Tuning CB Antenna


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Tuning CB Antenna

Postby mikelens » Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:04 am



I ordered the correct adapters for the antenna leads. Dug out the old SWR meter from back in the day. Antenna needs to be adjusted. Loosened the two set screws above the load coil but can't get the antenna mast to budge. Am I missing something? I thought loosen screws & slide antenna mast to adjust length. Retest. Any ideas & suggestions would be appreciated.



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Re: Tuning CB Antenna

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Apr 04, 2016 2:12 pm

You have the right idea, sounds like yours is just jammed up from being in one position for years and years. . . . loosen, or even remove the set screws and GENTLY grasp top mast with vice grips or the like and slowly twist back and forth. You might even consider spraying some rust breaker in that area a day before. . . . be gentle and good luck.
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Re: Tuning CB Antenna

Postby RoadRogue » Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:52 pm

sounds like the set screw caused a burr that is hanging up the rod.Im with Uncle Fester on his one, careful use of vice grips and twist it back out should solve the issue 8-)
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Re: Tuning CB Antenna

Postby joeincalif » Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:20 pm

I used the meter on 2 wings and they were right on. i never used it again and all the CB's I have installed work great
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Re: Tuning CB Antenna

Postby revtmuller1 » Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:51 am

Tuned my antenna last year and went as expected. I agree with the suggestions made.

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Re: Tuning CB Antenna

Postby Greenwinger » Mon May 02, 2016 8:26 pm

Seeing as were talking CB's here. My 1500SE 97 has the worst range of any CB I have ever owned. I half jokingly say that if I can't see you, I can't talk to you, it's pretty much that bad.
Is there anything that can be done to improve this or is it just another thing we have to put up with to ride a wing? I mean for the money Mother Honda charges for these things I should be able to talk to Mars.

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Re: Tuning CB Antenna

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon May 02, 2016 9:41 pm

My CB, with a FIRESTICK brand antenna, will only reach the distance of about 10-12 bikes staggered out for a ride. . . . So ABOUT 1/2 tp 1 mile I would say.

Really sucks, my van, with a Cobra 29, a 102" whip and some tuning will reach 10-15 miles EASY ! I know different vehicles and all the assorted stuff, but I agree, our bikes CB should reach out say 3-5 miles. . . .
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Re: Tuning CB Antenna

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 02, 2016 10:29 pm

A motorcycle is just about the worst possible platform for a CB antenna. The best you can do is to check and clean all your antenna connections, and check/adjust the CB SWR - that one thing will have more effect on your range than anything else.

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Re: Tuning CB Antenna

Postby Fiberthree » Mon May 02, 2016 10:49 pm

There isn't much of a ground plane on a motorcycle as compared to a van. The ground plane sort of pulls the signal away from the antenna and gives you the transmitting distance. Those that have used CBs in cars might remember that with the antenna at the back of the vehicle they were able to get better reception and transmission in the direction opposite the antenna. Specifically pointing the front of the vehicle in the direction of their intended party. I don't think there is much we Goldwing owners can do to improve our ground plane.
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Re: Tuning CB Antenna

Postby flogger » Mon May 02, 2016 11:31 pm

Never had to do anything to mine, never thought of it over the years being factory installed. I did road test it with a new headset setup when I got new J and M's last year... I talked with some truckers on the highway and got and easy 7 to 8 mile range. The truckers reported to me that I was as clear and strong as any car or trucker right next to them... Got great noise (wind) reduction too, they didn't know I was on a cycle without me letting them know...
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Re: Tuning CB Antenna

Postby gford » Sun May 08, 2016 6:10 pm

If your not getting at least 5 miles check that your squalsh is not adjusted too high. Adjust the squalsh knob counterclockwise until you hear static and then slightly clockwise until the static stops.




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