The information on this page is an updated, online version of our former CB SOURCES SUPPLY LIST. Please remember though, businesses move and change contact information all the time. If you find incorrect data, do a Web search to see if you can find more current info for the company. And please contact us so we can update this list for other CBers!
GC ELECTRONICS 1801 Morgan St., P.O. Box 1209 Rockford IL 61101 TEL: (800) 435-2931, (815) 968-9661 FAX: (815) 968-9731 www.gcelectronics.com Power plugs, dummy loads, antenna parts, chemicals, connectors, tuning tools, etc.
J.W. MILLER 306 E. Alondra Bl. Gardena CA 90247 TEL: (310) 515-1720 FAX: (310) 515-1962 www.bourns.com/bourns_jwmiller_cobranding.html Specializes in TVI, RFI, and AC interference filters and RF coils.
RADIO SHACK nationwide www.radioshack.com Your local R/S has a wide variety of parts, CB equipment, and even some new toroid filters for TVI and RFI. (Cat. #273-104). Check with their national parts center: 1-800-THE SHACK (800-843-7422)
CB & RADIO EQUIPMENT FOREIGN
EUROPE / NETHERLANDS AVERA BV Attn: Piet Evers Hazeldonk 6259 4836 LG Breda, Netherlands TEL: 31-076-596-3820 FAX: 31-076-596-3833 www.avera.nl Big distributor of export radios, repair parts, service manuals, etc.
CB & RADIO EQUIPMENT U.S.A. RETAIL
COMMUNICATIONS ELECTRONICS INC. P.O. Box 1045 Ann Arbor MI 48106 TEL: (800) 872-7226, (734) 996-8888 FAX: (734) 663-8888 www.usascan.com
SCANNER WORLD USA 17 Interstate Av. Albany NY 12205 TEL: (800) 476-8050, (518) 436-9606 www.scannerworld.com
THOMAS DISTRIBUTING 128 E. Wood St. Paris IL 61944 (800) 821-2769, (888) 422-7234 www.thomasdistributing.com/CB-Radios-_c_335.html
CB & RADIO EQUIPMENT U.S.A. WHOLESALE NOTE: The companies in this category are strictly wholesale, and won't give you the time of day unless you're a quantity purchaser.
DRAGON DISTRIBUTING 411 Kansas City Ave. Excelsior Springs MO 64024 TEL: (800) 825-3746, (816) 630-6011 FAX: (816) 630-0968 www.dragondistributing.com
H&Y ELECTRICAL SUPPLY P.O. Box 39322 Louisville KY 40233 TEL: (800) 638-5451, (502) 231-2931 FAX: (502) 231-2986 www.hyelectronics.com
RAMKO DISTRIBUTING INC. 3840 LaGrange St. Toledo OH 43612 TEL: (800) 284-7441, (419) 470-1802 FAX: (419) 470-1802 www.ramkodist.com STUART ELECTRONICS 79-12 Parsons Bl. Flushing NY 11366 TEL: (800) 221-0150, (718) 591-9700 FAX: (718) 591-5609 www.stuartelectronics.com
CB MANUFACTURERS ANTENNAS & ACCESSORIES
ANTENNA SPECIALISTS CO. Sorry, they were merged with PCTel Inc. They now sell every type of mobile antenna except CB, but I kept them in here just in case somebody needs one for other antenna frequency applications. www.antenna.com FIRESTIK ANTENNA CO. (PAL Firestik) 2614 E. Adams Phoenix AZ 85034 TEL: (602) 273-7151 FAX: (602) 273-1836 www.firestik.com
HUSTLER INC. #1 New-Tronics Pl. Mineral Wells TX 76067 TEL: (940) 325-1386 FAX: (940) 328-1409 www.new-tronics.com
JO GUNN ENTERPRISES Rt.1 Box 32-C, Hwy. 82 Ethelsville AL 35461 TEL: (205) 658-2229 FAX: (205) 658-2259 www.jogunn.com
SHAKESPEARE CO. 19845 US Hwy. 76 / P.O. Box 733 Newberry SC 29108 TEL: (800) 800-9008, (803) 276-5504 FAX: (803) 276-8940 www.shakespeare-ef.com
SIGNAL ENGINEERING 1172 Aster Av. #E Sunnyvale CA 94086 TEL: (408) 247-2300 www.signalengineering.com
TURNER/HYGAIN c/o TELEX COMMUNICATIONS 8601 E. Cornhusker Hwy. Lincoln NE 68505 TEL: (402) 467-5321 FAX: (402) 467-3279 www.hy-gain.com
WILSON ANTENNA INC. 3301 E. Deseret Dr. St. George UT 84790 TEL: (800) 541-6116 www.wilsonantenna.com
CB MANUFACTURERS RADIOS
Following are the manufacturers still actively engaged in the CB business who can provide most parts and service manuals for their radios.
