Sunday, December 11, 2016

Best CB Radio

Okay many people always ask what is the best cb radio. Well I have had quite a few cb radios over the years. There are a couple of brands that I am partial too. I tend to prefer the Cobra and the President radios. I still have my cobra 135 that I have had since I was 18 years old. It still works even though the channel selector is not functioning as it should. Maybe one day I will buy a used one for parts and replace the channel selector. The president radio I had way back when was a mobile radio and it did an excellent job.
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  Now my main 11 meter cb radio in my ham shack is a Texas Ranger Base and it does a nice job. I also have a used cobra 142gtl that I picked up at a garage sale and it works pretty good. I have found that at far a base radios go they tend to be few and far between. It seems as though if you want a base you can choose the Galaxy Base, which is really nice. What I do see is that mobile cb radios are much more popular. I have a feeling it's because the cb radio is just not as popular as it was back in the 1970s and 1980s. Ah yes those were the good old days with smokey and the bandit.
  What I would suggest is that you either buy a nice used cb radio from ebay or buy a nice new mobile and set it up as a base station. There are some fixtures out there where this can be done by buying a nice power supply to go with it. I would make sure to have a good swr meter and a power desk microphone. If you are looking for a nice radio or equipment click here. Well those are just the choices we seem to have, so it's best to work with what you have. Hey set up a nice antenna tower and add a nice beam antenna. That way you can do some real talking.
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

There are 3 Ham Radio Licenses You Will Need To Transmit Legally In Ham Radio

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 No you don't need a CB Radio License to transmit on the 11 meter band. If you are thinking of adding Ham Radio to your CB Radio Hobby, then you will need the proper license according to the FCC to be able to transmit legally. Yes as far as CB Radio goes I needed my license way back in the late 70s.
 You can buy a Ham Radio and listen without a ham radio license. If however you want to transmit on a given band or frequency you will need the proper ham radio license. There are many websites on the internet where you can download study material or download a program to study from. I myself had some older books and also used the material off the internet to do my studying. My honest advise is to purchase the books and the cd program for your computer. If you can go to one of the ham radio classes in your area I would advise that also.
 There are 3 Ham Radio Licenses that you will need to transmit on various bands. I will list them below.
  1. The Technician 
  2. The General
  3. The Extra
 You may find that most Hams only go up to the General License as it provides the opportunity to transmit on most of the high frequency bands such as the 20 meter, 40 meter, 80 meter and 160 meter bands. There are portions that you can not transmit on only if you have the Extra Ham License. I myself have the Technician and the General Licenses. I am thinking about spending the time and going for the Extra Ham Radio License.
 Never try to transmit on any Ham Radio Band without a the proper license. If you do and get caught you could face a nasty fine from the FCC. Si it is best to get the license and enjoy the Ham Radio Hobby. You will be amazed at what a simple basic ham radio and a wire dipole antenna can do. Below are some places at Amazon where you can purchase the proper study material.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Computer In Your CB Shack

 Most likely you have a desktop or laptop computer in your CB Shack. If your like me we all suffer from defective failing hardware to one of the many viruses out there. Yes most of us end up taking the computer into a repair shop and it ends up costing us hundreds of dollars. Well there are a few things you can do to repair the computer yourself.
 One item that comes in handy is the 1 Click Fix It Utility. I have read that this tends to work very well. It contains utilities to clean infections from your computer, recover data and other helpful programs. There are also free utilities out there on the internet such as Hirens and Win 8pe. These are iso files that can be burned to a dvd disc or a usb flash drive. You can test hardware, run scans for infections as well as many other features. They are well worth it for being free and I use them on a daily basis as I am a computer technician.

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 Below is some more helpful information on the 1 click fix it tool, check it out.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Small Size Beam Antennas


 Yes there are some beam antennas for the cb radio that perform really well. One that comes to mind is the pdl II quad beam antenna. I had one up on a 40 foot tower back in the late 70s and early 80s when I lived at home. That antenna performed very well indeed. I talked all over the local area back then and did make alot of long distance contacts up on single sideband. If you come across one today it's well worth it.
 Now there are plenty of other beam antennas to choose from that don't take up too much room. I would recommend to check out EBAY for some awesome deals on CB Radio Beam Antennas.  The three element and four element beams were not too big and worked very well. The beam antennas started to get too big for my area when I looked at the Moonraker series of cb antennas. That does not mean that I did not like them. I had a friend with one up on a 50 foot tower and that thing was awesome.
 Today when I search through the ham radio catalogs I see three main brands for beam antennas in the 11 meter or cb band. They tend to be Maco, Sirio and JoGunn, I am sure there are others out there. You may find some through ebay and they may be from another country.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Breaker Breaker 19

 I think this is one of the most common catch phrases I have heard for years. Of course having my mobile cd radio in my first car at 18 years old did not help. I used that cb radio all the time when going on road trips to find out what was going on up ahead.
 Even on my base cb radio I would venture to channel 19 to see if anyone needed any help. There was always someone needing a radio check or help finding some place they are going. You see back then we did not have the gps systems in our cars or access to the internet. No we relied on each other to help one another out in times of crisis. That is what I remember most about the cb radio as well as all the fun I had chatting with neighbors and friends on the cb radio.
 I know that I hear many Ham Radio Operators putting down cb radio operators. Sometimes I think they forget that is where they started from. I feel that I am very fortunate to be a Ham Radio Operator with my General License, but I remember that I got my start in cb radio or as we Hams call it 11 Meters. So make sure to put out a good image as a cb radio operator and gain the respect of others.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Check Out Ebay For Good CB Radios And Equipment

