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Someone just gave me a NIB 40 Channel CB Radio. I'd like to set it up at home what would be a good antenna that won't break the bank? Would it work on my 10 Meter DiPole?
 

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Yes but you would probably have to run a tuner to get the SWR down. Also horizontal polarization is going to suck for local but might work well for skip/dx. I talked to Belgium once on SSB on an 11m dipole.
 

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If I'm not mistaken they have SWR converters that will take mismatched antennas and radios and it has the capability to correct the SWR back to 1:1 which is ideal. But those are really expensive. I know they make 12 volt versions because some people who have mobile ham radios in their cars also use antenna tuners to compensate for the frequencies they are working on.


 

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If I'm not mistaken they have SWR converters that will take mismatched antennas and radios and it has the capability to correct the SWR back to 1:1 which is ideal. But those are really expensive. I know they make 12 volt versions because some people who have mobile ham radios in their cars also use antenna tuners to compensate for the frequencies they are working on.
They're not that expensive maybe a hundred bucks or so maybe less if your build your own.... tuners only start to get pricey when you start running power (over 100-200W) or you want something that's automatic...
 

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They're not that expensive maybe a hundred bucks or so maybe less if your build your own.... tuners only start to get pricey when you start running power (over 100-200W) or you want something that's automatic...

I have considered building a backpack radio for years now and I've seen what other people have done and generally they use one of the automatic tuners like you say and generally will have 2 or 3 antenna ports on the backpack setup. They do work awesomely. I've seen them in operation and they can quickly calculate a 1:1 SWR.
 
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Di pole, start with 9 feet each side of any gauge wire and cut back for trim, it's cheap. I pick up a Uniden SSB and run it off my 10-80 meter vertical with a tuner so you should have no problems on a di pole with a tuner. IDK with all the Ham radios I have I only bought the SSB because my daughter got one.
 

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These 2 below, are some decent rated antennas (and you should also be able to get these same ones as magnetic base antennas):

View: https://smile.amazon.com/WILSON-305-495-3500-Watt-Trucker-Antenna/dp/B0036QYUQA/ref=sr_1_6?crid=19GA4XBCX4FWE&dchild=1&keywords=wilson+2000+magnetic+mount+cb+antenna&qid=1613755723&sprefix=wilson+2000+%2Cinstant-video%2C138&sr=8-6


View: https://www.amazon.com/K40-TR-40BK-Center-Trucker-Antenna/dp/B001JSYA5S/ref=pd_sbs_4?pd_rd_w=2OifO&pf_rd_p=3ec6a47e-bf65-49f8-80f7-0d7c7c7ce2ca&pf_rd_r=YX6W2DEZ9QRKN9FG5VFX&pd_rd_r=e779d8e5-6a33-4177-9e95-d46cb5e3d270&pd_rd_wg=4BQBV&pd_rd_i=B001JSYA5S&psc=1


Also consider installing a spring base part (if your antenna hits an overhanging tree branch, drive-thru, or other obstruction, the antenna will give-way instead of snapping the antenna off):

View: https://smile.amazon.com/Pro-Trucker-Medium-Stainless-Antenna/dp/B01HIZ56WQ/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=antenna+spring+base&qid=1613755747&s=instant-video&sr=1-5

View: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07KRTCZBC/ref=sspa_dk_detail_3?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B07KRTCZBC&pd_rd_w=pzHuq&pf_rd_p=4269e1a0-a218-4fbd-9748-1cd337d2f2a5&pd_rd_wg=AvB0I&pf_rd_r=8GBGMV




Some of the above may also be available at Ham-Radio-Outlet, Ham-city, and Other Ham Radio Online Stores.

I have a CB radio in my work truck because scale houses (that weigh trucks & dump trailers, dump trucks, etc. and also gravel yards) = communicate on CB channel # 1 (and the front end loaders that drive around those sites do also):

My set-up:
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Breakahh-Breakahh ...... any smokees out they-ah?

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Educate yourselves you non-CB heathens: List of CB slang - Wikipedia
 
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Try to find an older Wilson if you can. The new ones are chinese. When they got bought out by Barjan they ruined the product.
 

