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- Super Mud-Duck
- Posts: 8
- Joined: Saturday, 15 April 2017, 14:17 PM
- Name: Craig
- Cell Phone: +34622448539
- 443 Arizona
- Wordwide & Qualified
- Posts: 663
- Joined: Thursday, 29 April 2010, 13:22 PM
- Radio: madison on 5/8 wave
- Location: phoenix, arizona
what happens with a normal AM radio?
try walking around the house with a portable AM radio and see what area gives you the best reception.
try and use that location with your CB
- Scipio Kid
- Posts: 208
- Joined: Monday, 18 July 2016, 7:31 AM
- Radio: Washington / Connex
- Antenna: Dipole HM
- Name: Scipio
- Location: Out West in Herriman
Lights dimming when transmitting is (often) a sign of low voltage at the radio. It draws its highest current when you transmit so if the voltage source can't keep up, the lights will dim. (It's like a kink in your garden hose, you have to get rid of the kink to get back to full pressure.) But that's only a symptom. Your transmitter is struggling to put out and all other components are stressed as well because they aren't getting the juice they need to work right. . If there's a short of some kind in the radio, that could be causing the problem (the radio is simply drawing too much current). If your power source is compromised, your power feed cord is worn or too small or even the connections on the back of your radio are dirty, you could be getting low voltage at the radio and it won't work right. If you run a linear off the same power supply, that might be doing it too. Too much current on the power supply and the voltage drops. I got a tweaked Galaxy radio and hooked it up to my base setup at home where I'd been running and testing lots of radios. It did great but then I cranked up the wattage to see what it'd really do, and it did better than I figured. The meter swung to 30 watts, the lights dimmed and the circuit breaker blew. My power supply was fine for the 4-10 watt radios but couldn't handle the big draw of the Galaxy.
These guys on here know what they're talking about. Their expert advice has saved me a lot of time and money. Anyway, just my take on things. Hope some of it helps.
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