Originally Posted by Robb
Have you listened to Hams using exotic audio gear and wondered how they got a true broadcast sound out of their radios? Have you ever wondered if it was possible to do the same thing to a Cobra, Connex, Ranger, Magnum, or Galaxy?
What is the point?
I've always thought that the point of cbing was to communicate, and to do this by transmitting a signal that was LOUD and (most importantly) CLEAR on the receive end. This can be done without resorting to "exotic audio gear".
The most effective way to improve your station's sound is to use a high quality broadcast microphone. Then align the radio to FCC
specs (i.e. 4 watt deadkey - modulation infinitely close to but not exceeding 100%). Use a scope and\or spectrum analyzer instead of relying on a wattmeter. If you need more signal strength, invest your $$$ in a good amp and an "exotic" antenna system, and be certain that your rig isn't driving the amp out of linearity.
The best-sounding station I hear coming out of the USA runs a box-stock Shakespeare tube rig with a Heil mike pushing about 200W into stacked fours. His signal is clear and natural, and when he keys up he blows everyone
To make your rig louder on-the-air, use proven techniques like compression, speech clipping, DSP, or hard audio limiting (like a fast-attack ALC.) NPC is a good choice, but not the worthless diode/resistor mods that are on line. Compressors, clippers, limiters, etc. for musical instruments work as well as similar amatuer equipment, but without the high cost. So-called "swing kits" are junk. There are many internal mods for CBs that will improve performance without sacrificing clarity, but these vary from rig to rig.
Also, be sure to start out with a high quality transceiver. It's pointless to put lipstick on a pig.
Please realize that there are no other CBers here, so all of my communication is DX and I'm writing this from that point of view. On the amatuer bands or local CB
nets, where people show more consideration for each other, what you're advocating is probably a good thing.