Remember, you can often find a part from an extinct manufacturer if it has a counterpart among current makers. For example, let's say you need the binary Channel Selector switch from a Lafayette HB740 Cybernet type radio, a chassis sold under dozens of other names too. You can probably order this from G.E. or Midland by specifying one of their own chassis model numbers.
BROWNING LABS INC. P.O. Box 144 Ardmore OK 73402 www.browninglabsinc.com
COBRA ELECTRONICS 6500 W. Cortland Chicago IL 60607 TEL: (800) 262-7222, (773) 889-8870 Also: (800) 622-6272 (Voice) & (773) 889-6343 (FAX) direct to Parts Dept. www.cobraelectronics.com
GALAXY INC. Email only: TechSupport@GalaxyRadios.com TEL: (760) 480-8800 (Pacific time zone) www.galaxyradios.com
MAXON AMERICA INC. 10828 NW Airworld Dr. Kansas City MO 64153 TEL: (800) 922-9083, (816) 891-1093 FAX: (816) 891-8815 www.maxonusa.com
MIDLAND RADIO CORPORATION 1120 Clay Street North Kansas City MO 64116 TEL: (816) 241-8500 FAX: (816) 241-5713 www.midlandradio.com
PRESIDENT ELECTRONICS EUROPE (non-U.S.A. export models only) Route de Sete - BP 100 F-34540 Balaruc, FRANCE TEL: (67) 462727 FAX: (67) 484849 www.president-electronics.com PRESIDENT (U.S.A.) - See UNIDEN
RADIO SHACK (REALISTIC) Nationwide You can generally order a specific service manual or parts through your local R/S store, or call their national parts center in Texas: 1-800-THE SHACK (800-843-74225) www.radioshack.com
RANGER COMMUNICATIONS INC. (Includes Ranger, RCI, Texas Ranger brands) Ranger Communications, Inc. 401 W. 35th Street National City, CA 91950 Parts, & Service: Toll Free: (800) 446-5778 Local: (619) 426-6440 Fax: (619) 426-3788 Amateur & CB Sales: Toll Free: (877) 536-0772 Local: (702) 262-0772 Fax: (702) 262-0780 www.rangerusa.com
RCI - See RANGER
REGENCY - See UNIDEN
TEXAS RANGER - See RANGER
UNIDEN CORP. OF AMERICA 4700 Amon Carter Rd. Fort Worth TX 76155 Parts-Voice: (800) 297-1023, (817) 858-3300 Parts-FAX: (800) 323-2641, (817) 858-3849, (817) 858-3927. www.uniden.com Also try these emails: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org This address is also where you would ship their legal U.S. only CB models for repair. (Don't bother trying to send "export" CBs; they'll deny their existence and send them back to you.)
CB RADIO ORGANIZATIONS
REACT INTERNATIONAL INC. 5210 Auth Rd. #403 Suitland MD 20746 TEL: (301) 316-2900 FAX: (301) 316-2903 www.reactintl.org
CB SERVICING INFORMATION
SAMS CB "FOTOFACTS®" SAMS TECHNICAL PUBLISHING 9850 E. 30th St. Indianapolis IN 46229 TEL: (800) 428-7267, (317) 396-9850 FAX: (800) 552-3910, (317) 895-2712 www.samswebsite.com/photofacts.html You can also click here to view the free CBCI expanded SAMS model list!
SAMS finally stopped publishing the CB series of Fotofacts in 1981, after 293 volumes. But some are still in print, particularly for the most popular current U.S. models. Each Fotofacts has three or four radios in it. Once you know which models are identical, you can buy just those you actually need, without duplicating any. Try to copy the model index from Volume #293, which lists every radio model they ever covered.
They will sell you photocopies of out-of-print Fotofacts. But be prepared to pay about $20 each; there's no other way to get them now.
