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For 40+ Years of CB Service 

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40+ Years of CB Service

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Check out Tracking Hunt

I received a nice e-mail today from another fellow who has a site on the web.  I have placed a link to it and I hope you'll check it out.  I am pretty sure he'll have more content as time passes.  Hope so.  Keep the hobby alive. - Ron 


TRACKING HUNT (Source of Tracking and Hunting)


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


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More Shockwave Editorial Replies 
Replies not those of this website or any of our entities. 


$400 is crazy for a 11 meter ground plane.

It does not matter how much $$$ is invested in equipment.

There are multi thousand dollar HF rigs talking off a wire every night of the week.

IF your QTH is high wind,,snow and ice location and there is a need for physical strength of an antenna to withstand the climate then yes a strong built antenna is needed.

Still $400 is a lot of money ,,you can go buy sch 40 alum conduit and build your own for a 1/4 of that price and it would be even stronger.

I have heard nothing but good reviews about this antenna,,then again anyone who spends this type of money would not say anything bad about it.




There are stainless steel parts to aluminum on mine. Is there an issue with using stainless? I put it up 3 years ago so it's not been that long. If you see something that could be better why not share?

I agree 10kw through an so239 is crazy. They have been burned down with much less.


Sr. Member #2


You have to decide if the price is worth it. It is a very high quality antenna but has a large price tag. It will work a lot better than an a99 but so will a penetrator or 5/8 maco.

These aluminum antennas aren't plug and play like an a99. You have to assemble and tune them correctly then seal off coax connections to keep moisture out. I know people that have went back to an a99 from a maco because they couldn't get it tuned or had swr issues when it was raining.

When I switched from an imax to a maco v5000 I noticed a big difference in RX and TX. When I switched to the shockwave there may have been some small improvement but the best part is I don't have to worry about the antenna failing if I put some watts through it.


Master of puppets 
 

10kW in so239 connector is a big joke.
I also see steel connected directly to aluminium... no comment.
Mike

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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! 

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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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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. 

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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
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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. 


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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!

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