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IrishGun

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I've just set up an A99 antenna, to my grandfather's Sears Roadtalker 40 base/mobile and it doesn't seem like I can transmit or be heard? My antenna is set up at 40 ft., next to my house; the meters swing to the extreme right when I squawk, but never an answer. I live in West Chicago, IL, and pick up Oklahoma....on USB. It's the original Sears mic - do I need an upgrade or additional tuning?
 

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Before trying upper or lowers -- try just standard am... did you tune your antenna? Check coax for shorts? what is your swr? do you have a second rig you can go down the street and listen?
Mic being stock isn't a problem, unless it's dead/shorted... if you have a meter and it's just going from one side to the other when dead key - has hte radio been tweakedmodded/peaked/messed with?
 

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Try when you have a friend, with a radio, to work with. Sad fact of CB, you may be getting out but nobody willing to answer.
 

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Yea; that's why I asked about peaked/tweaked -- if it is stock; that's a lower possibility than coax or high swr... It seems all "new" people NEVER tune their antennas "I paid a lot; it should be ok" or "It worked at my buddy's place, so it should work here" so they leave it alone -- a cable that got bent can screw it up too. -- NOw if he's keyed up with a dead short a few times -- then finals or more... testing swr should give more info...
 

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Uh oh, meters swinging to extremes is a red flag. Looks like an antenna and/or coax problem like maybe a short or something became disconnected. Beyond the scope of discussion, the best we can do is speculate, it needs physical attention.
 
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