• FireStik IBA-5 Indoor CB base antenna
FireStik IBA-5 Indoor CB base antenna

FireStik IBA-5 Indoor CB base antenna

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  • Firestik - iba-5 indoor cb base station antenna with 18' coax cable

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Nice unit but pakage was opend in boxPakage was opened in box but everything was there. the braces were out of the pakaging everything went together smothly though.4Solid product with some caveatsThis is a quality antenna for your CB radio if you have to mount your antenna indoors. The ability to adjust the length of the antenna is a great feature that lets you bring your SWR down to usable levels. Since I put this in an attic 3 stories in the air, I had to place it on some metal to provide a better ground plane. I easily found what I needed at my local hardware store for under 10 dollars. As for performance, I have clear reception with very little static and can transmit for over 3 miles. This antenna easily doubles the TX performance that I get out out of my falcon dipole antenna installed in the same attic. I believe The ground plane feature is what makes the difference. The FireStik web site provides a wealth of information on how to install and tune this and other antennas. It also clearly explains the limitations of indoor antennas so you know exactly what to expect. When you can't mount an antenna outside, this is a good alternative to get you on the air5Only good for camping or remote location. Not very good gear for inside or secons story.Probably good for camping and remote location.Def not good for home base station. 3Don t buy Does not work that good in house,don t buy 3Four Stars Well build and nice for indoor use. 4Portable setup but you better have a good SWR meter!This works, but it's not a "plug-n-play" solution. You MUST tune the antenna EVERY time you set it up and/or use a tuner, preferably the first, best you can, and THEN install the tuner in-line and tweak it up.NO cutting like the old days. You turn a screw into or out of the top of the whip to change its electrical length and thus the resonance. Can be done by hand but you MUST have an SWR meter on your radio first, and probably a tuner, too, to put inline. INDOORS, this is VERY reactive to objects around it, including you, window screens (!), wiring, floor lamps, metal bladed ceiling fans or a motor near it... etc...Also, it is REALLY designed for use on the first floor, second is PUSHING it. That means an attic install would have to be only one flight up. The radial bars are flatirons at 30" length. The 30" length is not electrically related as a normally formula'd radial or counterpoise, but it's better than nothing.If you are running at an altitude of 3 flights up, you CAN get amazing attic results if the attic is pretty clear, there is pretty much no metal and you cut wires to extend the radials to something useful. At that height, if you can do it, 8-1/2' each is perfect, lay out four of them in an X coming from the very center of the clamping bracket that holds the components together. Run the wires out straight, it matters, in a 90 degrees-X. Suddenly, it will behave MUCH better.You'll have less noise, much easier tuning, better reception, MUCH better transmit (local) since the radiation angle will drop. I've done this a few times and it really works. What you've done is create a 5/8 wave top loaded vertical ground plane antenna with 1/4 wave radials. At that height, a genuine 1/4w radial will work fine. The length is 102" and you'll get very good bandwidth well over 28MHz and well under 27MHz doing that.You'll have a fairly low angle TX pattern AND no problems with rain or ICE messing up your SWR! I've usually gotten this setup tuned so well (1.2:1) that I did not need to use a tuner and took it out of the line! Just cut your radials properly, put them in properly and adjust your whip length.You can also consider a counterpoise with an "artificial ground" tuner, but that's a lot of money. Do it my way on the 3d floor. Cut off 2" for the second floor and cut off another 2" for ground level. Do NOT exceed 102" even if you go higher.You can try lining up the radials with the flatirons (also 90 degree crossed) or between them and see which works better. It may be VERY subtle and something you don't notice without several days of listening and qso's. Good luck, but HAVE AN SWR METER!!4This indoor attic antenna works as well as can be expected installed in a Condo, with HOA restrictionsThis indoor attic antenna works as well as can be expected installed in a Condo, with HOA restrictions. An external antenna, where allowed, would be better.4Well I won't lie and say it's terrible. It's not great eitherWell I won't lie and say it's terrible. It's not great either. I had to get this for restrictions and for it's easy mobility to be moved. I was actually able to tune this well with wave ratios about 1.3:1 on CB. Adding a spring to the antenna base enabled me to drop that .1, was 1.4:1. I am able to receive multiple weather channels, about 4 channels in fact, which is not bad at all considering I couldn't get that with anything else other than 102" on a mobile in my area. It also gets some chatter on CB frequencies, however the down side is it will not reach a local I know 4.5 miles