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CB / Channel 3 Project
November 08, 2017, 12:39:49 AM
Anyone interested in CB and prepping should take a look at the following site:

This outlines a protocol for SHFT comms with non licensed radio operators.

Could be helpful for CB, FRS, GMRS
CB / CB as a SHTF option, in my opinion
November 08, 2017, 12:34:22 AM
About a year ago i started into the world of radio prepping.  My main focus was a reliable radio system to communicate between my home and my vehicles.  In the US you can go ham or you can go cb, frs, gmrs.  In the interest to keep my prepping off the grid as much as possible i settled onto CB.  My firm belief is that if you are under the understanding that there are limitations to CB and are inherently not the best radio system, you will still be surprised and pleased with the capabilities of CB.  For my own preps, i have a Midland 78-22 that can be a handheld or a mobile with additional mag mount.  I have a Uniden 980SSB in my truck that i use daily for traffic and weather and to talk to local cb'ers, up to 15-20 miles away.  I have a Galaxy 2517 10 meter convert as my base station with an A-99 antenna.  This gets me out a farther than my mobile.  Recently i finished my go box project which includes cb, amp, swr meter, speaker, pa horn two antenna mounts, anderson powerpole power distribution.  This go box runs off a 40 ah bioenno LiFePo4 battery for extended use.  All of this is in a hefty tool box and will serve as a portable base station when camping, hunting, and SHTF.  Again my main focus is local contact and communication reliable communication between my home and mobile locations.  Skip allows further contacts when possible.  Once everything is dialed in i find it a reliable and effective means of communication.  Again, i am realistic in knowing my CB is not a Ham, but it serves a purpose.  I am also not ignorant to the fact that there are some crazy's out there (channel 6 etc) but locally i have found that there are many truckers still using cb, as well as a dedicated few cb base stations that are like minded.  Things that can defiantly come in handy. 
Tactical Corner / Re: AmeriGeddon SHTF Movie
November 08, 2017, 12:16:52 AM
Not the best SHTF movie by a long shot, but will make you think
Tactical Corner / Re: Loss of House Water Supply
November 08, 2017, 12:12:48 AM
Water, the key to life is often overlooked, but if you look close at your situation you may find some interesting and unusual water sources in a grid down situation.

1 hot water tank...40 gallons of water already in a container, with a valve at the bottom to allow controlled access.
2 toilet retention tank, 1 to 2 gallons of water
3 sump pump pit, ground water in the home

none are exactly appetizing but with a good filter, it doesn't really matter
CB / Re: Best CB radio for inside a jeep
October 17, 2017, 09:05:50 AM
I am a big fan of the Uniden 980SSB.  It may not be the most compact or rugged radio but the features and price point make it a great radio.  Besides the obvious advantages of utilizing SSB the weather features on this radio are great.  A full 7 NOAA weather channels with a weather alert feature, so you can be in CB mode and if there is a severe weather alert a loud tone sounds and automatically changes the WX so you can hear the announcement.  It works flawlessly and came in handy when we had some severe wind storms this past summer.  I have set this up as a base radio in the past, it is in my truck as my mobile rig, and have my go box set up with one.  At around $150 you will be happy with this radio. 
Batteries & Solar / Re: MY CB GO BOX
October 03, 2017, 04:02:09 PM
Been looking into this all day reading info on antenna set ups etc.  I think you are right, i am going to re test with with a vertical or slope and see if i get better results.  I will keep you posted! :)
Batteries & Solar / Re: MY CB GO BOX
October 03, 2017, 08:06:53 AM
I will have to video this at some point.  I took this out in the back yard last night for a test with the dipole.  I wish I could say i was pleased.  I set up with an inverted v formation on the dipole, center was about 15-20 feet up.  I turned on the radio and got really great receive but i couldn't get anyone to hear me.  I conducted a test with my mobile unit in my truck and i was getting signal but i couldn't get the locals to copy back.  I did switch up directions on the dipole to see if that could help (N to S then E to W).  I am not sure if height was the issue, have many trees in my back yard but none are great for a dipole.  At this point i don't know if i want to scratch the idea of a dipole and switch to a dedicated omni or what to do...I guess i was due for a strike out...Everything radio i have worked on in the last few months has gone flawless. 
Batteries & Solar / Re: MY CB GO BOX
October 02, 2017, 09:22:12 AM
Well my go box is complete.  I went with a 40ah Bioenno LiFePo4 battery and a rigrunner 4004USB for my power distribution.  I bought the AC charger for the battery and will work on the solar components at another date.  The whole box in total weighs about 20lbs so i wont be climbing any mountains with it but it is totally self contained in the box with enough room for my dipole antenna and some coax.  It seems to fit the bill as my portable base station.   Initial tests with this rig were done with my base antenna, A-99, and i got good local contacts coming through loud and clear. 
Batteries & Solar / Re: MY CB GO BOX
September 12, 2017, 03:35:58 PM
Thanks Gil!, love your videos by the way!  Thank you for the antenna advise, I have a couple of ideas and will be using this project to further my expedient antenna ideas.  More to post once i get this project into the field.
Batteries & Solar / Re: MY CB GO BOX
September 11, 2017, 11:02:28 PM
Yes those numbers are all via tx not rx...i figure if i plan for tx i will have plenty of capacity.  So 40 ah may be agressive but the capacity will be there if needed, also taking into account if said "amp" were being used.  I dont run a lot of power, id prefer to have a better antenna setup.
Batteries & Solar / Re: MY CB GO BOX
September 11, 2017, 08:27:48 PM
Thank you Cockpitbob for your response...  My rig uses about 2A on AM and 4 on SSb...If connected to the amp it draws an additional 10...I figured a 40ah Lifepo4 would let me run about 10 hours stock and close to 3 if full powered.  I think that is a pretty good. 

Thanks for the input on the solar charge controller and least i have an idea of the size i need to look for. 

I have a pretty good idea that the rig runner RR-4004U-C will work for my power distribution needs, plus its got 2 usb ports that will be handy..

My main question would be on a battery meter...i have read a lot into Ares and Races go box rigs and they have small voltage meters but haven't seen any with a meter that shows voltage and reads the batteries capacity...that would be ideal so i can switch between power levels.

Batteries & Solar / MY CB GO BOX
September 11, 2017, 02:43:07 PM
Hello all,
This is my first post and I hope I do not offend anyone but I am a CB'er  :)  Someday eventually I will get licensed and go spend all my extra money on "real" radios but for now CB's suit my needs.  That being said, i do like all the fun Ham's have with their projects.  So I started my own.  A CB go box! Before you all say it, I already have a handheld and a radio in my truck, this is just a fun project and would like to have a base station that i can pack up on a moments notice...I'm kind of a prepper ;) 

I have my radio, speaker, emergency amplifier, swr meter and PA hooked up so far.  I will be installing a second antenna hook up to go to a dipole or eventually a mobile omni-directional antenna (Field Day style)  Photo attached upon approval.

I need some advise for my final components:

1. Battery (thinking a bioenno 30 or 40 amp hour LiFePo4 with a AC smart charger, should give me ample talk time)
2. Rigrunner (I think i have narrowed this down to the RR-4004U-C)
2. Charge controller (for using a solar panel for charging purposes, but not sure if this depends on which panels are used)
3. Battery Meter (I would like to be able to monitor output as well as battery life)
4. Solar Panel (I would like a fold able or roll up solar panel that will travel well, not sure what size i will need)

Once i have these components I plan on Anderson Power Poling all power connections etc. 

I look forward to any feedback!