Re: CB/SSB Radio Use - I have a few questions.
OZO, I see you do it right, right down to the SWR meter.
When I was about 12 (1962-63) my uncle had an electronics business, when he closed it down and moved for a better job we got a TON of stuff from him, a small tractor, a crappy 61 Comet car -and- a whole lot of wire, insulators, our heavy duty tower and more.
I had two Astatic D-104 mics and took them to a hamfest to sell with other stuff, well some slickster got them from me for next to nothing.....I found out later what they were worth.
One hamfest my dad won a Hustler 4 BTV vertical antenna, nice for a vertical.