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Hi guys, looking through my garage the other day I came across my old harrier cbx, I haven't used it in years but I fired her up with a crudely made dipole and before long I had a solid 1.2 swr and I picked up one person. Just one.

The harrier is a fine rig, I even had a mid block fitted back in the day. I was wondering now technology has progressed since the harrier is it worth me getting a new 80 channel rig, they are so cheap.

There is no way I could fit a silver rod on my house, it's quite a clicky area. I can see the negative reviews over the Excalibur, is size still the key when it comes to antennas?

Am I too late to get back into this party? Are the airwaves dead?

Lots of questions, any help would be awesome.

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Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:21 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum.

Yes unfortunately size does matter when it comes to CB antennas...

The easiest way to find out how busy it is in your area without putting an antenna up is to look at our user map... https://www.thunderpole.co.uk/cb-radio-user-map.html

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Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:18 am

Thanks guys, the map looks quite active in my area so I am going to go for it.

I was considering a new rig, do you think there will be any benefit over my harrier cbx?

Thanks again

Mike

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Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:30 am

Hi Mike,

If the Harrier is working well, then just make sure you put a decent antenna on it and you should be fine.

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Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:26 pm

Again, thanks Andy, can I ask you one more thing regarding the antenna though please?

My current dipole doesn't pick much up, I have a choice of mobile antennas, I have a modulator on a mag mount,and anther mobile twig, not sure what it is but it used to work well on my van, it's for an orange piece in the middle and used to get good range.

I can't put a silver rod up despite my longing to, do you think it's worth me getting a car gutter mount and fitting the modulator to my garage fascia or will a horizontal dipole be better?

Again, thank you so much for your help.

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Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:55 pm

If the dipole is tuned well it should perform better than a modulator. I would put it vertical though if you can.

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Thanks for the advice regarding going vertical Andy, it made a huge difference. I got some rig checks from quite a way out, 20 miles plus at a guess. We all love photos so here's my rather crude set up. The antenna is a dipole on a telescopic fishing rod. Easy to put up and down.

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The car battery isn't powering the cbx, it's just in the picture. 😀

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Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:10 am

Excellent, glad to hear it. Thanks for the pictures :)

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Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:38 am

The harrier has a mid block although there's never anyone on it, is that a different frequency to the AM and FM rigs I see on eBay? I see the CRT ones advertising all the European channels? Are they different channels to the mid block? Does anyone use those extra channels?

Andy, you have been so much help, thank you.

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Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:43 am

The Mid Block is the same as the 40 EU channels are in all new multi channel CB's.

It is generally quieter in the UK as most people just tend to stay on the old 40 UK channels.

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Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:47 am

So little point in me buying one of the 80 channel CRT rigs then? Thanks so much Andy.

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Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:09 pm

Probably not :D

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Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:07 pm

Thanks Andy, I think I need to start paying you as you have helped me so much.😙

The frequencies confuse me though, I understand that "Muppet 40" and mid block 40 are both FM, I see the rigs with AM as well, does anyone use AM? I really like the CRT rigs and need to find a way of justifying it to myself. :D

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Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:14 pm

Haha, I accept purple beer vouchers :wink:

No one really uses AM where we are but it may vary in different parts of the UK.

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