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Three Components of a Successful CB Installation

Three Components of a Successful CB Installation

While CB radio setup isn’t complicated there are many situations where the initial installation isn’t successful. It may be due to incompatible equipment, improper grounding, or lack of testing. Translation: the operator may not have read the directions or been too quick to set everything up.

Only a Few Successful Components are Needed

In the end, it only takes a few steps and some patience to make a CB radio installation successful. Here are three of them.

  1. Set the proper antenna height. This bears repeating from our other blogs. Regardless if for a mobile or home unit, you need an antenna that will get past the obstructions for a clear signal. Thus, you may need to purchase a taller antenna or trim an existing one to work with your system.
  2. Tune your antenna. You do this with a Standing Wave Radio (SWR) test. Connect the antenna to your transceiver to find a measurement as close to a 1:1.5 ratio as possible. If you have issues reaching this, then you may want to check your ground. A smaller area can prevent radio waves from properly launching into the atmosphere.
  3. Keep your coax straight. When you connect your transceiver to the antenna make sure it isn’t pinched or coiled in areas. In addition, it shouldn’t touch any metal surfaces to avoid signal disruption. Pinched or coiled sections of the coax can stop the receipt or delivery of transmissions.

What other questions do you need answered? Speak to one of the specialists at CB Radio Supply to ensure you’re successfully completing your CB Radio installation.

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