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

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

  1. dons2346

    dons2346 Well-Known Member

    "Do they still test and require Morse Code?"

    Nope. They really dumbed down the requirements but some of the questions are still out of the dark ages.

    "What if you operate a ham radio setup without a license?"

    One, it is against the law. If and when you get caught, you stand the chance of a hefty fine. Also you would need a call sign and with the technology now days, it is very easy to determine if a call sign is fake or not. There is a method by which the FCC issues call signs so you would have to do a little searching. You could give me a call sign and I can tell within seconds if it fake or not and if it is real, who it belongs to.
  2. JohnnyFlake

    JohnnyFlake New Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Henderson, Nevada
    More interesting responses but no suggestions on the CB unit I will be buying or the 10 Meter unit I will also be buying.

    I do understand that the most important factor is the antenna. I will be going with either a FireStik KW7-B Seven foot or a Solarcon A-99 17' CB Base Station Antenna.

    I just wish I had some advice to help with my decision with the radios.

  3. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    On a good day you might be able to talk 10 - 15 miles.
  4. mjp28

    mjp28 Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    anytown, OHIO
    Wow, glorified CB I guess! My FCC General was the last test without any transistor theory in 1967. It was tubes, oscillators all that good stuff.

    I had my 13 wpm then, later the W1AW 15 wpm and when I got to 20 wpm I was going for my amateur extra BUT I moved into an apt in college....let my license lapse...regret it now.

    WA8WKX is gone. :(
  5. gun runner

    gun runner Former Guest

    Nov 23, 2011
    South Texas
  6. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Go with the Uniden, or Galaxy. I've had to much bad experience with the Cobra. My choice would be the Uniden. There's a Radio Shack on every corner!
  7. JohnnyFlake

    JohnnyFlake New Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Henderson, Nevada
    WOW! they are super nice radios but very expensive and out of my range at this time.

    I see you from Texas. What do you think of the Texas Ranger CB/SSB Radios as an entry level radio?
  8. JohnnyFlake

    JohnnyFlake New Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Henderson, Nevada
    I would like to thank all of you for your comments and suggestions. After a few days of research and speaking with a number of people online and joining a CB Online Club, I have made my decisions and have placed an order for the following items:

    Galaxy DX979, 40 ch. CB Radio w/SSB and Starlite NEW!


    RoadPro RP-8X18CL 18' Clear CB Antenna Mini-8 Coax Cable with PL-259 Connector

    Schumacher PC-6 120AC to 6A 12V DC Power Converter

    Schumacher XC6 Speed Charge 6 Amp Battery Charger

    Yuasa (Enersys) Genesis NP7-12T - 12 Volt/7 Amp Hour Sealed Lead Acid Battery with 0.250 Fast-on Connector

    I will appreciate any comments on the items I have ordered and suggestions, if I have forgotten to get something important. I should have all of the equipment within 10 days or so.
  9. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    You do know that CB stands for "Constantly Broke", don't you?
  10. JohnnyFlake

    JohnnyFlake New Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Henderson, Nevada
    Unfortunately, Yes!!!

    It is a slope, like others I am addicted to, Cigars, Guns/Reloading, Pipes, Bourbons & others.
  11. mjp28

    mjp28 Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    anytown, OHIO
    Nothing wrong with that list. :eek:
  12. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    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.

    Attached Files:

  13. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    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.

    Attached Files:

  14. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    The directional box is for my Moon Raker IV
    directional beam antenna.

    Attached Files:

  15. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    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
    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:
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2012
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