CB radio channel, and PA too soft
So I finall got around to installing my cb radio. When I hooked it up, it came on fine and I used the PA with the speaker(50W) and it was loud but like an idiot i had the speaker close to the CB and it became very soft to the point u could carely hear it coming through the speaker. So I bought a new (60W) speaker and tried it and same thing.
The possible problems I see are that it says the solid black is the power wire but typically i thought power was the one with the white stripe. Also I had to solder an extending wire so it would be long enough to reach my engine bay. Could there be too many interruptions?
So 1st question? Did I blow the CB since both speakers are very quiet but it is somewhat coming through. Or is it wiring?
2nd question is I bought a magnet mount antenna. I tried even listening to the truckers on the interstate and I could not hear anything on any channel. What channel in FL would i use to hear the truckers.
Any info is really appreciated since I know nothing. Thanks guys!!!