Sunday, June 29, 2014

Popular CB Radio Base Stations

  There used to be some different CB Radio Base Stations that were  manufactured back in the 70s. Some of the popular brands used to be Cobra, President, Midland, Dak, Radio Shack, Teaberry, Royce, Galaxy, Pace and Robyn as well as others. Today if you look around the internet the main CB Radio Base that I see is the Galaxy DX-2547. I have looked around the internet and all the reviews are very good. I my self like the look of the Galaxy DX-2547 Base Station. Here is some information below on the radio.

  1. 40 Channel AM/SSB 120v AC Base Station CB.
  2. Automatic "No Calibrate" SWR Meter, Mic & RF Gain.
  3. Variable RF Output Power & Talkback controls.
  4. Switchable Roger Beep, Frequency Display, Modulation meter function
  5. The DX-2547 CB base station is an excellent choice for both home and travel use
  6. Power Output Scale calibrated for AM and SSB Modulation Percentage Scale for use on AM Signal Strength
  7. Scale indicates up to 60 dB over S9 SWR Scale Six-digit Frequency Counter Automatic SWR Circuit
  8. High SWR Alert Circuit with Warning LED Talkback Circuit with On/Off Switch
  9. Volume Control Variable Power Output Control Variable Dimmer Control with On/Off Switch
  10. Instant Access to Channels 9 and 19Roger Beep Circuit with On/Off Switch Separate Buttons for Noise Blanker and Automatic Noise Limiter Galaxy Noise Filter (GNF) Circuit for use on weak signals Switching Power Supply
       If you are looking for a CB Radio Base Station in the new category, then the Galaxy DX-2547 is the way to go. If you are looking for something else then you basically have two choices. The first choice would be to go with a high end mobile radio and use it as your base station. The mobile radios are not too expensive and are very high quality. I myself like the Cobra 148 GTL AM/SSB, Uniden Bearcat 980SSB and the Galaxy CB Radios . You can buy a power supply and connect it to the mobile radio along with a base antenna and a good swr meter.
      The second choice if you want a CB Radio Base Station is to go in the used category. I would definitely check out ebay and amazon. If you go with one of these choices just check out the seller first. Make sure that their percentage is up around 100% and also check out all their reviews. My other advise is to get some education in repairing of electronics and radios. That way if you have some kind of failure you will be able to repair it yourself. There are some radio repair shops around and they can be expensive.
      Thank You for reading and have a nice day from Dan KC2YTI 73s.

    Saturday, June 28, 2014

    CB Radio Base Stations

      I have been in CB Radio since I was 16 years old. I do have my General Ham Radio License, but I still enjoy the CB Radio. My CB Radio starting out was a 40 channel mobile radio, radio shack power supply and a magnet mount radio. I also had a half wave vertical antenna wall mounted on a pipe that went up the side of the house. As time went on and I worked my part time job I bought a 23 channel ssb cobra 135 base that was modified for 40 channels. I also had a 5/8 wave antenna on the roof and a 40 foot tower with a PDL II beam antenna mounted on it. I remember talking late at night to people quite a ways from where I lived. I remember the first time I made a contact to a fellow CB radio operator in northern Italy. I did acquire various types of equipment such as a PDC 600 meter for reading swr, modulation and power. I did try other antennas along the way. One of them was the popular starduster vertical antenna as well as the super big stick antenna. I still have my cobra 135 ssb radio and some meters as well as other equipment from years ago.
      Today I use a Texas Ranger TR 696F-SSB base radio that works extremely well. I am running an Imax 2000 vertical antenna and it does a very good job. The price of the radio was not cheap, but not too expensive. I still use my various power microphones that I have had for a long time. Yes I have my Silver Eagle Power Microphone, D104 Power Microphone and my Turner Super Sidekick Power Microphone. They all still work just as they did years ago when I was younger. My advise to anyone is start out with CB Radio and work your way up to Ham Radio. I am definitely one of those people that respect the CB Radio and anyone using it. When I started out I had to have a CB Radio License and that indicates how long I have been on the radio.
      In this blog I plan to talk about some old radios that can be bought on the internet through ebay or amazon. I would just check out the sellers for any bad reviews before buying anything from the internet. I have heard a lot of horror stories where someone bought something that was defective and could not return it or paid for something and never got it. So always play it safe. That leads me to another topic and that is safety. Always be aware of your surroundings and check for power lines. I have heard of people being killed by doing something without think first. Finally just have fun meeting people through the CB Radio and maybe join a club.
      Thank You for reading from Dan KC2YTI. 

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