Question about Cobra 29 WX NW ST 40-Channels Base CB Radio
Hello i have two sandwich vans in the peak district on the a57 snake pass but where one of them is situated there is no phone reception on any network as it is sites right in the valley and it ia about 10 miles away from the other one.we need to contact each other as a matter of safety and as there are no two way redios that would work i want to know if there is a cb that would be able to be used under those conditions ,,,,thanks geoff
Oh yeah. The best radio to get reach that distance with no problem would be a 10 meter, such as a General Lee, Connex, Stryker, or Galaxy with a 2 digit model number. Those, with a good antenna set up properly, will reach out 10 miles real clear and up to 14 - 15 miles with some reception loss.
Regular cb radios, such as Cobra, Galaxy 3 digit model numbers, Uniden, etc will have a decent reception, but generally when used barefoot, will only transmit and recieve about 6 miles real clear and up to 9 or 10 miles with a decent amount of signal loss.
Now, you do not have to have a big, expensive antenna to get the distance you want, you can do it with just a cheaper fiberglass stick antenna like a Francis 4 1/2 foot. After I installed a Francis antenna and a General Lee on a tuck outfited the other day, I was able to talk to a man apx 14 miles from my location.
The main thing to look for when installing the antenna is that you have a good coax (braided center conducto and 95% braided sheilding), and that the antenna is not grounded out, just the bracket (this is what makes your ground plane). Make sure the nylon spacer (looks like a plastic washer with a lip on it) is place on top of the antenna mount, with the lip facing down through the hole. You can use a magnet mount antenna, but you will have much much better luck with a hard mounted antenna.
If you have more questions, or if you need me to send a picture showing the placement of the antenna and bracket parts, dont hesitate to email me. firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on Aug 31, 2008
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