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Old 04-24-2016, 11:35 AM
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Is My New CB Working?

Completed the installation of the radio a week ago (Midland 1001LWX) and have been driving around with it turned on for several days and I have yet to hear anyone talking over any of the 40 channels. The weather channel comes in clearly.

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You in SoCal? Put it on 19 you should hear something there.


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No, not down in SoCal. I was going to ask if there is one channel in particular used the most. I'll try leaving it on 19 for the next couple of days.
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There's always this guy rambling on 19 around here. I've heard truck stops advertise on it too lol. The drunk guy must have some crazy equipment, it like echoes. I remember hearing him when I was in my teens, now 35 and he's still at it. No-one seems to have much to say back to him. I feel bad for his wife.


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Completed the installation of the radio a week ago (Midland 1001LWX) and have been driving around with it turned on for several days and I have yet to hear anyone talking over any of the 40 channels. The weather channel comes in clearly.
Make sure the squelch is turned all the way to the left. You should at least hear static.
The squelch does not affect the weather channels.
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I noticed when I turn the squelch all the way down the radio doesn't 'break squelch' and put out static. I drove up and down the interstate for awhile this morning listening on 17 and 19. After getting tired waiting for someone to talk I decided to ask for a radio check numerous times and there was no response. So... I will give Midland a call tomorrow morning. The thing is brand spanking new. Just hooked it up last weekend.
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Could be from an incorrect antenna mount assembly which is very common. Can you post a couple close up photos showing the top and bottom of the antenna mount? Is the nylon insulated shoulder washer installed and positioned correctly?
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Could be from an incorrect antenna mount assembly which is very common. Can you post a couple close up photos showing the top and bottom of the antenna mount? Is the nylon insulated shoulder washer installed and positioned correctly?
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Depending on where you live you might find a store that sells and services CB radios. If you're using a 3/8" stud mount Jerry's request will likely expose the problem. In the meantime don't transmit as the finals (the amplifier) doesn't last long transmitting into a short circuit.
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I will try to get a photo posted, however, I was very careful installing the antenna. Interestingly, there was another comment on Amazon from another purchaser with the same symptoms. Also, shouldn't the unit "break squelch" when turning the knob counter-clockwise?
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Counter-clockwise usually opens the squelch. With it fully that direction and volume up some there should be hiss/static. If not something is wrong.
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Make sure the mic is properly plugged in. The speaker won't work in some radios if the mic is missing or not seated correctly.
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Thanks Jerry. Yeah, the Mic plug is seated and the connector retention screw tight.

I called Midland this morning. The very first question they asked was about the squelch. Since it doesn't break squelch they said the unit is defective.
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The replacement from Amazon arrived and it is working. The replacement breaks squelch although I did notice that the position of the knob where the squelch breaks is dependent on the position of another knob labelled "RF Gain". It took quite awhile driving around on the interstate before someone started talking. I also noticed that the ease of receiving conversations was dependent on a button labelled "ANL".
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Just keep the RF gain (which controls the receiver's sensitivity to received signals) turned up all the way. There's seldom if ever a need to turn it down any at all.

The ANL stands for automatic noise limiter. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn't. Mine normally stays off.
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Where are you located if your in the Ontario area I am off tomorrow night and for the next 4 days i will talk to you..
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Thanks, but I am up in Norcal. Interestingly, today I was driving around and heard a conversation on there for second time in several weeks. I guess up here not many folks talk on CBs.

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