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Uniden problem....

Discussion in 'Communication (CB | GPS | HAM)' started by ftn96, Apr 5, 2001.

  1. ftn96

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    I just got a Uniden from my bud that retired from the trucking biz and he told me that this thing was peeked and tweeked and he got 5 miles on it right before he pulled it out of the truck, so after it has been sitting on the shelf for about a month now, I got off me arse and installed it to a hot ignition wire under the dash and to a ground wire (I think) and I have the volume all the way up and I can BARELY hear anything even with the squelch all the way down. Is there something Im missing here? OD I need to ground it to the frame in addition to running it straight to the battery?
    Also, I have the antenna mounted on the rear bumper which only allows the tip to stick up past the roof by maybe 6 inches, should I relocate the antenna?
    Thanks........

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    Try their web site, maybe you can download a manual for it.
     
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    Check you SWRs to make sure that your antenna is working properly. Then if you have a knob called "RF Gain", crank it all the way up. What model Uniden is it?

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    Not sure about the model. I ran the hot all the way to the battery and grounded it right there on the floor pan next to the T-case shifter. It now works but the only problem I have now is that it is picking up the engine noise.

    Noise filter???

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    Hmm, plug wires will help some of that. I have those fancy super conductor MSD wires and things are quiet. Where you route your power is a big factor. I ran from the battery than right behind the grille and out the other side where it goes over the wheel well, by the cruise stuff, and in the hole where the spedo cable goes.

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    So I should run it as far away from the distributor as possible?

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    Yuppers because that coil is pumping out a ton of voltage. Of course by the grille you'll be by the alenator somewhat but its alot better than the distributor. You are going to get a little noise no matter what. At that point it just depends on the radio. My new Grant LT is dead quiet while my old Midland has a little engine whine.

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    Well [censored] balls. I didnt leave enuff slack in the wire. I'll have to re-run or splice on an extention. Thanks dude.

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    mine does somehting like that, i am gonna try to replug in the speaker tomarow.

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    There are some hot open connections in your fuse block, you should only need to wire to there.

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    The fuse block and cigarette lighter are noise city. They get power off the altenator so all the crap gets sent down line. They're great though for a quick and easy hook up.

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    If you want maxmum range from your radio, tune the system using a field strength meter. Because a vehicle body is not a true ground (rubber tires), a low SWR is not necessarly desirable. Tuning with a field strength meter, will ensure maximum output. A properly tuned antenna will also improve reception. A quality noise filter will also help quiet the radio. Any decent electronics store or marine store should have them.
     
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    Im satisfied with the reception, I just need to get rid of the engine noise

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