What is a "clarifier" used for in a CB radio with SSB?
CB Radio Clarifier

What is a "clarifier" used for in a CB radio with SSB?

This is a great question that we get from time to time.  When using the SSB band, you are receiving a narrow band signal which drastically reduces noise, distortion and interference.

To do this, the carrier is removed from the signal.  In order to properly demodulate the SSB signal, the carrier must be put back in once you receive the signal.  Most often, there is a slight difference in the signal being replaced on the base unit which can cause the tones of the unit to be shifted.

A "clarifier" is a small control that lets you compensate and fix this variation in frequency.  With a little effort, you can receive the SSB signal on your CB radio exactly as it was in the original audio.

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