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i just installed my OLD CB..(its a Johnson) ran the power to the battery and i grounded it to some control module(behind the cup holder) turned it on and im gettin nothin but static..i do have one of those emergency type antennas sittin on the roof. Any help wud be apprectiated.
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You have to tune them, try turning the squelch down, that should get rid of atleast some of the static.
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doesnt that also turn the volume down?
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On mine it doesnt
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Buy a decent antenna and get hold of an SWR meter. Tune the antenna for the lowest SWR you can get. All the squelch is used for is to cut dead air noise.
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well i am sittin in the college parkin lot tryin to talk to truckers...ill give it a shot see how it does on the drive tom
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yea i kno but im jsut talkin bout for now...reccommend any good swr meters? ive seen radioshacks butt im iffy on that
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swr's cost as much as buying a new cb at Walmart. Those Undiens at walmart arent half bad, and would be great for your setup.
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ive seen radioshacks butt im iffy on that
I use a radio shack SWR meter and have double check it against an Astatic meter and found no appraisable difference. Take a look at this link Copper
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if your going to the meet on sat i will try and bring my swr meter and we can chack it out, i also have a spare cobra cb if that the prob
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walmart no longer carries cb's sadly, and i hope its not the cb...though i did get the thing for free came outta a school buss
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Wal-mart in San Diego still has the Undiens. However, if you really want a nice setup look at a Galaxy DX 979.
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i like cobras...eventually im gonna be running a cobra and a ham radio, i did however get signal from the college parkin lot...i think mayb ill be investing into an swr meter
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if your going to the meet on sat i will try and bring my swr meter and we can chack it out, i also have a spare cobra cb if that the prob
Any chances we can tune mine haha
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Johnson hasn't made cb's for years, so chances are the radio itself could use a realignment if you can find a competent radio shop that can work on radios of that vintage. A good quality antenna tuned to your vehicle is 99% of a radio system. As far as the static, most newer midrange priced cb's have better noise filtering, and that old Johnson may have some dried out electrolytic capacitors causing some of it also.
You will like ham radio, we have alot of 2meter repeaters here in the hills and you can talk out of almost any valley if you need help whereas the cb is almost useless and hardly anyone uses them here anymore except on the interstate.
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Any chances we can tune mine haha
sure if i can find it
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A couple people suggested getting a quality antenna.

What constitutes a good antenna? Any suggestions?
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walmart no longer carries cb's sadly, and i hope its not the cb...though i did get the thing for free came outta a school buss
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=5544178

not uhhh, yea they do , i saw em tonight. They got some big ones with nightvision and weatherband also.

I have noticed different wallyworlds carry different electronics etc.
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Some do some don't, the one back home does but the one up here at school doesn't
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