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First CB Install

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by Brainless, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. Brainless

    Brainless [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Ok, so i had ordered the hood mount from Relentless Fab and I am finally getting around to installing it. This is my first cb setup and will appreciate any suggestions/help i can get. Last night I installed the antenna and ran the cable through the firewall and hope to get the rest installed tonight.

    I am using the following parts:

    Firestick FS 4' Red Antenna
    Firestick Heavy Duty Spring
    Firestik FireRing CB Coax with Stud
    RadioShack 40 channel TRC-503 (I know its a cheap radio)
    SWR Meter with Jumper Cable

    I will post pictures of what I have done so far after work, Im sure there is something that may not have been done that I missed.

    Thanks in advance as im sure there will be problems.
     
  2. TacoSupreem

    TacoSupreem Dirty Trucker

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    Sounds good. Let me know if you need a good Mic. I got too many.
     
  3. Brainless

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    ok couple quick shots from lunch break:

    2011-07-14_12-37-28_642.jpg

    2011-07-14_12-38-20_289.jpg

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    Brainless [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Should the stock mic be replaced? Is there that much difference?
     
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    ok, so i finished mounting and wiring the radio and drove out into the country a bit (farm fields) and attempted to tune the antenna. According to what i can find i need to shorten it?

    channel 1: 1.3
    channel 40: 1.6

    I really don't want to remove the spring. Are these numbers ok to operate it safely?

    Thanks
    Greg
     
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    From what i read, anything under 3:1 is safe to operate.
     
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    Sorry I'm no help with the CB but I want to install one of my own. That mount looks awesome, Does it interfere with opening the hood or the wipers?
     
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    Brainless [OP] Well-Known Member

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    nope!
     
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    Bfoster133 If i asked my dad for money, He'd knock me out

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    does your cb antenna have a tuning screw at the top?
     
  10. Brainless

    Brainless [OP] Well-Known Member

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    yes but it will not go any further down.
     
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    Ok, I finished putting everything back together and went for a drive up to the top of a hill and tried to tune again. this time i got the following results:

    1 - 1.5
    40 - 1.5

    is 1.5 too high?

    o and a couple pics for ya:

    2011-07-16_14-55-55_204.jpg

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    Clean install...as for me I'm looking for a retractable CB Antenna, seen a pretty cool one on youtube
     
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    Those nembers are very good.
     
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    thanks for the help guys, but now i have noticed interference whenever pressing the brake for like 1 second then its gone. Is ABS interfering? and is there anyway to shield it?
     
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    3:1 on a CB is WAY TO HIGH. You will end up burning up the radio. On an amateur radio (ham radio) that is high but you don't risk burning up the radios finals.
     
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    I use a Firestik on my CB but I don't care for the Fire Ring coax of theirs. Be sure that you ground the radio chassis (use any of the screws on the radios case) to a good metal surface. Be sure that the antenna mount is getting a good ground as well. If you still get noise turn up the squelch and if the radio has a noise blanker (ANL switch) turn it on.
     
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    I have a ground strap from antenna stud to chassis already, I will try grounding chassis of radio and see if it helps. thanks!
     
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    Why not a NMO mount?
     
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