A 750 watt should literally break the ice with or without side bands. I have one 100 watt that I have not looked at in years and I believe a 200 watt also. Where I live near the top of a 6,000 foot mountain talking all over the US and some times farther can be interesting. I think I still have 3 or 4 AM units and 1 or 2 sidebands. I also have some marine stuff and a couple 25 watt SW. I am already too busy with wood and houses so do not want to even look at getting into Ham. ThanksI just kinda looked for base radios, seems there are not a lot made anymore. I still have most of my old stuff in the attic. I had a 750 watt linear which was illegal back then. i sold it years ago.
Whether using CB or HAM radios, you don't necessarily have to use a "base station" radio. You could get a 12 volt power supply and run any vehicle based radio in the home. That is my plan.. one day.What kind of home/base station would you recommend?
Thanks for the info.Whether using CB or HAM radios, you don't necessarily have to use a "base station" radio. You could get a 12 volt power supply and run any vehicle based radio in the home. That is my plan.. one day.
As has been said, 4 watts (the FCC's limit for CB power) will not reach out super far, but there are things you can do to make sure you are getting as far as possible. First is to tune your antenna (using an SWR meter) and the second is to get your antenna UP as high as you can. That way your signal is clear of as many cars, houses, trees, hills, etc. as possible.
I got my technician class amateur radio license, and the test was not difficult to pass. If you are interested to go that route, there are lists of questions and plenty of study guides online.
I dozed off towards the end, but the part I watched was like Chinese to me - no idea what he was talking about.Start here, this guy is worth every second
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The type of antenna will depend on what direction you're trying to transmit/receive. The size will depend on what is your target wavelength, aka "band".Exactly what kind of antenna is required for a home ham/CB radio?
How deep of a valley? Would a basic antenna tower be enough height?I live in a valley.
Appreciate the links... too complicated for me.The type of antenna will depend on what direction you're trying to transmit/receive. The size will depend on what is your target wavelength, aka "band".
If omnidirectional (and I assume this is the case), a vertical dipole of some sort is usually the simplest.
If you're a DIY type person, it can be as simple as a vertical wire with a few wires added for a groundplane, or another simple one is a J-pole.
If not, there are several commercially made ones. The Solarcon Antron A-99 is just one example.
If there is a particular direction you'd like to aim, then you get into yagi's and beam antennas. I know nothing about these.
I like watching Farpoint Farms for some basics.
I am still learning many of these things as well.
How deep of a valley? Would a basic antenna tower be enough height?
I'm in the valley below the Cumberland PlateauIf you want a radio to get out of your valley, get a Dual-band HAM radio, then you only have to talk to the repeater on top of the mountain near by
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I'm in the valley below the Cumberland Plateau
Download scientific diagram | Location of the Cumberland Plateau (red and yellow), and study site of the SAA Forestry Demonstration Project near Sewanee, TN (35 8 N, 85 8 W). from publication: Mapping Land-Use Change and Monitoring the Impacts of Hardwood- to-Pine Conversion on the Southern...www.researchgate.net
What do you mean your voice is still traveling through space?You need several things to be half way successful on a radio.
A good radio with a good power mic and a good foot warmer ( power amp) with a good antenna as high as you can get it.
It all depends on what your goals are. If you want to communicate privetly or talk to everyone. If you want to just talk to a few on a privet channel you can set up your radio on a channel far away from channel 19 or anywhere on the top 40 where most are. If your radios have a slider where you can slide in between channels you can stay away from most people.
But that half the fun with radios, is learning about them. How they work and what works for your needs.
My voice is still traveling through space after all these years when I use to use them many years ago.
I had a Yasu base station with a 100 foot 5/8's wave antenna over 100 feet tall crank up tower and a power mic and a 1000 watt power amp in an area that was very flat. On a cold clear night when the weather was just right, I could talk to people all over the world when the skip was rolling. The bad thing about the skip is it rolls in and out and you only get a few min to talk before the signal slips away.
It was a lot of fun.
Yep, all radio signals from every radio transmission are still traveling through space, although the farther out they go the weaker they get, but they are still going.What do you mean your voice is still traveling through space?
I know nothing about how a radio works... guess that's going to change.