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THE DEMISE OF CB RADIO

Anyone who used to use a CB Radio in the Eighties that turns on a rig for the first time nowadays would probably be shocked.  First by the general lack of signals that you find these days compared to how busy the channels used to be back then, and then second by the amount of swearing and insults that get banded around usually on Channel 19.  The truth is that even back in the Eighties the same problems existed.  If you try long enough and hard enough though you will find people out there who are sane enough and polite enough to talk to although it does take a lot more effort to do that these days.  But, be as it may, the greatest CB'ers were still from the 1970's bar none. Many of those guys and gals have left the hobby or either passed on. It was difficult to be a CBer back in those days as you had to obtain a license and then actually had to go by the rules. Then, you were taking a very substantial risk by doing the things people do on radio these days. Uncle Charlie was bad ass back then. 


However, as previously stated, you can find still some good people to talk to, but just not as many of them. Maybe that's good in a way.  I still enjoy the radio but the feverish passion has certainly dimmed as those good times had in the 70's and 80's.  I'm 10-7

This is a story from 1986 from the Federal Communications Commission and shows just how petty they can be.


Washington, D.C. -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Jo Gunn Enterprises, Ethelsville, Alabama is voluntarily recalling five models of its omnidirectional CB base station antennas. These are Model 100, Model 200, Son of A Gunn, Hillbilly and Pistol. If contact is made by the antennas with an electrical power line while being installed or taken down, the antennas have the potential for severe or fatal shock.  TO READ THE REST OF THE STORY, CLICK HERE

SAY GOODBYE TO THE BASE STATION CITIZENS BAND RADIO


Back in the glory days of CB radio, when there were many millions of people using the radio daily, the radio companies were coming out with new base radio models every year. The Uniden Madison, Cobra 2000 GTL, Uniden Washington, and CPI CP2000 are just a few of those great models that were popular in the 80's and 90's and are still used across the United States and the world today.

Fast forward to 2017 and the CB hobby is still going fairly strong, but the manufacturers have placed almost all of their emphasis on mobile radios. Base radios are expensive, at least somewhat more than a mobile set, and with a smaller market of consumers the manufacturers are trying to play it safe. The result is there are very few CB base station radios being sold and your choices get narrowed even further as time goes by.


While there were some recent attempts by a couple of companies to make base stations (Cobra 2010 GTL and the Cherokee CBS-1000) both radios weren't great performers and left hobbyists asking for something better. After all the dust had settled there were only two SSB base stations left on the market: the Ranger TR-696F and the Galaxy DX 2547 (above). While the radios may look different, they are in fact very similar internally. These days the TR-696F is virtually impossible to find so the final chapter in CB base radios will likely be written by the above Galaxy DX 2547.


Not sure many of you radio geeks have noticed or not, but the Base Station CB Radios are becoming extinct!  It has been now 7 years since the above Galaxy 2547 was in manufacturing.  So what do you do if you want a base?  Your best bet is to check all local radio repair shops. Many times they will have several radios for sale as is. Estate Sales are usually filled with very old stuff, but nothing doable towards any type of modifications and you'd be lucky it even works. Then there's always E-Bay.  However, radios such as Tram and Browning models are going to set you back more than you probably want to pay, at least most times, and even then there is something defective and you'll have to immediately pay for repairs. Which for Tram and Browning Eagles, this is very expensive. You radio veterans are the ones that would hover around those radios, but even the older radio geeks have stuck with a newer radio than either the Tram or Browning. Someone will most always be selling out of the hobby or need the money, and this is your best bet in finding a radio that is in good shape. Someone needing some cash will be selling a radio that is more than likely top shelf, a radio that is ready to plug and play.  But these radios won't last forever so if you're going to grab one, don't wait years and years to do so because they just won't be there. Like the D-104, there are only a few out there left but the price just keeps going up year after year. if you do get your hands on a good radio, keep it. And as always,take care of it. I still have my Lafayette Comstat 25 B, and it works!  Sad day for CB when the base is gone.