 If you are looking for good cb radios and equipment check out ebay. There are always some awesome deals on whatever you may be looking for. You may just come across some awesome vintage cb radio. I know when I browse the items I see all those favorites from my past. It definitely brings back alot of good memories.
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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Wood Projects For Your CB Radio Shack

   If you have a designated room in your house for your CB Radios, Ham Radios or maybe Computers you may need some kind of bench to keep them on. That is what I did for my radio equipment. I basically took an old bookcase and two by fours and then made a workbench for my radios. I looked at pictures online to get an idea on how to build it and design it. I used the bookshelf brackets and made adjustable shelves. I placed a sheet of Masonite on the top to give it a strong worktop. Then I put a thin sheet of plexiglass on top so I could put maps or whatever I wanted. I have also built it so I can break it in half in case I have to move it someday.
 If you are thinking of making a bench, storage cabinet or something out of wood I would check out the video below. Just click on the picture.

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Build A Tilt Over Tower

 We all want easier ways of mounting our cb radio antennas. I remember my 40 foot antenna tower that my pdl ll was mounted on years ago. At one point in time I built a tilt over tower out of fence post. I had a boat winch on it and it worked until the cable I used stretched and the weight of it brought it crashing to my mothers roof. The starduster antenna bent in the strangest of directions. So what you need to do is build a tilt over tower properly.

 Click on the picture below to find out how to build a tilt over tower properly.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Stop That Over Modulation It Sounds Terrible

 Have you ever heard someone calling break 19 and they sound terrible. I remember hearing some cb radio operators back in the day just blasting their modulation. In fact you could hear them cross channeling 5 channels up and 5 channels down. Generally they were running lots of power and using a power microphone such as the famous D104 or the Turner desk microphone. It was just a bunch of craziness back then.
 Okay so what did you do if this was happening to you. Well some people would get out there and just try to talk over them. It would become the most ridiculous thing you would ever hear. Then you had the person out there saying I am going to hunt you down. Well I have heard of a few occasions where a young kid kept up that kind of nonsense and he would swear at people. Well one day a truck driver found out where he lived and decided to get his revenge. He tied a rope from his truck to the antenna and drove off hoping to pull the antenna off the roof.
 Well to his surprise he got more than just the antenna. He actually pulled the antenna down and pulled the cb base radio right out and through the window and down to the driveway. I wonder how that kid explained that one to his parents. Then there was a truck driver who found out his wife was cheating on him. He found where they were and beat the guy in the head with a hammer. He did not kill him, but he sure did not make his day. There were always plenty of crazy stories going around.
 Okay so why was the cb radio operators modulation sounding so terrible. Well basically it came down to too much power resulting in a very high swr reading. Plus the added feature of a power microphone running well over 100percent modulation. Usually these people would only last awhile, because they eventually burned out the finals in their nice cb radio and then had to have it repaired. Oh yes one of my favorite things to do was swing my beam around so the backside of the beam was facing them. They would transmit and back pin their meter. Then I sat back and heard how something was wrong with their radio. I just sat back and laughed and laughed.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Oh How They Bad Mouth Us CB Radio Operators

 As far back as I can remember someone one always saying something about us CB Radio Operators. Yes I have my Technician and General Ham Radio License, But I don't go abusing it. I think part of the bad reputation came from the smokey and the bandit movie. Okay I am just kidding about that in fact I loved that movie. I do though have to say that I hear other Ham Radio Operators saying not so nice things about CB Radio Operators.
 I was scanning the ham bands the other day and I hit a frequency up on the 40 meter band and they were just going at it. I for a minute I was listening to the days when some cb radio operators were battling it out. They were saying how some of these cb radio operators were going on the ham bands just to cause trouble. I have to say that not all cb radio operators are a bad bunch. Yes there were one out there that were running lots of power into a 40 foot beam antenna just to see who was the biggest kid on the block.
 I myself did not fall into that group. No I had my pdl II beam antenna and my super bigstick antenna. I talked to quite a few different people way back then. I preferred to do some talking and then sit back and listen. The best moments were when it was quiet at night and I could hear someone way in the distance. If would wait my turn and see if I could contact them. Just knowing they heard me and I heard them was awesome. The cb radio was all about making friends and that was the best.
 Okay so what about the abusers on the cb radio. Well they eventually went away, to where I don't know. Maybe because they wanted to run lots of power and talk great distances they became Ham Radio Operators. As far as I am concerned if we are respecting each other there isn't any problem. Listening to the group I heard on 40 meters some of them were getting just as bad as the cb radio operators they were griping about.
 I will tell you what I don't like is a Ham Radio Operator that thinks they are better that other people, because they have a Ham Radio License. I think they have forgotten what the Ham Radio Hobby is all about. Instead of thinking your the best get off your High Horse and figure out why the other person has a problem. Then get out there and make CB Radio and Ham Radio a Great Place To Be.

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