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Old 12-03-2004, 10:32 AM   #76
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BTW the CB is in the Baja not the WRX....theres probably a similar bolt under the console as well. But my gut tells me theres more wrong than the ground..

I have the positive going directly to the battery.
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Old 12-03-2004, 10:37 AM   #77
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I'd ditch it and buy a new one, usually used CBs are not worth the $. For under $100 you can get a good new cb.

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Old 12-03-2004, 10:39 AM   #78
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Hope you have a fuse on the + to the battery. A short could possibly catch the car on fire. Add an antenna ground and have it tuned with a SWR meter.
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Old 12-03-2004, 10:49 AM   #79
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... The volume control and squelch do not work properly. It gets real loud then real quiet then real loud....
as in, you hear fuzzy noise coming on and off or during reception the volume going up and down in mid-conversation?

What other feature is there on the CB?

If you have a RF gain, use it in conjunction with your squelch to eliminate the on and off fuzzing noise. Tune the RF Gain down whilst bringing the squelch up.

As for conversation volumn going up and down,... might want to get the volumn controller fixed.

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Old 12-03-2004, 10:59 AM   #80
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I'd ditch it and buy a new one, usually used CBs are not worth the $. For under $100 you can get a good new cb.

-mike
If I could afford a new one I woulda done that to begin with. Although that might be my only option at this point.

I do have an inline fuse on the positive, it came with one.

The radio does not have an RF gain control. When I say the volume goes up and down it goes up and down suddenly and erratically, not gradually. It goes from ear piercing loud back down to just above a whisper.

The antenna is a rooftop magnet mount with a 3-4 foot whip antenna. The antenna worked fine with a CB radio I was borrowing from a friend a couple months ago. How do I add an extra ground to the antenna?
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Old 12-03-2004, 11:08 AM   #81
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Where it attaches to the back of the unit - either loosen the ~3/4" nut on the post and use the nut to hold it in place or alternatively wrap around the post and then thread the antenna cable over it.

Honestly doesn't sound like any of these are going to fix the problem sounds like you have a fault/intermitent short in the circuitry.
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Old 12-03-2004, 11:09 AM   #82
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When I say the volume goes up and down it goes up and down suddenly and erratically, not gradually. It goes from ear piercing loud back down to just above a whisper.
The volume controller needs fixing.

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Old 12-03-2004, 11:17 AM   #83
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The volume controller needs fixing.

-Dave
How hard is this to do? I am pretty good with my hands but I dont have any specific electrical repair tools. I have an old CB radio that has a good volume controller in it and its the same brand but a different model.

Ugh...this SUCKS. I am contacting the eBay seller who sold it to me now. The thing is he has excellent feedback and was very professional throughout the entire transaction. Also, assured me he tested it and was working fine. Could it have been damage in shipping? It was very well packed and the box looked brand new.

Sorry for hijacking the 48-hours thread but I know all the CB experts hang around here
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Old 12-03-2004, 11:26 AM   #84
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Mulder might be able to work you through the electricals.
I, I have no clue

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Old 12-03-2004, 11:28 AM   #85
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Not a problem buddy, a good working cb is essential to participation in the 48hrs so we'll get you up to speed, worst case I'll pull one of mine out of one of my cars and you can use that one.

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Old 12-03-2004, 11:41 AM   #86
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At least receiving is essential - not all need to be able to transmit... and some preferably not be able to.
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Old 12-03-2004, 12:18 PM   #87
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Not a problem buddy, a good working cb is essential to participation in the 48hrs so we'll get you up to speed, worst case I'll pull one of mine out of one of my cars and you can use that one.

-mike
Well we still have a month to go, I might be able to get this fixed before then, if not I REALLY appreciate your generous offer, Mike! THANK YOU.

I'll play around with it some more....*sigh*
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Old 12-03-2004, 12:46 PM   #88
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anything in particular to look for in a CB?.. i see a few Cobra ones that look decent, the only added features over the cheaper ones are little things like a light dimmer.. they all seem to be 4-watt-output with squelch control, external mic, internal speaker and volume control..
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Old 12-03-2004, 05:45 PM   #89
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Volume, Squelch, RF Gain and External Speaker are the only essential items you need. The rest are pretty buttons and dials.

-mike
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Old 12-03-2004, 06:07 PM   #90
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I'll have my Uniden 7mi 2-way set with me so if anyone is having CB issues en-route they can still stay in contact.
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Old 12-03-2004, 06:53 PM   #91
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me and Saab90089 also bring our 2-way's... they work from middle to front or mid-rear pack.. rarely from front to rear.. but here at home, they work on the first floor's of both our houses(2 miles, straight line).. i guess its the elevation cahnges and trees that throw them off.

