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Discussion in 'CB and Export Equipment and Accessories' started by Angler, Aug 28, 2011.
I am sure you will make many many more. Have fun!!
Was it a local contact or long distance/dx?
where are you located? if you put up a simple horizontal dipole of wire stretched across two points as high as possible you should work dx even better then your vertical in the direction broadside to the dipole. just attach the coax center to one side and the sheild to the other and make each side about 8 feet 7 inches with an insulator on the ends
It was a local contact. When he answered me he said he was about nine or ten miles south of me and I talked to him until he got to his destination which was a few miles from where I am.
I am in the northeastern lower peninsula of Michigan almost on Lake Huron. I don't know if you are saying I should put up a different antenna or just add a modification to mine.
addng a horizontal wire dipole to your arsenal. it's a cheap and easy way to increase your dx-ability. if you stretch it north-south then you will have good performance east-west
Even better, good show
Btw, In my neck of the woods that antenna is the latest and greatest.
I hear people talking with each other and I think they must be using very powerful radios. I heard a couple guys talking and they mentioned Mississippi. They sounded southern but I couldn't make contact with and didn't really expect to.
Anyway, I'm just happy being able to talk locally. Now I can relax a little bit and start tweaking hear and there as I learn more about radio. I almost bought another camera today so I could post pictures of my set-up. One of my daughters "borrowed" my brand new camera on Halloween and still hasn't returned it. I guess I should have just went ahead and bought it.
Back to research.
I feel very lucky to have found this radio. I bought it on ebay and it's brand spankin' new. It's still on there I believe. The item# is 190565363959. I'm so glad I chose this antenna also because of all the good things I've read about it. I still don't know very much about radio but I wouldn't have been able to put together this wonderful set-up without this forum. I couldn't even imagine trying to do this on my own. As soon as I can get another camera I'm going to post pics of my radio bench and antenna.
Thanks again to everybody.
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Congrats for you getting on the air.
Might get some friends interested too.
You can now help them out as well.
Thank you mackmobile43!
This guy that I contacted said he just put his old cb back in his car after being off cb for 23 years. I thought that was a good omen for both of us. Not as magical as your first contact but memorable none the less.