil is to low and getting to much reflect...
    Stick with a top loaded fibreglass ant(firestick or skip shooter and keep them as tall as possible but below 13'6")..Pick up some wide braided ground straps and connect both sides of door hinges..this vid will help some..

     
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  5. Night Stalker10

    Night Stalker10 Heavy Load Member

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    Anytime you install a new antenna, the antenna needs to be tuned (adjusted) to work properly with the radio. Hopefully you find the right CB shop to help you. Also I might add, depending on how old the truck is, it might be wise to install new coax and connectors too.
     
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  6. craig_sez

    craig_sez Road Train Member

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    Said he tried to tune but no success
     
  7. shaggychan

    shaggychan Bobtail Member

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    Yeah I tried to tune but still wasn’t getting any transmission at all, plus high swr readings so I didn’t want to mess with it too much and end up messing up the brand new cb radio. So I decided just to put back the oem ones on, and will run with them until I maybe end up getting a firestick
     
  8. shaggychan

    shaggychan Bobtail Member

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    I had noticed that in a lot of videos that coil just don’t work very well cause they don’t sit higher than the cab/cb in t680’s so I’m running the oem ones again and will eventually get some firesticks!
     
  9. craig_sez

    craig_sez Road Train Member

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    My personal preference is skip shooters but get what you can that has a good rep..As long as its top loaded(wire coils at the top)and tuneable tips,not the ones you tune by cutting the wire..
    Measure from ground up to where antenna is mounted and subtract that from 13'6" ,that will tell you longest ant to buy..Im thinkin 5' or 6' max..
     
  10. Chubby Fly

    Chubby Fly Medium Load Member

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    you arent trying to tune with the meter that is installed on the cb are you?
     
  11. craig_sez

    craig_sez Road Train Member

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    Unless its a high end meter those trk stop ones aint much better than stock.
     
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