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Old 02-06-2014, 06:20 PM   #1
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Uniden bearcat 980 SSB install

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?

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Old 02-06-2014, 08:42 PM   #2
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It's a firestick two antenna

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Old 02-06-2014, 09:32 PM   #3
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I have the same unit and it can't test it in side band mode either, but I've never had an issue receiving.
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:19 AM   #4
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You can't check swr when in sideband mode, sideband doesn't have a rf carrier except when talking. If you have good swr on am then your good to go.
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Red is correct regarding output in ssb compaired to AM.

Who did you try and talk to? A friend with a CB or did you just put a call out. Unfortunatly a lot of CB users are clanish. If they don't know you they won't talk to you.
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Old 02-07-2014, 11:57 PM   #6
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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

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Old 02-08-2014, 09:36 AM   #7
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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.
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What is your SWR? You only read SWR on the AM channels. Sideband utilizes voice only and not a steady carrier.

Try getting near a highway with alot of 18 wheelers and you should be ab;e to talk to someone. Ask for a radio check over the air.
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:58 AM   #9
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RF is maxed. Mic gain is maxed out.

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.

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SWR is about 1.
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:34 PM   #11
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If you have a swr of 1, then you are good. Sounds like you just need to get closer to where others are talking.
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:26 PM   #12
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When I checked it this morning it was 1.5 or slightly over. I tuned the antenna some I will let you know how it works out.

Thanks for the help.

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Finally talked with a trucker less then a mile away. Said radio was coming in scratchy.

What can I do to get clearer communication.

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Are you trying to talk on am or sideband?
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This contact was made AM. Have not been in contact on SB.
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Turn down the mic gain, it should not be all the way up, it will give bad audio on transmit.

If the Cb shop tuned your antenna for you, then leave it alone.

Forget SB for now, stay with the AM. Traditionally truckers used channel 19. Start there, like Wassup said, ask for a radio check.

There are seven weather frequencies available for national coverage.
You listen to the closest one. You can usually hear a few others, but they don't have your local forecast.

Arizona

If you click on the city you get a close in map with frequency information.

Here's the master map for other readers.

NOAA Weather Radio - Coverage Maps
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... Traditionally truckers used channel 19. Start there, like Wassup said, ask for a radio check...
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A lot of truckers are moving away from the CB. All of the cussing, the nonsense, the crowded channels, etc.

But your best bet is to stay on channel 19, if you are near an interstate. There are still more truckers WITH CBs than without.

Truckers aren't usually "clannish", due to the nature of their work. Since they travel from one side of the country to the other, they are usually willing to talk to anyone that will listen.
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RF is maxed. Mic gain is maxed out...
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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Took the rig to a radio shop. It's working as designed. Radio was checked and antenna tuned. Can get over two miles of clear conversation.
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Took the rig to a radio shop. It's working as designed. Radio was checked and antenna tuned. Can get over two miles of clear conversation.
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