Wal-mart has a decent Cobra CB for under $60.. its got everything necessary except all the chrome plated bells and whistles that never get used... i may pick this up and post some feedback on here after trying it out.. just gotta get a antenna too, not sure what their selection of antennas is like.

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Old 12-03-2004, 07:03 PM   #92
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Volume, Squelch, RF Gain and External Speaker are the only essential items you need. The rest are pretty buttons and dials.

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A channel selector is nice too.

On 2-ways unless they pick up the CB channels they were not extremely effective last year. They work in a pinch but generally the relaying messages and such isn't as ideal as direct communication.
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Old 12-03-2004, 07:16 PM   #93
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When I say the volume goes up and down it goes up and down suddenly and erratically, not gradually. It goes from ear piercing loud back down to just above a whisper.
The volume control potentiometer might just need a cleaning with some tuner or contact cleaner spray, but you'd have to do this from inside the unit, spraying into the open part of the control. If it's a sealed type potentiometer this won't work. There could also be a bad solder connection where the control is soldered onto the circuit board.
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Old 12-03-2004, 07:34 PM   #94
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the CB's had very limited range..didnt work often, then again, neither did the CB i had, lol.. it only had a 18" antenna on the radio itself(hand-held)

Ian had a 2way when he was in your car, they arent very loud even on highest volume and require batteries which dont last long when your driving 12 hours a day, lol..

the 2 ways are only ood if you want to have a private conversation with someone who's only 1 or 2 cars away..otherwise its just something else to keep an ear out for.

this year i'll be getting an actual CB radio/antenna and HOPEFULLY will be able to get most of the messages this time..last year we missed about half of what was said, only the better radios with better antenna's were able to broadcast to the CB we had...unless you were irght in front or behind me.. this is also why we brought the 2ways... should something happen to the CB.

i dont know of any 2ways that reviece CB radio communications, or hte other wa around.. isnt one FM and one AM?

anyway..
i'll soon be buying the CB setup and i've got off work, and my snow tires are on.. now i just need to get my fogs working correctly(HELLO BRIGHT!) and replace my one broked Stop-tech SS brake line(yes..running one SS and 3 rubber ones) and i'll be set.

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Old 12-03-2004, 08:13 PM   #95
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Yes, this year murray will have a descent CB setup. My dad has a few antenna's to play with whatever CB he gets. So no need to have 2-ways like we did last year for when the hand-held CB wasn't picking up anything.

BTW for those wondernig the hand-held CB's don't work so well. Maybe it would have if it had an external antenna though.

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Old 12-03-2004, 10:36 PM   #96
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2-way (FRS, GMRS) = UHF (460MHz), FM
CB= HF (27 MHz), AM

UHF is good for line-of-site communication with minimal obstructions in between. There are now several power levels of FRS units, the more powerful ones may give decent range car-to-car.
HF is better for longer distance communications, although CBs are legally limited to 4 watts output which is why a good antenna is so important.
There are no combined units that operate on both bands.
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Old 12-03-2004, 11:09 PM   #97
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now its clear...

i'll probly get my CB and antenna tomorrow, gotta get oil and a filter, so i'll be out anyway.

can we discuss anything else now?
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Old 12-04-2004, 09:59 AM   #98
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At least receiving is essential - not all need to be able to transmit... and some preferably not be able to.

you didnt like the banjo from Delevirance being cranked while going through that real small, in the woods town.
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Old 12-07-2004, 04:54 AM   #99
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Ok Guys I need some help getting this all together.

Here is what I need help in:

1) Meets: We'll be having meet possibilities in the following cities/times:
Albany, NY: Thurs Night midnightish
Albany, NY: Friday Morning breakfast at Crackerbarrel
Syracuse, NY: Friday early Afternoon dinner/lunch
Niagara Falls, ON: Friday night
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Philadelphia: Saturday night
Philadephia: Sunday morning
Woodheap, NJ: Sunday night

2) Sponsors: Need someone to contact places to sponsor us with trinkets/door prizes for the folks doing this event.

3) Charity Co-ordinator: Somone to get in touch with the Breast Cancer Awareness folks and see what we need to do to collect $ etc.

Please drop me an e-mail to mike@iace.com so we can get the ball rolling on this event!!!

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Old 12-07-2004, 07:05 AM   #100
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Since I MAY not be able to make the trek, I will try to provide news coverage while in Philadelphia. If someone can create a press release, I'll have my TV station cover it at the very least.
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