CB/SSB Radio Use - I have a few questions.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JohnnyFlake, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. mjp28

    mjp28 Well-Known Member

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    Nothing wrong with that list. :eek:
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    Sorry I didn't see this thread before Johnny.....
    I would have been glad to get rid of some things....

    Antenna [quality/type] is very important
    Coax is very important
    Microphone choice is important depending on
    your background noise
    The radio itself....hmmmm...features are one thing,
    but the 'finals' are what makes a radio worth a hoot.

    Many radios are now made by the same company [CB]
    Different radios have different boards and finals.
    Many look nice now, have many 'amenities' ie blue tooth,
    SD cards for pics, lighting choices, etc......all nice
    features, but not much of a 'talker' !

    4 watts is still all the legal power you can use to
    transmit, and 60 ft is still as high as you can erect
    your antenna.
    A license is easy to test for, and many clubs will
    be more than glad to assist you......then you will
    be legal to increase your power.......BUT......
    You will still be required to keep transmissions G rated
    and be polite, most of the 'hams' don't put up with
    crap...they take the hobby VERY serious !!
    Hams are the people to thank for lobbying the FCC
    to get 40 channels for the CBer's, when they only had 23.

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    Sorry for the enormous pics.....
    Two of the best handheld Microphones are the
    Astatic D-104 and a RoadKing-56
    and the desktop a D-104 'Lollypop'.....some with
    'roger beep' and other toys, switchable on bottom.

    Also a pic of my current homemade dipole
    antenna, on Rohn tower with tilt base.

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    The directional box is for my Moon Raker IV
    directional beam antenna.

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    You will most likely want to upgrade the coax
    if your use will be in the home [non-vehicular]

    I use this air dilecrtric 9.5gauge

    9096 EXTRAFLEX
    $ .78/ft
    $72.00/100'
    9.5 AWG stranded center conductor, air dielectric & type IIA non-contaminating jacket. Nominal impedance 50 Ohm; velocity of propagation 84%; outer diameter .405"; 100% foil plus 98% tinned Cu braid. Comes with 10 year factory warranty.
    And it's CCPR:
    http://www.therfc.com/powerrat.htm#9913ETC
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  6. JohnnyFlake

    JohnnyFlake New Member

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    OZO,

    Al I can say is OMG! I am seriously impressed!!!

    Love the photos and I especially love seeing that SAA. It's not too clear in the photo but looks like a Ruger Bearcat .22 LR.

    You are one crazy guy my friend!

    I am still waiting for the radio I ordered and the antenna. The other stuff has already arrived. Since I ordered the stuff listed above, I also ordered another radio, based on research and speaking with a few people, with the belief that SSB is really where it's at, and a power supply. The radio is a Magnum 257 HP which I requested expanded, alined and tuned. The power supply is a Jetstream JTPS31MB - 4-16 Volt, 30 Amp Switching Power Supply.

    Any comments or suggestions you have will be appreciated.

    Would it be okay to come to you with any serious questions I may come up with?

    Johnny
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    mjp28 Well-Known Member

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    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.
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    " a crappy 61 Comet car -"---mjp28
    I would like to have that crappy car today.......
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    mjp28 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah but not when you turn 16 in 1966....UGLY! Those wierd tail lights and no power.
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    The Magnum radios have had their share of problems. Make very sure that you keep the antenna tuned to less than 1.5 VSWR to keep the finals from overheating. A couple of friends with Magnums have had to have final power transistors changed because they overheat and fail. One had his done 3 times before he finally dumped the radio. His antenna was checked repeatedly but it still failed.
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    Thanks for the heads-up. I'll have to watch for that. Your comments are the first I have heard about that issue. I did a whole lots of research, and spoke with a number of people about that radio and that issue never came up.

    Thanks again.
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    mjp28 Well-Known Member

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    I swear with the old tube finals we didn't or rarely had that problem...way back when, when we also built stuff. I still have my old Heathkit DX-60 (or is it DX-90?) in my mom's cellar with my old Swan 350 (not built my me :) ).

    High power SSB just pushed the old AM sets right off the airways.
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