Anybody here who has paid the big dough and installed the CB Radio? What kind of results have you gotten? What kind or range are you getting?
I purchased & installed the kit myself (I'm no dummy & consider myself electically competent), but this is frustrating me to no end.
Intercom works fine, VOX is fine, interface to the radio is fine (AM, FM, MP3) with no problems. CB is almost non-existant.... With the CB in either Local or DX, my xmit range is 1/4 to a half mile. My reception range is under "maybe" 300 feet (direct line of site to the end of my street an I can't receive anything).
I spoke with my dealer and they had no help to offer, they contacted Victory & were told 1 to 3 miles is the "best" I should expect. This is CB!, I know a CB should be able to reach up to 20 miles in the flat lands, Hell, I would besatisfied if Iwas able toget 5-6 miles... I could shut my mouth & drop it if I was getting 1-3 miles (that meets 90% my needs).
I'm reaching the point of making an "offical" warranty claim with Victory, but that will be a big PITA. My dealer's service department has no experience with CB, no equipment for testing and will likely need me to leave the bike with them for some unknown period of time.
I am hesitant to have a radio tech touch it at this pointbecause of warranty claim issues and I believe that since this is an "OEM" kit, the cable & antenna should be pre-tuned for optimal operation, so needing to purchase an SWR meter or adjusting the Antenna should not be necessary IMHO.
I have removed the radio & antenna, sanded all mounting points to ensure a good ground with no improvement.
Any suggestions? Opinions of whether it is the CB unit or the Antenna?