Cb Radio Base Station
CB users these days tend to come in two flavors: those who use mobile CB radio sets, and those who have a CB radio base station. A CB radio base station is appealing because it offers more power and range than your traditional handheld set that you take with you in your vehicle. Amateur radio operators also like CB radio base stations because of their similarities to other shortwave radio sets.
Creating a CB radio base station has become a little more challenging these days due to a limited availability of base station sets made by CB radio manufacturers, who have leaned more towards mobile technology. But, it is still definitely possible and recommended for someone who wants a full set and not a mobile kit.
Components in a CB Radio Base Station
Your typical CB radio base station contains many of the same elements found in a vehicle-borne kit. They just happen to be larger and more advanced, for the most part.
The central component of an at-home station is the transmitter and receiver box. All of the big producers - Cobra, Uniden, Galaxy, etc. - used to make base station sets; now, Galaxy seems to be the only company that is producing new base station lines. Still, finding used sets shouldn't be too much of a problem.
A base station also allows you to have a full-size antenna for your set. A full-size, 25 Mhz antenna will reach up to 40 feet tall, which gives you better reception and signal clarity than a truncated or scaled mobile antenna.
You can also plug in an amplifier and noise filter into your set to give you a better sound quality than what you'll get even from the best mobile CB rigs. Plus, having a base station at home means you can power full-sized sets from a regular outlet, and not have to depend on cigarette lighters or power converters.
Of course, a CB base station can't be easily transported. Not to mention, if your set is too powerful, you may need a license to operate as an amateur shortwave radio operator. These sets also use more power, so if you are an avid CB enthusiast, then you could see a small increase in your power bill (based on your power situation).
A CB radio base station is nonetheless something worth considering if you want a home-based, powerful CB broadcast station. This is especially useful if you live in an isolated or rural environment and would like a CB set for emergency purposes. A CB radio base station offers you that contingency and other options for long-distance communication with a powerful and well-equipped set.