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Old 11-24-2009, 05:23 PM
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Don't laugh. I have been into cb radios for about two years. I have never had that much experince with skip until a couple of months ago I started becoming intrested. Does anyone have any tips on shooting skip?


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Spend lots of money on a "Big" radio, even "Bigger" amp, killer antenna then learn how to talk so loud and fast that no one can understand a word you say.
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Or, if conditions are right you can talk all over the country with a Imax and a 2995dx (stock) like mine
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Spend lots of money on a "Big" radio, even "Bigger" amp, killer antenna then learn how to talk so loud and fast that no one can understand a word you say.
Thats toooo funny!!!

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After you spent all the money for radio, amp, antenna. Then you get it dialed in right. Get on a hill and start responding to people you hear from far away.

Make up a name and number for yourself and repeat it two or three times with your location.

And the most inportant part is to end your transmision with a strong
"im back out" or "im back quiet"

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Old 11-24-2009, 06:38 PM
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Don't laugh. I have been into cb radios for about two years. I have never had that much experince with skip until a couple of months ago I started becoming intrested. Does anyone have any tips on shooting skip?
Seriously, all one really needs are skip conditions to happen. Skip conditions happen when the Sun gets 'sunspots'. They are also called 'solar flares' These flares shoot free electrons out into space.
No solar flares = no skip talking...

If the Sun gives off these electrons - and the Earth is in the electron's path - then they can continue being trapped in the Earth's magnetic field. This charges up the Earth's 'Ionosphere'; the highest and outermost layer (actually; the Ionosphere is made of three different layers - but for now it is enough to know what is happing here). The Ionosphere acts like a giant mirror; as the radio waves can now be reflected back down on the surface. Instead of being absorbed by the Ionosphere - which is what happens if there are no solar flares present. The reflected radio transmissions will now bounce back up and down a few times until they are finally absorbed.

When skip happens, you will not only hear distant stations from all over the country (sometimes other countries can also be heard if the skip is strong enough), but you will also hear all the static as well. It can get downright noisy sometimes - between hearing all of these stations and the static too.

Some skip talkers use a radio as simple as a simple Cobra 29 LTD with a 100 watt amp (or more) to be able to make verified contact with another station a thousand miles away or more. They can use a simple antenna - like the IMAX 2000 (like I use too) - or very expensive multiple beam antennas on 60-100 ft tall towers. The 'beam antennas' can focus the transmitting energy in a given direction to improve the quality of communicating from any one point to another.
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I had the same question a few days ago. But it was answered for me when i started hearing skip. I was supprised to find out I could talk to them and all I have is a small amp and a home brew 1/4wgp up in a tree about 25 feet.
You can talk skip without an amp but with all the big power stations out there, you would get drowd out.

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If you really want to talk skip and have more fun than frustration pick up a single sideband (SSB) radio. 100 times easier to talk skip and it's a whole different crowd of people.
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