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[–]magnora7 2 insightful - 1 funny2 insightful - 0 funny3 insightful - 1 funny -  (7 children)

Interesting info. What's the distance range of a radio like the cobra 29?

[–]Broken-needles350 3 insightful - 1 funny3 insightful - 0 funny4 insightful - 1 funny -  (6 children)

Its not about the radio, its the about the antenna you use with the radio. The cobra 29 ltd is a good radio, but you could have the best cb ever made and not get far if you don't have a good antenna.

With a good antenna 30-40 feet high, you'll get 35-55 miles running it as a base, mobile setup, 15-25 miles with a good antenna. I'm giving mileage ranges cause it depends on how the land is, if you have big hills between you and other operators, they won't receive you as well if at all running barefoot.

[–]magnora7 2 insightful - 1 funny2 insightful - 0 funny3 insightful - 1 funny -  (1 child)

Ah that makes sense. That's a pretty good distance, I suppose. Is there enough density of radios to form a nationwide meshnet at those distances? Or is CB the wrong technology for that

[–]Broken-needles350 2 insightful - 1 funny2 insightful - 0 funny3 insightful - 1 funny -  (0 children)

lol, cb radio is the wrong tech for that, lol, its just basic 2 way communications, if your looking for a radio based internet, ham operators have the ability to put up mesh networks of this type :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99H6z5rmvco

[–]i_cansmellthat[S] 1 insightful - 1 funny1 insightful - 0 funny2 insightful - 1 funny -  (3 children)

So, say you have access to radio towers of around 300-400 feet. If you set the radio up at the base of this tower, would that give you access to a couple hundred miles? And is weather a factor?

I haven't read an intro guide on cb radios yet. My dad builds radio towers, I need to pick his brain this weekend!

[–]Broken-needles350 1 insightful - 1 funny1 insightful - 0 funny2 insightful - 1 funny -  (2 children)

mmm, well, you wouldnt wanna go that tall, the losses, even with the best coax the losses would outweigh the gains unless you put in a 100-250 watt kicker behind your radio, then it would help. preferrably you would want 80 foot tower max.

my ranges are by my area, i get prolly 60 miles tops in certain directions, with my antenna about 30 feet high.

this is a good starter video for ya :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaWaskIZh40

[–]i_cansmellthat[S] 1 insightful - 1 funny1 insightful - 0 funny2 insightful - 1 funny -  (1 child)

Thank you!

[–]Broken-needles350 2 insightful - 1 funny2 insightful - 0 funny3 insightful - 1 funny -  (0 children)

Your welcome 😁