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Bringing an old thread back to life....I've got CB issues that I need some help with.

I did a full detailing of the FJ after the rough winter we had. ......

Your target are the upper numbers on the first scale 0,1, 1.5, 2 right over the SWR lettering. the lower the better.

Retry all your connections, did you put all the pieces back on the antenna mount ? The little plastic washer between the antenna mount and the Bandi mount ? I got the same thing this spring when i changed my mount, undid everything, remounted and all was good.


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Your target are the upper numbers on the first scale 0,1, 1.5, 2 right over the SWR lettering. the lower the better.

Retry all your connections, did you put all the pieces back on the antenna mount ? The little plastic washer between the antenna mount and the Bandi mount ? I got the same thing this spring when i changed my mount, undid everything, remounted and all was good.

Yup, I've taken it apart and put it back together about four times...still the same thing. I'm going to make sure all the connections on the mount and antenna are super clean - meaning NO dielectric grease in sight. I'm beginning to wonder if the antenna is shot. It's an 8 year old Wilson. When I park the FJ in the garage I bend the antenna over and slip it under the top rail of the roof rack so I don't hit the garage door. Maybe it finally gave up the ghost from all the bending. The good news is the new antenna coax I just got came with all new mounting hardware including a heavy duty spring. I added the spring on top of the mount to give the antenna more flex.


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Re: CB Install SWR tuning question

Where are you taking your readings? Out in the middle of nowhere, or inside your garage or near power lines or buildings? Are you replacing the rubber cap on top of your antenna every time you take a reading?
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Where are you taking your readings? Out in the middle of nowhere, or inside your garage or near power lines or buildings? Are you replacing the rubber cap on top of your antenna every time you take a reading?
A couple hundred feet down the driveway from my house. No other houses or power lines around. I replace the rubber cap every time I adjust the antenna tip.


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Re: CB Install SWR tuning question

This is usually a sign of high resistance somewhere, like a poor ground or poor soldering (if your connector required to be soldered to the coax). Is your coax cable bent anywhere? Could be a crack inside the cable, or just a crappy section of coax, or like you said, the antenna could be old and toast.
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Re: CB Install SWR tuning question

I would say try another antenna, new cable ( you already have that ) get a ground cable and try to ground the connection to the body directly, check your cable and connection to the CB ( small cable that goes to SWR meter to CB ) .

I had that once and it was the antenna , i had gotten a fancy "High powered " hand made antenna, and the wiring was bad inside. Couldn't get SWR below 2.5-3, put my old Firestick, and i got 0.5-1...

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Re: CB Install SWR tuning question

Thanks all. I'm not the world's best solderer (is that a word?) but it wasn't too difficult soldering on the connector. I did check the entire setup for continuity as described in the coax instructions and everything was up to snuff. I may try a new antenna - Firestik instead of Wilson.


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Re: CB Install SWR tuning question

Was your replacement coax cable of significantly different length than the original? If so, what did you do with the extra length? Coil it up? Bunch it up?

Having a new antenna available will help narrow things down.
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Re: CB Install SWR tuning question

@Teikas Dad did you solve your problem ? What was the solution if you did.

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