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oldcb

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been quite a while since last posting here, i'm still pretty much a novice on the cb seen even though i've been around it for a long time, but never too deeply, i know the basics and that the antenna is key to a good radio, i had done my best? last year at getting my swr's as low as possible on both my base's and in my mobiles, i recently tried an old center load, that i never intended to use, on my truck a few days ago, and was shocked to get such a low reading, nearly a flat 1 all the way across, i couldn't get any better than a 1.8 with all the antenna's i tried before (wilson 1000, 5000 and a few others), no change in it's location, so i'm pleased there. Now for my one base, i just disconnected my home-brew 1/4 wave that has worked very well with readings at 1.1-1.2 , but wanted to try an a-99 that had an extra one of, made a new mast assy., mounted it up with the same cable that was connected to the 1/4 wave, now i cant get better than a 2., not sure what's up, may just go back to my 1/4 wave..............arrrrg, now i remember why i stopped when/where i was last year..............

so here's a question.........once you've got your swr's as low as possible, will changing the height of the antenna change the swr reading?
 
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It is my understanding that with the A99 the first 9 feet of coax is used as the
antenna counterpoise. If it is not straight there are problems.
Also height seems to help the A99 as does good grounding of the mast.

I have been searching information on these for a while as I am looking
into the another base.

Some say all fiberglass bleeds. I disagree.
Having base antennas and helping friends back into late 1960s,
several with the original Big Stick, I have found that good coax and
proper grounding it the key.

Hope you get your install worked out.
All are different.
 

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yep, i know all new installs take time, but was hoping for a little better, i'll be back at it again soon to try to get better results, kinda wanted to do it now as there's a local ham fest a week from this sunday, should be able to pick up what i feel i need at a little better pricing there............
 
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