Top 10 Ways to Protect a CB Radio

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When disasters, like earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods, take place they have a considerable effect on regular means of communication, and CB radios come in handy in such scenarios. A number of CB radio users use them as a means to communicate over short distances. They also work in the wilderness, in the absence of mobile phone signals. For optimum performance, users should protect these devices from nature's elements as well as electromagnetic pulse threats. When buying products to protect a CB radio, people can shop at brick-and-mortar retailers, although online platforms like eBay can serve as one-stop shops.
1 Use an EMP Safe
Electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, poses a serious threat to CB radios, as it does to just about every electronic and electrical device. As a result, people who wish to keep their CB radios protected in safes should look for EMP safes. These safes come with manual locking systems, as opposed to electronic locking systems, and continue working even after EMP exposure. Some EMP safes include electronic locks that users can override with manual keys.

2 Use a Microwave Oven

The natural design of a microwave oven is comparable to that of a typical Faraday cage. Before placing a CB radio in a microwave, users should wrap it in a plastic bag, follow this by wrapping it in aluminium foil, and then, add a final layer of plastic. Cutting the power cord, removing the Klystron tube, and grounding the microwave offers the required protection.


3 Use an Aluminium Rubbish Bin
Use an Aluminium Rubbish Bin

Thin sheets of aluminium are effective in blocking electromagnetic pulses, which is why aluminium rubbish bins, typically used to protect larger devices, offer CB radios protection against EMP. Before placing a CB radio in a bin, users should wrap it with non-conducting materials, like cheesecloth, cardboard, or paraffin wax. The next step is adding grounding in the form on a braided copper strip that connects the bin to a cold water pipe.

 

4 Bury an EMP Safe
CB radio users can lock their devices in EMP safes and bury them for maximum protection against EMP. Other aspects that require consideration in such scenarios include soil conductivity, mineralisation, and ambient moisture. The ocean neutralises EMP rather well, so burying the safe under the ocean is also an option.

5 Properly Connect the Antenna

Connecting CB radios to antennas requires a dual conductor shielded wire called coax; radio signals travel to and from these wires. While the coax comes attached to some antennas, others come with connector plugs or terminals that attach to mounts. Connecting the coax and the antenna incorrectly can result in poor or non-transmission of signals.


6 Protect the Antenna From Freezing
Protect the Antenna From Freezing

A number of CB radio users complain that snow and freezing rain have an adverse effect on their antennas, even to the point of antennas breaking. To deal with extreme cold weather conditions, users can look for antennas that include floating coils or fibreglass antennas because such antennas are capable of withstanding extreme cold.


7 Install the Antenna in a Safe Place
Install the Antenna in a Safe Place

Installing a CB radio antenna requires keeping it protected in the long run, which is why choosing a suitable spot is crucial. When it comes to automobiles, installing an antenna off centre of the roof offers maximum ground plane coverage, although users have to be careful about the antenna hitting overhead obstacles, like branches. With off-road vehicles, the bumper and tailgate are two places that can present problems.

 

8 Use Large Gauge Wire

The strength of a coax, as well as its gauge, play an important role in broadcast efficiency, and using the right combination can affect efficiency by as much as 25 per cent. Opting for larger gauge wire ensures increased bandwidth and increases the antenna's ability to dissipate heat.

 
 

9 Secure the Antenna
Secure the Antenna

Users can find different types of mounts to secure antennas at home or on vehicles. These affix to both vertical and horizontal surfaces. Different mounts support antennas of different lengths. Stainless steel mounts are not prone to rust or erosion. Mounting studs help to secure antennas onto mounts.


10 Double-Check for Shorts or Opens

Users should check their antenna connections for shorts or opens before beginning transmission. If continuity between the outer threaded housing and the centre pin is in place, it can be indicative of a short. If there is no continuity between the antenna base and the centre pin of the coax, it is indicative of an open. Users can also check for shorts and opens using a multimeter.


How to Buy Products to Protect a CB Radio on eBay

eBay gives its users a number of options from which to choose when it comes to products that offer protection to CB radios. When buying products, like EMP safes, aluminium bins, and antenna mounts, buyers can turn to top-rated sellers, which offer them peace of mind. When looking for microwave ovens, buyers find many used and old options. Use eBay's search box to find products on the website. Consumers should search for sellers who offer deals with free delivery to help them save money. Buyers can also look for local sellers, which enable them to pick up their purchases in person for free.
 
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