spinks wrote:if your worried about the integrity of the antenna DONT use the CB's until you have checked it out
After wiring up a CB plug, it is advisable to remove the antenna from its mount and test the centre pin to the outer (should connect to the braid ) for short circuit as its easy to get a strand of brading to short across
. Also check for continuity
The SWR (standing wave ratio) is measured with an inline SWR meter and is the relationship of the antenna to the transmitter and cable. Basically, if too high i,e short or missing or wrongly matched antenna, then the high SWR causes high voltages to develop which can enter the TX and blow up its output transitors, the higher the power output,the worse this gets!!
I would suggest you have either a broken cable or dry solder joint or short across the center to braid. Normal ground level line of sight should be easily 2-5 miles and even more if elevated. In the 80s, We used to regularly get from the hills of high Leicestershire up to the derbyshire peak district 60 miles away and even 100 miles down to Harlow Essex on 4 watts mobile i.e standard power with a K40 antenna
Hope this helps
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