CB Radio


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freedomrunner
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CB Radio

Post by freedomrunner » Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:46 am



Greetings,

Just purchased a 2008 which includes a CB radio. The seller, (also the original owner), didn't have any manuals on the bike. I previously owned a 2004 Wing but it didn't have the CB radio. The seller stated that he never could figure out how to use the CB. Are there any known manuals, documents, etc. in existence or do I get the challenge of figuring this out myself? Leaving shortly (in about 10 days) on my first trip with this bike and wanted a quicker solution then me sitting on the bike hitting buttons, turning knobs, etc. Help is always appreciated.

Thank you
Larry



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Re: CB Radio

Post by PastoT » Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:44 pm

First you'll need a means to talk to the CB, a external mic and adapter or a wired headset with a microphone, Short of that the CB is receive only, which still can serve a useful purpose. If you have wireless BT helmet headsets or are considering them I use the SENA 10S and a Sena Freewire dongle for the bike (which permits two way audio with the intercom/radio/CB...).
TO turn the CB on press the CB button in the radio (maybe 2 seconds) and check that it is displayed on the radio display. Pressing the CB button works as a toggle to send it audio to either the speakers or the headsets. On the left grip switch pod there are three up down switches (Volume, Squelch and Channel), these work as one might assume adjusting the CB volume which is independent of the radio, increases and decrease squelch level and change the CB channel up or down. Squelch is a means to block out distant and less powerful incoming CB signals and ground scatter; lowering the squelch increases the ability to hear distant weaker signals but allows a lot of disturbing background noise. Raising the squelch level blocks the weaker signals but allows closer stronger signals to "break squelch" and be heard. When a signal breaks squelch the radio will mute and the CB signal will be heard. A fourth finger control on the left pod is the push to talk (PTT) button hanging out left of the other 3 CB control buttons. Pressing this trigger down enable s you to Talk (Transmit) on the CB's set channel. There is one more option with the CB turned on, an it is accessed and controlled through pressing the right hand radio button; this is the roger beep. When turned on Roger Beep transmits a short beep on the CB just as you release the PTT trigger button. I set my Squelch on 10 or 11 typically and volume about 7 and channel to 19, but these are only my preferences, some locations have more background noise that others requiring the squelch to be turned up or down. Whom you ride with or talk to may be on a channel other than 19 (the standard highway trucker channel).
Tom, in Mountain Home, Idaho
2002 GL1800 (Illusion Red) Non-ABS, 122k miles
Retired Air Force

"Audentes Fortuna Juvat"

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Re: CB Radio

Post by freedomrunner » Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:08 pm

thank you sir, we might be heading your way on our way to Alaska. Keep the weather warm for us.

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Re: CB Radio

Post by PastoT » Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:55 pm

Haha... It was 27 this morning! It is supposed to warm up through the weekend, just what happens here after 2 snowy winters. It a seven year cycle and should be nice before long. Wish I had the freedom and vacation to tag along, I need some LD time on the road.
Tom, in Mountain Home, Idaho
2002 GL1800 (Illusion Red) Non-ABS, 122k miles
Retired Air Force

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Re: CB Radio

Post by freedomrunner » Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:56 am

thanks for the valuable info on the CB, etc. I just ordered a Sena 20S

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Re: CB Radio

Post by PastoT » Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:35 am

You'll want a Freewire also to connect the bike to your headset. I searched and found one under $200.


Tom, in Mountain Home, Idaho
2002 GL1800 (Illusion Red) Non-ABS, 122k miles
Retired Air Force

"Audentes Fortuna Juvat"

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