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CB (cobra 19) / SWR ???

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hey all...

so i just got a Cobra 19 DX IV with a 4' Firestik 2 antenna. so i went to the CB shop to get a CB Speaker & PA Horn.. so when i was there i asked the guy how much to tune my cb he asked what i had and he tells me "oh that one cant be tune" ... i was like hummmm okay and took off with my stuff .... i have been reading here and on the net and there is notting that is tellling me that the 19 cant be tune...

so my question is you guys with a cobra 19 did u guys tune yours ???

is that guys full of B.S and did not want to deal with me ???

:hi:thanks for you help
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highly illegal and comes with a VERY STEEP fine if caught. dont know about you but i really dont want to pay it nor lose my equipment to the FCC. there are people out there that WILL hunt you down and report you to the FCC. a "tune" is really a waist of time and money.
Where are these people? I literally know of around 100 people in my area who either have "illegal" cbs or have vhf radios in their trucks if not both and have never heard of anyone getting fined, warned, or have their stuff taken. Also if a radio is not set up correctly it can get burned out so I would say its a wise idea to get it tuned and make sure everthing is the way it should be.
VHF, as in marine band radios? if so there are numerous people that have been fined for that over the last couple of years. i know of a group of hunters not long ago got busted out in western Va for using marine band radios while hunting. usually, unless they are bleeding over and bothering the amateurs they usually dont get reported. but, some amateurs take this very seriously to the point they get a group together and do whats called a "fox hunt" and actively search for the offenders. as for the VHF, the local USCG has busted several locals for having and using marine radios on land. last year or the year before they busted 4 different groups by doing fox hunts. they actually train to do this about once a month.
Where I live a lot of the farmers use them. Even up toward the coast they still use them. I wish they were legal because they are so much clearer and go further than cbs.
get your ham ticket and enjoy the ability to talk around the world. VHF/UHF is good for local contacts and when propagation is up you can talk quite a long ways. last time i was on the air and prop was up i talked 178 miles on 2m(vhf) with 50w and a comet GP-9 antenna mounted only 10ft off the ground. HF opens up regional, national, and world contacts to you. its a simple test to take and cost $15. study for both tech and general for a couple of hours a day for a couple of weeks and find a test site. as long as you pass tech you can take general for free.
I have no use for anything crazy like that, I just need to be able to talk to the people I hunt with when we are catching our dogs. My cb works, but you get a lot of random people one there and it gets staticy as hell. They also freak out around power lines, which we hunt off of a lot.
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