CB or ham radio

Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: lumpocoal On: Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:00 pm

I dont have a Ham license, but I run a Galaxy DX55V, peaked and tuned with an extra lump of coal inside to keep it cookin, in my triaxle I run a Wilson Trucker 2000 antenna and on my personal I run a Wilson 5000, my base is a antron 99, I need to get the 99 up about 10-20 more feet, kinda live in a valley
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Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: MURDOC1 On: Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:18 am

I'm big into CB radio and have quite a few rigs, all mobile units and 1 nice old Royce 619 Base/mobile 40 channel with a Turner Road-King 60J in real good working condition... I'm a big fan of Connex radios for AM and RCI Ranger for SSB, although I don't really care for SSB, more of an AM operator... I usually hang out between 28 and 34 when skip is rollin' through...

Run a Connex 4300-300 (not to be confused with the regular 4300) removed the 4 X 1446 finals and replaced them with 4X 2SC2879's right off the bat, among tons of other mods made, PEP watts around 550 Average power it talks around 225 watts.. I bump it through an LP-100A Digital Vector Wattmeter then through LMR-240 Ultraflex to a Gunny Puck mounted Predator 10K or Mr Coily Punisher... You can see pics of the custom antenna setup on Gunnys site, same name as my username on here, think its the only big truck with a puck mount on his site...

I spend lots of time in north Jersey around Newark etc. and you gotta put the fire through the wire up there to be heard...
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Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: mozz On: Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:07 pm

Really, i would like to see it run on a dummy load and see what a Bird 43 says. How many amps does it draw when dead keying on AM?
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Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: lumpocoal On: Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:12 pm

I cant remember what my galaxy dose, havent had i to shop in a few years, my cobra 29 dead keys at 32 watts but cant remember what the galaxy will swing
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Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: cArNaGe On: Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:49 pm

I used to run a Galaxy DX88HL. It was peaked and tuned by a local guy when I lived down in GA. It would dead key at 15 watts and swing up to 30. I think if I remember right. But that was pushing a texas star 400. That combo would cause my headlights to dim when I keyed up. I had a lot of fun with that radio.
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Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: lumpocoal On: Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:53 pm

cArNaGe wrote:I used to run a Galaxy DX88HL. It was peaked and tuned by a local guy when I lived down in GA. It would dead key at 15 watts and swing up to 30. I think if I remember right. But that was pushing a texas star 400. That combo would cause my headlights to dim when I keyed up. I had a lot of fun with that radio.

My dad runs a texas star 600 in his rig I think thats what it is, he has one of those new magnum radios he hates it compared to his old galaxy, he had the same prob w his galaxy as I do mine, the one transistor solder joint keeps pulling away, I just re soldered it last nite. All the vibration in the ol Mack and the heating and cooling plays hell on that one solder joint
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Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: cArNaGe On: Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:03 pm

I sold everything I had except an old amp. Varmit XL 1KW

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That baby used to talk! I had a set of Dosey Meters and it would key up (if I remember right and not sure how accurate the meters were) around 800 watts and swing to 2500. I burned up a few TV's with that and my neighbors (200 yards away) complained that I was bleeding over onto their phone lines. I lived up on top of a mountain and had it hooked up to an Antron 99 that was 100 feet in the air. I could talk from Grenville, SC to Atlanta, GA at night when the skip was rolling. Looking back I'm surprised I didn't receive a visit from the FCC.
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Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: lumpocoal On: Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:10 pm

Im surprised u didnt get a visit either bein that close to pgh lol
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Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: mozz On: Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:39 pm

You don't need that much power to talk skip. I used to talk to Nova Scotia every night with 4 watts when the band was open. Also talked to France, have the qsl card from the guy here somewhere. Talked to a guy on the island of Bora Bora when i was mobile too. Cobra 148gtl and a Uniden HR2510 were my rigs with a d104. After that fun, i went out and got my license. Just put up the old Antron 99 on a 20-25ft tower in the back yard. We are very close to 2000 ft here, i haven't dusted off the mothballs on the radios yet.
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Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: lumpocoal On: Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:47 pm

im sorry but i had to post lol

http://youtu.be/a_Tje6kdeLg
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Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: DOUG On: Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:54 pm

That was funny!

On a serious note, has anyone used a Radiowaves 11 meter dipole antenna? http://www.cbradiomagazine.com/Antenna% ... Review.htm

I purchased one of these a year ago, but never installed it yet. I currently have an Antron 99 on my roof, but it has been broken from a storm a few years back and I just don't feel comfortable going back up on the roof to replace it. That is why I bought a Radiowaves bazooka dipole. I miss using my CB, but just haven't made the time to play with it since the kids.

I just thought maybe someone had some experience with using this dipole.
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Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: mozz On: Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:13 pm

If you string it up horizontally, it will be a cloud warmer.
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Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: lumpocoal On: Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:14 pm

DOUG wrote:That was funny!

On a serious note, has anyone used a Radiowaves 11 meter dipole antenna? http://www.cbradiomagazine.com/Antenna% ... Review.htm

I purchased one of these a year ago, but never installed it yet. I currently have an Antron 99 on my roof, but it has been broken from a storm a few years back and I just don't feel comfortable going back up on the roof to replace it. That is why I bought a Radiowaves bazooka dipole. I miss using my CB, but just haven't made the time to play with it since the kids.

I just thought maybe someone had some experience with using this dipole.

I dont have any experience with the dipole, but if you thought that vid was funny check out the post "should nepa have an anthem" the 2 vids on there are hilarious
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Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: tsb On: Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:15 pm

We had a neighbor " The dirty old Man " that ran a heater on his CB base station.
He crushed my TV reception and just about made my windows glow. Man he ran
some power. He's long gone, and since then the critter population is back to normal.
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Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: MURDOC1 On: Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:34 pm

mozz wrote:Really, i would like to see it run on a dummy load and see what a Bird 43 says. How many amps does it draw when dead keying on AM?


You can keep that Bird, who wants to mess with slugs and old analog meters anyway!!! Time to move up in the world my friend, meet the LP-100A, side by side testing into a dummy load shows the exact same readings, both average and PEP (with a PEP kit installed in the Bird of course) plus SWR all at the same time, no slugs, no PEP kits, no nonsense, just a very well engineered and built piece of equipment... Google it- LP-100A... Dead keys 50-65 watts with the amp deck turned on ( the NB/ANL switch is disabled and is instead used to turn the amp deck On/Off) will key as low as 1 watt with the deck turned off and RF Power knob all the way down, so amp draw would be around 5-6.5 amps!!! Heavy on the key it will draw 50+ amps... The pictures below are of my 4300-300 that has been heavily modified on both TX and RX sides, it has ears that beat the heck out of any of my RCI's (2950 and 2970N2) and it gets out like a hooker in church with the fat average talk power, crystal clear to boot, never over-modulated and always highly complimented... I don't run any echo or any of that crap, just a touch to fill in the audio and give a bolder tone to my voice, but not near enough to actually echo.. I don't have any room in the cab for a separate linear so I gotta go with this all-in-one approach, works for me!!! Powered directly from the 3X group 31 battery bank via 1/0 gauge Monster power and ground up to the firewall on the passenger side, through firewall via a pair of pass through junction studs, down to 4 gauge inside the cab up the pass side 'A' pillar to another pair of junction studs where it necks down to 8 gauge for the final 1 foot run to the radio itself... I use Anderson modular quick connects and have adapters for all styles of plugs to run anything I could ever want to from it...
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MFJ-259B after a little tuning... I like things to be right!!!
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Same radio, Average power- 275 Watts (small "w") same channel engine off
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