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juss picked one up, its a cobra 19 ultra III , i grabbed an antenna while i was there. now i realize it wont be amazing but its not picking anything up, all static, every channel. is there a way to tune it? or anything?
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Turn the SQUELCH button until the static STOPS then don't turn it any more, go to channel 19 and drive around until you see some semi trucks ( 18 wheelers ) and grab the mic push the button and speak into the mic and ask for a radio check, let go of mic and wait for response, repeat until you hear somebody respond.

Be prepared for trucker talk/lingo and MAJOR attitudes if you don't talk like them or sound like them, you will get over it quick,now your radio works. unless you are around a bunch of semi trucks or other cb using people your radio will be VERY quiet 99% of the time, even with a killer antenna from hell and good swr tuning these cb's only pick up and transmit to each other a short distance.

If you had NO static I would of said you antenna was not properly grounded but that is not the case.

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BREAKER ONE-NINE (channel your on) for a 10-32: (Radio check)
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BREAKER ONE-NINE (channel your on) for a 10-32: (Radio check)

Do they still use the "10" codes? Haven't heard one of those in years. Brings back memories.
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ok i juss pulled into my barn today and it was picking stuff up. it was really staticy tho. but i was definately picking stuff up so i know it works. just need to take care of all that static...

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There are alot of factors that go into making a CB work.

First off you need to make sure that your antenna mount is properly grouned and mounted. This will make a huge difference in whats going on in with the cb. Now saying that, where is your CB antenna mounted?

The whole thing about turing the squelch is misleading. To get the most reception as far as hearing other truckers you need to have the squelch all the way down. Its gonna make alot of hissing noise but thats just the way it is.

You have one of two options to really tune your CB and get the most out of it. You can either go buy your own SWR meter at radio shack for about $50. Its a one time fee and you can always adjust your cb. The second option is to get the CB tuned by a pro at either a CB shop or a truck stop. This could cost up to $50.

Go to www.firestik.com and read through their FAQ's and tech tips. You can find alot of answers that I am assuming that you have.

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Turn the SQUELCH button until the static STOPS then don't turn it any more, go to channel 19 and drive around until you see some semi trucks ( 18 wheelers ) and grab the mic push the button and speak into the mic and ask for a radio check, let go of mic and wait for response, repeat until you hear somebody respond.

Be prepared for trucker talk/lingo and MAJOR attitudes if you don't talk like them or sound like them, you will get over it quick,now your radio works. unless you are around a bunch of semi trucks or other cb using people your radio will be VERY quiet 99% of the time, even with a killer antenna from hell and good swr tuning these cb's only pick up and transmit to each other a short distance.

If you had NO static I would of said you antenna was not properly grounded but that is not the case.

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right here is good info and that is your static problem make sure you can talk to ppl or you have an antenna problem
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ok, ya i juss got home and was picking up a few guys but could barely make it out w all the static.

the ground is connected to the ground wire for my amp which is on the jack bracket near the jumpseat.

the antenna is on the passenger side pretty much right above your head.

if i turn the squelch about halfway or so there is nothing.

i did a few 10-32 and noone said anything

also if you remember the post i had about the high pitched wine i used to get through my speakers, well now im getting it through the cb. im 99% sure its magnetic **** from the alternator. i really want to run the power wire for the cb directly to the fusebox but i dont know which slot or how.

i think thats about it...
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mine is wired straight to my battery. yes you want the squelch right there where the static is where you can't here it. and you have to be around ppl or make sure your around an 18 wheeler or get with one of your buddies if they have one
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ya right now the power wire is spliced onto my amp power wire, which goes directly to the battery, and i know thats why im getting the whining sound
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yepthat would be why you have the whining noise
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see im afraid to run another wire to the batteyr bc what would keep that from getting the same noise???
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reminds me of Smokey and the Bandit... eastbound and down! lol
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