Wednesday, December 24, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS To All My Friends

  I just wanted to thank you to all my readers and wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEARS !!!!!!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Come On Get That Antenna Up On A Tower

                                   
          Gives and idea of a antenna tower. I could see a nice Moonraker 4 on it.

  Boy I miss my 40 foot tower that I had when I was living at home back in the late 70s. I loved having that pdl II beam antenna. I had the 40 foot tower with me even when we first moved into our house. Unfortunately I never thought I was going for my Ham Radio License. I sold the Beam, Tower and Rotor, so I could buy a nice guitar and amplifier. Looking back I should have kept it so I could have put a few antennas up on it. Well I guess that's just part of life as we make choices.
  So maybe in the future there will be some kind of antenna tower for me. I have looked at quite a few different kinds. I generally will want something that will be easier for me as I am getting older. My preference so far seems to be a rohn tower where I could have a hazer on it. I like the idea of being able to lower the antenna almost to the ground in case I had to work on it. I have heard of some horror stories of either the Hazer getting stuck or jammed near the top of the tower or the other was the hazer cable letting go and the antenna come crashing to the ground. I have a feeling I would not like that and my wife certainly would not like that.
 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Bearcat Makes Some Nice Scanner Radios For Your CB and Ham Shack







HAPPY HOLIDAYS From Dan KC2YTI


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 From back in my CB Radio days back in the late 70s to the middle 80s it was the STORM TROOPER KBBY3210.





I was looking over the different scanner radios out there and the Bearcat Base/Mobile Scanner Radios are not doing bad at all. Since Christmas is only a few weeks away you better get one on your Christmas list today. I was looking at Ebay and Amazon and the ratings are very good. My advise is if you go with a scanner I would have an outside antenna. The small telescoping antennas

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Have Any Ideas For Your Christmas Gift This Year In 2014

                                      MERRY CHRISTMAS 2014
Well Christmas is only a few months away, so I would start thinking of some kind of special gift involving the CB Radio Hobby. Maybe a new or used base radio or how about a nice mobile radio. There are plenty of accessories to add to your CB Radio Shack. There are some nice SWR Meters, Antenna Tuners, Power Supplies or maybe a nice Base or Mobile Antenna. The Ideas are just endless when it comes to thinking of something you may want for Christmas.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

How About A Homebrew Mini Dipole Beam Antenna For CB Radio Frequencies

4 Foot K40 Fiberglass Antenna
  I have seen some of my Ham Radio friends take Hamstick Antennas for various frequencies and make a dipole antenna out of them. From what I have read they seem to work pretty good. I have also seen some where they use four or more to design a two element to four element beam antenna. There are different brands besides hamsticks by Lakeview Company. There are also antennas like these made by Jetstream and MFJ. These would only be fore the Ham Radio Frequencies. If you are thinking of trying this for the CB Radio Frequencies then you may look into Firesticks, K40 or one of the many brands of Mobile CB Antenna  that you can find through Amazon or Ebay. I would definitely suggest to use a fiberglass mobile antenna. All of them have different ways of tuning the antenna. If a desired swr reading is not obtained, I would try using an antenna tuner. The lower cost brands seem to be MFJ or Vectronics. There are many different dealers or resellers on the internet. If you looking into that choice I would check on http://www.resellerratings.com/ . I have used them many times and saved myself lots of headaches.

