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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-09-2014, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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I did about 200 miles yesterday with about 13 motorcycles. Most were Goldwings. There were 3 or 4 that could hear me with no problem but 1 or 2 that said they could hear me but it was breaking up or there was a lot of background noise (wind, engine noise, etc.). At one point we were seperated by a pretty good distance, but not far enough for a CB to not transmit, but the tail gunner could not hear me at all. I've seen and heard these guys transmitting for miles on their GW radios. Has anyone had any of these issues? If so, what did you do to resolve it.

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If you have made certain that all antenna connections and grounds are clean and tight, check the SWR for as close to a 1 to 1 ratio as you can get it. Sometimes, just switching everyone to a different channel is helpful too. You didn't say what channel they run. If its 1, then go to 20 or 30.

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Thanks RICZ, we were on channel 3. Also I should mention every component is stock and installed by dealer.

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I do not trust others' work--double check. I put in over 40 years in my own machine repair biz and can't tell you how many times I have had to undo others work--even so called factory trained technicians. Channel 3 can be on the weak side, go up higher as I suggested.

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Most likely it's your antenna if it's the stock one, buy a tunable Firestik




and have it tuned, you be happy you did!
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Like RICZ said, don't trust others work. Go to Radio Shack and get an SWR meter and a tuneable firestik. I tuned my own cb and in town I can go 20+ miles, top of a mountain clear LOS, 50 miles out of 4 watts.

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Like RICZ said, don't trust others work. Go to Radio Shack and get an SWR meter and a tuneable firestik. I tuned my own cb and in town I can go 20+ miles, top of a mountain clear LOS, 50 miles out of 4 watts.

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Holy reception Batman, 50 miles with a motorcycle CB?!? Are you sure you have only 4 watts and not 40? I'm lucky if I'm still communicating at 1/2 mile. What have you done that gets that range?

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Sorry I didn't specify, my cb in my truck. I was trying to point out the benefit of an SWR meter to tune your whip. Yes 4 watts covered 50 miles, line of sight

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A truck, that explains it as that has a lot of ground plane, whereas a bike has a miniscule amount. Ground plane is just as important as a well tuned antenna.

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Tuned and ready to try. As always, thanks for the feeback

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