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cb radio base station antenna question

Discussion in 'CB and Export Equipment and Accessories' started by thefifthseal, Jul 14, 2006.

  1. thefifthseal

    thefifthseal Member

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    If I were to use my mobile Cobra 29 as a base station, could anyone recommend the antenna? I was thinking of aquiring the interceptor 10k as people seem to think it works well. Could anyone tell me if this antenna would work well for a Cobra cb?


     

  2. DTB Radio

    DTB Radio Well-Known Member

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    Do you mean the Predator 10K?

    As for a base antenna, to keep cost down and get hafl-decent performance, I'd look at the Antron 99 (A99), or the IMAX2000. If you have the budget, go for an aluminum 5/8 groundplace antenna, like the Maco V58 or something similar.
     
  3. FL Native

    FL Native Registered User

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    yes it will work great with any cb radio. the ones DTB mentioned are good antennas aswell just not great like the I10k. get what you pay for.

    get some good coax aswell example: rg213 or LMR 400
     
  4. thefifthseal

    thefifthseal Member

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    Thanks.

    What type of transmission/reception range do you think I could expect with the I10k? Ideally, I'd like to get a far greater range than one gets when your cb is in your car with the usual antennas.
     
  5. FL Native

    FL Native Registered User

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    well there is no garrantee on distance but 4-10 times farther than in your car easily. get it above 36 feet to the base of the antenna, and 75-150 miles should be no problem. conditions permiting of course and strength of the other person trying to talk back to you. :beer
     
  6. C2

    C2 Sr. Member

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    I could go about 30 miles to a mobile with a Maco V58. I live in hilly terrain.

    A beam would go much further since it has more gain, but it is also directional.
     
  7. EricExtreme

    EricExtreme American Eagle 813

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    You cant go wrong with a Spectrum 1600. I love mine and wouldn't ever use anything else.
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  8. LoneWolf TN

    LoneWolf TN Active Member

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    For the money, and they are inexspensive. The Spectrum 1600
    is a great antenna. Performs very well. No, it's not an Interceptor 10k, but its 1/4 to 1/3 the price. It served me well for many years through many storms, and performed very nicely. Just about any groundplane base antenna will be a huge improvement over a mobile antenna. You can find something to suit your needs for about a hundred bucks or less, brand new.

    Good luck, LoneWolf TN
     
  9. King Mudduck

    King Mudduck FEAR THE DUCK!

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    Dude all you need is a Imax 2000,saty away from the Antron 99. Put it up 36 feet and you can talk just as good as the higher priced antenas........DONT BELEAVE THE HYPE! I have the same setup and with a 50 watt radio i talk all over the country all the time.

    285 western NC and im back quite!
     
  10. bob85

    bob85 Supporting Member

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    out of the antennas mentioned my first choice would be the i10k<strongest then the v5/8,
    the rest are not as good performance wise and are mechanically as much use as a chocolate fireguard if you live in a windy environment.
     
  11. King Mudduck

    King Mudduck FEAR THE DUCK!

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    Antennas come and go but one thing remains constant. LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION!!! The best antenna in the world will not help you much if your in a poor location. The only reason i said go with an Imax is because it seems to me that this will be his first base so there is no reason to go out and spend a boat load of money on one not to mention the fact that some of the "better" antennas out there are difficult to install or setup. You talk about discouraging someone from cb well the fastest way to do that would be have him buy a antenna that is complicated to setup. That would drive a newbie insane for sure!
     
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  12. KingCobra_CDX882

    KingCobra_CDX882 W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    well we can not help him on location

    we can however tell him what is best antenna
    in a ground plane "type" of base antenna

    without doubt jay's Interceptor I-10 K
    with regard to a beam..
    many times in good skip conditions i am asked simply what kind of beam i am using..

    as to how far you might get..
    well i use 706MKIIG and IC-7000

    However a friend of mine dound the road uses cobra 29 and 148
    he talks from NJ to calif nearly daily and his radios are not piked

    ok so is usally early am hours
    but he talks quite far with ease

    Stay clear away from A-99 and Imax 2000 (nearly useless anteenas....realised only when one has tried those and I-10K

    if not I-10K (without doubt best omni directional for 11 meters)

    then i would say wolf's .64

    any other questions...just ask


    Later
     
  13. station 716

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    Sorry

    Why are posts like this necessary?
     
  14. KingCobra_CDX882

    KingCobra_CDX882 W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    maybe some just do not know..

    just because i got out decent on my old A-99
    was more due to conditions then the antenna'

    antenna is often over looked
    will continue to be over looked

    feedline is even over looked more often

    Later
     
  15. azteca1304

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    okay buddy, dont spend your money, just look around in your neighborhood and look around for something like this and just knock on the door and ask if they're willing to give it to you or sell it. and trust me on this one, CB bass antennas are history for most of the people 10-4


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