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Old 04-11-2010, 10:36 PM
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Hello all,

I am brand new to the CB radio scene although I am under the guidance of a self-proclaimed semi-expert on the subject. Anyways, I am going to be receiving a President Washington 11m AM/SSB 40ch. Base Station here very shortly and will most likely be choosing an IMAX 2000 for my base antenna.

I have attached a quick diagram and a picture of my antenna mast that I will be placing the IMAX 2000 on top of.

Any suggestions, comments, or criticism welcome...

Thanks everyone...

will85w4

Edit: Purpose of radio setup is to attempt radio communication with my father in NW Washington (yes we have cell phones, internet, etc...but you all understand I'm sure...), I am in Southern California. Also plan on keeping logbook for contacts in DX land...
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Should be OK they way you are setting it up.
It would be better to have the antenna on a 30 ft mast rather than a 10 ft mast. But I think you are off to a fine start this way.

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Should be OK they way you are setting it up.
It would be better to have the antenna on a 30 ft mast rather than a 10 ft mast. But I think you are off to a fine start this way.

Welcome to the forum.
A neighbor of mine is going to try and get me an old TV antenna that is about 20 feet tall. I'll have to remove the old elements on top and was told that if I go with that setup to run 3 or 4 guy wires for extra support to the top of the antenna mast.

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A neighbor of mine is going to try and get me an old TV antenna that is about 20 feet tall. I'll have to remove the old elements on top and was told that if I go with that setup to run 3 or 4 guy wires for extra support to the top of the antenna mast.
An extra 20 ft with the 10 ft mast you have already - plus guy wires and a ~40 ft piece of coax - and you should do real well.

Don't buy/use cheap coax. I have always regretted using cheap coax. I may have regretted spending money on decent coax at first; but it was always the right thing to do in the long run.
Example: Don't buy/use Radio Shack coax.
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So I've heard...thank you for the tips!

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you wont be able to talk groundwave from california to washington state . youll need favorable skip conditions for that and the odds of skip just happening to link your two locations will be random and definately not something you can plan ahead on . but it can happen........

having the feedpoint 10 feet off the ground will work , but as other said higher is better and you will definately notice a difference going another 10 or 20 feet higher . but you can add height (more mast) later and just be happy to be up and running for the time being .

and great choice on a radio !! those washingtons are great radios , they dont make them like that anymore .

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you wont be able to talk groundwave from california to washington state . youll need favorable skip conditions for that and the odds of skip just happening to link your two locations will be random and definately not something you can plan ahead on . but it can happen........
We can only try...I'm sure it'll be fun trying anyways...

I am also located in the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs area) and am located in the higher desert area in the valley, so I do have a little bit of elevation on the rest of the valley, however, with Mt. San Jacinto (San Jacinto Peak - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) at my doorstep, I hope it doesn't create issues.

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and great choice on a radio !! those washingtons are great radios , they dont make them like that anymore
Thank you, thank you. I must say that it was my dad's radio. He just picked up an RCI 2950 and he knew I was in need of a good radio.

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the challenge of making the long distance skip contact is what makes it fun IMO . if it were as easy as talking local it just wouldnt have the same appeal . i do run a small amp when i need it though . i certianly dont make every contact i attempt , but i make enough to make me happy and keep me interested in the hobby .

i will admit though that if i had the money and location id run a AL80-B amp with a 8 element beam

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