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by hobgobblin
Thu Dec 25, 2014 7:56 pm
Forum: Channel 19
Topic: Help re: transceiver/license etc for van>base communication
Replies: 7
Views: 2529

Re: Help re: transceiver/license etc for van>base communicat

I'd say a CB radio set-up. At the static end you want a decent homebase antenna running to a rig with power supply. Then a rig in the van with a decent mobile antenna. See on the Thunderpole site for all the stuff you need. You'll definitely be better with all that than PMR handhelds. Good luck and ...
by hobgobblin
Sat Dec 13, 2014 6:31 pm
Forum: Channel 19
Topic: Advice needed please!
Replies: 1
Views: 1281

Advice needed please!

Hi everyone! Feel a bit silly asking this: I'm off down the motorways in the near future. People carrier with a 2 foot Thunderpole Thunderstick on the roof. Is there any height restrictions i.e. Overhead barriers on the motorway service areas? It's ages since I've been in any service areas and can't...
by hobgobblin
Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:54 pm
Forum: CB Radios
Topic: Absolute beginner, advice please?
Replies: 8
Views: 2115

Re: Absolute beginner, advice please?

If you get a multimode 10 and 11 meter rig they have either channel numbers and frequency visible on the display at the same time OR a switch on the rig to flip between channel numbers and frequency. Good luck mate with getting a set-up. I'm an M6 ham too but still well into CB, scanning and short w...
by hobgobblin
Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: CB Antennas
Topic: Thunderpole Thunderstick
Replies: 0
Views: 1245

Thunderpole Thunderstick

Just ordered today from Thunderpole a 2 footThunderstick in black with a red tip that her in doors (the Mrs.) is giving me for my birthday. From what I've read, it's like the Firestik antennas I used to sell when I worked at a Truckstop. We were told because they're top loaded they'll out-perform a ...
by hobgobblin
Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:00 pm
Forum: Scanners and Receivers
Topic: Still plenty to listen to on VHF/UHF.
Replies: 1
Views: 1866

Still plenty to listen to on VHF/UHF.

With my trusty old Realistic PRO-26 and Watson Super-Gainer antenna I'm picking lots of good stuff up everyday I switch it on. Lots of aircraft up to about 180 miles away and quite a few boats and that on the Marine Band. Interesting up here at the mo. Big NATO exercise on and I picked up an America...
by hobgobblin
Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: Channel 19
Topic: I'm still well into CB, Scanning and Ham Radio
Replies: 2
Views: 1325

Re: I'm still well into CB, Scanning and Ham Radio

Thank you! Yeah, mighty fine up here!! Got well cheesed off with 10 meters - loads of stupid contests where they wouldn't talk to you put me right off. Had lots of great qso's on 11m - all over Europe and Africa and beyond.
by hobgobblin
Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:55 pm
Forum: Channel 19
Topic: I'm still well into CB, Scanning and Ham Radio
Replies: 2
Views: 1325

I'm still well into CB, Scanning and Ham Radio

Hi everyone! It's been ages since I've had a look at the forum. Thought I'd log back in and join in again. 11 meters has been fantastic lately - loads of good DX. Plenty to listen to on the scanner here still - mainly marine and aircraft. Analogue VHF and UHF ham is pretty dead here so I do D-STAR n...
by hobgobblin
Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:56 am
Forum: CB Antennas
Topic: Best Static mobile antenna?
Replies: 58
Views: 12256

Re: Best Static mobile antenna?

I'm happy with the Hustler HF Mobile Antenna System. I only use it static 'cause it's so big. It consists of a big ball mount on the roof of the car, a mast and then Supet Resonators which sit on top of the mast. Had some great dx with it.
by hobgobblin
Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:47 pm
Forum: Homebase CB Antennas
Topic: Sigma Excalibur - advice please.
Replies: 10
Views: 4922

Re: Sigma Excalibur - advice please.

Thanks for the advice. Yeah, that'd been a great idea. Not allowed outdoor antennas where I live. Have ordered a Double Spooky Bazooka that I'm thinking will be much better than the Excalibur. Will post on here how I get on with it.
by hobgobblin
Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:44 pm
Forum: Homebase CB Antennas
Topic: Sigma Excalibur - advice please.
Replies: 10
Views: 4922

Re: Sigma Excalibur - advice please.

Got a new rig with a built in SWR meter - tested the Excalibur today and it's a perfect SWR reading on CB and 10 meters! Explanation anyone? :)
by hobgobblin
Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:44 am
Forum: Homebase CB Antennas
Topic: Sigma Excalibur - advice please.
Replies: 10
Views: 4922

Re: Sigma Excalibur - advice please.

Thinking I'm not going to get great results with the Excalibur so I've ordered a Double Spooky Bazooka from America. Anyone want the Excalibur? It'd make a good truncheon - if you cut it in half it would make two. :wink:
by hobgobblin
Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:10 pm
Forum: Homebase CB Antennas
Topic: Sigma Excalibur - advice please.
Replies: 10
Views: 4922

Re: Sigma Excalibur - advice please.

The saga with this set-up continues! Just measured the bespoke lead I had made at a ham radio shop - it should've been 8'10" and it's way over 10'!! Got them phoning me this arvo to sort it. Will it have damaged my rig? Because if it has they'll be buying me a new one!!!
by hobgobblin
Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:14 pm
Forum: Homebase CB Antennas
Topic: Sigma Excalibur - advice please.
Replies: 10
Views: 4922

Re: Sigma Excalibur - advice please.

Think I might know what's wrong. I've got the antenna mounted on the wall with the top nearly touching the camp ceiling. I'm getting a secondhand tripod and will mount it on that so it can stand away from walls and ceilings. Do you think I'm on the right tracks?
by hobgobblin
Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:17 pm
Forum: Homebase CB Antennas
Topic: Sigma Excalibur - advice please.
Replies: 10
Views: 4922

Re: Sigma Excalibur - advice please.

Silly me! Just Googled stuff to do with swr... I should've turned my mic gain and power knobs right down!! Will try again. :oops:
by hobgobblin
Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:39 pm
Forum: Homebase CB Antennas
Topic: Sigma Excalibur - advice please.
Replies: 10
Views: 4922

Sigma Excalibur - advice please.

Bit limited on antennas at my qth. Can't have big outdoor ones for a number of reasons. Anyway, got a Sigma Excalibur loft antenna. Instructions said to use patch leads of a precise measurement. I chose the shortest (8'10") and everything appears to be good. This morning I connected a swr meter and ...