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hello chaps
im just getting back into this hobby after being silent for some years (aprox 20) i have been out and got myself a new superstar 3900 and a (so im told) double coil/whip antenna,(the antenna is 6ft in length,2 coils aprox a foot apart then 5 ft of whip) everything seems to be working ok and i have made contact on the uk standard 40 with some good reports etc, i have been listening on ssb and picking up how it all works again and following stations around the frequencies and generally getting usd to the radio again , finally i plucked up the nerv to put out a call, got nothing back so followed another station to another frequency and called into him but again still no reply, i fear i am suffering with lack of power, now if im correct and ive read the book right, i should be putting out 20 watts on ssb which im guessing isnt enough, what would you lads recommend i get in the way of an amp, ive seen amps up to 100 watts at a pretty good price new but dont know if this will be enough, its been such a long break away from the hobby i simply dont know what to go for so thoight i would ask, sorry if this is a repeated question but it would be nice to use my 3900 to its best ability so to speak... look forward to seeing what you lads recon, + if anyone has anything suitable to sell give me a [sign in to see URL] paul (26fb696)

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hi Paul, 100 watts to a good antenna is usually enough, but if your only using a small antenna or its not very high or your using it from the mobile i would go for somemore power at least double, most of the so called cb linears DONT do the rated power anyway, ive only 30 watts from a small linear , i use it down the shed on a president ssb radio, it gets out well when the propergation is running, just to be sure have your radio checked just to make sure it is transmitting on frequency, just a few khz off channel and you wont be heard.

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cheers mark, i guess i should have said about working conditions , basically i will mainly be static mobile ,up in the peak district hills,pretty dam high really!! i have a frequency counter and have checked the frequency i was calling on, although the counter is a 2nd hand one and possibly not as accurate as it should be ! im going to get a new matching counter to the radio so ill know for sure its right, but its looking like i will need something like 150 to 200 watts to make sure im getting out [sign in to see URL] else i was going to seek advice on is at present i have my antenna on a boot mount which i understand possably isnt the greatest way, would a mag mount base be better?? in the centre of the car roof,as apposed to the back of the car on the edge of the boot lid/door,the swr is fine, 1 /1.5 but i cant help thinking the mag may be better so any thoughts on that would also be helpfull ....cheers [sign in to see URL]
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Hi Paul and welcome. I use a mag mount in the centre of the roof but if you use yours same as me, static mobile, why not get a cheap base aerial -silver rod, A99 or similar and find a post or drive on mast, much better than a mobile whip I have found.
Back in the day, 12 - 25 watts was the norm but 100watts seems normal these days. If conditions are good you wont even need yours on full power though!
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hello paul, i think 100 watts its pretty good for a mobile station. i use 100watts mobile and sirio 3000 on a mag and it works well when the skips running, for ground wave contacts you might find a homebase antenna works better static mobile but i found my mobile recieved pretty much the same as a 1/2 wave dipole. I would go for 100watt amp as they are cheapish and just se how you get on.
 I wouldnt of thought there would be a great deal of difference if you moved your anntena from the boot to the roof(for skip, groundwave may be more effected)), if anything a solid fixed mount is better earthed than a magmount.

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Hi Chaps, Many thanks for the welcomes boys, much appreciated, i look forward to maybe having passing contacts with you on the airways at somepoint, you seem a friendly lot, emoticon
cheers for the good advice, i think ill settle for the 100 watt linear then and get a magmount aswell, i can see the difference and keep the best one going, i never leave the antenna on the car when im not in it so makes sence that a mag may be better, as for getting a base antenna , i was thinking the same ,ie getting a silver rod 5/8th wave jobby but until ive found a nice spot to set up camp and out the way of the world and pestering kids i have to put that on the back burner and stick with the mobile antenna for now, so there we have it, 100w linear, mag mount and a bit of luck and i should be able to reach the end of our road emoticon
cheers again for the help and the welcomes chaps please carry on chucking advice at me , it will all help as im bound to have missed something [sign in to see URL] paul
 
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 emoticon told you i would forget something!!

if and when if find my spot for my static/mobile station and i can use a silver rod (5/8th wave job) is there a hard and fast rule on how high i should mount it from the ground, ill already be very high up on the peak district hills but wondered if it will need to be at a perticular hight to allow the antenna to resonate...????
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Although using an amp is never a bad thing I seem to do fine when the skip is running on the 30 watts my radio puts out, i was working holland and spain from high ground in cornwall yesterday with good reports!
Wellcome back to the hobby mate Ive recently come back to the hobby after a long break and its allways good to hear people returning to the air, hopfully we'll come across each other on the bands some time.

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quote:

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i was working holland and spain from high ground in cornwall yesterday with good reports!
Wellcome back to the hobby mate



hi matt , cheers for the welcome

im off to cornwall for 2 weeks at the end of august, ill have to find this high ground and get dx'ing,, cheers fella,
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