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Taking bets on where Fine Tune pops up next

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Tokin

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Pops up? I guess I missed a meeting or two.

Did he go off the air or something?
Thankfully hes been off the air for a week now, 19, 28 and 38lsb have been peaceful.
He got evicted from the KOA campground in New Mexico but not before MMM and D-Rail caught him talking his usual smack on 19.
Not responsible for any spelling errors, not my vid


 

TM86

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Not gonna be happy if he shows up here. I'd like to think the closest he'd come is down in the Valley of the Sunstroke, but that's still too close.
 
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  • Here is a post I did back in 2015 on Mr. Sherman



Met the Guy in Amarillo. He will insult you and he has to be the biggest narcissists I have ever encountered.

He actually believes the reason there are not many CB shops left like there were years ago is because his quality work has put them all out of business. That's pretty much a direct quote! This guy claims to be an ex-truck driver having driven more miles than I have, yet we are about the same age and I know for a fact he has been off the road doing his CB shop business for over 10 years so that is a lie. I do believe he did drive over the road but his years of service and mileage is doubtful.

Now he is self proclaimed CB engineering specialist? CB radios isn't rocket science. That's the equivalent of a tech school student working on lawn mower engines as opposed to a AES certified mechanic working on Industrial diesel engines.

The real reasons for the declining number of CB shops is because at one time, Truck drivers were some of the biggest users of CB's and many if not all CB shops were located at or near truck stops.That's a fact I can attest to from driving trucks over 30 years myself. Now they are few and far between.

Now a days, Many drivers don't own one or hardly ever turn it on if they do. Today's trucks are mostly speed governed so no need to watch for "smokey bear" (except for those 55 MPH communist states), and most trucks have electronic logs so no need to ask if the " chicken coops are open" more drivers use GPS so no need to ask "break 19 for local info".

The company I drive for has over 150 trucks based in Phoenix and I can easily count 40 or more trucks without a CB. Other forms of entertainment has succeeded the CB with today's drivers. The others I asked why they don't turn it on and the most common answer is they are sick of all the idiot base stations shooting skip blaring across what should be the calling frequency that is Channel 19 jamming the frequency up. That's pretty much a direct quote. That should make plenty of you guys out there proud who do exactly that.

Then there is the influx, if not taking over the trucking industry, all the foreigners from Europe, India, and Asia driving trucks who can careless about what a CB is. Then one day soon NAFTA will be fully implemented but at least I have seen many Mexican trucks using CB radios. Don't believe me? look at the reefer trucks with california and British Columbia plates, Majority of them drivers are Sikh's from India, no they are not arabs just because they wear turbans! Look at the trucks with plates from Illinois, New York, New Jersey, those drivers are from all over former Soviet block countries like Bosnia, Ukraine, Armenia, etc. hardly the CB radio truck driving stereo -type from years gone by.

But This guy at Fine tune (goes by "hard drive" on the CB ) believes otherwise along with his white list CB shop buddies that the decline of CB shops is because they have successfully put those other CB shops out of business.

To answer the OP's question, I only stopped in to buy a part not have a radio serviced. You have to wonder why he moves around a lot. I remember him being in Arizona, then Gallup NM and then to Milan NM before he went to Amarillo, now he is in North Carolina? Amarillo should have been the best market for him since it is located ideally to catch all the East to West coast running trucks and even though Amarillo might be a small town , it has always been a mecca for drivers with multiple truckstops, plenty of drug dealers, lot lizzards, titty bars, and yes, CB shops!

If you are just looking to fine tune your radio without adding parts and no repair, learn how to do it yourself. There is no magic to it. There are many knowledgeable people on this forum who you can ask for advice.

Checkout CB tricks.com. You can look up your radio and most of them have service manuals along with diagrams of the board showing which pots will adjust what.

My advice, If you want "big" modulation, don't clip the modulation limiter like most people do, Just turn up the AMC pot inside the radio all the way then use your mic gain for adjustment. Most newly purchased in the box radios have this pot turned too far down. Cb tricks will show where this pot is on your Galaxy 959 assuming that's your radio.

Get a better mic. CB base stations prefer D104 mics, Mobile radios prefer either Astatic or Road king noise canceling mics.

Check peak output power by turning RF power knob fully up with a good watt meter, then divide the peak reading by 4 and adjust your deadkey with the RF power knob at that value. (ie. if your radio peaks 12 watts, set deadkey at 3 watts.)

If you want more power, leave the radio alone and get an amplifier. Nothing is more ridiculous than gutting a radio up or adding circuity that wasn't intended to be there just to get a few more watts that really doesn't make one bit of difference on the other end.

Other than that, LEAVE IT ALONE!!!
 

Tokin

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My bet is he stays west of the rockies though i know a few locals here who would like to see him try to settle somewhere in Florida, just for fun.
In my 35+ years on 11m am ive never once heard someone boast that they were on a fine tune radio nor have i ever heard someone come back to someone saying thats one great sounding fine tune radio. Speaks to your character when you cant even afford a KOA camping spot in a desert yet allegedly selling super tuned $900+ radios tuned on super calibrated equipment.
I kept telling him he needed to spend less time with mic in his hand and more time with a soldering iron but i dont believe he listened. He kept calling me a window licker while giving bogus smokey reports to fantom truckers.
 

Tokin

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Too bad Rabbiporkchop don't post here anymore, CaptkiloW didn't like him but I thought his posts on this subject were entertaining, especially other people's rebuttals!
Theres alot of people who dont post here anymore for the usual reasons and i see some things haven't changed. Its pretty rare for me to be here other than to see whats for sale every few months and i dont financially support the site anymore.
I figured this topic was pretty far reaching in cb circles so there would be some interest in the cb section among the cb enthusiasts.
Anyhow if Mark owes a bunch of people very expensive radios he could try to hide anywhere.
 

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Too bad Rabbiporkchop don't post here anymore, CaptkiloW didn't like him but I thought his posts on this subject were entertaining, especially other people's rebuttals!

I didn't care for him simply because of his blind faith in a bullshitter and his continued BSing himself. When challenged to put up or shut up he would do neither except make excuses.
 
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