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CB wiring HELP! Speaker too quiet!

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by IDtrucks, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. Mar 3, 2012 at 6:45 PM
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    IDtrucks

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    i wired in and tuned my cobra 18, but the front facing speaker is really really quiet. when i turn to the weather broad cast i have to put my ear on the the speaker to hear anything, and when i have squelch and volume all the way up its still extremely quiet and i hear almost no static. When i turned to channel 19 i was picking up some chatter but it was too quiet to make out.

    Then i plugged my 3.5mm aux jack to the ext speaker port in the cb and played it through the truck speakers and the weather broadcast came through fine and i could hear.

    i have tried wiring both power wires to the cig acc fuse and both directly to the battery and the same results happen, the speaker is just way too soft. I have my dash all apart trying to figure out how to fix it so i can get it back together and just want it done haha. anyone have any ideas?!
     
  2. Mar 3, 2012 at 6:56 PM
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    LUSETACO

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    My Cobra 18 was the same. I bought a cheap $5 external speaker and it was MUCH better.
     
  3. Mar 3, 2012 at 7:00 PM
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    haha thats a tad depressing, i just want the radio to work like its supposed to. where did you get yours?
     
  4. Mar 3, 2012 at 7:03 PM
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    I've been down the Cobra 18 road already.... I feel your pain.:D
     
  5. Mar 3, 2012 at 7:07 PM
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    Strange. My cobra 18 WX ST IIspeaker is loans as hell! Could be that the cb isn't getting the correct amount of power. That happened to me I just didnt have a good power and ground connection.
     
  6. Mar 3, 2012 at 7:13 PM
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    i could, but then i wouldnt be able to play the radio at the same time.

    how EXACTLY do you have yours wired?

    same place you are. behind the kick panel
     
  7. Mar 3, 2012 at 7:21 PM
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    Ad a circuit in the fuse panel. Wired both red and orange power wires together to the ad a circuit in a switched fuse.
     
  8. Mar 3, 2012 at 7:36 PM
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    so red and orange are both going to one fuse? a 15 i assume? thats what I had originally, it was in the 15 cig fuse, then i seperated the wires to 2 different fuses, and put em both on the battery, then i just resituated the ground wire and still nothing. i might just have to get an external speaker...god damit

    this is really aggrivating. why cant it just work.
     
  9. Mar 3, 2012 at 8:10 PM
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    Mine was doing the same thing, plug the mic in...... it made mine louder....
     
  10. Mar 3, 2012 at 8:14 PM
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    i had that issue with mine. i had to re-sodder a wire in the handle plug in.
     
  11. Mar 3, 2012 at 8:17 PM
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    the mic? that you talk into? because that is already in

    where is the handle plug in?
     
  12. Mar 3, 2012 at 8:24 PM
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    im ment to say mic. not handle. sry. handle is slang for something else.... forgot.

    i disassembled the part where i circled in red. there was a blue wire that had come loose. i re-soddered it and fixed it up
     
  13. Mar 3, 2012 at 8:29 PM
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    and that made...the internal speaker louder?
     
  14. Mar 3, 2012 at 8:29 PM
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    idk what the mic has anything to do with the amount of speaker volume output. but once i fixed that wire the volume was good as new.
     
  15. Mar 3, 2012 at 8:30 PM
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    yea. the internal speaker volume with almost absent. it was so quiet i had to lean in all the way up to the unit to hear anything at all.
     
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    ok, great. ill give it a try


    thats exactly the way mine is
     
  17. Mar 3, 2012 at 8:37 PM
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    Dont feel bad my cobra 18 wont transmit.
     
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    i hope its an easy fix. they are pretty cheap CB radios to begin with though. get what we paid for i suppose.
     
  19. Mar 3, 2012 at 8:41 PM
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    HA ive got some buddies ive tried talking to that all they hear from me is a buzz
     
  20. Mar 3, 2012 at 8:42 PM
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    thats interference sounds like a bad ground and u may wanna add a noise filter...did you tune it?
     
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