I just installed a 980 SSB radio in my jeep. Before the radio was installed the shop checked out and tune. Then they tuned the antenna after the install with a meter. They tested the radio by communicating to the shop and it would transmit and receive. I have not been able to communicate with anyone since I left there parking lot. I checked the talk back I'm transmitting. I checked the antenna it passes on am but fails on USB and LSB. I have a 4 ' firestick and 18' Wilson cable. Attached to a Wilson mount.
Took the rig back to the shop they don't seem interested in helping me get to the bottom of the issue. What would you folks suggest?
I am able to put the LSB and USB in the test mode when I key the mike they both fail. I put the Am in test mode it passes. Seems odd the radio would have a test mode for the LSB and USB. Or Unicom never figured a novice would be playing with their radios. :0)
I have tried to reach out numerous times to talk with anyone. I have still not received one reply with the exception of someone in the same parking lot. I've put a couple hundred miles on around Phoenix with my radio on. I have only heard one call on the radio and it was not very clear. I do seem to pick up some faint skip when I turn the volume up all the way.
Could I have a poor ground through the powder coating on the bumper and antenna mount? Would that impead my radios ability to transmit and receive?
What is a realistic distance I could expect to contact someone in AM and SSB modes
As stated before, you can't test in side band. What channel are you trying to talk on?
What is your rf gain set at?
Are you close to an interstate highway?
If you want a lot of chatter on your radio, you need to be close to where people actually use them. I get a ton of skip up in the mountains and find I have to turn the squelch way up just so I can only hear local stuff. You won't find a lot of activity on ssb. Very few people have cb's and even fewer have ssb. Great feature to have though if you wheel and other people in the group have them as well. You could expect a few miles on the trails with ssb. If you had a grounding issue your radio wouldn't pass it in am mode.
I do receive a strong signal when monitoring the weather station. On one Chanel only. I tried to fine tune the antenna it seemed to help I now receive three weather Chanel's although one is are a little broken and the third is vary broken. Currently Im in northern Phoenix.
I've been attempting a radio check on AM channel 19 along interstate 17. Have had no response nor can I monitor any conversations.
If your RF gain is maxed out, that's good. But people overuse the mic gain, thinking that full blast is better than not. Your mic gain can distort your voice, making it very hard to understand you. Have you had another CB shop look at your radio? It sounds like the original shop was only interested in making the sale, & not interested in making sure that you were satisfied. You should either take it to another CB shop, or have a friend that has another CB move about a half mile or so from your location to test it out. Get onto a channel that no one else is using. One you make contact with your friend, gradually move further apart. This will allow you to determine your range. While you & your friend are testing the radio, you can also test how far you can turn the dial on your mic gain, before your voice gets too distorted.
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