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Signal goes in and out

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Hello all. Thanks for taking the timeto read this. Im very new to CB's but have a general knoweledge of how they work. I have a cobra29 wx nw st. I installed and calibrated the SWR per the instructions. I was wondering why some CB transmissions sound like they want to come in really strong but then all of the sudden drop out. I have messed with the squelch and the Gain. Is it because there is so much radio traffic or is there something I am missing? I just dont understand why someone would start out loud and clear and then drop. any help would be great. Be safe, stay low.

Paul
 
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Are you using the CB as a base station (fixed position) or as a mobile (moving in a vehicle)? The reason the signal fades out is probably because one or both of you moving away from each other. Usually the maximum distance that you can hear someone is about 5 miles.

Also the signal can drop if one or the other moves so that a hill or other obstacle comes between you.

If you are listening to transmitters a long distance away, a change in propagation conditions can make the signals suddenly disappear.

Watch your six and stay off the horizon.
 
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If it is an abrupt drop in signal check your antenna connection or try swapping antennas. You didn't say if it was a base installation or mobile. If mobile, check your power connections and make sure they are tight.
Good Luck.
 
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