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CB tuning problems
I am trying to get my CB squared away, it is giving me fits.
I set it up and tuned it all with the top off. It tuned right away to a SWR of 1.4 all the way across. I figured that would do fairly well for a first shot and then see where it was from there.
Now that the hard top is on, I can't get any sort of consistent results out of the tuning. The SWR numbers are all over the place. It seems like I can't get the same reading twice in a row.
First, the antenna was too long, then too short, then too long, etc, etc etc.
There was a crazy amount of engine noise when I started it up. I went through all sorts of mess trying to get it settled down. Nothing made any difference.
What are the characteristics of a dead coax cable? What would it do if I tweaked it when the top went on? It just seems like I should not have to fight this thing so hard.
Suggestions out of the HAMs and CB folks?