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Red Fox
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PostSubject: New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions   New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions Icon_minitimeFri Apr 24, 2020 9:43 pm

Hi all,

I have just joined the group and would appreciate a little advice.

Like many of you at the moment, I find myself with a little extra time on my hands and thought it would be a great idea to look at getting back into CB, never been into HAM but if time allows would happily look into the possibility.

It looks as though things have changed a little from the hay days of the 80's when I was heavily involved and I will need to pick up some new kit.

To that end, I would appreciate advice on a new rig and appropriate home based antenna.

looking at some of the posts already on the forums, the CRT SS6900 seems to be referred to a lot but would appreciate advice from people who have a more up to date knowledge than my poor old grey matter is trying to recall.

Look forward to any suggestions on options for a new Rig and Home based Antenna.

73's

Graeme.
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PostSubject: Re: New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions   New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions Icon_minitimeSat Apr 25, 2020 8:17 am

Hi Graeme,

The CRT SS6900 seems a good rig (i have a earlier model Mass dx5000) and i would presume by now any quality control would of been sorted.

Depending on how much room you have could dictate how large of an antenna you could use.

I have a Vector 4000 (mine is in my avatar) and at around 30ft long its not everyones taste,i also use a 3 ele yagi beam but i do have the room for both.

There are many decent 1/2 wave and 5/8 wave antennas out there incl the Gainmaster,Gpa/Gpe 1/2 and 5/8w and Solarcon a99.
Bigger the better is the usual rule with antennas..

Good Luck
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Equipment Used : CRT-SS9900 / CRE 8900 / Motorola T82 Extreme (PMR)

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PostSubject: Re: New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions   New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions Icon_minitimeSat Apr 25, 2020 11:41 am

Hi Graeme....if its within your budget I can highly recommend the CRT-SS9900 (which is what I use). It has more power "out of the box" than many CB / Export radios. See link below & click on "more" for the full specs.

https://www.kcb.co.uk/contents/en-uk/p1703_Superstar_9900.html
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PostSubject: Re: New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions   New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions Icon_minitimeSat Apr 25, 2020 3:42 pm

All Depends on your Budget is?

What Part if Fife RU.... I'm Originally Cardenden Kirkcaldy 👍
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PostSubject: Re: New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions   New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions Icon_minitimeSat Apr 25, 2020 7:55 pm

Many thanks for the suggestions guys, appreciate the advice and support.

Now have a few ideas and will spend some time looking online for what kit and suppliers are decent.

Needless to say, I'll probably get carried away and spend a small fortune without telling the other half Smile

Gravedigger911...... That sounds so familiar ??

I'm from little old Cowdenbeath, still haven't escaped Rolling Eyes

I was pretty mobile around 85-90, into Fox & Hounds etc - I think we may well have bumped into one another at sometime - lol
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PostSubject: Re: New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions   New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions Icon_minitimeSat Apr 25, 2020 8:29 pm

Any Gear or Radio Contact Dougie at Knights Electron you wont go far Wrong there

Unless you were 6 Mths old in the 60s , then yes a Possibility😁

Still Class Myself as Scottish and get up there when ever I Can , Mainly West Side
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PostSubject: Re: New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions   New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions Icon_minitimeSat Apr 25, 2020 9:30 pm

Lol,

Getting on a bit now, was around in the 60's but not on a rig lol

Thanks for the info.

73s Graeme.
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Equipment Used : Icom 7300, TS480, President McKinley, Albrecht AE6110, CRT Mike
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PostSubject: Re: New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions   New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions Icon_minitimeSun Apr 26, 2020 11:47 am

gravedigger911 wrote:
Any Gear or Radio Contact Dougie at Knights Electron you wont go far Wrong there

But shop around because he's started to take the piss with some of his prices. He's selling the Imax 2000 for £150 whilst Nevada is selling it for £129 and he's selling the ground plane kit for the Imax 2000 for £47 whilst Sharman are selling them for £36.
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PostSubject: Re: New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions   New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions Icon_minitimeSun Apr 26, 2020 1:56 pm

Will do,

Thanks again for the advice.

Best 73's
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PostSubject: Re: New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions   New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions Icon_minitimeMon May 04, 2020 10:26 pm

Hi guys,

Well, after listening to your advice and looking at a few reviews, I like the look of the CRT SS 7900. Mainly due to it's functionality and it seems to be a little larger than the SS9900 suggested by Pagan and will be easier to use with my five fingered thumbs, big hands you'll have guessed Smile
The antenna looks like it's going to be a Sirio 2016, seems to have pretty good reviews and it will fit at the back of the house not too bad - Bigger the better as suggested by Cozzmik cheers

Before I drop the hammer and blow this months messages budget (I need to go on a diet anyway) I would appreciate any info/suggestions good or bad regarding the kit I'm looking at.

Cheers

Graeme.
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PostSubject: Re: New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions   New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions Icon_minitimeSat May 09, 2020 5:50 pm

Well Guys,

Going hungry for a while, messages budget blown, kit delivered and setup.

Thanks for all the suggestions, they definitely kept me on the right track.

I decided on the 7900 over the 6900 or the 9900 simply due to the size of the display and the spacing between the controls, such is life with big hands!

Sirio 2016 fitted and is going strong, approx sig 9 about 18 miles from my base on muppet ch's, still to find anyone on UK legal or SSB as yet.

All the best 73's

Graeme.
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Call Sign : 26-CT-1836 Ham 2E0GGQ
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PostSubject: Re: New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions   New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions Icon_minitimeSat May 09, 2020 7:03 pm

Nice one Grahame. Very Happy

I'm not sure about today but apparently the band was open yesterday. When open again SSB should wake up for you then!!

73's Gary.
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Equipment Used : ss9900 mass dx 5000 sirio 4000hp sirio 5000 turbo trimag tti 801 crt7u
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I used to know a few lads from fife there was the golden eagle Jim the mad axe man Donald blue cherry and many more any ways welcome back to a great hobby, it will never be like it was , but I say its better now as most that stuck by the hobby are real breakers and there is nets most week nights and week ends and we have ctx extreme and these lads are up in the hills mountains most week ends and as the nights are getting better more will be out static mobile
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PostSubject: Re: New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions   New Rig and Homebase Antenna suggestions Icon_minitimeSun May 10, 2020 10:42 pm

Hi Stephen

Many thanks.

Those handles ring a few bells 🔔 it has been a while and the old grey matter is working overtime but not a huge amount coming back.

Good to be back on, enjoying earywigging lol.

Cheers

Graeme
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