What is a SWR meter for CB radios?

What is a SWR meter for CB radios?

The term “SWR” means standing wave ratio. A “SWR” meter is used to measure how well the transmit power signal emitted from a transceiver (radio) is traveling through the antenna system into the atmosphere. Checking and setting the antenna is critical to overall performance of transceiver (radio).

Do you have to tune a CB antenna?

Tuning your antenna is mandatory if you want acceptable CB performance. Not tuning your antenna will result in poor transmission and reception performance, and can also result in permanent damage to your radio. You’ll need an SWR meter (available for around $25) in order to tune your antenna.

How do I get more range out of my CB radio?

The best way to extend the range of your CB, or any radio, is raise the antenna higher. Of course you will need a good quality antenna and Coax. For mobile operations the Wilson 5000 is probably the best.

How do you use a SWR meter to tune a CB?

Turn the radio to channel 1. Key the microphone (depress the button and hold it). Turn the knob on the SWR meter labeled “SET” or “ADJUST” until the needle reaches the setting position at the end of its range. While still keying the microphone, flip the switch on the SWR meter to the “REF” or “SWR” position.

What is the perfect SWR?

SWR Range Explanations. SWR 1.0-1.5: The ideal range! If your SWR is under 1.5, you’re in great shape. If you’re at 1.5 and really, really want to drop down to closer to 1 it’s likely possible to do with addition tuning, different equipment or a different mounting location.

How do I bring a SWR down?

If your antenna is mounted down low on the vehicle, like on the bumper or behind a pickup truck’s cab, the signal can bounce back to the antenna, causing a high SWR. To alleviate this, keep at least the top 12 inches of the antenna above the roof line, and position the antenna as high as possible on the vehicle.

How do I get more power out of my CB radio?

There are several procedures for ensuring maximum output.

  1. TUNE THE RADIO. A CB radio is only as good as the coax and antenna connected to it.