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Posted: 6/22/2017 7:43:42 AM EDT
the SWR is 1.5 on channel 1 AND channel 40...
how do you adjust that?
it's a cheap wallyworld magnet mount I got to use with my loaner handheld

on the plus side it doesn't even move off the peg on 1 or 40 with my new 4' fire stick on my truck so it's like 1:1
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 7:46:51 AM EDT
whats the SWR in the middle of the band? What wave length cut is the antenna (half, quarter, 5/8ths?).
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 7:49:14 AM EDT
I'd be happy if mine was 1.5 on both ends.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 7:49:22 AM EDT
I would say you need to decompress the recompression deactivator and tweak the pot on the difragilated zorpnople.  That ought to get her choochin'.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 7:49:58 AM EDT
I don't know....get another mag mount maybe?

1.5 on the ends and a 1.2 in the middle isn't so bad. 

I've got 1.1 on the ends with a firestick...folks who need to can hear me. 

I'm trying to tune up a fan dipole now...SWR is over 3...got some work to do.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 7:54:16 AM EDT
1985 Mississippi called.  They are wanting their top technology back.  

CB???  Do you even cell phone bro?  
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 7:57:31 AM EDT
I have no idea what you're talking about.

A guy named Papa Bear always tuned my rig
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 7:59:32 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By para_frame:
whats the SWR in the middle of the band? What wave length cut is the antenna (half, quarter, 5/8ths?).
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the magnet mount? no idea

my fire stik is a 5/8ths though
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 8:00:51 AM EDT
Not very familiar with the CB frequencies...but with modern equipment, 1.5:1 swr has not been a big limitation to me on the HF bands. Probably not rejecting enough power at that ratio to make a big difference in real world performance.  What it looks like on a sheet of calculations is often not how it works in the physical world. 
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 9:52:52 AM EDT
Breaker 19,,,,,,,,,,,  didn't CB's go out with the 8-track
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 9:58:35 AM EDT
K40 always worked well for me and not expensive.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 10:00:04 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By SDMF_Rebel:
I have no idea what you're talking about.

A guy named Papa Bear always tuned my rig
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Sugar Bear is the one you should've got.

The man can work magic on a stick.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 10:07:12 AM EDT
Genuinely surprised to hear people still using CBs

Just get your technician license and get a real radio
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 10:09:14 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By mancat:
Genuinely surprised to hear people still using CBs

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Or just pop this in and talk to the people who have the traffic info I need...
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 10:10:12 AM EDT
How about a picture of how you are mounting the magnet mount?

BTW, as long as the SWR is under 2 across the board you are fine.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 10:11:15 AM EDT
Minimum SWR is probably in the middle of the band. I wouldn't worry about it. The losses in 15' of RG-58 at 30 MHz are all but negligible.

FWIW, I've worked Europe numerous times running 5 Watts into a 21 MHz dipole with a 3:1 SWR.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 10:21:23 AM EDT
Chill out, with a 1.5 SWR you're only losing 0.18 dB due to mismatch
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 10:22:16 AM EDT
1.5:1 is totally fine. Cinch it down - you're done. Enjoy your radio. 
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 10:22:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/22/2017 10:23:55 AM EDT by jrollins]
Doesn't sound too bad. Sure, a good SWR is nice - but remember that a 50 ohm resistor will give you a 1:1 SWR  As long as it's under 2:1 and it is getting the job done, I'm not going to worry about it. Now if you are one of the guys running illegal amps then SWR becomes a little more important to avoid letting out the magic smoke, but a stock CB isn't going to care about being hooked up to anything better than a wet noodle.

On an amusing note, I just helped install a Yaesu folded dipole that had a great SWR on 80/40/20, kinda meh on 15, sucky on 10, but almost PERFECT on CB! Told them to install a Cobra 29 just for kicks.
Speaking of which, I still have a Cobra 29 in the basement from my trucking days. I need to setup a dipole and hook it up.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 10:24:40 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By louisianarebel:

Or just pop this in and talk to the people who have the traffic info I need...
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j26/louisianarebel14/IMAG0005_zps79da6461.jpg
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We have that same radio in the FJ. Works great!
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 10:30:53 AM EDT
1:5 across the spectrum isn't great, but it isn't bad either. Anything above that is an issue, but you should be ok.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 10:32:06 AM EDT
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As a point of reference, if you decrease your power by a factor of 4, say from 5 down to 1.5 Watts, the person on the other end ot the contact will see a drop in signal strength of only 1 S-unit.

