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Best low cost intro beam

Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by lonestarbandit, May 27, 2021.

  1. undertaker

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    I had a 3 element maco with an a99 on top . And I used a TV rotor and it worked...


     
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  2. lonestarbandit

    lonestarbandit 4-2-9 Central TX

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    Probably a good strong older TV rotor.
    The only new one available is that weak chinesium RCA.
    I would be extremely concerned trying to have a Vquad and a imax on that. Imax is also larger than A99.
     
  3. lonestarbandit

    lonestarbandit 4-2-9 Central TX

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    Well the Hopperbuilt box arrived.
    Driving with just the 2950CD.
    Now I must seriously consider this beam situation lol
     

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  4. undertaker

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  5. undertaker

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    Well I have been in radio since the seventies. Trust me I know the difference in antennas. And rotors.....
     
  6. groundwire

    groundwire Sr. Member

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    what did you get again? im gonna guess straight 4?
     
  7. lonestarbandit

    lonestarbandit 4-2-9 Central TX

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    Yes Straight 4 w 3 p/s I believe base unit class B biased for ssb.
     
  8. lonestarbandit

    lonestarbandit 4-2-9 Central TX

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    Thats my point. You're used to quality.
    Not the cheap rubbish left for sale now.
    I wasn't questioning your judgement or experience so much as the rubbish I have to choose from.
    This chinesium is whats available.
    Its so weak specs cannot be found.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/RCA-Outdoo...-/222271171839?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286
     
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  9. groundwire

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    ha, i knew it. only because my hopper 4pill does the same as yours in the pic, 800w pep. cool....
     
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  10. lonestarbandit

    lonestarbandit 4-2-9 Central TX

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    You were quite right. I am very pleased with Nates work. And being able to drive with just the 2950 is a bonus no need for a driver.
    I've seen people doing 1kw pep driven on the same box but no one will see the difference and Id rather treat it gently. It usually shows around 750. I got lucky and caught a peak I guess .
     
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  11. groundwire

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    What are your thoughts on the delay time? Is yours too long, short, or just right?
     
  12. SIX-SHOOTER

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    I started on the CB in 1965 & I have had many beam antennas & I had both Horizontal & Vertical & I have worked the world on Both.I no longer talk skip on the CB Band because I can do that 24/7 on Amateur Radio.I sw that sometimes when working Skip that Vertical was better & sometimes Horizontal was better.I could switch between the two polarities & see it first hand.If I was only going to talk or chase skip I would not care about mobiles or locals then I guess being Horizontal would be OK but why limit my choices when I can have Both with a Vertical beam? It's a really easy choice & just common sense I think because on most days the 11 meter band SUCKS & there is No Skip but usually plenty of locals on a base & plenty of mobiles as well.If you are Horizontal & everyone else locally are running Vertical then with the 20 db of attenuation then you will sound like a Mud Duck because of the lost signals that you chose while waiting on some Sun Spots or eSkip to pop up.Makes for one Boring band when it's almost always DEAD! {:>) :LOL::LOL:

    SIX-SHOOTER
     
  13. lonestarbandit

    lonestarbandit 4-2-9 Central TX

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    Because I lead a very busy life and playing around on the radio radio is only a tiny part of it at this point and I'm a long way from retirement and I'm not a licenced ham lol.
    When we retire to my Philippine mountaintop property I will surely be in the amateur bands, probably exclusively but this is the here and now.
     
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    I have a Sirio 27-4 that I have not put up yet. I plan to initially install it horizontal, but I will also try vertical just to see.
     
  15. lonestarbandit

    lonestarbandit 4-2-9 Central TX

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    Be interested to see what you think. I'm a little afraid of that low power rating.

    I found some of these spec sheets havent cleaned them up nor determined their validity but here they are. Perhaps someone more learned than I can determine which one has the most gain it appears the Vquad but I cant imagine that can beat a 4 element?
     

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