11-24-2009, 06:38 PM
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Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Silicon Valley CA, Storm Lake IA
Originally Posted by nat19
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.
BASE: Kenwood TS-2000, GAP Titan DX, Diamond X50A, Sirio SY27-4, and IMAX 2000.
MOBILE: Galaxy DX99V w/RF Limited CR-577 mic, Sirio Z-180. Yaesu FT-8800R & Diamond NR-770.
Last edited by Robb; 11-25-2009 at 10:20 AM.