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.

CB Radio Beam Antennas

CB Video Bar