 2 element 20 meter mini wire beam antenna
    If you would like to see how the Ham Radio Operator designed and built his Hamstick Beam Antenna just check out this link http://www.ve3sqb.com/hamaerials/ve6vk/ . This website gives some excellent information on the various steps he went through to design and mount the four element hamstick antenna. I am sure you can just redo the antenna with K40 antennas or Firestick antennas. I have seen MFJ sell their version on the mini dipole antenna for different Ham Radio Frequencies. You may just start out building a dipole with just a couple of firesticks or a couple of the various models of K40 Antennas. I myself have a couple of K40 Antennas from a few years ago when I had them mounted on a light bar on top of a chevy s10 pickup truck I had.
MFJ-347 Hamstick Dipole Mount
  The next question you may have is how am I going to mount these antennas. Well you do have some different choices. The simplest may be using a mini dipole antenna mount. It is a metal mount with a couple of 3/8 inch stud mounts. There are some insulators to isolate the two fiberglass antennas. Your coax cable will connect to the mount. There is a clamp type connector to clamp it to your mast. You may want to use something like a Metal Push Up Mast . You should also use some dacron guy ropes to stabilize the mast. You could use a Fiberglass Heavy Duty Push Up Mast with some dacron guy ropes. If I were going with more than two elements then I would stick with the metal push up mast.
21 Foot Aluminum Telescoping Mast
41 Foot Channel Master Mast
  So where is the best place to buy the various parts you will need for a project like this. As far as a push up metal mast goes you can usually find them at lowes or radioshack. I bought mine from Lowes and that is what my imax 2000 is mounted on. You can find them through Amazon or Ebay for not too bad prices. They do come in various lengths up to 50 feet. Mine are about 30 feet when fully extended. As far as the mini dipole mount goes I have seen them on Amazon and Ebay. You can also buy them from Ham Radio dealers such as, MFJ, AES Electronics, DX Engineering and Universal Radio. Prices do vary between different dealers, amazon and ebay. There are some that seem a little more heavy duty. My advise also is to use an Antenna Analyzer to test your antenna set up before going live on the cb radio. This way if the swr is way out of resonance you won't damage your radio.
Channel Master Rotator Kit
  I would suggest using a antenna rotator to turn your antenna in the desired direction you are going to want to talk. Just remember there are many different brands of Antenna Rotators to choose from other than the ones I mentioned. If it is a dipole or two element beam antenna you can get away with a light duty antenna rotator made by channel master. If you are going bigger then I would suggest a AR-40 by Hygain or something larger. Hygain does make heavier duty antenna rotators, but they can be expensive. Yaesu does make very nice antenna rotators, but again they can be expensive. I myself like the look of the Yaesu rotator controller.
  If anyone decides to try this and build a dipole or a beam with the Firesticks, K40 Antennas or whatever you decide leave a comment as to how it goes.
  Thank You for reading and have a nice day. Dan KC2YTI 73s .

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Whats Your Favorite Power Microphone

  Back in the day there were a few names of Desktop Power Microphones  that were fairly popular. When talking with fellow CB Radio Operators I would always hear the names Sure, D104, Astatic and Turner. Of course there were other brands of power microphones out there, but these seemed to be the most popular. Everybody wanted a Power Microphone so they could get through all the garbage and noise on the band. There was always somebody out there just causing trouble and making noise. So the best way was to have more power legally to cut through the mess. Yes there were those running the illegal power from what I remember. I figured if I could tune the antenna properly and adjust the microphone properly I could get through the mess.
  What I found was keeping the SWR tuned properly my friends could always hear me. I would also adjust the D104 Power Microphone just so it was running at 100% modulation. If you run it too far you will splatter over on the other channels and then have someone complaining. Yes they would have every right to complain as long as it did not get into a fight. I do remember some individuals that would just not stop causing trouble. One day a truck driver tied a rope to the antenna on the roof to pull it down. Unfortunately the coax cable hung on to the radio and pulled it right through the window sending it crashing it to the ground. Needless to say he was never on the radio again.
 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Get Yourself A Nice Big Old CB Radio Base Station

CB Base Station


   I still love those big old CB Radio Base Stations. I think I liked them because they were big, bulky and had lots of knobs to fiddle with. My favorites were the Cobra Bases and the President Washington Bases. I had the Cobra 135 that was converted to 40 channels. In fact I still have that radio and it still works. The only problem is that the channel selector is wearing out from years of use. I have been thinking about finding another cobra 135 with a good channel selector and maybe other problems. I have also been thinking about maybe designing some other kind of channel selector. I will have to put my Electronics background to use.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Did CB Radio Die Or Is It Just Quiet

