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You can repair 95% of all CB radio problems yourself with NO electronic knowledge, and NO expensive special test equipment. Just let my simple book, THE "SCREWDRIVER EXPERTS" GUIDE, show you how.
Let me introduce myself. My name is Lou Franklin, and I am a professional electronic repairman with 36 years experience in the design and repair of radio communications equipment. I hold the highest grades of FCC licenses issued by the U.S. Government:
1. General Radiotelephone (used to be called First Class Commercial) with Radar endorsement. The test most "repairmen" wish they could pass.
2. Amateur Extra Class (K6NH). Only 6% of all Ham operators can pass this test.
I have helped build, repair and maintain commercial broadcast stations around the world, including 100,000 watt, 6-tower AM/FM arrays. I have outlasted almost all my CB repair competition because quite frankly, I am among the best, the fastest, and the most honest CB technicians around. I have traveled the truck stops of America repairing the "repairs" of all the other so-called CB experts. I receive constant requests for technical advice from CBers all over the world.
There will never be a better time than right now for you to prepare yourself to cash in BIG on the booming CB radio repair business, without wasting a pile of money on overpriced correspondence school courses and vague electronics textbooks. Or maybe you just want to learn enough to fix your own equipment, and enjoy your hobby more. The popularity of CB is on the rise again, due mainly to lower overall costs, favorable sunspot conditions, and a growing interest by Hams in 10-Meter conversions. And CB is now a worldwide hobby, with millions of radios in use. People would still rather pay you $20-$30 for a simple repair, even on a bargain model, than have to spend considerably more for a new set. And theyre definitely not going to throw away a top quality name brand model. Finally, dont expect those 23-channel sets to disappear for a long time: since theyre much easier to modify and tune than many of the 40-channel types, theyre still extremely popular with old-timers as well as Ham operators who can convert them for Amateur use. My book explains the pros and cons of both radio types, as well as their modification methods. Ill show you in non-technical detail how to get those extra frequencies.
Youll be the envy of all your radio friends. Theyll come to you for help and advice. And strangers will gladly pay you for the knowledge Im offering. (The going repair rate is now about $40 per hour.)
In THE "SCREWDRIVER EXPERTS" GUIDE (To Peaking Out & Repairing CB Radios), youll learn things like:
· How to "peak out" your transmitter, modulation, and
receiver for greatest range and efficiency.
· How to wire any mike or power mike to any CB radio, or diagnose and repair mike-related problems.
· How to diagnose and repair the most common antenna/SWR problems.
· How to diagnose and replace bad "Finals" and crystals for about $3.
· Worthless gimmicks and junk products that dont do anything.
· Tips on curing automobile ignition noise.
· The best brands to buy, and what to avoid.
· Methods of changing and adding channels for both crystal and PLL radios.
· How to add FM to many AM or AM/SSB models.
· How to unlock the Clarifier so that it also slides on Transmit.
· Specific power & modulation adjustments for hundreds of American and foreign PLL models.
In addition, youll learn once and for all the real dope on antennas and SWR with the most detailed, most comprehensive, and most practical discussion of this subject that anyone can understand. Those other guys are great with the math, but I really doubt theyve had their hands on as many real CB radio antennas and installations as I have. The myths about this least understood area of CB radio will be exposed at last.
My personal experience in repairing over 2,000 CB radios has shown that about 75% of all problems are not even in the radio; theyre almost always caused by bad mikes and bad antennas. Of the remaining 25%, perhaps 20% of all internal problems are the result of reversing the power leads, bad audio and transmitter "Finals," bad crystals, and bad solder connections. I can show you exactly how to diagnose such problems, how to physically locate and replace the defective part, and where to get an inexpensive new part. That leaves us with about 5% of problems requiring professional help and very expensive, special test equipment.
It is for this relatively small 5% that the electronics industry spends a fortune pushing their high-priced correspondence courses and vague theoretical textbooks. Such products often emphasize troubleshooting methods and classic analyses for problems which rarely even occur in CB radios. On the other hand, Ive managed to boil down years of real, practical CB radio situations into an illustrated manual that anyone of average intelligence can understand. Electronics is a complicated science, but you dont have to know how something works to be able to fix it. Thats why my information is totally unique: you just need eyes, common sense, and the ability to carefully follow illustrated instructions.
One word of caution: some of the repairs and adjustments that Ill describe may be illegal for you to perform without the proper commercial FCC license, or under the supervision of a duly licensed technician. All Im offering is the knowledge of how to do them.
This book is fully illustrated with drawings, charts, and schematics, including things like:
· Color codes of most popular power mikes and how to wire them.
· Common crystal mixing schemes for determining dead channels.
· The most common audio and RF Final transistor types, and how to recognize and replace them.
· How to locate the adjustments for "peaking out" the transmitter, modulation, and receiver sections of typical AM or AM/SSB rigs.
