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CB Radio 1500A

Postby BOSNBOB » Fri May 27, 2016 10:26 pm



Does the 1500 CB Antenna have to be tuned like a CB in a car and if so how do you do it.


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Re: CB Radio 1500A

Postby tfdeputydawg » Sat May 28, 2016 8:01 am

Yes, and tuned exactly like a car/truck CB antenna.
You need an SWR meter and jumpers w/the correct connectors to do the tuning with:
http://www.sierra-mc.com/proddetail.asp?prod=AST-PDC2
http://www.sierra-mc.com/proddetail.asp?prod=SIE-SWR12
There should be instructions with the meter on how to use it

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Re: CB Radio 1500A

Postby WingAdmin » Sun May 29, 2016 12:15 pm

BOSNBOB wrote:Does the 1500 CB Antenna have to be tuned like a CB in a car and if so how do you do it.


Yes, and the procedure is essentially the same on all Wings:

How to tune your antenna SWR

How to tune your CB antenna SWR (GL1800)

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Re: CB Radio 1500A

Postby joeincalif » Sun May 29, 2016 2:36 pm

I have installed many CB 's and never tuned 1. Once I put a meter to it and it was right on. You MIGHT get a LITTLE better but not much. If you have a meter go ahead and do it, if not don't worry about it
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Re: CB Radio 1500A

Postby tfdeputydawg » Mon May 30, 2016 7:40 am

I used to sell and install CB's, both base stations and mobiles. I've never seen a mobile set up that was "right on". Always improved the Tx distance by making the effort to fine tune the SWR! Takes time and patience to get the SWR as close to 1:1 as possible.
Make sure you are not near any buildings or trees when setting the SWR. Even to the point of kneeling beside the bike to remove your body from the equation(that doesn't make a lot of difference but, every little bit helps on a bike that has very little ground plane!)

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Re: CB Radio 1500A

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 30, 2016 8:21 pm

tfdeputydawg wrote:I used to sell and install CB's, both base stations and mobiles. I've never seen a mobile set up that was "right on". Always improved the Tx distance by making the effort to fine tune the SWR! Takes time and patience to get the SWR as close to 1:1 as possible.
Make sure you are not near any buildings or trees when setting the SWR. Even to the point of kneeling beside the bike to remove your body from the equation(that doesn't make a lot of difference but, every little bit helps on a bike that has very little ground plane!)


Of course, as soon as you (or especially a passenger) gets on the bike, and the antenna couples to your (or your passenger's) body, all bets are off in terms of SWR, but at least you know you were fairly close to the mark to begin with. :)

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Re: CB Radio 1500A

Postby tfdeputydawg » Tue May 31, 2016 7:19 am

WingAdmin wrote:
tfdeputydawg wrote:I used to sell and install CB's, both base stations and mobiles. I've never seen a mobile set up that was "right on". Always improved the Tx distance by making the effort to fine tune the SWR! Takes time and patience to get the SWR as close to 1:1 as possible.
Make sure you are not near any buildings or trees when setting the SWR. Even to the point of kneeling beside the bike to remove your body from the equation(that doesn't make a lot of difference but, every little bit helps on a bike that has very little ground plane!)


Of course, as soon as you (or especially a passenger) gets on the bike, and the antenna couples to your (or your passenger's) body, all bets are off in terms of SWR, but at least you know you were fairly close to the mark to begin with. :)

Have you ever tuned one the way I suggested and then had someone sit in the passenger position and check it again?

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Re: CB Radio 1500A

Postby FM-USA » Tue May 31, 2016 8:03 pm

I mounted an Ugly Stick to my Gremlin's roof, rearmost and centered. SWR's changed when someone walked in front of the car breaking, or interfering with, the ground plane. It did change, but not by much.
I was able to alleviate that by canting the stick a little more skyward. Doing so got me in Skip-Land on clear nights. ;)
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Re: CB Radio 1500A

Postby Alan_Hepburn » Tue Jun 14, 2016 11:08 pm

Does anybody use CB anymore? I haven't kept up with CB since the 1980's - is it worth turning the thing on anymore?
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Re: CB Radio 1500A

Postby Charlie1Horse » Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:20 pm

Alan_Hepburn wrote:Does anybody use CB anymore? I haven't kept up with CB since the 1980's - is it worth turning the thing on anymore?

OH YEAH. They still do. The retired guys I ride with on Wednesdays use it. They don't want to upgrade to bluetooth. So, that being said I have one helmet with headset for Wednesdays and another identical helmet for every other day. But, there is too much interference from other CB'rs. SENA has an interface that will connect with your factory CB but when I found out about it I already had Scala Rider which doesn't have that option. Plus Sena has one model with headset camera.
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Re: CB Radio 1500A

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jun 23, 2016 8:53 pm

If you're out on the highways, you can listen to channel 19 and the truck drivers telling each other where all the speed traps are located. :)

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Re: CB Radio 1500A

Postby tfdeputydawg » Fri Jun 24, 2016 8:25 am

WingAdmin wrote:If you're out on the highways, you can listen to channel 19 and the truck drivers telling each other where all the speed traps are located. :)

Belief it or not, they don't do that much in my area anymore! Guess they've decided the idiots need to be caught!!!!!

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Re: CB Radio 1500A

Postby Fiberthree » Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:48 am

Out here you can't understand what they're saying and they tie up all the channels. Even channel 9. There are a lot of Spanish speaking truckers because of the ports and a few of them have power amplifiers and just talk right over you. Not to mention the bleed over. Plus there are a couple of base units around here that occasionally get drunk and then think they are DJs, locking down the transmit key babbling for hours. Used to be O.K. when a license was required and rules were actually enforced.
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Re: CB Radio 1500A

Postby FM-USA » Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:09 pm

"..back when CB licenses were enforced.."
FCC used to visit us couple times a year but that was back in the mid 60's.
It was an actual house visit :shock:.... my dad was head of communications for our family orientated boat club. In the late 60's the club gave up using CB while on the road due to the extreme unsavory use of words. That was the last we were paid a visit from the FCC.
Ya, they're still (supposedly) working but no one seems to hear or read of anything they do. I guess it's better to push paper behind a desk than do real work out in the field. :cry:
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Re: CB Radio 1500A

Postby Fiberthree » Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:34 am

Yeah... no money enforcing the rules on the little guys so they just go after the corporations and get tied up in litigation.


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