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How to shoot skip

Discussion in 'CB and Export Equipment and Accessories' started by nat19, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. nat19

    nat19 Active Member

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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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  2. pro151

    pro151 Supporting Member

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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. :D
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  3. Cat Driver

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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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  4. kevin IB/379 Stringbean

    kevin IB/379 Stringbean Active Member

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    Thats toooo funny!!!
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  5. kor b

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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":LOL:
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  6. Robb

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    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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  7. akforlife

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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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  8. Captain Kilowatt

    Captain Kilowatt Professional Amateur Staff Member

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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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  9. pro151

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    OK Nat19, my answer was meant to be "Tongue in Cheek" and funny. I am 52 years young and got into this addiction............I mean hobby in the early 60's at my dear departed Father's side.
    When I learned to "Work" skip it consisted of a lot more than what you hear today. We actually carried on real conversations that lasted more than 15 seconds. Now here is the part you will never hear on straight AM....."Break".
    That's right, we used to ask for a break in the skip to get in and talk to a distant station instead of all piling on at once.
    There are not that many of us out there right now in the hobby and I see no reason why we could not go back to the "Old" ways of "Working" skip.
    I have been called a cynic by some for my antiquated views on skip, but I make no apologies.
    I spent 15 minutes some months back on ch 16 talking to a nice lady out of Florida about a lot of different things.
    SSB is one of the last refuges for a semblance of civility when making skip contacts so give it a shot.
    If you ever do hear "Black Dog in North East Alabama" call back to me and we will talk. (if possible over the clutter and mess).
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  10. park

    park Active Member

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    A shot gun works best,,,,but skip is not in season till Dec 21st.
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  11. Beetle

    Beetle Well-Known Member

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    1. Get the best antenna you can. Don't worry about a lot of power.
    2. Listen. Carefully. If you can hear a relatively nearby station talking to some DX but you can't hear the other station clearly, don't call. There may be others who CAN hear the DX well, but your signal is just interference. Wait a few minutes until conditions improve. All the transmitter power in the world won't improve your receiver or your antenna.
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  12. nat19

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    Thanks I can't wait for some good conditions to try and make my first contact.
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