· How to convert many popular PLL radios to new frequencies by substituting crystals or by simple switching arrangements.
· Detailed SSB slider modifications. How to make them shift for both Receive and Transmit. Includes specific instructions for many popular chassis types.
· FM conversions. How to add this very useful operating mode to most AM or AM/SSB models.
Plus a unique Troubleshooting Flowchart! This method is often used by the pros to quickly isolate a fault or problem.
If for any reason you feel this information isnt worth its purchase price, return it to me within 30 days for a prompt refund, no questions asked. (Ever wonder why those other CB mail-order "book" sellers never offer refund guarantees?) This book is professionally written, typeset and bound in a large 8½" x 11" format. Over these 30+ years its been reviewed in many electronic magazines including the original CB MAGAZINE, S9, SCIENCE & ELECTRONICS, and POPULAR COMMUNICATIONS.
Youll be amazed that finally, somebody who really knows CBs can show you in plain language and pictures how to repair and tune your own radio, and frustrate all those fast buck "repair" artists out there. And who knows? Maybe youll even make some money yourself, or start an exciting career in electronics!
For all this valuable information, the price is only $25 plus shipping. It would easily cost you that much just to get a power mike wired, or to have an antenna repaired at any good CB shop. And after saving yourself that next repair bill, or receiving your first paid repair, youve already recovered the low purchase price. All future repairs are pure gravy for you!
Since our first edition, literally thousands of people have been helped by "THE SCREWDRIVER EXPERTS" GUIDE. Heres just a small sampling of the many unsolicited comments weve received from happy readers:
" I am more than pleased. Everyone wants to know how I learned it so fast." DFN, Canastota NY
" Let me commend you for one of the finest books on CB repair that I have ever seen, and Ive been a CBer for 16 years." RBP, Beloit WI
" A fantastic publication. I can understand it easily, having no electronic knowledge." CC, Abilene TX
" mobile broken down for 3 months. I repaired it with your books help for $1.00 so my book is now paid for." GD, Canada
" has helped me fix several radios. It is so simple, the best Ive read." CW, Scottown OH
" was a big help to me the easiest one to understand and read worth paying that cheap price." RN, Honolulu HI
" is one of the very best and very easiest on the subject; you get the information across." MP, Argyle, MN
" I found your book very interesting and helpful in understanding CB radio problems." DM, Wheaton MD
" It has proved to be quite useful." TK, Holly MI
" simply bodacious. Your book is of great value to me." OE, Ontario CA
" the most important item anyone could add to their radio shack. To you sir, Well Done! and thanks!" LL, Las Cruces NM
" a little more than I expected. A real fine book by far." EM, Beeville TX
" I recommend this book to every CBer. It has helped me in all ways." HK, Netherlands Antilles
" great, fantastic, there is someone who can explain a technical subject in a non-technical way." LH, Rialto CA
" the best, most informative, to the point book I have found on CB basic repairs." RR, Jacksonville OR
" the best publication I have ever seen. Thank you very much for a job well done." WGB, Collinsville IL
" one of the best ever done to explain to a novice repairman how to fix his own equipment Maybe I can avoid being ripped off by some first class know-it-all." RSS, Rockford IL
" was just the thing I needed. Took all kinds of courses, but this one was the one that did it. Thank you." RBH, Bolivar PA
" very, very informative and very helpful." APT, Pittsburgh PA
" I am very satisfied with what Ive read." CW, Pittsburgh PA
" was worth the wait. It is very interesting and I feel very well written." JS, Cherryfield ME
" the most informative compilation of information I have ever had the fortune to read." AD, New York NY
" the best instruction book that I own. I keep re-reading it for all those helpful hints and always benefit." GB, Woodsville NH
" real good and well worth the money." DM, Gibson LA
" So far have repaired 4 radios that did not work for only $2." EBA, Austin MN
" Your manual on CBs has helped me quite a bit." JW, Gibson GA
" I bought your CB repair book which I found quite helpful on several occasions." RB, Cleveland OH
" is very helpful and real good." MK, Cumberland MD
" I enjoyed reading your very comprehensive book." JM, Daytona Beach FL
" have thoroughly enjoyed it. It has given me a lot of insight." HWS, North Royalton OH
" your book is fantastic. I have taken a CB radio course which helped me get my license but your book has helped me fix the radios." RLB, Hillsville VA
Well thats my sales pitch, so thanks for taking the time to read all this. Remember youve got a 100% money-back guarantee, no questions asked. To order your copy, return the enclosed Order Form or a letter along with your payment or credit card information. But HURRY! The FCC has already tried to ban parts of this book.
Lou Franklin, K6NH / "SuperSparks"
P.S. Please pass this information along to a CB friend or club. And if you're already familiar with basic CB electronics and want to learn more, check out our big advanced technical book: UNDERSTANDING & REPAIRING CB RADIOS
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