SWR? Is it worth it?

Discussion in 'Carolina Trailblazers' started by dlcrawler12, May 28, 2018.

  1. dlcrawler12

    dlcrawler12 Member

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    So we just finally installed a CB in my Dads 4 runner. We got a 3 ft tune-able fire stick, and a midland CB. We didn't buy and SWR meter to tune it, because we weren't sure if it was worth it. Does it really make it that much better? if so, could we maybe use one at the next ride to tune it? Thanks for the help.
     
  2. k5-1402

    k5-1402 Well-Known Member

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    Yes it really does matter. It could be the difference between being heard for miles or barely making it 100 feet.
     
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  3. rodney eppes

    rodney eppes Well-Known Member

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    You got a Great antenna, but it may need to be tuned. That could save blowing out a CB, too. 3' is ok, but I found a lot better reception, with the 4'. I also run a Spring, at the bottom of the stick, to keep from breaking it.

    I'm wrong, sorry! Should have measured twice, before operating mouth. My Firestick, IS 3'. The one I started with was a 2', which was too short. The 3' works fine!
     
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  4. Desertfox1023

    Desertfox1023 Un-Known Member

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    I'll bring my SWR meter to the June 23rd ride and can tune it in about 10 to 15 min
     
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  5. Dylan W.

    Dylan W. lone resident of Bro-Lite Island

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    I'l gladly pay ya a few bucks to tune mine as well. Lemme know. It'll be a Black tj.
     
  6. Desertfox1023

    Desertfox1023 Un-Known Member

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    No need to pay me, I got my value out of the thing more than once over.
    I plan to get there around 8:45 for anyone that wants to use it, (Have to drop my son off before coming)

    Just look for this thing:

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