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    Radiowavz 11 meter Double Bazooka Antenna

    Anyone monkey around with one of these things?
    Am getting my thoughts together on my first base station for DX on SSB. Considering a Uniden 980 and a small amp of 100 watts. As far as antennas go I want to go easy with this and not piss the wife off with a giant offshore fishing pole sticking out of the house. To get my feet wet I was considering a Double Bazooka to put into my garage attic to get started. I could always later on mount it outside . I was considering mounting it horizontal for DX and changing it to an inverted V for local. But frankly local is non existent around me. DX is what interests me. I know there are a lot better antennas but I think you know where I'm at at the moment. Did a search here on the antenna and got nothing. Any thoughts would be great. Thanks.

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    The Uniden 980 is a nice little radio that doesn't need any prep to run a small amp and talk some skip. I have the first version of it and can count on it to make contacts. The second version they made it easier to silence the loud beep when you change channels. That beep annoys a lot of people but I have learned to live with it. JJD in here runs a compact McKinley which looks interesting also but I already have too many radios to try that one. Good Luck!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMp-GBLZxYw
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    Thanks for the reply. Yes I am pretty much set on the Uniden 980 and small 100 amp. I am just going to try the Double Bazooka to start with. It's easy enough to move around with different orientations and inverted V ,vertical or horizontal or anything in between. The Uniden looks like it will do everything I need especially since it seems to be a well regarded, stable SSB rig. I was told to get it's output matched to the amp. To reduce it's carrier to 2 watts or so? If I only used SSB only I wouldn't have to do that correct?
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    I'm not the expert in here but I read a lot of articles before I buy and the Uniden 980 SSB is considered a low output radio because Uniden wants to stay compliant with FCC regs. so they stay under the limits. It is thought that it doesn't need to be turned down to drive a small amp. My experience is that thought is true because I did nothing to my 980. I just hooked up my RM Italy KL 200-P to it and started talking with stable reports. The KL 200-P was about $109.00 but a lot of guys use the KL 203-P and are happy with it, about $70.00. I read reviews on both and CB Radio Magazine lead me to believe that the KL 200-P was a little better. They also say 980 adjustments are small and touchy with a chance of breaking. If it were me I would just buy the 980 hook up the amp and try it, you could change it later if need be. I'm surprised these other guys haven't chimed in because they have more experience than I do in radios. I hope they aren't mad because I joked about them having Radio Sickness, they are good bunch with a lot of collective experience. Give it a shot and good luck. Mike

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    Thanks again for your thoughts but overall it sounds like you like the 980 and I will look into the KL 200P. May I ask what antenna you use and how far have you spoken with someone with this setup? Very interested as the electronics you use are what I would like to have.

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    At the present time I'm still experimenting and trying to learn what works best for me. I actually play with two antennas. I have a Sirio Starduster M400 and a Hy Gain P500 Super Penetrator and really don't see too much difference in performance and the SWR is about the same on both but seems as if it is raining the Star Duster SWR stays more consistant. The Penetrator seems to be bothered by rain but the SWR goes back when it stops. I live in N/E PA. and have reached Wisconsin to the west, Florida & Louisiana to the south, Maine to the North. Alot of that was done with the 980 and the KL 200P but keep in mind I am still trying to learn what works best for me in this deep narrow valley I live in and your location is probably different and maybe better. A lot of variables go into this radio game and I don't have a wife I have to please. But the trade off is No Wife means I have to do everything myself so I can't play as much. LOL Good luck and keep the wife Happy and you will be Happy. Keep us Posted!

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    Your reaching real good with that setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whiteastro View Post
    The Uniden 980 is a nice little radio that doesn't need any prep to run a small amp and talk some skip. I have the first version of it and can count on it to make contacts. The second version they made it easier to silence the loud beep when you change channels. That beep annoys a lot of people but I have learned to live with it. JJD in here runs a compact McKinley which looks interesting also but I already have too many radios to try that one. Good Luck!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMp-GBLZxYw
    I’ve used this radio both inside and in my truck, I’ll be honest, good radio but because of the screen it’s very hard to see during the day in a vehicle, so I took it out, makes for a decent base station though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aradii View Post
    I’ve used this radio both inside and in my truck, I’ll be honest, good radio but because of the screen it’s very hard to see during the day in a vehicle, so I took it out, makes for a decent base station though.
    Yes I experienced the same problem of visibility.

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    if you have a metal roof it won't tune and you wont get out far if at all with any antenna in a attic . wiring can also interfere with tuning and tx/rx patterns . IMO this would be a better option than the bazooka
    http://www.cbradiomagazine.com/Anten...%20Review.html
    but to each their own ......

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