Installing, Adjusting and Testing CB Antennas in the Right Way

Proper functioning of a CB radio depends on the technically correct installation of the CB antenna with it.

Generally we can’t get the proper installation done if we do it on our own for the first time.

Different types of professional guidance are required for different vehicles and the particular model of the CB antenna you are intending to install.

It is always recommended that you should buy the most basic CB antenna for your vehicle first for a trial.

The one most preferred for this purpose is the base-loaded magnetic mount. You can find a complete range of the most efficient base-loaded antennas under the Stryker SR-A10 category.

These mounts are relatively easy to handle and install and can be managed just by following the instructions given in the manual.

Before you start with the final installation, adjustment and testing for your CB antenna, following 3 tips should be kept in mind

1 – Be careful while selecting the location for antenna installation. The best place is the trunk lid or the roof of your vehicle of possible. This places provide the maximum open space for your antenna to catch signals smoothly.

2 – Make sure to clean your antenna as well as your car’s top to remove all the dust or unwanted particles that could create mess if left there during installation.

3 – Don’t keep the antenna tip too long that it keeps hanging awkwardly down the mast all the time and keeps hitting the surrounding objects resulting into a broken or damaged antenna mount. Keep the whip of a moderate length placed into the mast so that it stays safe from the environmental damage and calibration can be done easily.

Now to start with the antenna setup, it consists of the following steps, each consisting of various minute details that need to be taken care of for an immaculate setting up of your CB system:

  • Route the Coaxial Cable

First of all the coaxial cable needs to be routed correctly. Take a sufficiently long coaxial cable, preferably the one with the removable PL-259 attached to one end.

Now carefully route the cable by passing it through your vehicle in such a way that it is least visible.

The detachable PL-259 will make it easy for you to pass the cable through the toughest areas, so you can even pass it through the door jam and straight towards your CB radio for making the connection.

Once you are done with it neatly, avoid cutting out the extra coax. Also don’t get it coiled as it can damage the cable.

  • Calibrate the Antenna Whip for SWR adjustment

This step holds the crux of the system. Now you can do it just by moving the whip till the time you start hearing the clear voice from your CB radio.

But with the latest CB radios like those offered by Stryker, calibration needs to be more detailed and accurate for getting optimal performance from your CB system.

If you have chosen the SR-5K antenna for your system, then simply loosen the pair of set screws, move the whip to locate the right point for optimal signal transmission and you are done !

But make sure you are in a clear open ground when you are doing this calibration and testing.

When you place the whip into the mast, start calibrating side by side. Check your calibration results on the reference channels of 1, 20 and 40. Don’t forget to turn the SWR meter of your CB radio on while doing all this.

You can also connect an external SWR meter if preferable. Check the point where you can obtain the lowest reading of the SWR.

The ideal lowest reading should be 1.5 across all the radio channels available. If you obtain a different figure at a different point on the SWR meter, then reconsider the height of your antenna whip.

If you get the reading on channel 1, then the antenna needs to be reduced in height.

On the other hand, if the reading comes on channel 40, the height of the whip needs to be increased.

Any figure other than 1.5 shows that there is some anomaly in the system and you need to recheck all the connections again.

Keep calibrating until you get the optimal reading on the SWR meter.

  • Check for the possible issues in the CB antenna

If your system is not giving the desired performance, you should also consider troubleshooting the antenna coil for it.

It is quite probable that the inner coil might have some issue that’s hindering the proper functioning of the CB radio.

All the Stryker CB antennas are ideal as they give you the convenience of easy handling and maintenance of the CB antennas anytime.

If you have SR-5K, then you can examine the inner coil just by unscrewing it from the base of the antenna.

Connect the coil ends with the volt-ohm meter leads.

If there is continuity in this connection and electricity is passing through the coil without any impedance, then the coil is perfectly fine.

  • Test the coax and the PL-259

Other components of the system, especially the coax and the PL-259 need to be checked for possible irregularities as well.

You can connect the testing leads to the center and the outer part of the PL-259 respectively for testing the center part and the cable shield. If no connections are shown, then it will show that these parts are working properly. If while moving the lead, continuity is established then there is certainly some issue with your coax or the PL-259.

These steps get explained in a better way if you consult the Stryker setup manual side by side.

Each of these steps has been illustrated and elaborated according to your level of expertise and even the beginners can setup the CB antennas in no time.

If you still face difficulty, the Our team is there to help you out anytime.

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