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Nothing that is organized. Myself and a few others in another preppers group are getting ready to do a CB net test in a couple weeks. One of the guys is near Cincy. Lets keep this group active and I can keep those interested informed.
Still putting the station together with the limited time available to me. I've been monitoring the channels and getting an idea what the propagation is like during the day hours. The sun cycle is still law so signal bounce is short lived and random. Yesterday (Sat) the longest time was afternoon and good signals from Texas into WV. As for a channel to use I find channel 1 very quiet here. I'd like to see some input from you guys as to what channel/s you might like to use. I'd stay away from 38 and up due to SSB usage. Also found one of my scanners has better "ears" than the CB is was going to use. So I'll hook up another one to try.
Still planning on setting up a test run when the weather gets better so I can change antenna. Not that the weather has been bad. Only 2 snows (last year!) but it has been cool and very windy. BUT, notices will be posted here so stand by.
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Re: CB 10 Codes
by Defcon09 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:51 pm
Okay gang. I've posted CB stuff on maybe 3-4 blogs for CB related stuff here and on SM and most all are saying the same thing. "WE NEED TO GET SOMETHING GOING", BUT, I dont see anyone wanting or offering to make the first move. So here's the deal, we'll put together a nation wide call in for CB's (first) on Sat. August 11th. We have a month to set up our stations, test the antennas and coax. Everyone recruit 2 other CB'ers, whether if they are preppers or not. These fellow CB'ers don't need to be your neighbor, they could be in a different town or state. The reason for this is perhaps your friend can hear another station but you can't. This solar cycle is so erratic that skip will be in one minute and out the next. Maybe in another month it will be more stable.
So, make the comittment now for August 11th. Go mobile if you need to, I will be mobile (but stationary) using an Antron 99 up about 30 feet at 600 feet above sea level and to get away from all electrical interference. I'd also like to see your location as far as state and county, town not important.
Date: August 11th
Time: 1200 (Noon) Eastern time
Channel: One (1)
Good job, Defcon09. Finally a man with a plan. I'll do my best to be on Aug. 11 from Marion County (North Central) AR. I'm also shooting for a stationary mobile rig with an as of yet to be determined ant.
Thanks for taking the bull by the horns.
Thanks for jumping on board. Don't forget to try to enlist a fellow CB'er who will set a good example of what we can do with so little. Thanks again.
It is worth listening now to get a general idea, however when or if TSHTF the landscape will change. ANY channel can be used for SSB. In normal use 1 and 40 and I think 23 do not have adjacent channels (frequencies). However 1 and 40 may have out-of-band channels next to them.. 11 and 14 may have some low power 100MW Walkie-Talkies on them. If you can get them CB's with FM would be better. Multiple radios on AM will interfere and talk over each other by mixing their signals in the receiver. However with FM the strongest signal will take over the receiver and blot out the weaker signals.
Concerning Aug. 11th I will be on and will also listen with a General coverage receiver and both a vertical antenna and horizontal di-pole oriented E-W.
I have a few Mobile rigs as well as my base, I would like to get them check out and tuned and peaked, its been a few years since they where in line, any good tecs in the south central Ohio area.
Lancaster, circleville, chillicothe, frankfort.
I just read a propogation report for 10 meters (28 mhz.) and it doesn't look good. The CB band is just below that (27 mhz) so the report would be good to follow probably as low as 12 meters, 24 mhz. Daily sun spot activity is extremely low for the time period this cycle has been in and is not expected to improve for a couple more months. So, we may be spinning our wheels trying to make any contacts until conditions improve. Now, I am not saying to just set around but the next couple months will be a good time to inspect our ground, cable and power connections and replace stuff that may be old and not working correctly. Raise the antenna a few more feet and look at the element connections on the beam antennas.
Now, as Jerry has pointed out we should still turn the radios on our favorite channels and listen to what is heard and where it comes from. Sooooooo, we might want to post, here, reports on a weekly basis to know what's happening.
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