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SOLARCON, makers of the A99 & IMAX 2000, is only a name and has nothing to do with whom you contact with problems about their products

Things many CB'ers didn't know about Solarcon. 


The makers of the A99 and the infamous IMAX 2000 antenna, as it turns out, has nothing to do with the name of the company that built your antenna.  Solarcon was bought by Tencom Limited. Here is the full story:   

[Tencom Limited was incorporated in 1997, beginning as a producer of CB antennas for the truck stop industry. In December 1999, Tencom purchased the assets of Solarcon, also a manufacturer of CB antennas, as well as a pultruder of rods and tubes. In late 2001, Tencom redirected its strategy toward pultrusion while maintaining its position in the antenna market. At the same time, the company purchased the assets of a local pultruder, greatly expanding its customer base, equipment and total capacity for pultruded products. During the following years, additional equipment has been added toward increasing the company's skills in pultrusion, extrusion and value added services such as machining and fabricating capabilities.]

So in layman's terms, Tencom has a lot of irons in the fire other than making the A99 and IMAX 2000 antennas.  This could account for a lot of the mistakes they've made lately. Just your aluminum mount for the radials being one of them, Mr. Harley Worker.  Here are your contacts for your antenna company and we hope you are satisfied and that we were of help.

Anyone who owns antennas by Solarcon and has a problem, this is your contact, address, and phone and fax numbers.

Tencom Limited
7134 Railroad Street,
P.O. Box 176, Holland, Ohio 43528
Phone: 419-865-5877 Toll free: 888-7TENCOM
Fax: 419-865-9449

Thanks for writing us harlyworkr  (HODCBR 6/21/2017)

NEW Galaxy DX86V AM/SSB

The new and improved Galaxy DX86V. The third model of the all new "Mini-Gal" radio series. Similar to the older Galaxy DX88V, but now with dual MOSFET transistors and in a smaller chassis. This radio will fit inside the cubby of your truck, where the older generation may not. The Galaxy DX86V offers the same features as the 66, but this model trades the echo and talkback feature, for single sideband. 

You've asked for it, and Galaxy Radios has listened.

What we're seeing with the new lineup is a reduction in features people don't look for, and attention is being paid to chassis size. So what you end up with is a radio that is built specifically for the things people want, without the clutter of stuff you don't, all in a small radio housing that will fit any installation.


Features

Power Output (Bird Wattmeter)
45 Watts PeP
Power Output (IFR Service Monitor)
58 Watts PeP
Power Output (Dosy Wattmeter)
50 Watts PeP
SWR Meter
Frequency Counter
5 Digit
Dimmable Faceplate Lights
Single Sideband
Specifications, Weight, Dimensions
Width
7.5" -- Small enough to fit in your truck's radio cubby
Height
2 1/4"
Length
9"
What's Included
  • Microphone
  • Mounting Hardware
  • Manual
PRICE:  Regularly 349.99 - NOW ON E-BAY FOR $ 299.99

 
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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 prewired 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.

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! 

Heart of Dixie CB Radio.

Fed-up pensioner, 68, who claims mobile phones are too expensive installs 10ft antenna on his roof so he can chat to family and friends over CB radio.

By TOM PAYNE FOR THE DAILY MAIL, UK


A pensioner who says he cannot afford a mobile phone has set up a 10ft antenna on the roof of his home so he can chat over the radio. Ken Overton, 68, uses the short-range CB radio to communicate with friends and family seven miles away from his home in Portishead, near Bristol.


Mr Overton, who has mobility problems, said it has become his ‘lifeline’ and stopped him getting lonely because mobile contracts are too expensive for him.  But neighbours have complained that his aerial is disrupting their television and broadband signals, and the pensioner has been asked to take it down. The device is similar to a walkie-talkie and was popular with lorry drivers in the 1970s and 1980s, even spawning a hit single, Convoy, in 1975.

Because Mr Overton struggles to leave his house, he relies on the CB radio to catch up with his family in Clevedon, Somerset.  He has also made new friends who use the devices as a hobby. He fears that the ruling by social housing provider Alliance Homes that he must remove the aerial will axe his main means of communication.  ‘They contacted me to say they have had several complaints from neighbours, who say it’s interfering with their TVs,’ he said.  ‘But I’ve been using it for the past few months and I’m sure if it was affecting their TVs, they would have said something by now.’  


Alliance Homes, which owns the property, said the aerial needed to be replaced.


A company spokesman said: ‘We understand Ken’s situation. The issue is that the CB aerial is interfering with the broadband and TV signals in some of the other residents’ flats, so we have asked Ken to replace it with one that won’t cause interference. 

'We also asked Ken to apply to us to get agreement for the installation so that we know that it has been put up safely.’

The short-distance radio boomed in the 1970s when it was used widely by truckers, but its popularity dipped as mobile phone ownership boomed.  In December 2006 it was deregulated by Ofcom, meaning it can be used without a licence. The devices, which can be bought for less than £100, remain popular with farmers.


