When you dial the squelch buttom, do you hear the static? If not your brand new hand set may be defective. Mine went out for no reason and had to send it in.
Not a radio expert by any means, but that doesn't sound good to me - you should hear something right next to the interstate. Double check your coax connections and make sure the antenna is well grounded.I was on a rontage road for about 15 minutes listenign and using the scan.
Weather channels are on vhf frequencies, so they will work independently of the CB (they usually even receive w/o an antenna...). Did you adjust your SWR for the best match possible ? Even with the same mount and antenna the starting SWR can vary widely, and may be too high for any reasonable reception. Also, check to make sure you scraped away the paint on the Bandi mount where the antenna stud mounts, and also where the Bandi mount attaches to the hinge (need to scrape paint off the hinge itself). If the antenna doesn't ground well, the CB side won't receive or transmit properly.I Just finished my intall of the BigBill Combo and am very pleased, but I do have a question. Everything checked out fine and I can hear the weather perfectly but I hear nothing on the CB side of things. Could it just be that the truckers are not using at as frequently and that is causing the no chat or is there somthing that could be wrong?