NOTE: The address above is only for the Fotofacts books. For many years SAMS had published many other great electronic titles. That book division was sold to MacMillan, and you can still order those books directly:
MacMILLAN PUBLISHING CO. 11711 N. College Av. Carmel IN 46032 TEL: (800) 428-5331, (317) 573-2500 FAX: (317) 573-2583 www.macmillan.com
For many other titles of interest to radio technicians as well as general electronics, servicing, and computers, TAB is another of the major publishers:
TAB BOOKS, ELECTRONIC BOOK CLUB (now div. of McGraw-Hill Publishing) P.O. Box 509 Blacklick OH 43004 TEL: (800) 262-4729, (614) 759-3666 FAX: (614) 759-3749 www.books.mcgraw-hill.com
Many beginners ask us where they can find books on subjects like how to read schematics, electronics terms, how to use an oscilloscope, etc. Both TAB and MacMillan both offer titles on these and many related subjects.
COMMERCIAL FCC LICENSE STUDY GUIDES
FCC AMATEUR & COMMERCIAL LICENSE Q&A GUIDES AMECO CORP. 253 Collins Av. Williston Park NY 11596 TEL: (516) 748-7330, (303) 752-3382 www.amecocorp.com email@example.com If you want the FCC ticket, memorize the questions and answers in these excellent guides. If you want the theory behind the answers, they have those books too. Their books are sold in most Ham radio stores. (See that section too.)
GENERAL RADIOTELEPHONE LICENSE HANDBOOK (ISBN #0-672-21930-1) HOWARD W. SAMS CO. Address above. Another excellent Q&A/Theory book for the Commercial FCC license exams.
The following companies are still willing to sell special-order crystals to individuals in small quantities. Expect to wait 2-4 weeks.
CRYSTEK CORP. 2351/2371 Crystal Dr. Ft. Myers FL 33907 TEL: (800) 237-3061, (941) 936-2109 FAX: (941) 939-4226 www.crystek.com
INTERNATIONAL CRYSTAL MFG. 10 N. Lee Av. / P.O. Box 26330 Oklahoma City OK 73102 TEL: (800) 426-9825, (405) 236-3741 FAX: (800) 322-9426, (405) 235-1904 www.icmfg.com
JAN CRYSTALS 2341 Crystal Dr. Ft. Myers FL 33907 TEL: (800) 526-9825, (941) 936-2397 FAX: (941) 936-3750
ELECTRONIC PARTS NEW
ALL ELECTRONICS CORP. P.O. Box 567 Van Nuys CA 91408 TEL: (800) 826-5432, (818) 904-0524 FAX: (818) 781-2653 www.allcorp.com
ALLIED ELECTRONICS (over 80 locations all over the U.S.) Main HQ: 7410 Pebble Dr. Fort Worth TX 76118 TEL: (800) 433-5700, (817) 336-5401 FAX: (817) 595-6444 www.alliedelec.com
AMIDON INC. 240 Briggs Av. Costa Mesa CA 92626 TEL: (800) 898-1883 FAX: (714) 850-1163 www.amidoncorp.com Specializing in RF chokes, Ferrite beads & inductors
CIRCUIT SPECIALISTS INC. 220 S. Country Club Dr. #2 Mesa AZ 85210 TEL: (800) 528-1417, (480) 464-2485 FAX: (480) 464-5824 www.circuitspecialists.com A great source for all general replacement parts like Japanese and American semiconductors, capacitors, resistors, coils, etc. They mirror much of Mouser's stock, plus lots of their own specials. We buy many CBCI kit parts here.
DIGIKEY CORP. 701 Brooks Av. South / P.O. Box 677 Thief River Falls MN 56701 TEL: (800) 344-4539, (218) 681-6674 FAX: (218) 681-3380 www.digikey.com Huge inventory of all kinds of general parts, especially the cheaper Japanese types. Also some TOKO coils and transformers used in CB radios. Similar to Circuit Specialists and Mouser. We buy many kit parts here.
JAMECO ELECTRONICS 1355 Shoreway Rd. Belmont CA 94002 TEL: (800) 831-4242, (415) 592-8097 FAX: (800) 237-6948, (415) 592-2503 www.jameco.com
MOUSER ELECTRONICS 1000 N. Main St. Mansfield TX 76063 TEL: (800) 346-6873, (817) 483-4422 (800) 992-9943 to get a catalog only FAX: (817) 483-0931 www.mouser.com One of the biggest. Fast shipping and rarely out of stock on items. We buy many kit parts here.
