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How do I install my cb radio?

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What CB Radio? What vehicle are you installing it into?

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A mobile 2-way radio will work best if it is mounted to the metal chassis of the vehicle. The antenna is the most important part of the system. It should be mounted again to the metal surface of the vehicle for the best ground plane. The ideal location would be the center of the vehicle so the radiation pattern is omni directional, meaning it radiates equally in 360 degrees. The best place to get power from is the battery terminals. If you get alternator whine you should purchase a noise suppression kit. Grounding is critical for proper noise suppression at the lower frequencies such as the 27 Mhz range.

good luck, hope this was helpful.

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Much better answer than mine. With your knowledge you could even expand it a bit. Power from battery terminals is extreme and has no fuse.

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Hey Johnny, help us out here.

Car or home install?

AC or 12 Volt power?

Rule #1, NEVER turn on a CB transceiver without the proper CB antenna. You could easily do permanent damage to the transmitter.

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This may be a stupid answer but if it's for a car, put it on the dashboard and plug it in the cigarette lighter, screw in the antenna. I think channel 18. Press the speak button and say "bring it on good buddy, anybody got their ears on".

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I'd like to add:

Although connecting it to any convenient source will work, the correct way is to have the hot and ground both be run all the way to the battery and the chassis of the CB should be grounded to the vehicle body such as a metal support in the dash, etc.

In most CBs, the ground wire (black) and the CB chassis are not the same thing, thus the need for running the black wire to the battery negative and separately grounding the chassis by as short a connection as possible (bolt-up or short pigtail). No two installations are alike. If you get a whine in the reception then you may need to add an "alternator noise filter" close to the radio. If it has a separate ground wire, connect it as close to where the radio chassis is grounded as possible. The test for alternator and other noise is to be done in receive mode with no antenna connected. The set is turned on to listen for noise, but no transmitting while there is no antenna connected.

Connect the antenna and you ought to hear some trafic on channel 19 or elsewhere. Before putting it in use, you should check the "SWR" and adjust the antenna if needed. A small meter and a 1-2FT pice of coax cable is needed for this. That cost about $20-30. Or have a CB shop do it. The antenna might need adjusted to bring the SWR in line. SWR should be less than 1.5:1, and in any difficult case no more than 3:1 to avoid the possibility of overheating the transmitter.

Try channel 19 - the highway /trucking channel.

I would not reccommend calling for a "good buddy" these days. In the past, it meant "any decent person" but calling someone "good buddy" today is to call them gay in an insulting manner. Depending on whom is listening, you might get cussed out or maybe asked to meet up for a date.

You might have more success with:

Break one nine for a radio check.

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This thing gettin' out?

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Setting up your CB radio can be a little daunting for a new breaker but it is also very important to get it right, a high antenna swr is just one of many things that can destroy your CB radio if your setup is not installed correctly so if you want some great CB radio installation tips and information check out Colin The Head's CB RADIO Website

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