I first got started into radios in the early 70's. Just ran a mobile at first. Then one night , after setting in the car most of the night talking around, I decided I needed a base. So I went to radio Shack the next morning and bought a complete setup( glade my credit was good).Got a Realistic Navaho TRC-30a , a D104, and a 1/4 wave ground plane antenna. Cheap set up , but the thing talked . After about 2 years I upgraded my antenna to an Astro plane.It was a good setup, if I could hear ya , i could talk to ya. Of course this was durning a lull in the skip cycle, so local talking was all there was.At night 70 , 80 , 90 miles was normal distance to talk.
In 77 , 78 skip started rolling, about the time I upgraded again. This time i had a Lafayette Comstat 35, and added a Maco 100. Also put up a set of Gizmotchy 3 element beams.
Now about this time 'Smokey and the Bandit' came out.So then I had to get a Trans Am. Dang i loved that car.
I went thru some more radios and antennas before getting married , then had to give it up.Got back into radios in the mid-80's for about a year,then off again. In 2003 decided since children are grown, I might as well get back into it.So this is where I am today.
I'll add pic's of some of the equiptment I've had. Or at least copy's of them and the Trans Am( spent some time in photoshop putting that bird on there, just so yall'd know what it looked like).
Bandit Trans Am
Ran a Royce gyro-loc 601 ( some of the first to have modded PLLs, cause this was before 40's were legal) and a Power Wing antenna. Haven't been able to find any pics of the Power Wing, But it was a wing about a foot from the mounting bracket, with a little stinger on top. Also colored gold to match the car ( main reason I got the antenna).
If you'll notice the bird on the hood. it's not the one that came on it. this bird was on the special Ed. in 79.. but it looked better than the regular bird.
And I had to have the bird replaced on my T/A anyway so I got this one.
Nice car, and ran like the wind. Even some 'vetts found that out.
" The Alabama C.B. Rascals" A local C.B. club I was in from back in the late 70's