Hooked up the CB... works okay sitting still with the engine off, but as soon as the engine is on, there is a lot of interference... I need to ground the mount, toolbox, and bed better than they are now, and I figure that will clear up a lot.
Suspecting fuel pump, since the interference is not a whine, more of a static/electric motor noise.
I need to pick up some plastic corrugated wire loom and some grommets to get this installed the way I want it to be installed. Also need to make the home brew fuel pump noise filter, which from what I read in the how to, works much better than the Ford factory offered part. So... tomorrow is a day where I get to run around buying random stuff, lol.
When I bought the coax (Belden/Wilson with the little rubber boot over the antenna side PL259) I also got the stud, and a Francis 5.5 foot fiberglass whip. That was his lower cost recommendation over the prone to laying down at highway speeds 102" SS whip.
He did say a Wilson 1000 on the roof would be better than the 102" off the toolbox. Some of his customers report getting 20 mile range on the 1000. Problem is the price... 120 bucks. Too much for me this early in the game.
He also said the Realistic 23 channel that I have is a very good radio. Made by Uniden... (as I found out when I opened it) and he also noted the ***** are exactly the same as Cobras of the same vintage. He has serviced these old Realistic radios and he says the one I have was the top of the line back in its time, and even today is a good radio.
Not gonna argue with a guy that started fiddling with CB's in the 70's. Heck, he even fixed/tuned a trucker's Connex in about 15-20 minutes. The trucker didn't like how quiet the RF gain was, so the CB dude dove right in and corrected that.
He also said the reason (he believes, anyways) many new radios have such a quiet RF gain is because the company doesn't want people returning/warrantying the radios due to excessive noise, which is the radio picking up skip. He mentioned today is a day where there is no skip, due to the conditions.
This guy knows what he's doing and likes his job. Nothing better than that, and to boot, he's one of those just plain nice guys. Got everything I needed out the door for 60 bucks.
He even dipped the antenna end of the coax in oil to prevent corrosion, (never thought of doing that, it's a great idea for preventing corrosion as the oil works its way into the coax cable near the connector) and put a dab of grease on the mounting stud where it grounds against the mount. Told me what I gotta do and off I went to put it together at home. I will going back to see him for an SWR check, even though it likely is squared away as it is.
Had no trouble routing the coax. However, the way I have it routed right now is not the way it'll be forever. I've got to pull the bed to do the leaf spring mounts, shock mounts, frame rust converting/painting, and stuff like that. So... while the bed is off, I'll figure out where I want to put the hole for the grommet. The toolbox will have the coax routed through it, to keep junk in the bed from damaging it. I'll run it along the top where it won't get damaged by the crap I've got sitting in my box.
Maybe you'll see some pics tomorrow... we'll see...