There was too much to do around the house to even think about wheeling or other fun this weekend, but I did make time to start figuring out an issue that’s been on my back burner for a while now.
Since I first put a CB in Smokey, my SWR has shown extremely high. Without turning this post into a novel, suffice it to say all grounds are good, and there’s continuity where there should be, and none where there shouldn’t. I’ve done plenty of research and gone through troubleshooting guides, but nothing has made a difference.
My next step is going to be to try an antenna that clears my roofline as it should. (I picked up a folding antenna mount to help make that happen while still allowing me to get into the garage.) Since I’ve run this radio four years now without burning it up, though, I’m also considering the possibility my SWR meter is somehow to blame.
I’ll share an update if and when I sort this out.