away. I'm happy regardless, not much I can do. This is probably the best I'll get. If it's an urgent communication I can switch to mobile. It gets out, and even if it doesn't, I can relocate the mobile.This IBA-5 antenna from Firestik is great for apartments, campers, hunters, etc who would also like to set up a temporary base.4Good at a great price.Good at a great price.5Jumper cables to hub, and on top an RV rubber roof.This is an effort to devise a portable or semi-permanent seasonal antenna system for CB, and possibly 10-meters ham using off-the-shelf parts on an RV without an aluminum roof (as ground plane on the old RVs), and without having to erect masts, use tools, drill holes, or use any type of permanent mountings, that should be superior to non-ground plane 3-foot solutions.I like this setup. It's portable and working ok right now after some destructive testing. Turns out the coax connector was not making contact through the bottom bolt of the hub assembly. The head of the bolt must be tight enough to go past the insulator and make contact with the bottom disk which is connected to the center conductor of the coax. The top disc in the coax loop is the ground or shield. I cut the loop open to try to figure out how they were connect each of the two conductors, when I could have done a simple continuity test on side and discovered how they have two discs or washers inside the loop with a white plastic insulator that separates them, and that the center conductor works up through the bottom disc in contact through the bolt. I love the hardware and the robustness of this, but very poor assembly by the manufacturer. They assembled the top part of the hub with the mount but not tight enough and did not bother to do a continuity check. All it really needed before I cut the loop open was to tighten the main bolt and nut tight enough that the bottom bolt edges touched the bottom disk. The insulator holds the bolt head out just a hair to not make contact if not tight enough, so make sure to tighten the big bolt and big mount nut, and do a quick check on it.Out of the box, the SWR was off the scale no matter what because the antenna was not even connected to the radio, only the coax.I am finally getting a 1.2:1 SWR now with the long screw in the whip up through the plastic boot, and one pair of jumper cables clamped to the studs between the upper and lower hub discs, and then both clamps clamped to the aluminum rain gutter to use the camper's aluminum siding as well, which did make a difference compared to no cables. Make sure to install the boot because it does bring the SWR down by using it.This is a 5 ft trucker antenna with radials for the ground plane, and it works as good as on a truck as long as the SWRs are down. I'm getting great reports from the truckers.You may be able to add a spring at the bottom to lengthen the antenna in order to use the shorter screw that fits under the cap. I have not tried this. In other words adding some length to the bottom instead of only the top.So this antenna is a success after fiddling with it a little, and it serves my application of being portable, drilling no holes, or having to have a mast, etc.I can just unscrew the whip and pull it off the roof and put away the jumper cables. I don't think any sand bags would be necessary unless near hurricane winds because its quite stable and heavy enough to stay put.Only other thing to suggest would be to replace the hardware with stainless steel where possible because it will rust eventually from the acidic rain.I think the manufacturer should at least create a longer boot cap for the whip for this system as a professional product that does not have to be hacked up in order to get it to work properly.If they would correct this adaptation from this whip being normally used on trucks to a more finished product, and also insure that when they assemble something at the factory it's checked to insure proper connection, they would sell many more of these because they were on the right track with these, but fell short just a little bit at the end causing a little confusion, doubt, and headaches for some of the buyers of this good product.5It's okay but I wouldn't recommend for most situations.You will likely struggle to find a location where this antenna will perform well inside any structure. Obtaining a reasonable SWR was not easy. Outdoor testing was disappointing as well but if your antenna options are limited it might be worth trying.3Five Stars did well. 5Good for HOA Restriction hobbyistsWorks pretty good indoors at less than 2.5 SWR, but works GREAT, and best, when placed directly on the lawn with near perfect SWR.Will get DX skip from coast to coast...literally! Good base station alternative for HOA situations.4ok for what it isFirst a warning. Unlike alot of Firestick antennas, this DOES need a ground plane. the four legs attached dont really work well as a ground plane. You will need an swr meter. I do like the tunable tip on this antenne, I find that it works fine for achieving a low SWR. Like any other antenna, location is everything. Height is important. It does work, I can pick up skip from a few states away on some days, but I have issues getting out past 2 miles in my current location. It is very sensitive to interference, as others have said, does not really do well indoors.3
