CB Squelch Static Issues

Information and questions on GL1800 Goldwings (2001-2017)
Post Reply
User avatar
Posts: 62
Joined: Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:41 am
Location: Tsawwassen B.C. Canada
Motorcycle: 2013 GL1800 Airbag Red of course.

CB Squelch Static Issues

Post by Eboness »

Hi Folks,
Recently my OEM Honda CB has been acting up on my 2013 GL1800 Level IV. It seems that I have to turn my squelch up past 15 or 16 to stop hearing the squelch static. From 2015 till now I could set my squelch to 6 or 7 before I stop hearing the squelch static. I can't believe I'm the only one who has run into this issue. I still can RX and TX ok from my fellow riders, it's just that now the setting has to be above 15 for some piece and quiet on my speakers or through my headset. How can I fix this issue.

Thanks and ride safe.

Former 3PPCLI Canadian Armed Forces Member 1975-1982
User avatar
Posts: 1809
Joined: Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:20 pm
Location: Denver, CO
Motorcycle: (s)
1980 GL1100 STD Vetter (2005-)
1993 GL1500 Aspencade (2017-)
1983 Trav-Lite Camper (2010-)
Past rides
1972 CL350 (1980-1988) sold
1978 Suzuki GS550 (1985-2005) sold
1977 GL1000 (2002-2006) sold

Re: CB Squelch Static Issues

Post by DenverWinger »

I haven't been on the CB waves lately, but that could just be atmospherics or "Skip" getting into your CB. Skip is caused by sunspots, and if the conditions are right CB frequencies can literally skip around the world (CB is "shortwave radio" after all) and you can be receiving a multitude of transmissions from everywhere at once. This is a cyclical event based on the sun's 11 year cycle. Some days will be worse than others. Back in the day when CB was so popular, skip could get so strong as to render CB Radio useless for local communication unless you were right next to each other.

What type of signals are breaking thru the squelch? Does it sound like an overcrowded trucker's channel, or is it just engine noise?
♫ 99 Little Bugs in the Code, ♪
♪ 99 Bugs in the Code. ♫ :(
♫ Take one down, Patch it around, ♪
♫ 127 Little Bugs in the Code. ♫ ♪ :shock:

User avatar
Posts: 3385
Joined: Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:54 pm
Location: Tacoma, WA
Motorcycle: 1998 - GL1500 Aspencade
184K Miles
2017 - GL1800 Audio Comfort
14K Miles

Re: CB Squelch Static Issues

Post by MikeB »

What DenverWinger says is totally correct. However, if you have added any electronics to your bike, such as LED bulbs, that could be the source of your problem as well.
1998 - GL1500 w/184,500 miles ~ 2017 - GL1800 w/13000 miles
USAF Avionics Communications Tech - 1968 - 1986 / Flight Engineer C-130E - C-141B - 1986 - 1992. Retired
Industrial Maintenance Tech - 1992 - 2014
Retired in Tacoma, WA
Post Reply