CB Radio Installation & Troubleshooting Help
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Are you new to CB radios? There are several good reasons to install a CB radio in your personal or work vehicle. You can use a CB radio to communicate with friends and family while on the road. CB radios are useful in an emergency since police constantly monitor channels 9 and 19. CB radios also give you access to traffic and weather information. Getting a CB radio installed and working properly isn't always as easy as buying it and plugging it in.
There are several factors to consider when choosing your CB radio components. Where to mount the radio? Where to mount the antenna? What features you want? How tall should your CB antenna be? These are just some of the questions that can come up during the process. The advice below will help you with choosing and installing a CB radio and CB antenna.
Choosing the Right CB Equipment
Information on the types of CB radios available and what really matters when making a decision
Information on what we consider to be the best handheld cb radios available and the differences between them
Information on choosing a CB antenna based on location, height, load, and other factors
Information on your best options when looking for small cb radios and low profile antennas
Information on understanding must-have features, and less important features, when shopping for inexpensive CB radios and antennas, including our specific recommendations.
Information on the features and specs of current CB microphones
Information on CB antenna springs, when to include them, and how to choose the right spring
Information on how to choose a CB radio, antenna and mount for your pickup truck
Learn how to choose the best motorcycle CB radio, headset, antenna and mount for your specific needs.
Installing Your CB Equipment
A how to article outlining the process of installing a CB radio
A general article covering the basic steps for installing a CB antenna
A step by step guide for setting the SWR on a CB Antenna
Troubleshooting CB Radio and CB Antenna Problems
A general guide for trouble shooting common CB Radio problems. Includes cross-reference chart.
A list of items to check when you have a high SWR reading across all channels
A guide on using a multimeter or test light to check for continuity.
This guide shows you how to test the electrical ground for your CB Antenna
This guide describes how to test CB antenna coax for shorts and continuity
Are you curious what the range of a CB radio is? This article discusses just that...how to determine CB radio range.
A list of 10 codes, Q codes and other CB radio Lingo
A lit of frequently asked CB radio questions and their answers.
A detailed description of SWR and why it is important to your CB antenna setup.
Defines what a CB antenna's ground plane is.
A deeply resourceful guide that offers a list of all CB radio channels, corresponding frequencies, customary uses as well as advice on improving transmission and legality of usage.
How to use RF Gain on a CB radio. How it's used just like squelch and how it can be used to adjust your receiver.
Learn about the many different ways people are using CB radios today
Learn why communication during a catastrophe is quite possibly the most important survival tactic, and what your options are with CB and Ham radios.
Ever wonder how CB handles and trucker names came about? We give you a little history behind them, as well as provide a fun CB handle name generator (and infographic) to help you come up with your very own.