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  • Firestik - iba-5 indoor cb base station antenna with 18' coax cable
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Customer Reviews

Nice unit but pakage was opend in boxPakage was opened in box but everything was there. the braces were out of the pakaging everything went together smothly though.4Solid product with some caveatsThis is a quality antenna for your CB radio if you have to mount your antenna indoors. The ability to adjust the length of the antenna is a great feature that lets you bring your SWR down to usable levels. Since I put this in an attic 3 stories in the air, I had to place it on some metal to provide a better ground plane. I easily found what I needed at my local hardware store for under 10 dollars. As for performance, I have clear reception with very little static and can transmit for over 3 miles. This antenna easily doubles the TX performance that I get out out of my falcon dipole antenna installed in the same attic. I believe The ground plane feature is what makes the difference. The FireStik web site provides a wealth of information on how to install and tune this and other antennas. It also clearly explains the limitations of indoor antennas so you know exactly what to expect. When you can't mount an antenna outside, this is a good alternative to get you on the air5Only good for camping or remote location. Not very good gear for inside or secons story.Probably good for camping and remote location.Def not good for home base station. 3Don t buy Does not work that good in house,don t buy 3Four Stars Well build and nice for indoor use. 4Portable setup but you better have a good SWR meter!This works, but it's not a "plug-n-play" solution. You MUST tune the antenna EVERY time you set it up and/or use a tuner, preferably the first, best you can, and THEN install the tuner in-line and tweak it up.NO cutting like the old days. You turn a screw into or out of the top of the whip to change its electrical length and thus the resonance. Can be done by hand but you MUST have an SWR meter on your radio first, and probably a tuner, too, to put inline. INDOORS, this is VERY reactive to objects around it, including you, window screens (!), wiring, floor lamps, metal bladed ceiling fans or a motor near it... etc...Also, it is REALLY designed for use on the first floor, second is PUSHING it. That means an attic install would have to be only one flight up. The radial bars are flatirons at 30" length. The 30" length is not electrically related as a normally formula'd radial or counterpoise, but it's better than nothing.If you are running at an altitude of 3 flights up, you CAN get amazing attic results if the attic is pretty clear, there is pretty much no metal and you cut wires to extend the radials to something useful. At that height, if you can do it, 8-1/2' each is perfect, lay out four of them in an X coming from the very center of the clamping bracket that holds the components together. Run the wires out straight, it matters, in a 90 degrees-X. Suddenly, it will behave MUCH better.You'll have less noise, much easier tuning, better reception, MUCH better transmit (local) since the radiation angle will drop. I've done this a few times and it really works. What you've done is create a 5/8 wave top loaded vertical ground plane antenna with 1/4 wave radials. At that height, a genuine 1/4w radial will work fine. The length is 102" and you'll get very good bandwidth well over 28MHz and well under 27MHz doing that.You'll have a fairly low angle TX pattern AND no problems with rain or ICE messing up your SWR! I've usually gotten this setup tuned so well (1.2:1) that I did not need to use a tuner and took it out of the line! Just cut your radials properly, put them in properly and adjust your whip length.You can also consider a counterpoise with an "artificial ground" tuner, but that's a lot of money. Do it my way on the 3d floor. Cut off 2" for the second floor and cut off another 2" for ground level. Do NOT exceed 102" even if you go higher.You can try lining up the radials with the flatirons (also 90 degree crossed) or between them and see which works better. It may be VERY subtle and something you don't notice without several days of listening and qso's. Good luck, but HAVE AN SWR METER!!4This indoor attic antenna works as well as can be expected installed in a Condo, with HOA restrictionsThis indoor attic antenna works as well as can be expected installed in a Condo, with HOA restrictions. An external antenna, where allowed, would be better.4Well I won't lie and say it's terrible. It's not great eitherWell I won't lie and say it's terrible. It's not great either. I had to get this for restrictions and for it's easy mobility to be moved. I was actually able to tune this well with wave ratios about 1.3:1 on CB. Adding a spring to the antenna base enabled me to drop that .1, was 1.4:1. I am able to receive multiple weather channels, about 4 channels in fact, which is not bad at all considering I couldn't get that with anything else other than 102" on a mobile in my area. It also gets some chatter on CB frequencies, however the down side is it will not reach a local I know 4.5 miles away. I'm happy regardless, not much I can do. This is probably the best I'll