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What type antenna?

Post by Beachbum24 » Monday, 08 January 2018, 10:23 AM

Hello CBRT. Well hate for my first post to be a help one. I live in a townhouse were I am unable to install a roof antenna. So what would be my best bet. As of now. I have a Firestick firefly and a Procomm Pat-12. And I am using a Galaxy DX959. And help would be greatly appreciated. Also, I do have a attic if that matters.

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Post by jessejamesdallas » Monday, 08 January 2018, 15:03 PM

Buy a house out in the country and put up a 50' tower with a big-A Beam on top! :mrgreen:
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Post by 295 antenna » Monday, 08 January 2018, 15:16 PM

There is quite a few videos out there regarding dipoles in the attic .I dont know how much space you have .Also there was a thread some time back about a antenna mounted on a balcony.
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Post by Beachbum24 » Monday, 08 January 2018, 17:30 PM

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There is quite a few videos out there regarding dipoles in the attic .I dont know how much space you have .Also there was a thread some time back about a antenna mounted on a balcony.
Yeah, I'm looking into dipoles now. I do have a second floor. But NO balcony. I'll keep searching. Even more excited now, just learned about skip(dx).

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Post by MDYoungblood » Monday, 08 January 2018, 19:22 PM

Depending on how well you know your neighbors you could probably get away with the Procomm Pat-12 installed on 10 or 20 feet of mast in the back of the house. An outside antenna is going to perform better than any attic antenna. Try to make it fold over to be less conspicuous. HOA can be a bite.

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Post by 295 antenna » Monday, 08 January 2018, 19:27 PM

Great ! when you get stuff set up eventually you will like to play around with Side band . Its sporadic at best now but when it gets going 38 lsb is hopping and you can get alot of dx contacts. I was watching some videos today and some guy was talking dx on a dipole he had set up inside of his house. In retrospect MD is right about performance though.
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Post by Beachbum24 » Monday, 08 January 2018, 19:43 PM

MDYoungblood wrote:
Monday, 08 January 2018, 19:22 PM
Depending on how well you know your neighbors you could probably get away with the Procomm Pat-12 installed on 10 or 20 feet of mast in the back of the house. An outside antenna is going to perform better than any attic antenna. Try to make it fold over to be less conspicuous. HOA can be a bite.

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The sad thing is. I work for our HOA. I'm going to the office tomorrow morning and see what they say. I have nothing to lose. I know there is NO way they will let put the Pat-12 up. But what about the firestick up on a pole. Lets see if they even let me put something up there. Not giving up yet.

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Post by Beachbum24 » Monday, 08 January 2018, 19:58 PM

I will definitely be looking into that.

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Beachbum24 wrote:
Monday, 08 January 2018, 19:43 PM
MDYoungblood wrote:
Monday, 08 January 2018, 19:22 PM
Depending on how well you know your neighbors you could probably get away with the Procomm Pat-12 installed on 10 or 20 feet of mast in the back of the house. An outside antenna is going to perform better than any attic antenna. Try to make it fold over to be less conspicuous. HOA can be a bite.

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The sad thing is. I work for our HOA. I'm going to the office tomorrow morning and see what they say. I have nothing to lose. I know there is NO way they will let put the Pat-12 up. But what about the firestick up on a pole. Lets see if they even let me put something up there. Not giving up yet.
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Post by MDYoungblood » Tuesday, 09 January 2018, 15:39 PM

I have a friend that lives on the ground floor of his apartment building, he bought a patio table and chair set, has it just outside his sliding door, he mounted a Antron A99 on a 10ft mast, posted it through the middle umbrella hole and it's been that way for 2 years now, seems like the management doesn't care.

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Post by Trapper444 » Tuesday, 09 January 2018, 15:43 PM

Now that sounds slick. Good for him.

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Post by Beachbum24 » Tuesday, 09 January 2018, 17:21 PM

Hey, I like that. I might even know where I can get a used table. I just wish I had a fenced in yard.

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Post by jon6667 » Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 10:46 AM

i use a mfj magnetic loop antenna.
works great inside the house. made many contacts with it. but they cost 500.00

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Post by Beachbum24 » Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 13:27 PM

That's my biggest setback. Money. That and living in a HOA. But I'm currently looking into building something. That sounds like the most fun for me. And it helps keep the cost down.

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Post by 295 antenna » Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 15:43 PM

After seeing the video i want to try a indoor dipole. When shes not home of course.
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Post by Beachbum24 » Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 15:58 PM

Hope you don't mind me asking this. But being new and all to the antenna scene. I have to. I am guessing you have a very sweet setup at home. So why would you want to use something inside? I have a Firestick that I'm trying to use indoors. With no luck I might add.

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Post by Blue Ox2 » Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 16:05 PM

I'm in an HOA and I put an inverted V DR-Dipole on my roof.
I have also put the Patriot 12' on a Dish mount pole and there hasn't been anything said.

In the Spring I am going to put the IMax 2000 up somehow.
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Post by 295 antenna » Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 16:08 PM

I have a patriot antenna 5 feet off the ground behind my home. I retired and moved to a senior mobile home park not realizing i was going to get back into cb after 25 years . Im not supposed to have an antenna so its stealthy just barely peaking above the roof and i have some really good neighbors lol. Im always to make antennas playing around with my radios and new ways (cheap) to makes antennas. If i had my way i would spend so much more on radio stuff. It a hobby i really love.
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Post by Beachbum24 » Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 16:12 PM

I could not agree more. I was into it as a kid. But really want to get back into it. Specially now that I know about skip. But money is an issue for me

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Post by jon6667 » Thursday, 11 January 2018, 11:00 AM

a good dipole will work good. half the fun is making it.

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Post by Mtn Lynx » Thursday, 11 January 2018, 13:44 PM

I was recently in Palm Springs. I brought my radio with me and brought my Dipole antenna. I set the dipole up on the deck of my hotel room (Ground Level). It was just 6 feet off the ground. When skip was rolling i made multiple contacts from across the country even Florida. I might as well add that i came very close to contacting 295 antenna that day. We spoke to the same guy but could not hear each other. So it prolly doesnt make a difference if a dipole is 6 or 60 feet high. JMHO
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Post by Beachbum24 » Thursday, 11 January 2018, 15:51 PM

I have a list of antenna's, and dipole is at the top of the list. Along with 1/2 and 1/4 wave. But still learning a little.
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