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Old April 17th, 2008, 07:57 PM   #1
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My neighbor gave me a very nice Diawa linear amplifier. Do I want to run this thing? It has a switch in front to turn it off, so I wouldn't be transmitting with it on the road. But would it be beneficial to have in the boonies in case I needed a little more distance? Or is the only thing it's good for is stepping on annoying people?

It's a 144mhz, 30W output model.
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If you got it run it. Just make sure you install it and match it properly. Or it will burn up the first time you key the mic.
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If you got it run it. Just make sure you install it and match it properly. Or it will burn up the first time you key the mic.
Ok, so I would need a SWR meter that will handle 30W and it goes between the amp and the antenna?
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144 mhz is the 2 meter amateur band, quite a ways from the 30mhz band you use for CB

In other words, NO.
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144 mhz is the 2 meter amateur band, quite a ways from the 30mhz band you use for CB

In other words, NO.
That's what I wasn't sure of. I couldn't find a whole lot of information (that I can understand) on linear amplifiers on line. So it's a Ham radio band amp and won't work with a CB?
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if it was a 10 meter ham band amp, it would be fine on the 11 meter AM cb band, however it is designed for 2 meters in FM.

If you do find one usable on 11 meters, it does nothing but squash and break the law. Others can hear you but most likley you are unable to hear them. Not always though.
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if it was a 10 meter ham band amp, it would be fine on the 11 meter AM cb band, however it is designed for 2 meters in FM.

If you do find one usable on 11 meters, it does nothing but squash and break the law. Others can hear you but most likley you are unable to hear them. Not always though.
Haha, that's the same stuff I found on the web! I don't suppose you could translate that to Engrish for me??
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Ahhh I miss the days of kicking on the amps and shutting down all 40 channels because people couldn't quit F'bombing over the CB :tonka:
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I don't suppose you could translate that to Engrish for me??

What part?
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What part?
Hell, I'm lost..

I'm going to go ask the Ham radio guy up the street. I guess need the What About Bob, Baby Steps program!
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Hell, I'm lost..

I'm going to go ask the Ham radio guy up the street. I guess need the What About Bob, Baby Steps program!
Basically the amp will let you transmit farther, but not necessarily allow you to receive the same distance. People can hear you but you cannot hear them. Often it will bleed over the other frequencies when you key down/talk, IE you are heard on ALL channels and no one else can talk. Big FCC fine.

If you AND your buddy run amps and other goodies you can really get some distance. My dad used to talk 'skip' (bouncing signals off the atmosphere when conditions are perfect) to some southern states when I was a kid with his setup, but he was running a set of beams that rotated and I think flipped as well as a heavily modified radio.
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I've been a ham for over 12 years. 10, 11, 2 meters etc. is the space between radio waves. 144mhz= 144,000,000 waves per second. 144,000,000 waves in 186,000 miles= a space of about 6' apart or 2 meters. Now you know everything about radio there is to know :)
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Basically the amp will let you transmit farther, but not necessarily allow you to receive the same distance. People can hear you but you cannot hear them. Often it will bleed over the other frequencies when you key down/talk, IE you are heard on ALL channels and no one else can talk. Big FCC fine.
OK, I understand that!



Any beneficial reason to install it? Say way back in the woods, calling for assistance? Will it even function on a CB?
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I've been a ham for over 12 years. 10, 11, 2 meters etc. is the space between radio waves. 144mhz= 144,000,000 waves per second. 144,000,000 waves in 186,000 miles= a space of about 6' apart or 2 meters. Now you know everything about radio there is to know :)
Want a linear amplifier?
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I've been a ham for over 12 years. )


I always thought you were a turkey, not a ham. Weird.
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I have a 100 watt linear in my motorhome, like said above- at best you'll be heard further, but won't hear a distant reply.

You also need a good quality SWR meter to tune your antenna, the cheap ones will burn out and fry the amp in short order.

Mostly what a linear gives you is a bigger CB-penis.
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OK, I understand that!



Any beneficial reason to install it? Say way back in the woods, calling for assistance? Will it even function on a CB?
It will not work on your CB. The benifits are, hams take pride in building high quality antennas that send as well as they receive. That 30watt amp on 2 meters may transmit 30-40 miles line of site and talk to a mobile. My 2 meter mobile unit could transmit at 50 watts, thus a long distance conversation.

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I always thought you were a turkey, not a ham. Weird.
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I have talked all over the world on the legal 4 watts. And I have had a LOT of fun playing with a LOT more wattage. I don't even own a CB anymore, there are just too many assholes on the radio.
Ive got a couple 2M rigs in the closet, but I haven't got my ticket so Ive never played with them.


yeah, that amp is useless to you. even if it were usable on the 11 meter band, for only 30W its not worth the hassle of having the deadkey lowered on your radio, and whatnot.
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It will not work on your CB. The benifits are, hams take pride in building high quality antennas that send as well as they receive. That 30watt amp on 2 meters may transmit 30-40 miles line of site and talk to a mobile. My 2 meter mobile unit could transmit at 50 watts, thus a long distance conversation.

:chiefwoohaw::chiefwoohaw::chiefwoohaw:even more boring stuff:chiefwoohaw::chiefwoohaw::chiefwoohaw:
BS!

use it!

thats just a driver and wont be a big deal.

i remember back in the day i used to have a texas star killer bee 250 high drive pushing a texas star 1200. i talked all around the world on the CB band!

i had a galaxy (sp) pluto radio also. man i miss that stuff!
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