This is assuming a properly calibrated S-meter, which on CB sets are kind of like unicorns.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 10:38:12 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Subnet:
1.5:1 is totally fine. Cinch it down - you're done. Enjoy your radio. 
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This
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 10:55:42 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By pwcb2005:
1985 Mississippi called.  They are wanting their top technology back.  

CB???  Do you even cell phone bro?  
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No bars of any sort out here...
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 10:57:27 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By WindKnot1-1:
No bars of any sort out here...
http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/k562/jacksfriend/Jeep%20Trips/DSCN0173_zpsea56749a.jpg
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Originally Posted By WindKnot1-1:
Originally Posted By pwcb2005:
1985 Mississippi called.  They are wanting their top technology back.  

CB???  Do you even cell phone bro?  
No bars of any sort out here...
http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/k562/jacksfriend/Jeep%20Trips/DSCN0173_zpsea56749a.jpg
^Yup.


That's why I have a CB... pretty much just for off-roading.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 11:00:59 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By beitodesstrafe:
^Yup.


That's why I have a CB... pretty much just for off-roading.
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Originally Posted By beitodesstrafe:
Originally Posted By WindKnot1-1:
Originally Posted By pwcb2005:
1985 Mississippi called.  They are wanting their top technology back.  

CB???  Do you even cell phone bro?  
No bars of any sort out here...
http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/k562/jacksfriend/Jeep%20Trips/DSCN0173_zpsea56749a.jpg
^Yup.


That's why I have a CB... pretty much just for off-roading.
What?  No Satphone?  Go be poor somewhere else.  
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 11:01:51 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By mancat:
Genuinely surprised to hear people still using CBs

Just get your technician license and get a real radio
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Trouble is the people he wants to talk to may not be inclined to do the same.  He never said what he used the CBs for.  Might be short range with a bunch of people that won't get a tech license.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 11:03:54 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By pwcb2005:
What?  No Satphone?  Go be poor somewhere else.  
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Originally Posted By pwcb2005:
Originally Posted By beitodesstrafe:
Originally Posted By WindKnot1-1:
Originally Posted By pwcb2005:
1985 Mississippi called.  They are wanting their top technology back.  

CB???  Do you even cell phone bro?  
No bars of any sort out here...
http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/k562/jacksfriend/Jeep%20Trips/DSCN0173_zpsea56749a.jpg
^Yup.


That's why I have a CB... pretty much just for off-roading.
What?  No Satphone?  Go be poor somewhere else.  


Nah, I usually keep my sat phone on my yacht.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 11:04:57 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By WindKnot1-1:

No bars of any sort out here...
http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/k562/jacksfriend/Jeep%20Trips/DSCN0173_zpsea56749a.jpg
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Exactly.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 11:07:23 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By mancat:
Genuinely surprised to hear people still using CBs

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. When you're riding with a few friends out on trails, a CB is perfect.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 11:14:11 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By jkaritis:
I'd be happy if mine was 1.5 on both ends.
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Link Posted: 6/22/2017 11:16:10 AM EDT
Just thinking about getting back into off-roading. Back 12 years ago (2002), everyone had a CB in the jeeps for talking to the other jeeps on the trail. Some guys had both HAM and CB. Reading back up on it now, CB is still used a hell of a lot. Not everyone wants to invest in HAM just to talk to other guys within 100 yards.

You could use cell phones, but that's gonna be one hell of a conference call if you're riding with a dozen other jeeps all day.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 11:20:37 AM EDT
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Sugar Bear is the one you should've got.

The man can work magic on a stick.
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Phrasing?
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 11:22:40 AM EDT
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Phrasing?
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Originally Posted By USPcompact:


Sugar Bear is the one you should've got.

The man can work magic on a stick.
Phrasing?
@gene5
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 11:26:20 AM EDT
It's a mag mount, where did you install it?

Middle of the roof should be 1:1 with okay antenna

On the fender or hood: 1.5 might be as good as it gets due to the A-pillar.  Especially with a physically shorter antenna.
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 11:43:38 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By pwcb2005:
1985 Mississippi called.  They are wanting their top technology back.  

CB???  Do you even cell phone bro?  
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ha, try 1975 or is MS that late to every fade?
Link Posted: 6/22/2017 1:11:47 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By beitodesstrafe:
Originally Posted By WindKnot1-1:
Originally Posted By pwcb2005:
1985 Mississippi called.  They are wanting their top technology back.  

CB???  Do you even cell phone bro?  
No bars of any sort out here...
http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/k562/jacksfriend/Jeep%20Trips/DSCN0173_zpsea56749a.jpg
^Yup.


That's why I have a CB... pretty much just for off-roading.
What?  No Satphone?  Go be poor somewhere else.  
 Go be ignorant somewhere else.
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