NEMAL ELECTRONICS INC. 12240 NE 14th Av. N. Miami FL 33161 TEL: (800) 522-2253, (305) 893-3924, (305) 899-0900 FAX: (305) 895-8178 www.nemal.com Specializes in RF connectors and coax.
NEWARK InOne (Formerly Newark Electronics) Stores all over the U.S. Main HQ: 4801 N. Ravenswood Av. Chicago IL 60640 TEL: (800) 463-9275 FAX: (888) 551-4801 www.newarkinone.com
PARTS EXPRESS INC. 340 E. 1st St. Dayton OH 45402 TEL: (800) 338-0531, (937) 222-0173 FAX: (937) 222-4644 www.parts-express.com
RF CONNECTION 213 N. Frederick Av. #11 Gaithersburg MD 20877 TEL: (800) 783-2666, (301) 840-5477 FAX: (301) 869-3680 www.therfc.com Specializes in RF connectors and coax.
RF PARTS CO. 435 S. Pacific St. San Marcos CA 92069 TEL: (800) 737-2787 strictly orders only! (760) 744-0700 all other questions FAX: (760) 744-1943 www.rfparts.com Specialists in Motorola line of RF power transistors, and RF tubes. They have many hard-to-find linear parts and schematics, and also repair linears. They carry most parts for our TRI-POWER RF AMP construction plans.
ELECTRONIC SERVICING: SPECIALIZED TOOLS
CONTACT EAST 335 S. Willow St. / P.O. Box 786 North Andover MA 01845 TEL: (800) 225-5370, (508) 682-2000 FAX: (508) 688-7829
JENSEN TOOLS INC. 7815 S. 46th St. Phoenix AZ 85044 TEL: (800) 426-1194, (602) 968-6231 FAX: (800) 366-9662, (602) 438-1690 www.jensentools.com
TECHNI-TOOL 5 Apollo Rd. / Box 368 Plymouth Meeting PA 19462 TEL: (610) 825-4990 FAX: (610) 828-5623 www.techni-tool.com
ELECTRONICS MAGAZINES U.S.A.
POPULAR COMMUNICATIONS c/o CQ Communications Inc. 25 Newbridge Rd. Hicksville NY 11801 TEL: (516) 681-2922 FAX: (516) 681-2926 www.popularcommunications.com
ELECTRONICS MAGAZINES - SCANNERS
MONITORING TIMES MAGAZINE GROVE ENTERPRISES P.O. Box 98 Brasstown NC 28902 TEL: (800) 438-8155, (704) 837-9200 FAX: (704) 837-2216 www.grove-ent.com
JAPANESE ICs, TRANSISTORS & COILS
ACTION ELECTRONICS 1300 E. Edinger Av. Santa Ana CA 92705 TEL: (800) 563-9405, (714) 547-5169 FAX: (714) 547-3291 www.action-electronics.com
M.J. PRODUCTS (formerly C.C. Distributing) 115 W. La Cadena Dr. #302 Riverside CA 92501 TEL: (800) 232-7020, (909) 786-3700 FAX: (909) 786-9364 www.mjproducts.com
MCM ELECTRONICS INC. 650 E. Congress Park Dr. Centerville OH 45459 TEL: (800) 543-4330, (513) 434-0031 FAX: (513) 434-6959 www.mcmelectronics.com Major source for Japanese transistors and ICs, large selection of connectors and name-brand test equipment.
NTE ELECTRONICS INC. 44 Farrand St. Bloomfield NJ 07003 TEL: (800) 631-1250, (973) 748-5089 FAX: (973) 748-6224 www.nteinc.com Biggest source for all the ECG/TCG & NTE replacement semis. Download their catalog! TOKO AMERICA INC. 1250 Feehanville Dr. Mt. Prospect IL 60056 TEL: (847) 297-0070 FAX: (847) 699-7864 www.tokoam.com The major manufacturer of virtually all the tuned coils and transformers used in CB radios.