Re-Posted 12/10/2017 (1/25/17) Heart of Dixie CB


The Dangers of Running Too Much Wattage on CB Radio.

Courtesy Kollman Radio:

I have for many years preached on what RF energy will do to you. This all came about when CB'ers were stopping by the old shop showing off the multi-alternator systems, feeding their dual amps in the back of their Suburban’s. The scary output was 5,000 watts or MORE!

The antenna of course was either behind their head or on top of the vehicle. Which is a moot point considering anywhere on the car is too close. Forget the legalities for a second. I have been at this since I was ten years old, in 1970. I don’t consider it an accident that so many of the operators I used to look up to, at that time, have died of cancer or tumors. I am not a doctor and don’t play one at all. Yet I still see and talk to those who are not paying any attention.

There are stations in neighborhoods that are operating at 10,000 watts or MORE. One in particular with their kids in sleeping in the attic under the antenna! Okay so they didn't know you can’t feel it. Somewhere, sometime the light should go on in their head that the antenna is glowing! What about our neighbors, aren't they glowing too?

This is serious! and since the season is on the way for mobile radio competitions it needs to be brought up. Saturating your body with extreme RF (radiation) has to be thought out. There is no filter for that.

RF exposure is a very serious matter and should not be taken lightly. The FCC has numerous articles and literature regarding the dangers of RF to not only the operator, but also people implanted with pacemakers and defibrillators, etc. Please take the time to keep your radio in perspective. There is nothing more important than your family, and I'd imagine you're pretty important to them also.

Article Complied by Heart of Dixie CB Radio Club & Kollman Radio

The I-MAX 2000 isn't without complaints, either! 

3.0 out of 5 stars 
Solarcon I-MAX 2000 CB/Ham Radio Base Station Antenna.

By D. Maurice on April 6, 2017

I have bought 6 of these antennas over many years and they worked great, well most of them. The last three that I bought have problems. All three are NOT 24 foot long as advertised. Also, I could not get the SWR below 1.7. They are supposed to be pretuned for under 1.3 or so swr. I pulled down an antron A99 which had an swr at 1.1, which is great. The only change was the three max 2000 antennas which means the antennas are not up to par. One of the 2000's were cracked, yet another has a crooked mast section. In my opinion these antennas are not as good as they used to be directly from the factory... The third antenna had an swr reading of over 3.2, and within a year the fiberglass cover splintered badly. I hate to be the bringer of bad news but someone has to do it !!!

Heart of Dixie CB Radio Club  12/01/2017

A Trip Down Memory Lane with RadioShack
By Carl On June 6, 2017 · Add Comment

RadioShack has been dishing out electronics for so long that having a nice timeline of their marketing material is a great way to see how technology has progressed over the years.


The website ‘RadioShack Catalogs’ has been kicking about for a while and if you’ve never seen it, you’ll certainly lose and hour or two going through all the material. Not only are there year after year of sales catalogs to browse through, but also a cracking array of videos that are well worth a look.


Nerd Heaven

Without all the extra content that comes with radio magazines, Radio Shack catalogs cut right to the core and just list page on page of vintage equipment. I also like to see how the style of advertisements change as the general tech head gets more savvy as the years go by

RadioShack catalogs can be found over at radioshackcatalogs.com


Courtesy How To CB Radio/ (UK)/  Heart of Dixie CB Radio Club (US)

THE WILSON 1000 & 5000 ANTENNAS - 

The Best In Magnet Mounts

There has always been an ongoing debate as to which antennas work the best for a mobile installation.  I’ve been in many an argument myself with buddies who love to try to convince me why their 8 foot fiberglass whip is better than my 8 foot stainless steel whip. Or why their coil antenna has better receive than my whip antenna.  There are definitely three antennas that often get mentioned as the best in the business. Those three are the predator 10K, the 102” stainless steel whip, and the Wilson 1000 (or Wilson 5000). There is a general consensus that all three of these antennas are very solid performers and I’m sure there are a number of discussions continuing as to which one is the best, but to me one of these definitely has an advantage, even if it not necessarily in performance.

