Getting into the world of CB (citizens band) radio is a great way to learn about radios and antennas as well as meet new friends. CB radios are commonly thought of as strictly for mobile use, but putting up an antenna mast, mounting the antenna and running cable to the radio is a great way to create a base station. Additionally, the base station will give you more coverage of your local area.
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Things you need
- Eave antenna mast bracket mounting kit
- Plumb bob
- 1/2 inch diameter steel rod, 3 feet long
- Sledge hammer
- 10-foot antenna mast,
- 5-foot copper grounding rod
- 2 feet, 8 gauge solid copper wire
- 2 hose clamps
- 2 U-bolts
- CB antenna
- 20 feet coaxial cable
Locate an area outside that is close to the location of the radio where the antenna mast can be installed to the eave of the house. Attach the antenna mast mounting bracket to the eave of the house by screwing in the included screws through the pre-drilled holes and into the eave.
Hang the plumb bob from the end of the bracket down to where it hangs just a couple of inches from the ground. Steady the plumb bob so that it is perfectly straight up and down. Mark the ground just under the plumb bob with the screwdriver. This will indicate where to drive the steel rod into the ground to support the bottom of the mast.
Hammer the steel rod into the ground at the marked location from step 2. Use the sledge hammer to drive the rod into the ground until about 8 inches extend from the ground.
Slide the labelled bottom end of the antenna mast over the steel rod, and attach the mast to the eave bracket where the two meet using the included screws. Tighten the bracket to secure the mast to the eave in a vertical position.
Hammer the copper rod into the ground about 2 feet away from the base of the antenna mast. Drive the rod into the ground until about 6 inches extend from the ground.
Attach each end of the 8 gauge copper wire to the copper grounding rod, and the base of the antenna using a hose clamp. Wrap the hose clamp around the mast and rod, and tighten down the screws to secure the wire to each.
Attach the CB antenna to the top of the antenna mast using the two U bolts. Space the two U bolts about 2 inches apart. Tighten the bolts down on the base of the antenna lined up with the top of the mast to achieve optimal height. Tighten the U bolts down with the screwdriver and pliers.
Thread the connector on one end of the coaxial cable to the female connector on the bottom of the antenna. Tighten the connector using the pliers.
Attach the remaining end of the cable to the CB radio. Follow the manufacturer's directions on how to attach the coaxial cable to your particular make and model radio.
Turn the radio on and test for reception and transmission.
Tips and warnings
- Never install this or any antenna next to or around any power lines. Inadvertent contact with the power lines could result in a serious electrical shock or even death.
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