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Metro Detroit CB

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Re: Metro Detroit CB

Post by Circle Seven » Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:03 pm

Glad some of you hear people.
I bought a very old CB handheld at a flea market a few years ago. It came with about a foot long rubber duckie with a BNC.
I put the rubber duckie on a Shack Pro-96 scanner and scanned 11 meters for about 4 days. Never heard a peep.
This was inside the house, so conditions may vary I suppose.



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Re: Metro Detroit CB

Post by Ed Joseph » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:30 pm

You don't have to run illegal power to talk a long way on CB, depending on the sunspot cycle. I once talked from Flint to Tennessee on a 100mW walkie-talkie, that was in 1975.

In the early 90's, I had an old Pierce-Simpson tube CB (Guardian 23) on a Starduster ground plane up 50 foot. I regularly talked from Flint to Sheppard and Oil City on 5 watts, and also talked to Vernazza, Italy for ten minutes, on the same setup.


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Re: Metro Detroit CB

Post by HD74 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:21 pm

I had a Starduster back in the 70's, must have been a good sunspot cycle, I talked to Vancouver, Texas, and Florida off of it completely barefoot. I had the same luck with a Maco V-5/8 in the late 90's/early 2000's. I still have radios in all my vehicles, and am putting a tower up in the Spring. One way of communicating that doesn't pass through any "computers" monitoring communications.


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Re: Metro Detroit CB

Post by Ed Joseph » Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:46 am

HD74, you have a point there. I still only have an old Cobra 29 AM mobile. It still worked as of a year ago, about 4.7W DC into a 50 ohm dummy load, swinging to just under 7 watts with modulation. I've been really tossing around the idea of picking up an old base CB with SSB, just for the halibut. I usually run my Grundig Sat800 through 11 meters, and hardly hear anything.

One thing I can say about CB, it can travel quite well compared to GMRS at the same power level. My 5 watt GMRS portables struggle to make it a mile clearly in an urban environment. Yeah, it'll go 70 miles from mountaintop to mountaintop, but that's not gonna happen in SEMI!

I almost bought an old DAK base a few years back for $100 at Goodwill. Not sure why I passed, but I went back and someone else grabbed it. it was a very shiny rackmount case with a row of large meters on the upper front panel. Had a D104 mic with it too. I think I literally kicked myself after I saw what they were going for online! I still want one though, or an old Browning or Siltronix 1011D.


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Re: Metro Detroit CB

Post by Ed Joseph » Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:19 pm

FWIW, we are just ending the last solar cycle (#24) and about to begin #25, which is expected to peak around 2024 or so. Right now, we are in the weakest part of the overall weakest cycle in decades. That said, day to day peaks and lows are the rule of thumb for the next couple years, meaning conditions may be great one day and plain awful the next.


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Re: Metro Detroit CB

Post by Ben Zonia » Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:30 pm

Does WWV still have propagation formats? Are those the same coding? Could be voice now once an hour, different code.

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Re: Metro Detroit CB

Post by windsor » Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:45 am

Was listening this morn. alot of chatter on 38LSB...........using an antron99.


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Re: Metro Detroit CB

Post by Ed Joseph » Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:43 pm

I've been hunting around for an older 40-channel SSB rig for cheap. I saw a decent Cobra 142, but it got past what I was willing to bid for it.


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Re: Metro Detroit CB

Post by Mike Oxlong » Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:21 pm

Ed Joseph wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:43 pm
I've been hunting around for an older 40-channel SSB rig for cheap. I saw a decent Cobra 142, but it got past what I was willing to bid for it.
You just missed the Toledo Swap this past weekend. You can always find CB's at a ham swap for $10-20 bucks.
The GM Club's swap is on April 7th starting at 8am. It's at the same place most of the swaps around here have been lately.

UFCW 876 Union Hall
876 Horace Brown Drive
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Re: Metro Detroit CB

Post by audiophile » Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:45 am

Ed Joseph wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:43 pm
I've been hunting around for an older 40-channel SSB rig for cheap. I saw a decent Cobra 142, but it got past what I was willing to bid for it.
I converted one to 6 meters 25 years ago.


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Re: Metro Detroit CB

Post by Ed Joseph » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:39 pm

Mike Oxlong wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:21 pm
Ed Joseph wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:43 pm
I've been hunting around for an older 40-channel SSB rig for cheap. I saw a decent Cobra 142, but it got past what I was willing to bid for it.
You just missed the Toledo Swap this past weekend. You can always find CB's at a ham swap for $10-20 bucks.
The GM Club's swap is on April 7th starting at 8am. It's at the same place most of the swaps around here have been lately.

UFCW 876 Union Hall
876 Horace Brown Drive
Madison Heights, MI
Thank you for this info. How often do they have swaps there?


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