First, if you've posted about CBs in this forum, then you have been a huge help to me getting my first one installed, and for that I say "thank you".
I took the TJ out this weekend, and decided to install a CB before we went. I used info here and other places as a guide, and as soon as I fired her up, I was receiving from boats in the Pacific (I live near the beach). When I reached the trails, I went to check it with my buddy. I can read him like he's inside the cab with me, but I'm coming across as muddy and garbled, almost like I'm trying to take an order at a drive-thru (I had him talk into mine while I listened).
My question is: what on earth can cause this issue? I can pull in all kinds of transmissions, but that doesn't explain why mine sound so terrible. You really can't understand my transmissions at all.
Just as a note: I have double checked all connections, ground, power, etc. The CB and 4' Firestick are brand new, as are all cables and connections. I HAVE NOT checked the SWR yet; neither of us has a meter and I couldn't find one before I had to leave. I plan to find one this weekend.