Even though you may get years of constant use out of a new or secondhand rig without any hiccups, they’re not immortal, things go wrong and at some point you’ll need to find a CB radio repair shop.
This is a whole lot harder now than when Citizens Band Radio was at peak usage, with the many dedicated shops disappearing quickly as the craze died down. The survivors are those outlets who dealings in both the CB and ham side of the radio hobby left them with enough business to keep going.
There are many routes to locating somewhere to get you CB fixed, from asking over the CB itself, doing a search online or hitting up the members of your favorite radio forum.
Reputation Is Everything
Always try for a bricks and mortar business that has a physical presence rather than dropping your radio round to someone you’ve talked to on air or the internet.
If its a local outfit then a quick ask around the breakers in your area will (usually) give a good idea about the quality of work you can expect. After all getting your CB returned in a worst condition than before sent for repair is going to seriously ruin your day.
And Knowledge Is Power
Know a little about how a CB works?, then be sure to show the repair shop that you have at least a basic understanding of what their about to do to your rig. I hate to say it but this may well save you money and prevent them from trying to B.S you.
Have zero idea how the magic inside the CB transmitter works?, then try to drag someone along who has. Apart from the reasons stated above your friend may be able to better explain to you why your rig has stopped working.
Not everybody is going to run up the repair cost needlessly but as this happens now and then in every industry, there’s no reason why radio transceiver repairs should be immune.
“Any doubt about the repair persons ability not to totally screw up your CB should be rewarded by simply walking away”
Older rigs are easy to work on and you have a lot of “wiggle room” with components used, whereas modern CB’s are built using surface mount technology which need a greater understanding of how their put together along with more specialized equipment.
Its very unlikely the person repairing it will be able to give a complete diagnosis of your radio before lifting the lid but if they’re even a little experienced, how the rig behaves when powered up or from your description of the problem should give some indication of the fault.
Make sure you nail down a price before agreeing to the repair (even if its a range). Also make clear where you drawn the line as some repairs will cost much more than the cost of finding a new rig.
If your interest in the CB radio is more sentimental than functional you might be willing to pay whatever it takes to get your baby back on the road. Just be very clear with whoever is doing the repair how far your prepared to go (because they may not ask before going ahead with something costly).
Problems After The Repair
The moment the CB comes back to you, put it through its paces, not only checking that the repair has been done properly but also how the rest of the rig works.
If possible get the repair shop to show you the radio working before you take it away. This saves on accusations that further faults “happened” once you got it home and cuts down on the time it takes to get any niggles sorted.
I hope this article gives you some pointers where to find a CB radio repair shop and what to look out for once you’ve finally found one.