get. If it's an urgent communication I can switch to mobile. It gets out, and even if it doesn't, I can relocate the mobile.This IBA-5 antenna from Firestik is great for apartments, campers, hunters, etc who would also like to set up a temporary base.4Good at a great price.Good at a great price.5Jumper cables to hub, and on top an RV rubber roof.This is an effort to devise a portable or semi-permanent seasonal antenna system for CB, and possibly 10-meters ham using off-the-shelf parts on an RV without an aluminum roof (as ground plane on the old RVs), and without having to erect masts, use tools, drill holes, or use any type of permanent mountings, that should be superior to non-ground plane 3-foot solutions.I like this setup. It's portable and working ok right now after some destructive testing. Turns out the coax connector was not making contact through the bottom bolt of the hub assembly. The head of the bolt must be tight enough to go past the insulator and make contact with the bottom disk which is connected to the center conductor of the coax. The top disc in the coax loop is the ground or shield. I cut the loop open to try to figure out how they were connect each of the two conductors, when I could have done a simple continuity test on side and discovered how they have two discs or washers inside the loop with a white plastic insulator that separates them, and that the center conductor works up through the bottom disc in contact through the bolt. I love the hardware and the robustness of this, but very poor assembly by the manufacturer. They assembled the top part of the hub with the mount but not tight enough and did not bother to do a continuity check. All it really needed before I cut the loop open was to tighten the main bolt and nut tight enough that the bottom bolt edges touched the bottom disk. The insulator holds the bolt head out just a hair to not make contact if not tight enough, so make sure to tighten the big bolt and big mount nut, and do a quick check on it.Out of the box, the SWR was off the scale no matter what because the antenna was not even connected to the radio, only the coax.I am finally getting a 1.2:1 SWR now with the long screw in the whip up through the plastic boot, and one pair of jumper cables clamped to the studs between the upper and lower hub discs, and then both clamps clamped to the aluminum rain gutter to use the camper's aluminum siding as well, which did make a difference compared to no cables. Make sure to install the boot because it does bring the SWR down by using it.This is a 5 ft trucker antenna with radials for the ground plane, and it works as good as on a truck as long as the SWRs are down. I'm getting great reports from the truckers.You may be able to add a spring at the bottom to lengthen the antenna in order to use the shorter screw that fits under the cap. I have not tried this. In other words adding some length to the bottom instead of only the top.So this antenna is a success after fiddling with it a little, and it serves my application of being portable, drilling no holes, or having to have a mast, etc.I can just unscrew the whip and pull it off the roof and put away the jumper cables. I don't think any sand bags would be necessary unless near hurricane winds because its quite stable and heavy enough to stay put.Only other thing to suggest would be to replace the hardware with stainless steel where possible because it will rust eventually from the acidic rain.I think the manufacturer should at least create a longer boot cap for the whip for this system as a professional product that does not have to be hacked up in order to get it to work properly.If they would correct this adaptation from this whip being normally used on trucks to a more finished product, and also insure that when they assemble something at the factory it's checked to insure proper connection, they would sell many more of these because they were on the right track with these, but fell short just a little bit at the end causing a little confusion, doubt, and headaches for some of the buyers of this good product.5It's okay but I wouldn't recommend for most situations.You will likely struggle to find a location where this antenna will perform well inside any structure. Obtaining a reasonable SWR was not easy. Outdoor testing was disappointing as well but if your antenna options are limited it might be worth trying.3Five Stars did well. 5Good for HOA Restriction hobbyistsWorks pretty good indoors at less than 2.5 SWR, but works GREAT, and best, when placed directly on the lawn with near perfect SWR.Will get DX skip from coast to coast...literally! Good base station alternative for HOA situations.4ok for what it isFirst a warning. Unlike alot of Firestick antennas, this DOES need a ground plane. the four legs attached dont really work well as a ground plane. You will need an swr meter. I do like the tunable tip on this antenne, I find that it works fine for achieving a low SWR. Like any other antenna, location is everything. Height is important. It does work, I can pick up skip from a few states away on some days, but I have issues getting out past 2 miles in my current location. It is very sensitive to interference, as others have said, does not really do well indoors.3
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