CB Transmit Problems


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CB Transmit Problems

Postby jazzrider » Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:32 pm



On my 1997 GL1500SE, I can talk to my friend when traveling but if we get ANY distance between us 100', he can't hear me. I hear him but just don't seem that I can transmit.



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Re: CB Transmit Problems

Postby themainviking » Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:37 am

Is this when you are behind him, because if so, that is perfectly normal. When the antenna bends backwards it changes the plane upon which you transmit. Transmitting forwards gives less range than rearwards. These CBs on the wings are not powerful units by any means.
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Re: CB Transmit Problems

Postby Hallct » Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:20 am

Are you seeing the transmit light come on? On my 95 model 1500SE I can talk 2 to 3 miles with my riding buddy.

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Re: CB Transmit Problems

Postby dingdong » Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:43 am

Chances are you have a loose or dirty connection somewhere in the antenna cable.
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Re: CB Transmit Problems

Postby Kiwi2 » Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:08 am

Another thing is you may be running out of gain and for that you need something inside the CB unit tweeked but it is not worth the effort.

Some times you will get a fantastic range and other times you wonder if the unit is working, sometimes it is just the day and weather, but like someone else said they are not a powerful unit and really only work line of sight.

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Re: CB Transmit Problems

Postby jazzrider » Tue Aug 14, 2012 9:07 pm

Well after cleaning all my connections and checking grounds, I think my problem was my friend had his squelch to high..
Thanks for the responses.

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Re: CB Transmit Problems

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:33 pm

You might also need to adjust your antenna to maximize the output. Have a read through How to tune your CB antenna SWR - that one is for the 1100, but the same principles apply for the 1500. I have pictures taken for doing it on the 1500, but I haven't written it up yet.

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Re: CB Transmit Problems

Postby redial » Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:38 pm

Some times you will get a fantastic range and other times you wonder if the unit is working, sometimes it is just the day and weather, but like someone else said they are not a powerful unit and really only work line of sight.


Hey Kiwi, you may be confusing CB's here. The North Americans are still using the old AM on VHF (nearly VHF?), whereas in Oz and NZ, we use FM on UHF. This higher frequency shortens the distance that you can communicate over, but also the FM is a lot clearer because the unwanted noise is clipped off. The North American insistence on using the AM means that they get a lot more static and unwanted long distance signals, that we try to avoid.

It is just like gallons and litres; pounds and kilos; tons and tonnes; US pints and Imperial pints; and road signs that say "roadworks for next 15,000 feet!" - what vehicle odometer measures anything in feet? Why not say, "Roadworks for next 5 miles"?

Some things are strange to us foreignors, but it works for them, so leave it alone.


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