Both the Predator 10K and 102” SS whip are excellent performing antennas but both require a solid mount (meaning that you need to have a metal mount connected directly to the vehicle that is unmoving and fastened securely). For many people that have trucks or older cars this isn’t a problem as there are many places to attach a large metal mount along with the antenna. But on many newer cars it’s harder to find a good place to mount either of these antennas unless you are ready to drill some holes.  The Wilson 1000 and 5000 both come in hard mount versions, but my favorites in their product line are their magnet mount models. They really are the perfect antenna for people who don’t want a permanent mount or don't want to do any drilling in their vehicle.  The antenna itself consists of a medium sized base which has a large magnet built into it, a 62” stainless steel whip, and roughly 18’ of pre-wired coax. The base section is made of high impact Mobay Thermoplastic which I have found to be very durable over the years. The base color has been known to fade after a number of years of exposure, and I have seen ones that have been cracked but usually that was due to the operator dropping the antenna or something similar.  The antenna uses a coil of 10 gauge silver plated wire which is wound around the base and suspended in 4 places so that the majority of the coil is not touching anything but air. The radiating portion of the antenna is the included 62” whip. Between the whip and the coil the antenna is supposed to have an electrical length of one quarter wavelength. The Wilson 1000 is rated by the factory to handle up to 3000 watts. The antenna is put together very well and the magnetic base is easily strong enough to hold the antenna to any vehicle with a metal body. The thing I love about these antennas is that they are so easy to set up. All you need to do is slap the antenna on the roof of your car, route the coax to the radio and plug it in, and then do some minor tuning to achieve a good SWR. In most cases you can be up and running with a SWR of 1.2 or so within about 10 minutes. As far as performance, these antennas aren’t your average magnet mount. They really have excellent gain and great transmit properties. Other stations often will tell me that my Wilson 1000 paired with a President HR2510 radio makes me sound like I’m talking on a strong base station. The antenna has allowed me to make many DX contacts and talking local is never a problem. I’ve also noticed that the static level on my Wilson 1000 is considerably less than my 102” SS whip.  If you are someone who runs power then the Wilson 5000 magnet mount is the choice for you. It’s the same basic design as the Wilson 1000 but it incorporates a 6 gauge coil instead of the 10 gauge on the 1000. Its power handling is rated at 5,000 watts AM. The only thing to remember with these magnet mounts is that the magnets are quite strong and if your vehicle has a pretty clear coat take some extra care when removing the antenna so you don’t scratch your paint. In addition if you leave a round magnet mount antenna in the same location on your car for 10 years you are going to end up with a very strange round circle after you remove it because the paint on the car will fade except for the spot where you had the antenna. Anytime you are using a magnet mount antenna I recommend moving it 1-2” inches every month so that it doesn’t cause undue wear on any one spot on the vehicle. Either of these antennas are a solid choice if a solid mount antenna is not going to work for you. Heck, maybe you’re just lazy and don’t want to bother with a lot of the mounting headaches. In any case the Wilson 1000 and Wilson 5000 antennas offer excellent performance in a small and easy to mount package. I’ve always been able to get a SWR under 1.5 with either antenna and never had any problems with failure or defects.  


Posted 10/28/2017 Heart of Dixie CB

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03/02/2018 | Alabama State Convention (BirmingHAMfest 2018)

Location: Irondale, AL
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I kindly ask that you visit "How To CB Radio."  After finding this site on the web today, I felt the need to e-mail him about such a nice site. A very clean site at that. He is located in Worcestershire in the heart of the UK.  I have spoken to Carl, the webmaster, by e-mail and he was very cordial in his e-mail reply. He's also going to post our website link to his site, too! Please give "How To CB Radio" a gander in return. You won't be dissatisfied. Just click on the website link below. Thanks again Carl! 

