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Indoor antenna

Post by Archie » 21 Aug 2018, 18:32

Hi my name is Archie from Scotland I am going to ask you what is the best antenna to use indoor and a ground flat for a CB

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Re: Indoor antenna

Post by paulears » 22 Aug 2018, 07:20

Indoors, sadly means you won't be talking to people from very far away, and of course, you'll probably annoy anyone watching TV, or using computers, because everyone will be close to the antenna. Probably the simplest is a simple wire dipole - 2.7m ish from the coax centre one way, and the same from the braid the other. if you can't get a dipole up, which with a bit of electrical choc-block is simple to make, because the room is too small, you can bend the ends at right angles a bit to make it fit. You say ground floor - do you have a garden that a bit of wire would go unnoticed?

The facts though are that if you did the old fashioned thing and stuck a car antenna on a metal plate of some kind, you can get out - a bit. With all radio systems the antenna really is the thing that does the work, rather than the power. Indoors, everything works against you.

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Do you need to talk to specific people using CB, or do you just want to chat? If it's just chin wagging, try network radio on your phone - zello and similar software. You can chat all over the world for free.

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Re: Indoor antenna

Post by MrWeetabix » 22 Aug 2018, 15:28

Do you have access to a garden at all? The Wire-dipole (as described by my Zello-loving Friend above) would work much better outside.

Perhaps you could give us more of an idea what you have access to externally so that we may have suggest a method of getting on the radio with some other kind of antenna or mounting idea....
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Re: Indoor antenna

Post by jamie006 » 05 Oct 2018, 22:10

Hi Archie. Ive just been experimenting with an inverted vee wire antenna in the loft. Im afraid i didn't have much success with it as the reception wasn't up to much. Outside is really the best bet if possible. Even a mobile antenna on a bracket would work.

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