It’s still a little warm outside for my air conditioning to suddenly go out …

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What are the odds?

In replacing my blown CB, I tore the existing coaxial cable. (Frustrating, but it happens.) After searching three truck stops to find the better-reinforced cable I was looking for, I rushed home and finished my installation.

Oh, but we can’t have nice things.

A subsequent test revealed an SWR in excess of 7:1! Knowing 80 percent of high-SWR issues are related to a faulty ground, I determined to wait and fix the issue today after work.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered my problem wasn’t my ground. What I found was there is a defect in my brand new coax cable! There’s perfect electrical continuity between the ‘hot’ center post and the ‘cold’ outer barrel screw.

Argh! Out comes the entire unit again …

Almost there!

The new CB, along with my never-used external speaker, are mounted to the Tuffy overhead console. Next, it’s time to drop the top and lower the sound bar for install.

So, I finally ordered a replacement CB — which made its way from across the country to the Post Office about a mile from my house — and, which the U.S. Postal Service managed to lose¬†at that Post Office about a mile from my house. So … a second replacement CB is now on its way to replace the lost first replacement CB.

Sigh … you really can’t make this stuff up!

Basic decisions

When I purchased Smokey, she was four years old, and had 17,710 miles on the clock. Aside from some very minor hail damage to the hood and windshield, she was in immaculate condition.

Ah, but there was a small fly in that ointment. The plastic AM/FM antenna base had a wrench-shaped crack/hole in it just behind the antenna. Either the previous owner damaged it tightening his antenna, or someone had tried to relieve him of the antenna itself.

Either way, this minor imperfection has been a little annoyance since I’ve owned the Jeep. I’ve considered a replacement, especially since I hope to one day replace all the black plastic pieces with something less fade-prone.

Photos courtesy Quadratec

Recently, I participated in a little market-research project (not Jeep-related) that paid just a few dollars. It wasn’t much, just enough to pick up a new antenna base.

This Rugged Ridge unit is all metal and shouldn’t fade like the OEM factory bits can. So, by the end of Labor Day weekend, that cracked-up base should be history. Watch for the installation guide to come soon.