Go to HOW TO CB RADIO

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Palco Electronics sells brand-new, name-brand electronics at discount prices.

Founded in 1986, Palco Electronics, Inc. operates out of its facility in beautiful Southgate, Michigan.

Specializing in Car Stereo, Car Alarms, Pagers, Scanners, and CB/HAM/Shortwave Radios and Accessories, Palco is an authorized dealer for major brands such as Cobra, Pioneer, Grundig, Ranger, Uniden, K40, Wilson, and many others.

With discount prices, a large selection, and personal customer service, at Palco Electronics, you always get
"A Whale of a Deal!"


We are also one of the only dealers where the JO GUNN antennas are available. We have a wide selection of the infamous JO GUNN antennas in stock. 


PALCO ELECTRONICS LINK

BEST MOBILE ANTENNAS For Citizens' Band Radio

The 102" Whip

Hands down the best CB Antenna

When it comes to antennas, the longer the better. We’ve got nothing against the shorties out there, but if you want the maximum range possible for your CB our 102” stainless steel whip should be your first choice. This ¼ wave antenna is a top-rated option that's most commonly found on pickups or off-road vehicles, but can be used on virtually anything you drive. Constructed tough from stainless steel, you’ll want to use a sturdy mount as the 102” is beefy and can really torque your mounting surface. The 102" whip is rated at 7 to 10 miles, significantly further under good conditions. 

    • Hands down the best performing      mobile CB antenna you can buy.
    • Ideal if maximum range and                performance is most important.
    • Built from stainless steel and              designed to last. 

TRUCKER ANTENNAS 

(CENTER-LOADED ANTENNAS)

Dubbed "trucker antennas" because they're most often used by semi-trucks, center-loaded antennas have a thick stainless steel lower shaft that makes up the bottom quarter to third of the antenna.

The coil sits above this shaft, usually in a plastic housing, and the remainder of the antenna consists of a long, thin steel whip similar to the kind of whip used in magnet mount antennas.

Trucker antennas have their coil located in the plastic housing, usually located near the bottom portion of the antenna.


APPROXIMATE RANGE:  7 TO 10 MILES

Transmit and receive range will vary dramatically based on conditions and the mounting location of the antenna. While trucker antennas will often range slightly in height between 45" and 60", a rough range of 7 to 10 miles is a good approximation of what you'll see from most models.


PROS - GREAT PERFORMANCE


Of all the antennas (excluding a 102" whip), center load trucker antennas offer the best performance when compared to similarly mounted antennas of the same height. For drivers who can mount them high enough on their vehicles and will use them exclusively for on-road use (like semi truck drivers), they can be a good option.

HOW TO INSTALL A PL-259 COAX CONNECTION

A PL-259 is often incorrectly assembled, so this video will keep it correct every time if done this way, and quickly.  Guaranteed! 

Comparison of different model Turner Base Mics and mic plug wiring. 

Courtesy Heart of Dixie CB Radio

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The Cobra 135 (above) was a solid performer, in fact, many regarded it's receiver as one of the best in the industry. 


The shape/design chosen for this model was definitely different than any other, but I'll have to admit, it really didn't catch on with me.  


Cobra hit pay dirt later on when they used the same basic design, but lengthened it, and added a lighter face to it - yes, you got it, The Cobra 2000!

Remember all the good times had by many at those coffee breaks back in the late 60s,70's and 80's?  Take a jog back in time. Click on the link above for "The Coffee Break Remembered"     HOD- 6/2017

IN APPRECIATION

Butch "RED FOX" Coffee

HONORARY LIFETIME MEMBER

For 40+ Years of CB Service 

Madison "WC" Brumbach

HONORARY LIFETIME MEMBER

Vice-President: Alabama SSB Assn.

40+ Years of CB Service

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IN MEMORY OF STATION

K1BBK

East Greenwich, Rhode Island

William (Bill) Todd (U.S.Navy)

(FIVE's Uncle)

 
 

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