CB on 1983 GL1100


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CB on 1983 GL1100

Postby DH955 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:52 pm



When I go to tx on the cb, it does not transmit. It does mute the channel but does not transmit. Any ideas?

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Re: CB on 1983 GL1100

Postby RoadRogue » Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:29 am

It is likely a dirty contact in your handle bar switch. Try spraying some electrical contact cleaner in there and use the switch a few times while spraying to loosen the crud . It worked on mine. 8-)
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Re: CB on 1983 GL1100

Postby tfdeputydawg » Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:39 pm

If you need to have it serviced: http://www.sierra-mc.com/radioservice.html

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Re: CB on 1983 GL1100

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:45 pm

If it is muting, it's not the switch. The switch is a simple momentary SPST switch. If you press it and it mutes, the switch is working just fine.

Does the "TX" light up on the display?

The CB's are not the easiest thing to work on, and if it does need work, you're best off sending it to Sierra as mentioned, who will fix it for a flat $100 fee.

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Re: CB on 1983 GL1100

Postby DH955 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:56 pm

No, the "TX" does not come on.

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Re: CB on 1983 GL1100

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:16 pm

Assuming your antenna is attached and functioning, then the problem is likely your CB.

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Re: CB on 1983 GL1100

Postby StevenCnNC » Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:59 am

I have tried Sierra Electronics, TWICE, and neither time did the CB module get fixed. I paid my $100 for nothing. Had the same problem with one of the CB modules with the no TX issue. When they sent it back, the receipt stated that the relay and a couple of other items were replaced. When it still did not work, I opened it up. The relay had nor been replaced and no signs of any other work done on the unit visible. The other CB module had a squelch issue that never got fixed after working on that one twice. These people are crooks. They take your money and you get nothing in return.

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Re: CB on 1983 GL1100

Postby Wilcoy02 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:27 pm

Sorry you had trouble with sierra. If you have been to their store you know they are not crooks but good people. I have had my share of problems with my clarion ii system and sierra has seen me for than a couple of times. With these ancient radios..Fix one part and it works until the next old part gets fried.

I just this week sent my cb off to get attention. The exact same symptons you described. I will post what I get when I get it back from Sierra and hooked back up. When I spoke to them over the phone they said it sounded like a capacitor went out. This diagnosis without seeing it.
This unit was at sierra for a fix--hooked up and worked for about 150 miles on our trip. Then the symptons you described happened.

Did you call them and ask about what they might do to remedy your problem? If not shame on you. If you did they probably wanted to get it right.

I am just glad there is one place in the world that will still look at these dinsours and still have parts for them.

So please do not let one bad experience keep you from doing bussiness with these people.

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Re: CB on 1983 GL1100

Postby tfdeputydawg » Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:39 pm

Never heard of such a claim against Sierra. Always good customer service and a willingness to help. Many times w/free advice.
Very strange?

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Re: CB on 1983 GL1100

Postby StevenCnNC » Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:37 am

It was not one bad experience, it was a total of three. He never got either one of the 2trailer radios fixed. He is human, he is not God so he can make mistakes which he did three times. I have bought another cb unit to fix my problem. Hope I mever have to deal with them again.

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Re: CB on 1983 GL1100

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:27 pm

That's really surprising, because I have never heard of anything but good experiences with them - including myself, twice.

These old radios are full of electrolytic capacitors, which have a limited lifespan - which is shortened by heat. I had Sierra fix my radio once, a year and a half later it started dying again, so I had them fix it again. A year later it started dying again, so I took the thing apart, inventoried and cataloged every capacitor in the thing, and ordered replacement capacitors from Digikey - I don't remember how many, but it was around 40 or so. I then desoldered and replaced every single capacitor in the radio. It then worked great, and was still doing so when I sold the bike.

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Re: CB on 1983 GL1100

Postby StevenCnNC » Sat May 11, 2013 8:45 pm

StevenCnNC wrote:I have tried Sierra Electronics, TWICE, and neither time did the CB module get fixed. I paid my $100 for nothing. Had the same problem with one of the CB modules with the no TX issue. When they sent it back, the receipt stated that the relay and a couple of other items were replaced. When it still did not work, I opened it up. The relay had nor been replaced and no signs of any other work done on the unit visible. The other CB module had a squelch issue that never got fixed after working on that one twice. These people are crooks. They take your money and you get nothing in return.


I would like to clarify that the radio that had the TX issue did come back working. Worked for a month that I know of then bike was parked for winter. When it was pulled out, radio did not work. I jumped the gun with my comment. On the advice of Wilcot02 I called Jeff and spoke with him about the problem. He has graciously agreed to fix the radio to my surprise since it has been over 5 months. I am formally making an apology to Jeff and to Sierra Electronics for my previous posts. If I could delete the posts, I would but cannot find a way to do so. These people do stand behind their work. Lesson learned here.

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Re: CB on 1983 GL1100

Postby Wilcoy02 » Sun May 12, 2013 1:04 am

Took a ride to sierras today and got my cb back. Installed it in their parking lot and boy does it work real nice now. The second cb I sent them was pretty much fried. So they made a good deal to me.

I am glad you posted the apology to them as I got the story from the horses mouth. I now know the truth and I think they did you justice and more for you and your radio.

I am very glad somone will work their hearts out to fix these antiques.

Thank You Jeff and all of sierra.

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Re: CB on 1983 GL1100

Postby WingAdmin » Sun May 12, 2013 7:36 pm

I know a few of the people over there at Sierra (they also sell my GPS interfaces, and have sold me parts and radio repairs in the past) and they are really good, trustworthy people.




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