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  • #16
    [QUOTE=Big_Saw;13944]Can't say that I have....what's the purpose?QUOTE]

    Back about 20 years or so, I worked in commercial radio broadcasting. It was common for an engineer or tech's name to get passed around if a company was hiring. So one guy called me at the station I worked at. I went for an interview and he told me about his line of work. Do you remember, back in the day, along the interstates, you'd see a sign that said "For traffic info, tune radio to 560 am" or some such frequency? Well, this guy had a company that contracted out the installs of those public info systems. It was real low power AM. And when installing the tower and tranny, the guy would cut costs as much as possible. So instead of an elaborate ground plane, with multiple ground rods and multiple runs of copper radials, someone had come up with putting some salt in with the ground rods. If I remember right, it was using road salt, CaCl, not table salt, NaCl. I think this reduced copper corrosion. Now I'm not a scientist, so don't quote me on this, but I think the salt did 2 things, it absorbed water from surrounding dirt and it provided charged ions for somesuch affect for the ground plane. As the salt leached into the soil it would improve the "ion flow" of the copper ground plane to earth ground and increase the size of the footprint of the arth ground. It was used especially for installs down east in NC, where the soil is sandy and not so ground friendly. I've never used this technique myself. But your post was so thorough, I thought for sure you would have heard of it. Short story made long, it helps the ground plane conduct with the earth ground.

    But, then again, I'm ignernt.
    If it looks ignernt, but it works, then it ain't ignernt.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Vicious Ignernt View Post
      WOW!:eek: I am impressed! I have no words to express my awe and respect.

      Saw, have you ever heard of adding salt to the ground plane?
      I just recently read about that somewhere online.

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      • #18
        Big Saw has a very good handle on the CB installs, so I have nothing to add.

        As for salt to improve ground, as VI said coastal regions/sandhills have a problem with this, so it is something that is done. Many hams on the coast do this.
        73

        later,
        ZA

        Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
        beat you to death with it because it is empty.

        The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Zombie Axe View Post
          As for salt to improve ground, as VI said coastal regions/sandhills have a problem with this, so it is something that is done. Many hams on the coast do this.
          ZA, ...are you sayin' what I wrote was correct? Are you implyin' that I'm not ignernt?

          Now you listen here, young man, I have worked very hard to establish my reputation as to being the most ignernt member of this forum. I would appreciate your being more respectful of my ignernce.
          If it looks ignernt, but it works, then it ain't ignernt.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Vicious Ignernt View Post
            ZA, ...are you sayin' what I wrote was correct? Are you implyin' that I'm not ignernt?

            Now you listen here, young man, I have worked very hard to establish my reputation as to being the most ignernt member of this forum. I would appreciate your being more respectful of my ignernce.
            Not to worry VI...I'm informing as many as I can about the real truth. Heck, my whole family knows about how you use snakes for job security, training them to blow high voltage fuses and such.
            Wait a minute...that works...so maybe it ain't ignernt!

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            • #21
              Originally posted by snal View Post
              Not to worry VI...I'm informing as many as I can about the real truth.
              Snal, Thank you, Sir!
              'Bout time somebody backed me up here from these vicious ignernt attacks.
              If it looks ignernt, but it works, then it ain't ignernt.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Vicious Ignernt View Post
                Snal, Thank you, Sir!
                'Bout time somebody backed me up here from these vicious ignernt attacks.
                LMFAO....read up on the salt-solution, and it seems very useful in low-mineral soil, coarse soil, or sand....I've never heard of it, I guess because it never aplllied to my locale, but good info, none-the-less....:D....especially enjoyed learning the science of it...
                "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

                "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Vicious Ignernt View Post
                  ZA, ...are you sayin' what I wrote was correct? Are you implyin' that I'm not ignernt?

                  Now you listen here, young man, I have worked very hard to establish my reputation as to being the most ignernt member of this forum. I would appreciate your being more respectful of my ignernce.
                  You are ignernt, but even our ignernt folks are way smarter than the average sheeple :) You are like ALbert Einstein compared to a sheeple... So congrats;)
                  73

                  later,
                  ZA

                  Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
                  beat you to death with it because it is empty.

                  The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

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                  • #24
                    It looks like I'm safe for whichever antenna I asked about then. On the salt, you would have to saturated the ground so heavily that it is really impractical to use to improve signal. I read that during my research of antennas, if I find the link I'll put it here for all. Thanks for the info, I'm off to pick whichever of those antennas enhances my sex appeal now, since functionally they sound similar.
                    Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim.
                    ~ Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you.-Ovid

                    Mus uni non fidit antro.
                    ~ A mouse does not rely on just one hole.-Plautus

                    Non semper erit aestas
                    ~ It will not always be summer.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Zombie Axe View Post
                      You are ignernt
                      Awwww man, you're gonna make me blush.:p
                      If it looks ignernt, but it works, then it ain't ignernt.

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                      • #26
                        Sumpin' weird's going on!
                        I got my stainless mast up today, didn't attach the "T" piece to the top because I realized that I didn't fab up a sleeve to attach it with, so I simply mounted my Firestick to the top of it.
                        I then drove a copper tube 5' into the ground at the base of the mast and grounded everything to it. Went inside and turned the radio on with the coax hooked up directly to the radio, which has a built-in SWR meter. Set the SWR calibration, then flipped the switch to check the SWR.....got the same high reading that I had before!
                        Then I unhooked the coax from the radio and connected it to my DOSY test unit, and jumped from it to the radio...the DOSY also showed the same high SWR reading, but now the radio's meter shows an SWR of 1.3!
                        What tha heck is going on?

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by snal View Post
                          Sumpin' weird's going on!
                          I got my stainless mast up today, didn't attach the "T" piece to the top because I realized that I didn't fab up a sleeve to attach it with, so I simply mounted my Firestick to the top of it.
                          I then drove a copper tube 5' into the ground at the base of the mast and grounded everything to it. Went inside and turned the radio on with the coax hooked up directly to the radio, which has a built-in SWR meter. Set the SWR calibration, then flipped the switch to check the SWR.....got the same high reading that I had before!
                          Then I unhooked the coax from the radio and connected it to my DOSY test unit, and jumped from it to the radio...the DOSY also showed the same high SWR reading, but now the radio's meter shows an SWR of 1.3!
                          What tha heck is going on?
                          Man, you got me there.....sounds ike maybe you have a faulty coax? You might try swapping it first (cheapest troubleshoot) and see what you get....make sure you have no kinks and no coiling/overlapping of your coax, too....keep your cable as straight as you can, and as short, too...also look for anything near your coaxial that might be buzzing your signal, like a breaker panel, microwave, etc...even running on a circuit that comes into proximity of your coax....
                          "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

                          "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Legionnaire View Post
                            Hello everyone been gone a while hope you didn't miss me much. I just earned a CB Radio gratis and decided wth it'll be fun, if not useful in emergencies, to set it up in my truck and maybe make a base station in the home later. The probelm is, there are too damn many antennas out there and I don't really know much about them. I don't have a clearance problem around here so I want to get as long of an antenna as I can, but which one? Wilson 5000? K40Plus? Firestik 7' or Firestik II 5'? This is where I come when I need the serious questions answered!
                            On my truck I have a Wilson 5000 at home a skylab and a set of
                            moon raker 4's.

                            Mike
                            "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."
                            -Ben Franklin

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