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Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by 540tundragirl, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. Jun 12, 2019 at 6:39 PM
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    Grey Wolf

    Grey Wolf Alaska Size Stealthy Swift Slate Grey Wolf

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    I have the Bearcat SSB with Firestik. The built in VSWR meter is actually pretty good.
     
  2. Jun 12, 2019 at 6:39 PM
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    Grey Wolf Alaska Size Stealthy Swift Slate Grey Wolf

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    I get no noise or feed back.
     
  3. Jun 12, 2019 at 6:40 PM
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    Due to the changing electronics in vehicles, that's far less of a problem today. After all, manufacturers today have to shield things for their own many electronic gadgets installed. I haven't had to use a noise filter in years, and that was only on the older vehicles I could afford back then.
     
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  4. Jun 12, 2019 at 6:59 PM
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    Grey Wolf Alaska Size Stealthy Swift Slate Grey Wolf

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    Many top end CB's today have very reliable built in SWR meters. For those that aren't aware, SWR or more appropriately, VSWR (voltage standing wave ratio) is a common problem with RF and microwave transmission lines. I deal with it everyday when calibrating and verifying hi freq connectors and cables except my network analyzer cost $57K. The $25 inline SWR meter works just fine. You're basically adjusting for minimum SWR or dip on the meter. Perfect ideal VSWR is 1.0 and next to impossible. Fyi....VSWR is never ever less than 1.0 let alone actually 1.0
     
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  5. Jun 12, 2019 at 7:24 PM
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    Grey Wolf Alaska Size Stealthy Swift Slate Grey Wolf

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    Yep.A good way to verify the built in SWR meter accuracy is to compare it to an inline meter indication like I did for peace of mind. Easy peasy.
     
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  6. Jun 12, 2019 at 7:26 PM
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    Yeah, I only use a free-standing SWR meter when installing a new antenna, or when I suspect there's a problem. Other than that, I casually use the radio's built-in meter (good enough) and/or generally keep an eye on the power output (which changes with the SWR). While I always try to keep SWR as low as possible, I'm usually happy enough to top out somewhere between 1.5-2.0 (on the outer frequency extremes) in a vehicle. By the way, Grey Wolf is my current CB handle. Handyman (a reference to James Taylor's song) was my old handle.
     
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  7. Jun 12, 2019 at 7:33 PM
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    Grey Wolf Alaska Size Stealthy Swift Slate Grey Wolf

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    1.5 to 2.0 is good for our CB setups. Over 2.0 not so good. The high end metrology grade connectors I verify are 1.0 something up to 1.2 or 1.3 so 1.5 or so is pretty good. Like you said you tweak for peak power/ minimum SWR. I like messing around with my CB although I do have gmrs handhelds.
     
  8. Jun 12, 2019 at 7:42 PM
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    Bearcat SSB if you go the CB route.
     
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  9. Jun 12, 2019 at 7:48 PM
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    Grey Wolf Alaska Size Stealthy Swift Slate Grey Wolf

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    CB's are definitely superior in a natural disaster that disabled gmrs repeaters and cell towers that turned your phone into a brick.

    The cost to get up going with a CB is very economical and painless too.
     
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  10. Jun 12, 2019 at 8:35 PM
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    Ehhh that's a canoworms. I understand what you're driving at but I think you'd find many disaster agencies, prepper communities and plain ole good citizens looking to help would disagree. But I'm in the camp of "why not have both?" so I'll just leave that debate there.

    No doubt. Especially as you can often find a nice setup at a thrift store or garage sale for a few bucks.
     
  11. Jun 12, 2019 at 8:44 PM
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    A useless cell phone is....well....a brick..That being said, many plain old citizens with CB's that do help in disaster situations would disagree so I'll just leave that debate there. I can find all kinds of cheap goodies at garage sales. Quite witty aren't we? I agree both would be good although this is a CB radio thread.
     
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  12. Jun 12, 2019 at 8:52 PM
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    The webs are full of some pretty good "discussions" on this. Each side loves to point at specific disasters where X method was used to do Y. Kinda makes me laugh. I'm just glad there are so many good folks out there willing to help with whatever they have.
     
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  13. Jun 12, 2019 at 9:43 PM
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    They have Linear amplifiers, trucker's been using them for years Google it.
     
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    I think he was asking about a GMRS radio and not a CB, but I could be wrong.
     
  15. Jun 13, 2019 at 10:39 AM
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    I may be talking out of school here , but the GMRS units should work in a SHTF / grid down scenario , but the repeaters would be questionable. So technically you could still use GMRS but range will be a factor.
    I agree , a $50 CB is a good investment for emergency comms.
     
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  16. Jun 13, 2019 at 7:12 PM
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    I remained at home (a mile from the beach) during Hurricane Hugo and was glad to have a good CB radio base station (a $200 to $300 investment) with a reliable 25-35 mile range in any direction (not skip, clean reliable coverage).

    As the power was turned off, the mobile/cellphone towers shut down, the AM/FM radio & television stations went off the air (employees clearing out), and the abandoned (by their evacuating owners) ham repeaters also went off the air, I was able to continue talking to people all over the county.

    Using that, I was able to find out which few stores were still open, where to get ice for the fridge (local ice company remained open), a decent idea of what the extent of the damage was, and pretty good info about what was generally going on. It was also nice to still talk to others, some using base stations and some using the radios in their vehicles.

    CB radio is now an integral part of our disaster/survival preparations. We still have a base station, along with radios in our campers and vehicles.
     
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  17. Jun 13, 2019 at 7:34 PM
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    THIS^^^^^
     
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    Just ordered the Midland MXT115 and larger antenna.
    Now I have 3 comm systems... I might be developing a problem.
     
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  19. Jun 14, 2019 at 6:39 AM
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    The more the merrier!
     
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    +1! Two is one, one is none...
     
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