Gidday there Kimbo,
Hope things didn't get too shaken up, up your way with the big quake.
Unfortunately, it may be that there is very little happening on the CB bands down this way at the moment.
I still haven't got my set on the air yet, due to work committments and the fact that I'm still building the aerial and associated cabling.
I can't wait to get the bloody thing operational again, it's been nearly a year since I had the idea to get back into CB.
However, judging by the number of CB's you see on the old TradeMe these days, someone must be installing and using them, you'd think.
Keep at it, man, you'll get someone eventually.
Having said that, I'd make sure that your aerial was tuned properly (with an SWR meter), if this gives wild readings, it would tend to suggest there is something wrong with your aerial installation.