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    Default First day and not happy with my CB/Wilson5000!

    So, today was my first day with the brand-new Midland 75-820 CB and Wilson 5000 Magmount combination (on the roof, back side)... not too happy with my investment (maybe is too early for a final verdict)... about 80% of the time just STATIC NOISE, StarWars in my car, and when truckers were talking to each other, very poor quality, I had to bring volume to the max to hear something...I also just bought an XM sat radio and with this CB stuff I cannot even enjoy some music or news on the road... IS THAT SOMETHING WRONG WITH THIS CB AND/OR WILSON 5000 :?: :?: :?: Or that's the normal way of listening to CB conversations on the road :?: Once again, the major problem is huge static noise between conversations AND weak signal (audio quality and the bar meter of the CB) for most of the truckers talk... IS THAT SOMETHING I SHOULD DO, TO TEST THE CB AND/OR THE ANTENNA :?:
    Maybe Rob or HappyA$$ (I think you're using pretty much same hardware) can share some ideas to all of the above...
    TIA

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    Use the Squelch!


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    Quote Originally Posted by SmaartAasSaabr
    Use the Squelch!
    Of course I used it, is the one beside the Volume/On/Off button... it either shots off the entire audio or keep it with the very same static noise...

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    Well in my recent trip to cape cod...There was hardly any talk on the CB alot of static I had the squelch very high just listening to the close conversations....the one thing i enjoy about my Uniden is the Auto Noise Leveling feature. It's boosts the close transmissions

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyVOLVOrob
    Well in my recent trip to cape cod...There was hardly any talk on the CB alot of static I had the squelch very high just listening to the close conversations....the one thing i enjoy about my Uniden is the Auto Noise Leveling feature. It's boosts the close transmissions
    Really :shock: starwars in your car as well :?:
    So my hardware is doing its best but it cannot brake some real-life limits :roll:

    Hey Rob, because I bet that antenna is the one with a lot of static, not so much or not at all, do you have yours grounded somewhere, with a separate wire maybe??? And is it the same with the truckers, in their cabins, same this huge static noise :roll:
    Filters would do any good to my hardware I have right now OR just be patient and try to get used with this CB life as it is :?:
    TIA

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    mine isn't grounded that i know of the only grounded antenna is my home scanner antenna

    It also depends how much talking there is going on in the radio...Some of my findings are alot of talk around the NYC area, I-81 and I 90. I get alot of static on I380 and I80. It all depends where the truckers are. The more truckers i see the more chatter i hear.

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    Two ideas:

    1) Try hanging an alligator clip a with 10" bare wire from the outside of the bnc connector. I think it's called a tether.

    2) Make sure that your vehicle ignition system is in top condition (cap, rotor, wires, etc.) without any leaks (hint, watch it running in the dark while spraying a fine mist of water).

    I don't have the greatest range, but that's due to my ancient radio and cheapo antenna. I don't think you should have any static for nearby signals (I don't). If neither of the above help, try getting the install tested on the car.

    Oh, I've heard that grounding sometimes helps and sometimes hurts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyVOLVOrob
    mine isn't grounded that i know of the only grounded antenna is my home scanner antenna

    It also depends how much talking there is going on in the radio...Some of my findings are alot of talk around the NYC area, I-81 and I 90. I get alot of static on I380 and I80. It all depends where the truckers are. The more truckers i see the more chatter i hear.
    401 expressway across Greater Toronto Area (70 miles E-W) is the busiest road in the whole N. America, thousands and thousands of trucks around here and still I had big problems hearing them CLEARLY And besides that is that God damn static... I paid about US$300 (C$360) for the CB and antenna...

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    Quote Originally Posted by o2bad455
    Two ideas:

    1) Try hanging an alligator clip a with 10" bare wire from the outside of the bnc connector. I think it's called a tether.

    2) Make sure that your vehicle ignition system is in top condition (cap, rotor, wires, etc.) without any leaks (hint, watch it running in the dark while spraying a fine mist of water).

    I don't have the greatest range, but that's due to my ancient radio and cheapo antenna. I don't think you should have any static for nearby signals (I don't). If neither of the above help, try getting the install tested on the car.

    Oh, I've heard that grounding sometimes helps and sometimes hurts...
    Thank you very much for those 2 ideas BUT I did not pay US$300 to now TEST my car for something, if wrong, does not stop my car for running all the time... of course I have no time and especially no need to do those tests as my car runs very smoothly... and btw, with all this static in your car (very dangerous for a normal driving, lots of distraction) is very hard to listen to any radio (or XM sat radio, my case) any more, no more music, no more news, EITHER YOU CHOOSE THE CB OR THE REGULAR RADIO, I cannot see how you can enjoy both in the same time... but I'm pretty sure that with NO STATIC AT ALL this CB stuff would be a great tool in your car and not a real pain in your ass (my first day)... but hey, I paid US$300 so I have to test this stuff and maybe the static will finally go away :roll:

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    hey road warrior, are there alot of truckers in ur area?

 

 

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