I know nothing about radio, other than having read the Stickies above and various other threads about CBs over the past week and a half.
May change my mind someday and become an enthusiast, but right now the only reason I want a CB is for trail rides. Usually use a set of Motorola Family Radios when just two of us, but I want to be ready if a larger group is using CBs. Don't want the thing in the cab the rest of the time.
So naturally, I thought a handheld radio with a good mag-mount antenna would be fine. Bought the Midland 75-785, along with a Wilson 1000 62" mag-mount antenna and an adaptor so as to be able to plug the antenna into the radio.
They came in. I put 9 new AA batteries in then turned on radio and installed the rubber ducky antenna, walked out into driveway. Picked up some chatter on 26 -- pretty clear, but going in and out. Thought to myself, "this isn't bad -- I bet the Wilson will totally rock." I'll ultimately run it off the car battery, but just testing things now.
Unplugged the stubby, could still hear the chatter but much lower volume now. Stood next to my JK, set antenna on top of hood, 50' from the house. Plugged antenna into adapter and into Midland. Volume picked up a tiny bit from "no antenna," but not nearly as loud nor as clear as with stubby. I was perplexed.
I also ordered an SWR, but discovered that it didn't come with a jumper cable, so no way to plug the radio and the antenna into it. Waiting for a short jumper to come in.
But the Wilson instructions say that to tune the antenna, you loosen the set screws on the base and slide the shaft up and down (stop it, you filthy minded people!
) So even without the SWR I can slide it up and down, and didn't notice any difference.
I even removed the antenna from the hood, and just walked around with it, and that made no difference, where I was led to believe the performance should deteriorate when the antenna loses that ground plane of the hood.
So I'm wondering what I've done wrong? Makes no sense that the Wilson, even if not perfectly tuned, would be way worse than the stubby. So I figure I must have left off the "right obtuse 90 degree Staley pin" or something else you CB people all know about and the rest of us are clueless to.
Again, this seems like less a matter of fine-tuning and more a matter of I've done something totally wrong in this set-up. It seemed so simple!
Thanks in advance for any help you can render.
And yes, I know that handhelds are not the preferred method, but I don't see why I wouldn't get better reception from the Wilson than the stubby??