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Old April 23rd 04, 02:59 AM
Jess LaFleur
 
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Hello, my name is Jess LaFleur and I have been experimenting with CB radio
for the past few weeks now.

Ive owned a radio for a couple of years but I never got around to actually
using it until recently.

My little set up is as follows:

a firestik antenna with magnetmount (on a little red wagon on my roof)
a Radio Shack TRC-439 radio being powered by a computer powersupply
using stock microphone (I plan on buying a power-mic)

I have a range of about 10km during the day (I did this earlier today)

I have some questions and such though,

I am rarely able to pick up anyone but people in mexico, and my spanish ends
at "Hola, como esta"
now, I'm not saying it's a problem, its sort of nice to be able to pick up
people so far away
(once I got someone from jamaica)

I rarely will get someone from the United States or Canada (where I live) so
is this normal?
I know that signals can bounce of the ionosphere but its still odd that I
only get people in mexico.

and another question, on the RX/TX display there is 4 LED's now, should I
ever see any leds on
when I am only hearing static (no transmission) or should it be completely
blank.

And another question, how do I tune an antenna and how much do SWR meters
cost?

Im not entirely a newbie to radios, I do have an aeronautical radio licence
from my days at the airport.

Thanks a bunch,

~Jesse



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Old April 23rd 04, 10:48 PM
Jim Keil
 
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Jess,

Do a Google search for CB radio. They have quite a few sites for beginners.
Try putting up an I-Max 2000 antenna if you can. They are cheap and can't
be beat for the price.

Jess LaFleur" wrote in message
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Hello, my name is Jess LaFleur and I have been experimenting with CB radio
for the past few weeks now.

Ive owned a radio for a couple of years but I never got around to actually
using it until recently.

My little set up is as follows:

a firestik antenna with magnetmount (on a little red wagon on my roof)
a Radio Shack TRC-439 radio being powered by a computer powersupply
using stock microphone (I plan on buying a power-mic)

I have a range of about 10km during the day (I did this earlier today)

I have some questions and such though,

I am rarely able to pick up anyone but people in mexico, and my spanish

ends
at "Hola, como esta"
now, I'm not saying it's a problem, its sort of nice to be able to pick up
people so far away
(once I got someone from jamaica)

I rarely will get someone from the United States or Canada (where I live)

so
is this normal?
I know that signals can bounce of the ionosphere but its still odd that I
only get people in mexico.

and another question, on the RX/TX display there is 4 LED's now, should I
ever see any leds on
when I am only hearing static (no transmission) or should it be completely
blank.

And another question, how do I tune an antenna and how much do SWR meters
cost?

Im not entirely a newbie to radios, I do have an aeronautical radio

licence
from my days at the airport.

Thanks a bunch,

~Jesse




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Old April 24th 04, 12:34 AM
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From: (Jess=A0LaFleur)
Hello, my name is Jess LaFleur and I have been experimenting with CB
radio for the past few weeks now.
Ive owned a radio for a couple of years but I never got around to
actually using it until recently.
My little set up is as follows:
a firestik antenna with magnetmount (on a little red wagon on my roof) a
Radio Shack TRC-439 radio being powered by a computer powersupply
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0using stock microphone (I plan on buying a
power-mic)
I have a range of about 10km during the day (I did this earlier today)
I have some questions and such though,
I am rarely able to pick up anyone but people in mexico, and my spanish
ends at "Hola, como esta"
now, I'm not saying it's a problem, its sort of nice to be able to pick
up people so far away
(once I got someone from jamaica)
I rarely will get someone from the United States or Canada (where I
live) so is this normal?


At this time of year and with the current solar


"skip" cycle in decline..yes. From which state


are you transmitting?



I know that signals can bounce off the
ionosphere but its still odd that I only get
people in mexico.
and another question, on the RX/TX display there is 4 LED's now, should
I ever see any leds on
when I am only hearing static (no transmission) or should it be
completely blank.


Nah,,this is your ground noise level and what


you are experiencing is normal. The higher


the noise level, the more bars will be lit.




And another question, how do I tune an antenna and how much do SWR
meters cost?



You answered your own question,,sort of.


An SWR meter is necessary, and instructions
come with each. The cost can begin


releatively cheap such as can be had at Rat


Shack. My personal fave, which I was turned


on to by a fellow rec.radio.cber, is the Autek




Im not entirely a newbie to radios, I do have an aeronautical radio
licence from my days at the airport.
Thanks a bunch,
~Jesse



The better (and bigger, when applying to cb) the antenna, the further
you will receive and transmit.



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