CB Output/Receive Range

Discussion in 'Communications And Radio' started by Mule Skinner, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. Mule Skinner

    Mule Skinner Member

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    Greetings everyone. I've searched but as of yet I've not been able to find anything on range of the CB system. My '09 Ultra doesn't seem to be able to transmit or receive very far. I tested it with a friend last weekend and we could only communicate about 1/2 to 3/4 a mile and this was pretty much "line of sight". Is this normal? Can the antenna be adjusted using a swr meter?

    Thanks in Advance.
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    A decent ground plane is needed for decent CB operation which isn't available on a bike so as a result the range will suffer. It's not like a car where you have the roof or trunk mount that will give you better range.The antenna is adjustable as far as the SWR and should be set for best operation.
     
  3. Mule Skinner

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    Thanks for the reply Glider. I've searched my manual and took a peek in the "Tips" section here but haven't been able to find an swr adjustment proceedure. I'll buy a meter if I can find instuctions on how to do the adjustment. What is a "realistic" range for the CB. Do you think 1/2 to 3/4 mile line of sight is normal?

    Thanks
    Russ
     
  4. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    It's a matter of trimming the length or extending the length in the base to get the proper SWR reading. Haven't done it in so long (over 24 yrs) , I forget what the proper SWR is now. I have a SWR meter that I'm looking to sell if you are interested.

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    Here's the procedure for setting the SWR.

    http://www.offroaders.com/info/tech-corner/reading/swr.htm
     
  5. sonic_cruzer

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    That has got to (EDIT). I have thought about getting a CB for my bike just for the option. Maybe it wont be worth it. I am currently using a 4 watt GMRS and have gotten 2 miles in the mountains with tall trees. I was impressed. I have my Ham license now and will be using my 5 watt HT with MARS modification which will let me talk 2m/1.25m/70cm/GMRS & FRS frequencies. Now if I can just figure out how to adapt the output of the HK in my Road Glide to the input of the Autocom system I am using.

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  6. buddybr

    buddybr Active Member

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    I get about the same range on my CB. I figured since the CB was mainly for bike to bike communications in group rides, more power isn't required.
    :USA
     
  7. bikermoses

    bikermoses Banned

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    should at least get 10 miles on a matched antenna:D
     
  8. 66cruiser

    66cruiser Active Member

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    A good antenna ground is as important as a good matched antenna. Gotta be grounded to the frame.
     
  9. KingHeritage

    KingHeritage Junior Member

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    I have a CB with dual antennas in my Mack and can get nowhere near 10 miles.I'm probably in the 1-3 mile range.
     
  10. Mule Skinner

    Mule Skinner Member

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    I have no problem with group rides but the other day I was by myself riding on the interstate and could't communicate with anyone it seemed. Heard very little traffic for the amount of trucks I passed.