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Old 10-26-2007, 09:06 AM   #1
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We haven't had a CB since their hey-day in the 70's -- in the few trips we've taken in the newly accquired, pre-owned 05 DSDP we hardly hear any CB traffic even on I-10 etc. (CH 19 etc). The unit is operational and we do catch a piece of conversation now and then but nothing like it used to be. Could it be an SWR problem - are these things easily tuned or adjusted?
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Old 10-26-2007, 09:06 AM   #2
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We haven't had a CB since their hey-day in the 70's -- in the few trips we've taken in the newly accquired, pre-owned 05 DSDP we hardly hear any CB traffic even on I-10 etc. (CH 19 etc). The unit is operational and we do catch a piece of conversation now and then but nothing like it used to be. Could it be an SWR problem - are these things easily tuned or adjusted?
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Old 10-26-2007, 09:11 AM   #3
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The truckers still use the CB all the time and so if you are only catching the occasional chatter, then there is something not working right. It could be the squelch or the SWR or the volume. I would check the volume and the squelch first before buying a SWR meter. Turn the radio to a non used channel, like 23 or something where no one is talking on it. Then turn up the volume and move your squelch knob to where you get static. Then back it off to JUST where the static stops. That will adjust your squelch and also give you an idea of where your volume is set at. Have you tried reaching people on it and how do they seem to copy you? If not very well, I would try the SWR then. Pick up a meter at Radio Shack. There are usually one or two "tuning" rings on the antenna mast that you move up or down to adjust it.
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Old 10-26-2007, 11:47 AM   #4
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bontemp, the CB radio is more than likely not operating correctly, have the radio serviced at a reputible CB technician. Ed.S
P.S. I travel I-10 back and forth from Florida and there is alot of traffic on the air.
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I have noticed the same thing the last couple of years. I turn on channel 19 and can drive for miles without hearing any chatter. And I know my CB is working properly because I often travel with other motorhomes and talk to them on the CB.
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Old 10-26-2007, 02:56 PM   #6
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I just drove 22 hours in two days,from Elkhart Indiana to Jupiter,FL and talked to truckers the entire way....Lots of chatter too...
As always, some good....some not so good.
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Old 10-26-2007, 06:06 PM   #7
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The times I have put the CB in the truck, you hear plenty of chatter on 19. If you don't hear anything on 19, the radio is not working...squelch set too high, volume too low, power off, no antenna or blown fuse.

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Old 10-27-2007, 01:40 AM   #8
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Bontemp,

Mine has been changed twice. If you have the metal antenna with the load near the bottom it's probably rusted and gone bad. This last time I could hear if someone was real close but I couldn't transmit at all. LT will check it out and replace under warranty.

I'd like to find a more durable one that's not too tall but no luck so far.
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I can't remember if its Shakespeare or Wilson, But they make a 24" fiberglass model that is tunable.
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Old 10-29-2007, 02:46 AM   #10
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What is everyone using for an antennae???
How do the factory roof tops work???

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Old 10-29-2007, 04:02 AM   #11
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Our 05 DSDP has the factory furnished, twin "shorty" roof mounted antennas and reception is very poor per above post. We checked for corrosion etc. as recommended by Racer624, but found none. Time to seek out a repair shop I guess.
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Old 10-29-2007, 07:45 AM   #12
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Try this CB site for antennas, www.firestik.com
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I have been told Newmar uses a ground plane antenna system. IMHO the dinky gound plane Newmar installes is not nearly large enough. The factory installed antennas, I have sceen are bottom loaded, making roof top transmission/reception difficult.

Success can be achieved by going to the firestik.com link mentioned by offshore.

If you want to keep using the Newmar antenna wire and mount, you'll need to order a top loaded antenna for a gound plane installation.

If you want to use a new antenna system, order their top loaded non-ground plane antenna kit. I use the kit with the side mount (drill a hole near the top of the driver's side of the coach). Click here for a picture. Also order the spring for the size (3 or 4 feet) antenna you order. I started with a 3' antenna. It was good, but not as good as I wanted. I got the 4' antenna and WOW, what a difference. The antenna kit part number is LG4-M2-B. The antenna spring is part number SS-3H. The only potential disadvantage is the top of the antenna is 14' 2" above the ground. I've been using this kit for over 2 years. The antenna has hit a few tree limb ends, at slow speeds, but that is about it.

This setup works outstandingly. I have lead caravans that accordian out to 3 miles on the interstates and the tail gunner can hear me perfectly.
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HeyGary The side mount looks graet!!! I was just wondering about replacing the original Newmar roof mount with a Firstyk No Ground Plane roof mount !! Do you think that is doable???
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