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So i know i need to tune my CB when i get it hooked up, and I know i need an SWR meter to do it. Where can I find one of these local, or does anyone in socal (near long beach) have one that they can let me use/do it for me? :)
 

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expensive?
 

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aight, i'll hit up fry's this week
thanks
 

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probably around $30 ... or find one of the members that is a ham radio operator, he's likely to have a better one and be happy to tune the set up for you
 

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CYi5 said:
So i know i need to tune my CB when i get it hooked up, and I know i need an SWR meter to do it. Where can I find one of these local, or does anyone in socal (near long beach) have one that they can let me use/do it for me? :)
Ditto, unless you plan on tuning it a lot (HAHA) then find someone close to you with one... $30 to tune an antenna sucks- although I did.. mostly cause I am the only TTORA member in Lake Arrowhead...
 

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u mean tune as in calibrate ur SWR's i assume, if ur goin steel whip usually a tune is not needed b/c it is exactly the 1/4 wavelength already. plus u gan get a whip for $20, mount and stuff about $15 and u can talk just as far as the $80 magnetic antenna dude. just the way i run my stuff, and FYI if ur gonna run a box more than 150 watts i advise u go with a steel whip regardless, i have seen boxes push to much into fiberglass and ruin them. hope that helps ya, if not, at least i attempted to help.
 

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Isn't a CB limited to 4 watts?
that's what i thought...
but yes, i need something to tune my SWR. I ordered a Cobra 19 DX III, and a 4' Firestik II.
 

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CYi5 said:
that's what i thought...
but yes, i need something to tune my SWR. I ordered a Cobra 19 DX III, and a 4' Firestik II.
Is your radio hooked up, talk to someone and try it out. Lots of poeple never check the SWR.
 

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i heard u can really jack up your radio by doing that..so i don't wanna take any chances. Plus i'd rather get the best signal possible.
 

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CYi5 said:
So i know i need to tune my CB when i get it hooked up, and I know i need an SWR meter to do it. Where can I find one of these local, or does anyone in socal (near long beach) have one that they can let me use/do it for me? :)
I got mine at Radio Shack...can't remember how much it cost.
 

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$79.95 at radio shack, special order. $9.95 at fry's..out of course. So www.outpost.com it is.
 

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Ted said:
Isn't a CB limited to 4 watts?
No you can run illegal amplifiers (what he referred to as a "box") that can go upwards of 4000 watts and thousands of dollars. But thats for CB fanatics.
You should always tune your CB to the antenna. What this does is it lowers the reflected energy going back into your CB which can burn it up. This is why you tune.
Any antenna will be fine with a 4 watt CB (stock) It's just preference however the whips do "get out" better. If you do run an amp make sure you antenna is rated for twice the power you will put out. But really forget getting into amps, it can get just as expensive as moding your taco.
 
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