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Old 04-09-2018, 11:35 AM
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Hey guys , recently acquired a free 1973 model SBE 23 channel Sidebander 2 CB radio . It came with a dual antenna setup . Looks very vintage . Seems to be in decent shape .
My question is , how can I mock up this setup to see if it works properly or not . I'm new to the CB hobby and would like to see if I can get SKIP with this old unit . . Where and how should I set up the antennas and how should they be oriented ?. Thanks guys !
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Old 04-09-2018, 8:32 PM
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Not sure what you mean.
Dual antenna setup?
If you mean a beam antenna made up of horizontal and vertical elements, they came with a switch to switch from vertical to horizontal.
Vertical is good for local talking and horzontal is better for long range
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Old 04-09-2018, 9:25 PM
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Everything pretty much depends on your vehicle, the antenna mounts, the condition of the radio and antennas, Also depends on if you keep the dual antennas or change to just a single antenna.

You can take a low-end piece of crap CB and top of the line antenna(s), and can skip with the best of them. A friend of mine got some good skip with his 23 channel radio and a K40 magnet mounted antenna. You should get some really good skips with your setup after installing and tuning your antennas.

The above mentioned friend ran with that 23 channel radio, until his father bought him a Cobra 128. If we would get mad at him, one of us would call out, “Meet on 24.” Usually, it was cause he was being really big “D” to everyone else.
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In general, antennas, for best results should be mounted out of doors and elevated, but check the regulations as there is a height limit for CB antennas I believe.

Without knowing the type of antennas you have, the orientation question is difficult to answer, but if it is an omnidirectional antenna it can be mounted just about anywhere. If you have a directional antenna, such as a beam or dipole then you'd need to orient it towards the area you want to communicate with.

When deciding on an antenna location keep in mind the length of coaxial cable you'll be using. Long runs of cable, depending on the type you use could cause significant signal attenuation.

"Skip" will be present some days and not others and is dependent on ionospheric conditions. Best way to know is to listen and tune around.

Good luck in getting your station up and running.
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thanks for all the replys , I appreciate it . Ill try and explain the antennas I have , each of them are about 2 feet tall , and have a semi-transparent coating on them , I can see the copper wire wrapped around them, Im sure these are off a big rig from the 70's , I don't plan on keeping these antennas , I plan on running something like a K-40 magnetic mount or a tall 102" whip antenna .
My goal here is just to test out the radio before I start sinking money into this hobby . I would mainly like to know if this Sidebander radio is junk or not , I hope the capacitors and what not aren't dried up yet . This thing is 40 + yrs old lol .

I was going to hook up the radio in my garage and run the antennas out attached to my eves troughs and hope for the best .

One last thing , since it is a 23 channel , which channels should I be monitoring for skip ? or can it be any channels ?

Thanks again guys !
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You'll still hear distant (skip) stations even with your 23 channel radio.
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thanks for all the replys , I appreciate it . Ill try and explain the antennas I have , each of them are about 2 feet tall , and have a semi-transparent coating on them , I can see the copper wire wrapped around them, Im sure these are off a big rig from the 70's , I don't plan on keeping these antennas , I plan on running something like a K-40 magnetic mount or a tall 102" whip antenna .
My goal here is just to test out the radio before I start sinking money into this hobby . I would mainly like to know if this Sidebander radio is junk or not , I hope the capacitors and what not aren't dried up yet . This thing is 40 + yrs old lol .

I was going to hook up the radio in my garage and run the antennas out attached to my eves troughs and hope for the best .

One last thing , since it is a 23 channel , which channels should I be monitoring for skip ? or can it be any channels ?

Thanks again guys !
Channel 6 seems to be where i hear it first although i dont work it. Ch 36SSB 37SSB 38 SSB also
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Yeah, the Super Bowl channel; 6.
If I remember; the SBE 23 channel Sidebander 2, was a decent transceiver. You should be able to hit skip with it, as long as you've got a good antenna.
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Great info guys !! I really appreciate it . One last thing . What antenna recommendations do you guys have for a half ton truck ? I want to be able to detach it easily but obviously want optimal performance for Ssb, DX / skip .thanks
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I use a 62.5-inch Wilson 1000 magnet mount antenna on my F250, placed in the middle of the roof. I can install and remove it in a minute. It reaches way out there like any other antenna of its size.
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Here channel 6 and 11 are the first channels to be heard when the band is open. SBE (Sideband Engineers) were an old venerable radio company known for their quality. They also sold ham radios.
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Hey guys , recently acquired a free 1973 model SBE 23 channel Sidebander 2 CB radio . It came with a dual antenna setup . Looks very vintage . Seems to be in decent shape .
Unless you have some incurable attraction to vintage CB's, I wouldn't waste my time with it. Old technology, solder joints going bad, capacitors failing, and only 23 channels.

If you're actually interested in using CB radio, why not buy something new with advanced technology and design?

Consider:

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