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  1. WECSOG

    Smokey and the CB

    Funny you would mention "Twister." Back in the '90s when I was managing a radio store, a guy came in looking for an HF mobile rig to put in his stormchaser vehicle for the documentary he was producing. I tried to sell him one of the SGC setups complete with external autotuner and helical whip...
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    What's your favorite pepper sauce?

    KFC and Popeyes here, but Bojangles beats them both. At the moment, my Louisiana hot sauce is just that: "Louisiana" hot sauce; the one with the red dot on the label.
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    Smokey and the CB

    Hollywood makes up stuff out of whole cloth. You simply cannot extrapolate reality based on what they portray. An example would be the movie that depicts feds tracking someone by showing a satellite above earth along with the sound of Morse code sending "CQ." I think that one was in "Enemy Of...
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    Recommendations on an inexpensive 10/11/12 meter base antenna

    My Sirio GPE-27 won't cover from the bottom of 11 to the top of 10 with a low swr, but I tuned it for minimum swr at around 27.5 and it allows me to operate all of the cb channels and up to 28.500 (the upper end of the most used ssb part of 10) with a reasonable swr. I would have to retune if I...
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    Recommendations on an inexpensive 10/11/12 meter base antenna

    Sirio also makes a copy of the Starduster, and it's under $100 and free shipping from Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sirio-StarDuster-M-400-26-5-30Mhz-Tunable-CB-10M-Base-Antenna/175463062 I think they're made in Italy, too. Not China.
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    Recommendations on an inexpensive 10/11/12 meter base antenna

    Not personally, but I'm sure someone on here has used it.
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    Recommendations on an inexpensive 10/11/12 meter base antenna

    I like the 5/8 wave Sirio. It's not gonna cover all three bands though; probably just 11M and the N-T portion of 10.
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    What's your favorite pepper sauce?

    These are some of my favorites. Two of them aren't very popular among hot sauce snobs; the Texas Pete's and the El Yucateco Black Label. That's ok; I really like the smoky flavor of the Black Label on hamburgers and hot dogs among other things. As for the Texas Pete's, a lot of fans of Louisiana...
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    If you were a pirate broadcaster, what's playing right now?

    Cool. Glad to have you here.
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    My old truck

    '02 Dodge Cummins, 4x4, 6 speed manual. I hope to drive it the rest of my life.
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    Will a charged battery suffice without the engine running?

    Nope. DX range has very little to do with output power in the first place, and plus or minus 20 percent will make no discernible difference. The main things that small increase in power will do are make the finals get hot faster, and make the finals more susceptible to damage if your antenna or...
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    Mobile Best Mobile antenna coil position

    No, I'm not focusing on materials alone; I'm focusing on resistive loss which is affected by both material and diameter. I was attempting to point out that if a thinner conductor were better, commercial hardline would use thin conductors and commercial antennas would use thin elements, yet they...
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    Mobile Best Mobile antenna coil position

    Interesting that you've never seen anyone else use that logic. Ever notice how in hardline, the feedline used in commercial installations, the center conductor is made of either copper tubing or (in less expensive hardline) aluminum tubing with a copper plating? Ever notice how antenna wire is...
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    Mobile Best Mobile antenna coil position

    Without going and digging into my ARRL and RSGB radio handbooks and other books by Doug Demaw and others, I'm going on the concept that DC resistance is loss, and more DC resistance equals more loss. Stainless steel has greater DC resistance than copper, and because of skin effect a large...
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    Mobile Best Mobile antenna coil position

    That's true of shortened antennas. If a short antenna has a high "Q", it has low DC resistance. DC resistance does increase the bandwidth; consider the bandwidth of a dummy load. But a full length 1/4 wave antenna is not a shortened antenna and does not have a coil. There are loaded whips that...
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    Mobile Best Mobile antenna coil position

    Great for 6 Meters, too. They also sell 5 foot sticks, which wouldn't even need trimming for 6. And the 10' stick is resonant on 12M without trimming. If you need to add length to one, just pick up some 6 gauge solid copper wire and a couple of hose clamps. There's no current at that end anyway.
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    Mobile Best Mobile antenna coil position

    I wouldn't use a 102" whip for competition. I would go to the nearest plumbing/building supply store and get a 10 foot stick of hard copper pipe, at least 1/2" diameter. Then mount it and cut it to best resonance. They are readily available up to 1-1/4" diameter; a 10' stick of that is close to...
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    ANYTONE AT-6666 "Verses" PRESIDENT LINCOLN 2+ ?

    I have both, and I like both of them. But I prefer the Lincoln for a couple of reasons, the most important (for me) being that it shows the frequency even in channel mode. The Quad 6 is either/or.