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Call Sign : 26-CT-4484
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PostSubject: what was your first radio and antenna   what was your first radio and antenna Icon_minitimeSat Nov 18, 2023 10:39 pm

i started on cb in 1979 during the AM days, i was lucky in that way. my first radio was a 148 gtl dx i brought of my brother in law my antenna was a high gain silver rod hidden in a pine tree in my back garden.
 im interested  in everyone else's
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Always good to reminisce about those early radio days there Dave.

19-clickety-click for me too on an old GE AM set sat in my old Dads Cortina....occasionally he'd let me fire up his pride and joy new Stalker IX too!

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Call Sign : 26-CT-1074 / M7MMC
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Join date : 2019-06-28
QTH or Location : Brighton, East Sussex
Equipment Used : Icom IC-7300, Lincoln II (V4), Xiegu X6100
Age : 46

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I came to CB radio after the 1980's boom... in 1996, I borrowed a setup from a first cousin of mine - he wasn't using it as he was a fully licensed ham. The radio was a Maxcom 4E, 40 channel FM CB radio. The antenna was an all-in-one Midland magmount & whip combo, that obviously came in a set of some sort! the power supply was a car battery & a battery charger because he hadn't a spare PSU for me  Laughing

I eventually got my own setup after getting the bug. First radio of mine was a York JCB 861, and I upgraded to a DV27 on a tea tray inside my bedroom window and bought a proper PSU for the radio too.

Happy days!

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Call Sign : 26-CT-4879 / M7PCA
Posts : 187
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Join date : 2023-07-16
QTH or Location : North Walsham, JO02QU
Equipment Used : FT1000MP !!!!!!binatone 5*,alinco dx10 135,sirio4000,silver rod,G5RV,beofeng 17 pro max, X30 duel 2m/70cm,full size G5RV, TS120v,soon new toy
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stalker19 and 4 foot firestick (AM) then
then amstrad901 with dv27 on my old mini (fm)

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Call Sign : 56-CT-004
Posts : 445
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Join date : 2019-08-23
QTH or Location : Oulu -Finland
Equipment Used : ft-450d-mc kinley - cobra 19dxeu- lincoln+2 - superstar lord - grant 2 - tti hand held- alan42- crt mike cb - zodiac 68 hunting radio hand held- and few PMR 2

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President Veep and a Dv 27, them New formac 80ch, Firestic antenna.

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Call Sign : M0GVZ / 26CT1760
Posts : 531
Times Thanked : 35
Join date : 2019-11-13
QTH or Location : IO94SA
Equipment Used : Icom 7300, TS480, President McKinley, Albrecht AE6110, CRT Mike
Age : 53

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Tristar 777 AM/SSB that I used to use on FM coupled up to a 5/8 wave mounted on a scaff pole shoved down the chimney in the greenhouse at the end of the garden.

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Call Sign : 163-CT-220...MW7TTA
Posts : 2522
Times Thanked : 69
Join date : 2019-11-19
QTH or Location : Anglesey North Wales
Equipment Used : Yaesu FT-991A,,Yaesu FTDX-10,,Icom ic-7300,,Anytone AT-D878UV PLUS",,LINCOLN II+.
Age : 150

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Can't remember the name but it only had 24 ??? channels with a dv27 on a tin.
Next was the General electrics and then a Sharp big window with an electronica special antenna on a pole strapped to the washing line post.

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Call Sign : 163TM186...MW6ETW
Posts : 44
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Join date : 2020-03-29
QTH or Location : Abergavenny
Equipment Used : Yaesu FT757 GX2...Kenwood TS440S...Sirio GM

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PostSubject: Re: what was your first radio and antenna   what was your first radio and antenna Icon_minitimeFri Dec 01, 2023 4:44 pm

Mine was a Ford Roadmaster 500 with a Tarren power supply and a DV27 bolted to some old gas pipes off an old fridge. This was 1986 and the channels were very busy. That was followed by a Harvard 420M and a 9 up 9 down dipole. The dipole was then replaced with a Thunderpole MK2 on the chimney. Happy days.

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QTH or Location : England
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Harrier cbx gpa half wave still have the cbx from 1981
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Call Sign : 26-CT-3520. Foundation & Intermediate Ham
Posts : 48
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Join date : 2020-05-04
QTH or Location : Telford, Shropshire
Equipment Used : Uniden 200. SS6900N, Yaesu FT8900, Alinco DX77E, Alinco DX70

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A HAM INTERNATIONAL Viking 80 channel AM/FM with a DV27 mounted on the rear wing of the car and a 18' dipole horizontally mounted in the loft (sort of east/west directional) and the CB rig was mounted on a snatch plate and taken into the home when not using the car. Built a homemade PSU for CB operating in the home and a Harvard SWR meter. All prior to CB 27/81 days pirat

Aah those were the days ! Very Happy
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Call Sign : 43-CT-016
Posts : 358
Times Thanked : 22
Join date : 2019-11-17
QTH or Location : Perth
Equipment Used : iCom IC-7610/IC-9700/IC-705
Age : 55

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PostSubject: Re: what was your first radio and antenna   what was your first radio and antenna Icon_minitimeMon Jan 08, 2024 5:23 am

Wish I could remember what mine was - I was 12, and it came from Halfords as a birthday present!  I do remember my antenna was a KT40, stuck on a metal sheet in my bedroom!  