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These 2 below, are some decent rated antennas (and you should also be able to get these same ones as magnetic base antennas):

View: https://smile.amazon.com/WILSON-305-495-3500-Watt-Trucker-Antenna/dp/B0036QYUQA/ref=sr_1_6?crid=19GA4XBCX4FWE&dchild=1&keywords=wilson+2000+magnetic+mount+cb+antenna&qid=1613755723&sprefix=wilson+2000+%2Cinstant-video%2C138&sr=8-6


View: https://www.amazon.com/K40-TR-40BK-Center-Trucker-Antenna/dp/B001JSYA5S/ref=pd_sbs_4?pd_rd_w=2OifO&pf_rd_p=3ec6a47e-bf65-49f8-80f7-0d7c7c7ce2ca&pf_rd_r=YX6W2DEZ9QRKN9FG5VFX&pd_rd_r=e779d8e5-6a33-4177-9e95-d46cb5e3d270&pd_rd_wg=4BQBV&pd_rd_i=B001JSYA5S&psc=1


Also consider installing a spring base part (if your antenna hits an overhanging tree branch, drive-thru, or other obstruction, the antenna will give-way instead of snapping the antenna off):

View: https://smile.amazon.com/Pro-Trucker-Medium-Stainless-Antenna/dp/B01HIZ56WQ/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=antenna+spring+base&qid=1613755747&s=instant-video&sr=1-5

View: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07KRTCZBC/ref=sspa_dk_detail_3?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B07KRTCZBC&pd_rd_w=pzHuq&pf_rd_p=4269e1a0-a218-4fbd-9748-1cd337d2f2a5&pd_rd_wg=AvB0I&pf_rd_r=8GBGMV




Some of the above may also be available at Ham-Radio-Outlet, Ham-city, and Other Ham Radio Online Stores.

I have a CB radio in my work truck because scale houses (that weigh trucks & dump trailers, dump trucks, etc. and also gravel yards) = communicate on CB channel # 1 (and the front end loaders that drive around those sites do also):

My set-up:
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Breakahh-Breakahh ...... any smokees out they-ah?

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Educate yourselves you non-CB heathens: List of CB slang - Wikipedia
Break one nine radio checkkkkkk
 
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I'm also getting back into it! May have to put a handle list together
I'm normally a Ham operator but my daughter bought a President and my two Grandson express interest so I bought them each a Uniden Pro 520 XL with Wilson K 40 antenna. Not that I needed it but I bought the Uniden 980 SSB and connected to my 10 meter vertical using an older LDG Z 11 pro 2. It's really pretty good on reception compared to my ICOM 7410.
 

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I'm normally a Ham operator but my daughter bought a President and my two Grandson express interest so I bought them each a Uniden Pro 520 XL with Wilson K 40 antenna. Not that I needed it but I bought the Uniden 980 SSB and connected to my 10 meter vertical using an older LDG Z 11 pro 2. It's really pretty good on reception compared to my ICOM 7410.
Nice! My dad, uncle, brother, and neighbor all had them in 2000-2001. It's fun. What's your handle? I'll try to reach you sometime from Peabody with my K40 vehicle setup.
 

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I just bought one of these for the house.
I haven't installed it yet so, no real world report.

I've heard folks say to stick with metal antennas rather than fiberglass. I'm hoping it at least compares to the homemade vertical dipole I had before - which worked great. It was just two 108" SS whips mounted opposite each other on a 90deg Simpson tie.

You could also try a groundplane kit a a standard mobile whip.
iu
 
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I just bought one of these for the house.
I haven't installed it yet so, no real world report.

I've heard folks say to stick with metal antennas rather than fiberglass. I'm hoping it at least compares to the homemade vertical dipole I had before - which worked great. It was just two 108" SS whips mounted opposite each other on a 90deg Simpson tie.

You could also try a groundplane kit a a standard mobile whip.
iu
Seeing CB only put out 4 watts except SSB (12 watts) get the SWR as far down as you can.
 

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I just bought one of these for the house.
I haven't installed it yet so, no real world report.

I've heard folks say to stick with metal antennas rather than fiberglass. I'm hoping it at least compares to the homemade vertical dipole I had before - which worked great. It was just two 108" SS whips mounted opposite each other on a 90deg Simpson tie.

You could also try a groundplane kit a a standard mobile whip.
iu
Those mobile gpks are a waste of money. Snake oil
 

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Someone just gave me a NIB 40 Channel CB Radio. I'd like to set it up at home what would be a good antenna that won't break the bank? Would it work on my 10 Meter DiPole?
The biggest problem you're going to have using your dipole is cross polarization. Almost everyone on CB is vertical so you can count on losing up to 20 db there. I haven't purchased a CB antenna in decades so I have no idea what they sell for now. I do know if you want it to perform well like everything else you get what you pay for.
 
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