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Author Topic: Could one use a CB antenna for the 10 meter band?  (Read 4228 times)
KC9RCG
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« on: October 02, 2011, 05:50:21 PM »

results?
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WB6BYU
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2011, 06:51:32 PM »

Sure you can.

You might have to shorten it slightly for minimum SWR, and sometimes not.  Lots of hams use various types
of CB antennas for 10m, either for mobile or base, or even yagis.

Results depend on the antenna type, but generally it works the same as if you bought a similar antenna
designed for 10m.
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2011, 07:20:44 PM »

My late Father used an old Radio Shack 11 meter ground plane at 25 feet for years on 10 meters. Worked well for him. Not as good as a 10 meter yagi but it did work. I have that antenna stored in my shed right now.

I am using an old beat up Antron 99 at 24 feet, right up the middle of a maple tree right now. It will not be my permanent 10 meter antenna as I am going to build a 2 element mono band yagi for 10 and rotate it at 30 feet before the snow flies.

So if all you have at the present time is that 11 meter antenna go ahead and give it a try.
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ONAIR
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2011, 10:56:08 PM »

Antron (Solarcon) A99s are used by many hams on 10 Meters.  Just check for it in the eham reviews section.  You can get minimum SWR on 10 without the need of a tuner, just by cutting about 11 inches off of the top.
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KF6DBZ
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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2011, 07:39:08 AM »

I have a Wilson 500 11 meter antenna i use on the car. The radio is a Icom 706 M2g and i used the radio's SWR function to set the antenna's length. I set it for 28.400 and the SWR is real low but if i go up to 29.6 or that area of the band the SWR is off the scale.
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K1WJ
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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2011, 08:08:08 AM »

I'm using a 11m Truckspec Mobile antenna cut down 3inches to use on 10m - works good.

See K1WJ on QRZ to see set up - ground mounted with single 1/4wave counterpoise 2ft off the ground.

Plenty of contacts - 10m is open half way decent now.......73 K1WJ - ARIZONA Cool
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K2OWK
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2011, 08:56:33 PM »

Also usable on the high end of 12 meters,but not great.

73s

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K7KBN
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« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2011, 09:00:33 PM »

"Could one use a CB antenna for the 10 meter band?"

One possibly could.  Why not try it and see?
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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2011, 05:05:51 PM »

Yes..

You can use several different antennas as long as they resonate at the desired frequency, or you
have an antenna tuner to load it up.

I am using an IMAX 2000 5/8 V on 10M. Some say this is a "CB" antenna. That is hogwash.
The antenna can be used in the 10-12M range, you can cut off part of the top, or just use an antenna tuner for 10M.
The IMAX works great on 10M. Just check my QRZ log. I am at 55 countries logged on 10M, all within the past year
with only 50-75 watts.  Now that is results. Best $100 ever spent on an antenna.

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BOOTYMONSTER
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« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2011, 07:39:57 AM »

folks use cb antennas quite often for 10 meters . this was said about the sirio Sirio Gain-Master when reviewed .... "This antenna maintained a SWR below 1.5 from 25.500 MHz to 30.000 MHz which is no small feat. I was able to make contacts on both 10 and 11 meters without difficulty or the need for a tuner."

http://www.cbradiomagazine.com/Antenna%20Reviews/Sirio%20Gain-Master/Sirio%20Gain-Master%20Review.htm

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