So, I'm growing frustrated. I have a Cobra 19 from Walmart with a 4FT fiberglass radio shack antenna. The CB is getting power straight from the battery, and the antenna is grounded to the frame. That being said, on every channel it says "busy" and if I turn the squelch up from minimum, then there is no signal at all. Driving down the highway I don't pick up anything, and if I do it sounds as if its millions of miles away. I can get some conversations on occasion on various channels, but the signal is always crappy. I haven't tuned the antenna yet (no money for the meter) but could this really have such a strong effect?
Got an upcoming trip to Georgia and I really want to have this thing functioning on the highway..