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Old 01-28-2018, 10:59 AM
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Default My First CB Base Station: Bucks County, PA 19047

BIG BUX Bucks County, PA 19047
  • UNIDEN 980SSB Radio & Mic;
  • MegaWatt S-400-12 36 Amp Power Supply;
  • Driver's Product DPSWR2 External SWR Meter;
  • Midland 21-406 External Speaker;
  • RADIOWAVZ CB Double Bazooka Dipole Antenna;
  • Homemade PVC Pipe Antenna Mount; Outdoors outside 3rd Floor Window; Vertical Orientation
Photos: https://imgur.com/a/fgp1M
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Didn't have a chance to check the rest of your photos; but where you have the antenna in the kitchen!!!! lol
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My first CB base station in around 1972 was a 1.5W Radio Shack TRC-35C walki talki running off an external power supply boosting the voltage for more power and a Shure 545 mic attached. I forget what antenna at the time but it was probably a home made 1/4 wave ground plane.
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Didn't have a chance to check the rest of your photos; but where you have the antenna in the kitchen!!!! lol
What does the XYL say about it?!?!
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LOL I built the mount in my living room... wife is a patient woman!

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My first CB base station in around 1972 was a 1.5W Radio Shack TRC-35C walki talki running off an external power supply boosting the voltage for more power and a Shure 545 mic attached. I forget what antenna at the time but it was probably a home made 1/4 wave ground plane.
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Cool. My mom and dad had police scanner and cb base station in the 70s... I remember keying up as a kid. And SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT was my mom's favorite movie LOL

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BIG BUX Bucks County, PA 19047
  • UNIDEN 980SSB Radio & Mic;
  • MegaWatt S-400-12 36 Amp Power Supply;
  • Driver's Product DPSWR2 External SWR Meter;
  • Midland 21-406 External Speaker;
  • RADIOWAVZ CB Double Bazooka Dipole Antenna;
  • Homemade PVC Pipe Antenna Mount; Outdoors outside 3rd Floor Window; Vertical Orientation
Photos: https://imgur.com/a/fgp1M

Nice set up. How's that antenna working for you? Any issues?
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Nice set up. How's that antenna working for you? Any issues?
No SWR issues, rebuilding the pc mount today.

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Cool. I know a guy in PA that works on the 980's, he and another guy have engineered boards that expand the radio, if u want his email address, PM me.

I just got one back and it's great

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Cool. I know a guy in PA that works on the 980's, he and another guy have engineered boards that expand the radio, if u want his email address, PM me.

I just got one back and it's great
Is that the new channels expansion board?
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Is that the new channels expansion board?
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Old 01-29-2018, 2:20 AM
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BIG BUX Bucks County, PA 19047
  • UNIDEN 980SSB Radio & Mic;
  • MegaWatt S-400-12 36 Amp Power Supply;
  • Driver's Product DPSWR2 External SWR Meter;
  • Midland 21-406 External Speaker;
  • RADIOWAVZ CB Double Bazooka Dipole Antenna;
  • Homemade PVC Pipe Antenna Mount; Outdoors outside 3rd Floor Window; Vertical Orientation
Photos: https://imgur.com/a/fgp1M
Had a 2 hour conversation with a local 12 miles out, with my dipole antenna mounted indoors. WD40 in Holland, PA said I had strong signal and good voice quality.

Also heard some skip from Maryland. Hooray!

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What wattage are you producing? Were you on sideband or standard AM channel?
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Cool. My mom and dad had police scanner and cb base station in the 70s... I remember keying up as a kid. And SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT was my mom's favorite movie LOL

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What wattage are you producing? Were you on sideband or standard AM channel?
It's a stock UNIDEN 980SSB, so I guess 4 watts?

That conversation was on AM band.
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Well Dave, holding a 2 hour conversation with a guy 12 miles away with a dipole mounted indoors using 4 watts AM and getting reports of a strong signal and good voice, I'd say you got yourself a great set-up! Congratulations to you!
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Well Dave, holding a 2 hour conversation with a guy 12 miles away with a dipole mounted indoors using 4 watts AM and getting reports of a strong signal and good voice, I'd say you got yourself a great set-up! Congratulations to you!
Thanks, that's super helpful to a newbie.

It might be 5 watts? Anyway, it is dead stock with no amplification.

I am hoping the PVC pipe mount through my 3rd floor window will increase performance. If the mount/window setup works like I want it to, I should be able to rotate the entire dipole antenna from vertical to horizontal from inside. I read that horizonal orientation is better for long range TX? aka SKIP?

Anyway, thanks a lot. David
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Rotating your dipole from vertical to horizontal may or may not make a change in level from skip signals, they get randomly polarized bouncing off the ionosphere. What it will do is reduce interference from locals who are mostly running vertical and allow you to hear the skip signals a little better.

You can also rotate the horizontal antenna in azimuth and null out interfering signals and peak up on the skip stations. If you can find the guy 12mi away that you had the conversation with he could let you know how much things change going from inside the house to outside, going vertical to horizontal, etc.
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Thanks, that's super helpful to a newbie.

It might be 5 watts? Anyway, it is dead stock with no amplification.

I am hoping the PVC pipe mount through my 3rd floor window will increase performance. If the mount/window setup works like I want it to, I should be able to rotate the entire dipole antenna from vertical to horizontal from inside. I read that horizonal orientation is better for long range TX? aka SKIP?

Anyway, thanks a lot. David
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