Heart of Dixie CB Radio 8/15/17 -(Courtesy "How to CB Radio")

Shockwave expensive? Meet Excalibur.

Specifications

All Teflon SO 239 5-10 kw or 20 kw 7/16 DIN Connector.


ALSO DIRECT FEED NO CONNECTOR DIRECT CONNECT.


4 Ground planes 7/8" with corona ball tips!....100 inches each 


Angle of radiation 15-16 degrees 


8 DB gain.......COMPARED TO OTHER TYPES AND RATINGS.


Accepts 2+" mast mounting JUST SLIDE OVER MAST.


24-feet Center Radiator


100 mph wind rating

Guaranteed for life....with Proof purchase!


SWR 1.0.1 TO 1.2.1 


WATT RATED  5 k to 20KW....Direct feed ??? 


Tunable but Pre-tuned before shipment!


WEIGHT 18 POUNDS.

There is a wait time involved as i am always back logged--->Thanks for your patience.


PRICE: $500.00

SO 239 - 5KW - 500.00

7/16 DIN - 20kw    500.00

DIR FEED-  500.00


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THIS WAS POSTED BY MR. COILY, THE BUILDER OF EXCALIBUR.

WHY HE BUILT THE EXACLIBUR ANTENNA

Ok musky1963 cool down dude its all good,,i sold them antennas and they posted,it was not a marketing or advertising thing.Would you be as mad if they were talking about a different brand i don't think so, Its always been that way on this forum let em be happy ITS ALL GOOD Theres alot of very happy coily owners that don't even post on here or any forums,I could open the flood gates,,I am very laid back and mean no ill will in anyway,I am just selling antennas....Ok guys if you would e-mail me directly we can work out the differences on the excalibur and hook you up ,,the reason i built the extra large antenna is 5 people wanted an antenna that would take 100 mph and laugh at it and did not want the other one,So i took my enforcer and beefed it up ,,I was not trying to leave you guys in the cold,just building an antenna i was asked to build, it came out so nice i decided to offer it as the ultimate ground plane and it is!! nobody can touch this antenna "Nobody" and if they try i will build it even better,,and the price is cheap as far as i am concerned 500.00 shipped with a lifetime warranty fully machined and completely custom it is lean and mean,not all bolted together and piles of parts,it is the finest antenna far supreme to anything out there and when i decided to do the ground plane thing thats how it has to be the very best! You see i look at it a little differently. A lot of guys are beam guys,i was once not anymore. I don't like to turn my house,i like to talk everywhere when i key.alot of guys are ground plane guys,,i will Run a big azz ground plane any day over a beam and if it cost me a little bit more for the very best ground plane :!: i see no problem with that, E-mail me directly guys and i will get you fixed up...73sss www.mrcoily.com.......Dan
I am sorry musky1963 if you think its spam :? I build and help people not make umm mad.if i bought an antenna and it gave me 2 S units of gain i would be happy also and posting every web board like a virus,No marketing or advertising deal.just happy customers!I have to run and get to work so everybody be happy,its all about building great products for all the cbers and hammster also.....

Just so its out there in the open i am also building a full wave 32 foot base plane with 9-18 foot ground planes not sure yet and also 1/2 wave no ground plane base for limited areas and tight spaces..anyways,I thanks everybody for all the flowers sorry if my products have created havoc on your web board,but i feel if I sell an antenna and it kicks azz then post all you want. WWW.MRCOILY.COM


ALSO:   .I have been e-mailing and also reading my arrl manuals about coil and matching systems and i was going to go with 30kw gama setup but after many e-mails with a lot of guys i wen't back to my playing field, Big ole Coily, They tune out perfectly 1.1.1 @50-52 ohms and [email protected] =.64 23 feet really radiates great..it's 24 feet without the 2 feet of top hat...Its the almighty ground plane..really impressive! Stronger than ever with the double masting and triple in places..anyway I have to finish up on some mounts so i will catch up with you later...thanks 73sss Coily

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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.

CB RADIO NEWS 

The following companies have taken down their websites recently.


Texas Star Amplifiers 

Best CB Radio Shop   

REDMAN CB  (FCC related)

Q5CB  

Jo Gunn Antennas

Sumiton Radio Shack (UPS & FEDEX store)

205-648-8598

Homewood Store 

(Green Springs)

205-942-4425

Watch COBRA 2000 LTD SILVER TO BLACK W/DECALS

DEBS DECALS

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, the Cobra 2000!

OLD SCHOOL SIGMA 5/8 STILL

KICKIN' IT AFTER THIS CRASH

H.C. Blackwell, Adamsville, AL

(BELOW)  Comparison of some different model Turner Base Mics and mic plug wiring. 

Courtesy Heart of Dixie CB Radio

(BELOW) HOW TO INSTALL A PL-259 COAX CONNECTION

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

Courtesy Wallcott Radio

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