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.

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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

booksKnow 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.

Pricing

gold coinsIts 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.

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4 Responses to Finding a Quality CB Radio Repair Shop

  1. Andy says:

    Hi Carl,

    May I ask if you know of anywhere or anyone who could check out an old Cobra 148 GTL-DX set please, I was given it years ago (when they were sit naughty 😉 ), but it has just sat up in my loft, it switches on an everything, I’d just like to get it checked out to make sure it is still good to use…

    Many thanks…

    Andy…

    • Carl says:

      On the technical side, the legacy rigs like the 148 GTL aren’t strictly legal to use on sideband as they are not type approved like the radios releases for/since SSB was bought in.

      That said, with very little active hunting of illegal CB activities anymore, you’d have to really hack you neighbours off or have the sort of badly tuned CB/linear that’s dropping a harmonic somewhere important like the aircraft band before the powers came snooping around and checking what equipment your using.

      Sorry Andy but I can’t remember the last time I needed the services of anybody to look at my radios but your could try one of the Facebook groups like THIS ONE

      • Andy says:

        Hi Carl,

        Many thanks for the reply, I didn’t realise the set wouldn’t be legal, not sure what to do with it now, I was going to put it into my car, I guess I’ll pop her back into the loft…

        Many thanks again…

        All the best…

        Andy…

        • Carl says:

          Argghh!, that thought of another classic CB radio maturing in a dark place somewhere sends a shudder right down my spine 🙂

          Have you thought about passing it on (maybe eBay it), if its in good condition you should get a decent price and they are OK to sell, just a little illegal to use.

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