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Base Antenna Help

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KK4SYW

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I have two Cb radios (one in my car and another I am hoping to use as a base radio). I was wondering what is the best base station antenna to use. I would like to be able to put it in my attic, but I have a metal roof and I am affraid that would make the antenna not work so well. If you have any suggestions for a good base antenna or a way to get it to work in the attic or somewhere else I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
 
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This is a tough one. Any antenna in the attic is going to see much lower performance because of the metal roof. You didn't exactly say, but can you put an antenna outside at your location? I'm not sure if you have neighborhood association restrictions preventing you from doing it or not.

If you can mount an antenna outside then I would suggest an Antron 99 or an Imax 2000. Both antennas are very widely used in CB and I myself run an Antron 99 with great results. Both are fairly large antennas so if you have a neighborhood association they will notice it. If you need a more discreet outdoor antennna you could always use a dipole strung up between a few trees. With your metal roof you could even use a magnet mount mobile antenna stuck to the roof itself.

I just need a little more info before I can really tell you what I would use.
 

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You're right, no antenna will work well under a metal roof. I think I would find a spot not too obtrusive and mount the thing outside. Now if you could mount an antenna on -top- of that metal roof, that's a different story altogether! Ought'a work well there.
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