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NOW....onto the other sneaky trick!

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So, now, finally getting the information I need for turning this 4 watt CB into a massive RF power output machine capable of steamrolling down every TV set in the neighboring State of Illinois (how's THAT for dramatics?) :) How does one weld extra channels in this thing? (I believe the ones I was told about were -1 [not sure how farbelow in frequency], 3-1/2, 11-1/2, 19-1/2, and 40+ -not sure if I forgot any...it's been awhile).
 

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Yes, ME again! Lucky you.

Everybody run for cover...lol
Hey, if you ever see a mushroom shaped cloud over in Wisconsin USA, you'll know what it's from! :)

What radio and model? What's the chip number. You have to give more info b4 we tell you how to destroy your radio! or rf burn your hands or manhood...
I think I'll start with a Uniden 510 or 520. Will those work?
 

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I don't have the specs with me,

but if your chip is something like the MB8419 (found in the Cobra 2000), you could go way up and way down in frequency. Open up your unit, (the radio fool, not your tool!) and see what the number is on the main chip and report back. With the numbers...
 

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As far a a radio The Ranger 2950DX will thak you where you need to go.... Stay away from all 10 meter frquencys or the Ham opps will complain. Upper sideband lower also am fm etc. And hace them set up the variable power to 2 watts so you connect an illegal amp.
 

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but if your chip is something like the MB8419 (found in the Cobra 2000), you could go way up and way down in frequency. Open up your unit, (the radio fool, not your tool!) and see what the number is on the main chip and report back. With the numbers...
"tool? You mean my screwdriver in my toolbox? I *do* have one of those fancy screwdrivers that open up with the flathead and philips head inside for safe keeping.
Actually I have to get another radio someday. I'm asking all this because I don't know if it pays to spend the extra $100+ for a Cobra GTL or....what is the name of that other radio very similar to that Cobra....or if I should just get another 510 or 520 seeing as how they seemed to get out better than the $$$$ one oddly enough.
 

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Here's a little help for ya:

Play around with one of your radios, use a dummy load at the antennna connections of the radio, have another radio set up, also with a dummy load tuned to the channel of the radio you're working on. Tinker around with what ever coil, pot, variable cap etc. as you're keying the mic and watch the meter on the listening radio. Needle go up, down, or not move? Best to have a schematic of the radio you're butchering and learn what all those symbols are. Learn some electronics the hard way. It's good you have a sense of humor, it'll get you past the heartaches. Instead of pissing the other CBers off, learn electronics and have a ball doing the impossible. When you learn what the PLL circuit does and how to gain some extra channels up or down, you'll feel like a champ. What the ham police are telling you here is true, because a lot of CBers know nothing of what they're doing and cause headaches to the amateur operators when they go out of band into 10 meters. Most hams are really good people who Elmer lots of newbees into electronics and ham radio.
Have fun learning how your CB works; it'll cost you a radio or two or three, but it's fun. Get a basic book on electronics; learn how a jfet, ic, caps, resistors, diodes, coils, et al works. Basic book in your hands, probably will get you up and running in a few weeks IF you study.
This is the most I've posted here on RR on a subject of this nature ever! Why? Because there comes along a fellow who just might like learning the trade and become a certified tech.
And don't worry about raising a mushroom cloud over your head; Each one of us has at some point in time screwed up royally!
Word of caution: Do use dummy loads on the radios you are toying with, it'll keep you from splattering away on your neighbors tv, corded phone or what not.
What is a dummy load? Google is your friend, use it when ya don't know something...

Just found a very informative explaination and how to build a dummy load:

http://k4eaa.com/dummy.html
 
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Another thing that helps is a general tightening inside your radio. You will find a lot of small round things, like coils of wire around a tube, inside the radio. Inside each tube is a slotted-head screw which will tend to come loose. Be sure to tighten down all of these screws as far as they'll go and then you'll be all set.

(For all of you literal-minded people, the above is intended as a joke.)
 
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Another thing that helps is a general tightening inside your radio. You will find a lot of small round things, like coils of wire around a tube, inside the radio. Inside each tube is a slotted-head screw which will tend to come loose. Be sure to tighten down all of these screws as far as they'll go and then you'll be all set.

(For all of you literal-minded people, the above is intended as a joke.)
Hey, come on, be nice! :) Uhhh, that much I *do* know because those are the things (and every CB radio I've ever seen only has 2 of them) that I turned up even more from where my informant had them set and sizzled my 510. HOW they work is what I don't understand. By the way....what are those flat round silver colored things that look like they take a small flathead screwdriver for?
 
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So what are those other thingies I was wondering about? -Those flat silver round ones with the flathead screwdriver hole? What do *they* tune?
 

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Also if you don't have a 'dummy load' for testing the rf output, you can use a way similar to the old tongue testing 9 volt batteries.
After you key the mike, you will have a better understanding of what a real 'dummy load' actually is.
 

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Oh, I know what a dummy load is, I just don't know what those flat silver things are inside.
 

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Those are "pots"

... or potentiometers, found in the books mentioned above. Don't "screw" with them, yet!
 

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... or potentiometers, found in the books mentioned above. Don't "screw" with them, yet!
"yet"? You mean I get to experiment with those after I play with those things with the wax in and the coil around? I still don't know what they DO though.....
 

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Dont use a metal screw driver when tuning things will get all screwed up on the readings----plastic tools all the way or the mushroom cloud will be in your room...lol....also if you can find magazines called SECRET C.B these really helped me thru the years with all sorts of mods and tune-ups for the older brand radios with the pll chips
 

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GRRRR! :) I can't adjust them if I don't know what they do though.
 
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