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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF Mobile & Accessories | California Bug-Smasher (CB-S), Mobile Antennas Help


Reviews Summary for California Bug-Smasher (CB-S), Mobile Antennas
California Bug-Smasher (CB-S), Mobile Antennas Reviews: 6 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $99.95 and 69.95
Description: 2 models,CB-S-S, 10-20 meters, CB-S-L, 10-40 meters
Product is not in production.
More info: http://www.dslextreme.com/users/k6mb
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WD5IKX Rating: 5/5 Oct 7, 2014 08:19 Send this review to a friend
Lucky Find  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I recently found one of these coils and was impressed by the build quality. I installed it on my SUV on a 54" mast with a 72" whip and a shunt coil at the feed-point. After a few QSOs all I can say is WOW!!! I am working stations all over the US and getting some DX too. Fantastic performance for less than $100. If you find one of these gems at a swap meet...snatch it up.
 
KQ6MD Rating: 5/5 Apr 6, 2003 21:33 Send this review to a friend
GREAT PERFORMER!!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
THIS IS ONE OF THE EASIEST ANTENNA'S I HAVE EVER USED. IT IS VERY EFFICIENT. THE WAY THEY "CLAMP" TO CHANGE THE INDUCTANCE IS VERY SECURE AND FOOL PROOF. IT HAS A GOOD AND SIMPLE DESIGN THAT SHOULD LAST A LONG TIME AND PROVIDE GOOD SERVICE TO YOU. PARTS ARE AVALIABLE AND JAY WILL HELP YOU OVER THE PHONE WHEN YOU NEED IT. AND IT DOES HANDLE 1000-WATTS WITHOUT ANY PROBLEM AT ALL.. 73 AND HAPPY MOBILE'ING...
 
K5DUT Rating: 5/5 Aug 9, 2002 13:05 Send this review to a friend
An effecient mobile antenna that will handle high power  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
As an antenna expermenter I find the California Bug-Smasher inductor design quick & easy to use with several different loading configurations. The method of contact with the inductor is positive & offers a connection that will not fail with the use of high power.
The antenna performs on the air with excellent results (signal reports equal to or better than several other popular designs) & offers quick & easy change of inductance to suit what ever need the owner requires.
 
WA6MCL Rating: 5/5 Jul 24, 2002 12:10 Send this review to a friend
Very Well Made  Time owned: months
I've seen this antenna up close and it really is made well. It's Heavy Duty construction makes it great for RV's and off roading. The coil appears to have a very high Q made on a nice coil form having tin plated 12 AWG wire.
 
ZS6AN Rating: 5/5 Jul 22, 2002 12:29 Send this review to a friend
EXCELLENT !!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I am using the K6MB Californian Bug Smasher model number CB-S-L. It was a replacement for my previously well used and good performing Viper (South Africa antenna similar to a Hustler). I find the CB-S-L an excellent performer. I run only 100 watts from an IC706, and regularly manage mobile - mobile QSO's on 20m LP between South Africa and California. On 40m, it easily outperforms other Screw Driver / Cente Loaded / Base Loaded type antennas during parking lot shootouts. It is easy to change bands, and works well on all bands I have tried from 40m - 10m. It does require a heavy mast and spring coil, but in my books the antenna is a winner. Workmanship and quality can not be faulted !
 
REMOVED_K6MB Rating: 5/5 Jul 22, 2002 00:26 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Performance  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Although these antennas are not motorized, the ease of tuning, especially with the pre set STOPS
is quick and foolproof. Excellent performance, very well built.
 


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