  It's funny when I have the CB Radio on, which is all the time I hear quite a few people out there talking. Mostly I either hear the truck drivers talking or people traveling on the thruway. I am 2 to 3 miles away from the thruway, so I hear them all the time. Now if I go to the other channels other than channel 19 it does seem quiet most of the time. Of course I do hear the skip coming in from other states. They seem to sound just like they did when I was about 18 years old and living at home in Irondequoit New York near Lake Ontario. Alot of the of the older folks that I used to talk to have either retired long ago and moved away or have passed on as silent keys. They were in their 40s and 50s then and I am in my 50s now. Of course it was always quiet when I would go to my Aunts cabin in Prattsburg New York. There just were not that many people on the radio out there and people were somewhat scattered around. Now if I had a nice big Moonraker four or Moonraker eight on a nice 40 or 50 foot tower I might have heard more people.
  I also think that alot of people got tired of all the limitations in power and how far you could talk. They also most likely got tired of all the garbage talk and fighting that seemed to always go on. I have a feeling that they may have moved into the Ham Radio Hobby  just as I have. Some of those reasons are why I have gone to Ham Radio. Did I give up on the CB Radio. The answer to that is no, I have it on right next to my Ham Radio. I never know if someone out there is going to need some help with directions, land line or an emergency of some sort. Maybe they will just need a radio check.
  If you look around the internet you will find quite a few dealers and resellers out there selling lots of CB Radio Equipment . I have a feeling that most of the people using the CB Radio are in the south. I say that just because monitoring frequencies I hear southern stations the most. Alot of distance hearing is limited by propagation, sunspots and the changing of the seasons. Another factor in the CB Radio not being as popular locally is the use of cell phones. Cell Phones have come down in price and there are some pretty good cell phone plans out there. Plus the cell phone reaches longer distance, runs on a battery and is easy to carry.
  So is CB Radio dead and gone, absolutely not. It's just that back in the 70s and 80s we had all the trucker movies like Smokey And The Bandit with Burt Reynolds. This movie as well as others made CB Radio extremely popular. People loved it and wanted to be just like the characters in the movie. Lately we also have other methods of communication such as facebook and twitter. Friends and Family's now have other methods of communicating. Basically technology has advanced and gave us more choices on how we communicate with each other.
  I do wonder if the FCC maybe made the power limitations to say maybe 100 watts to 250 Watts total output power would people be attracted more to CB Radio . Another thing that could be changed is to drop the limit on how far we can communicate with each other. If these things were changed then I do think that in order for us to use the CB Radio 11 Meter Band we should have to go through a course on the 11 meter band and obtain a CB Radio License . We would also have to use our call sign just as in the Ham Radio Hobby. I remember back in the late 70s I had to send in to receive my call letters and I had to say them before communicating. I do believe if things are done properly the CB Radio 11 Meter Band could become a respectable band of frequencies and may become much more popular once again.
  Thank You For Reading from Dan KC2YTI  73s.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Plastic Storage Containers To Keep Your CB Radio Accessories In

  Do you need a place to keep all your CB Radio tools and accessories in. I would recommend using some kind of a Plastic Storage Container. If it is for electronic components keep the integrated circuit chip in a esd foam or in an esd static bag to protect the component from static electricity. I know I have collected more tools and equipment over the years for my CB Radio Hobby. There were time when I did not know where to put them. When I was younger I kept some things in old metal toolboxes or any kind of box I might have come across. I also used my dresser drawers to keep things in. When I got further into Electronics I did find a metal storage container with 25 little plastic drawers. This came in very handy for holding the small components such as resistors, capacitors, transistors and many other parts and components. I never knew when I was going to have to fix anything. I also had all my noise generators that made lots of different sounds.
  Today things are a little bit different. There are all kinds of different PLASTIC STORAGE CONTAINERS  in a wide variety of different sizes. Some are in a three drawer style that have wheels on the bottom. I my self have a couple of those. I use them to keep some old swr meters, wire, cable, switches and other items I have hung on to for years since I was 18 years old. They do have plastic wheels on them so you can move them easier if you have to. My only advise is do not put too heavy of items in them, because they get difficult to move and the plastic is not that strong. I ended up taking the wheels off and keep them in one place.
  There are also many different storage bins with different size drawers in them. This comes in very handy to keep your assorted screws, washers, nuts and bolts in. I keep these kinds of things in for my antenna building projects. I also have my dremel tool in a drawer. I keep all my various coaxial cable connectors such as the common pl259 connectors in these plastic bins. My storage bin has 30 small drawers and 9 larger bins. It comes in very handy for storing all my things or as some will call it junk. That's okay because I know my kids will build up their own junk as their life's go on. So I just sit back and grin, because what goes around comes around and it does.
  There are many different manufacturers of the various plastic storage containers. There are many different PLASTIC STORAGE TOOLBOXES  to choose from. They can handle small tools as well as larger tools. Some have wheels and handles to make it easy for transportation. Some of the popular ones are Tupperware and Rubbermaid. There are small storage containers with and without drawers. There are even large storage containers the size of a shed. So whether you want to store Dacron Guy Rope, small antennas, meters or other CB Radio Equipment you will have a wide variety of choices to choose from. You do have quite a few different places to look for these items. You can go to your local stores such as Target and Walmart where they do a good choices. I myself have found that there is a much wider selection going through Amazon or Ebay. Just be sure to check out the seller for any good or bad reviews.
  Well that's all for now so Thank You for reading from Dan KC2YTI  73s.  

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