Saturday, April 11, 2015

CB Antenna Summer Project

  Yes it's almost summer and it's the time for building your cb summer antenna project. It does not matter whether you are thinking of a vertical cb antenna or a beam antenna. If you have the room go for the beam antenna. If you have a large budget and the room go for a large beam antenna. On the other hand if you are just starting out maybe you would be better to just build a two element beam antenna. That way you could use a simple tv antenna rotor to keep the costs down. The size also makes a difference on how far you want to transmit and receive. Just remember there are limits as to how far you can transmit and receive in the 11 meter cb radio band. I would not let that stop me from building a larger beam antenna.

  If you are going to build that cb antenna project then you will need some tools to get the job done. Here is a list below of some tools you should have.
  1. A well thought out plan.
  2. Antenna Analyzer.
  3. SWR Meter.
  4. Aluminum Tubing.
  5. Various Types Of Hardware.
  6. Coaxial Cable.
  7. Coaxial Cable Stripping Tools.
  8. Hacksaw.
  9. Hand Tools. Wrenches, Files, Tape Measure Etc...
  10. Soldering Iron and Solder.
  11. Help When Raising Or Lowering The Antenna.
  12. Fiberglass Tubing.
  13. Antenna Calculator Program.
  14. Graph Paper And Pencils.
  Most of the items in the list above can be found at your local hardware store such as Lowes or Home Depot. I would use DX-Engineering at to buy Aluminum Tubing and Fiberglass Tubing. Tools can also be found cheaper at one of my favorites Harbor Freight. You can find plenty of good deals on Antenna Analyzers and SWR Meters through Amazon or Ebay. If you are going through a dealer on the internet I would use Ham Radio Outlet, Universal Radio, MFJ, DX Engineering or AES Electronics. The Antenna Calculators are easily found on the internet. There are also plenty of Antenna Projects that you can expand on to achieve better results.
  Thank You for reading from Dan KC2YTI 73s.

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