Oh, how times have changed...bet the wife wishes that was still my setup!
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Call Sign : 26-CT-4634
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QTH or Location : Clacton
Equipment Used : Super Star 3900 (2023),Yaseu FT-450D, Uniden Uniace 200, Audioline PT-341, CRT SS6900 V V7, Astatic 575-M6 Teardrop, Uniden 125xlt, Baofeng UV-5rIII, Malachite SDR, Realistic Pro 2006. Sirio 5/8 Gainmaster, Procomm PT-99
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My first setup was a Cobra 21gtl upgraded with an Astatic 575-M6 (the teardrop is still in use today). The aerial was an Alcom DPA2 half wave, which was a pile of junk and ditched shortly after purchase.
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QTH or Location : Loughborough
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First radio was a York 863. First antenna was a clr 2.  Boomed out all over nottingham in the 80s on just 4 watts.
Was considered to be best legal cb radio of its time.

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Call Sign : 14-CT-016
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Join date : 2022-11-05
QTH or Location : Toulouse, France
Equipment Used : Randy III, crt ss9900, RS-918, President Grant, crt ss6900V

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This antenna gets me across 10 miles\18km, not more 😝. I still have it suspended in the attic. Soon I’m putting a 6 m tall HYS antenna (from Amazon) on the roof, and waiting for a Sirio 5000 p for mobile. Cheers
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Call Sign : 26CT763
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QTH or Location : Manchester
Equipment Used : Optima, Superstar 360fm, Stalker 9fdx, President Jack
Age : 50

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PostSubject: Re: what was your first radio and antenna   what was your first radio and antenna Icon_minitimeMon Jan 22, 2024 11:40 pm

Mine was a Harvard CBM404 (bought from Dixons) connected to Mk2 Thunderpole (bought from a local tv/radio repair shop know locally as "Junky Clarke") mounted on the gable-end.

The local repair shop was a treasure trove of bits. It was haphazardly organised and had loads of secondhand bits and equipment, hence it been affectionately known as "Junky Clarke's". Great days and I used to love shops like that.

I got my first sidebanded shortly after, which was a tatty Ham International Multimode 2.

73s John.

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Call Sign : 108-CT-226 / MM0IMC
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Join date : 2023-03-10
QTH or Location : Ayrshire
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Midland 2001, back in December 1981.  The aerial was a combined CB and car radio one up in the loft, on an old galvanised steel water tank.

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QTH or Location : IO94SA
Equipment Used : Icom 7300, TS480, President McKinley, Albrecht AE6110, CRT Mike
Age : 53

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A little 2 channel Harvard handheld with a short telescopic whip. My first proper CB was a Tristar 777 and a 5/8 wave stuck on a scaff pole shoved down the top of a chimney on the garden outhouse.

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I am really enjoying reading these posts. They bring back a lot of very happy memories.👍

73s John.

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QTH or Location : Huddersfield
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My 1st rig was a Midland 2001 AM back in 1979ish with a dv27 on a quality street tin in a loft full of foil. Had some great times back then.

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Call Sign : VA3XUK & G6ZGU
Posts : 138
Times Thanked : 6
Join date : 2021-02-08
QTH or Location : Oro Medonte, Ontario
Equipment Used : Icom, Kenwood, Uniden, Stalker
Age : 66

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Midland 3001 AM, pre tuned ant. and an SWR meter.
All brand new for 32 quid. From a dodgy CB shop in Enfield, AM days, so all very shady.

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Cellar66 wrote:
My 1st rig was a Midland 2001 AM back in 1979ish with a dv27 on a quality street tin in a loft full of foil. Had some great times back then.
Those 5 quid DV27 antennas were amazing!

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Equipment Used : QUANSHENG UV-K6
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Sharp CB-4670 and a DV27.
The Sharp CB looked more like a hand held calculator than a radio, a CB radio in disguise !

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Midland 100m, 4ft firestick on a biscuit tin, battery and a charger..
Good old days, can smell it now...

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Gee this is going down memory lane ..way back in early 70s was a cobra 148 gtl DX the antenna was a sigma 4 ...now copied and called the vector 4000 I think ...had mine on top of a 21' scaffold tube and ran a linear amp ...blacked out the odd TV even came over the church organ one Sunday !! ...quit the CB when made it legit and everyone and their granny had one ...got so bad you could no longer turn it on if your wife was in the same room ... sadly still a lot of those on 555 still

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