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    Uniden BEARCAT 980

    My rig:

    Radio:
    Uniden BEARCAT 980 40- Channel SSB CB Radio with Sideband NOAA WeatherBand


    Power supply:
    Pyramid PS9KX Universal Compact Bench Power Supply-5 Amp Linear Regulated Home Lab Benchtop Converter w/ 13.8 Volt DC 115V AC 70 Watt Input, Screw Type Terminal

    Antenna:

    Nagoya CB-72 28" CB Antenna (26-28 MHz), Center Coil-Loaded Heavy Duty Spring with Magnetic Mount, Includes 18' of RG-58A/U Cable with a PL-259 Connector

    I am using this radio as a base station.
    The problemÖ Iím getting a strong signal as soon as I turn on the radio. Even with the squelch turned all the way up, I still hear a clicking noise. This signal is constant, on all channels 1-40, including upper and lower sideband. The only thing that comes in clear is the NOAA weather station, but I know thatís in a different frequency range.

    Also, according to the built in swr meter (Iíve read its unreliable) my swrís are running from 6 to 8+. Iím out of ideas guys and I donít know what to try next. Thank you for any help.

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    So, I turned on my radio with the antenna unplugged and all was quiet. I'm returning that antenna and am now looking for recommendations on antennas. Thanks guys.

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    Be careful with your grounding. Station ground should be common, even to the negative supply of your DC source and all gear in line with the coax.

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    I’d go with a vertical dipole antenna meant for base stations. Get it up outside as high as you can.

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