WORLDWIDE COMPONENT DISTRIBUTORS 18 Stern Av. Springfield NJ 07081 TEL: (800) 222-6268, (973) 467-6264 FAX: (973) 467-8519 www.quikpage.com/W/wrldcomp
HAM RADIO EQUIPMENT DEALERS
The Internet is the best place to find all kinds of sources and general information on Amateur radio. Perhaps the best starting place of all is: www.hamradio-online.com
In addition, the following is a main Ham portal leading to all kinds of related radio info: www.qrz.com
AMATEUR ELECTRONIC SUPPLY (AES) 5710 W. Good Hope Rd. Milwaukee WI 53223 TEL: (800) 558-0411, (414) 358-0333 FAX: (414) 358-3337 www.aesham.com Also stores in: Cleveland OH (800) 321-3594 Orlando FL (800) 327-1917 Las Vegas NV (800) 634-6227
BURGHARDT AMATEUR CENTER 710 10th St. SW Watertown SD 57201 TEL: (800) 927-4261, (605) 886-7314 FAX: (605) 886-3444 www.burghardt-amateur.com
THE HAM STATION 220 N. Fulton Av. Evansville IN 47710 TEL: (800) 729-4373 www.hamstation.com
HAM RADIO OUTLET West: (800) 854-6046 Mountain: (800) 444-9476 Southeast: (800) 444-7927 Mid-Atlantic: (800) 444-4799 Northeast: (800) 644-4476 New England: (800) 444-0047 www.hamradio.com Nationwide stores located in: Anaheim CA (714) 533-7373 Atlanta GA (404) 263-0700 Burbank CA (818) 842-1786 Denver CO (303) 745-7373 Newcastle DE (302) 322-7092 Oakland CA (510) 534-5757 Phoenix AZ (602) 242-3515 Portland OR (503) 598-0555 Salem NH (603) 898-3750 San Diego CA (619) 560-4900 Sunnyvale CA (408) 736-9496 Woodbridge VA (703) 643-1063
LENTINI COMMUNICATIONS 21 Garfield St. Newington CT 06111 TEL: (800) 666-0908, (860) 666-6227 www.lentinicomm.com
OKLAHOMA COMM CENTER 13424 Railway Dr. Oklahoma City OK 73114 TEL: (800) 765-4267, (405) 748-3066 FAX: (405) 748-3077
HAM RADIO AUTHORIZED SERVICE & REPAIR
Ever look inside a modern ham transceiver? They're incredibly complex, and even experienced techs would think twice about touching one without lots of factory training and expensive test equipment. There are only a handful of good repairmen out there, mostly associated with the Ham dealers listed here.
Besides the "big guys," the following is somebody I can highly recommend. I've know Randy for years and he can fix just about anything electronic. He's also an authorized warranty station for Kenwood, Icom, Yaesu, and Alinco. And he does lots of specialized and high performance mods. Fast turnaround and honest prices round out his well-known service.
KK7TV COMMUNICATIONS Randy Starace, KK7TV, Owner 2350 W. Mission Ln. #7 Phoenix AZ 85021 TEL: (888) 767-9997 FAX: (602) 371-0522 www.kk7tv.com
HAM RADIO LICENSING & STUDY GUIDES
NOTE TO WOULD-BE HAMS! As of Feb., 2007, the FCC eliminated the Morse Code requirement for all classes of Ham licences! So what are you waiting for?
AMECO PUBLISHING 224 E. 2nd St. Mineola NY 11501 TEL: (516) 741-5030, 741-5031 www.amecocorp.com They make some of the best Q&A Guides for passing all levels of the FCC Ham tests. Their books are carried in most Ham Radio stores.
AMERICAN RADIO RELAY LEAGUE 225 Main St. Newington CT 06111 TEL: (203) 666-1541 FAX: (203) 665-7531 www.arrl.org This is the voice of Amateur radio lobbying, and their Web site includes a list of many more Ham dealers than we have room for here! Plus their bookstore, sunspot reports, etc.
GORDON WEST RADIO SCHOOL 2414 College Dr. Costa Mesa CA 92626 TEL: (714) 549-5000, (714) 434-0666 www.gordonwestradioschool.com
SUCCESS EASY HYPNOSIS CENTER Learn Morse Code the Easy Way! 123 NW 13th St. Boca Raton FL 33432 TEL: (561) 417-7731 FAX: (561) 417-7732 www.qth.com/cweasy
THE W5YI GROUP INC. Main: P.O. Box 565101 Dallas TX 75356 Also: 6125 Howard St., Niles IL 60714 TEL: (800) 669-9594, (817) 461-6443 FAX: (817) 548-9594 One of your best single sources for Ham Radio books & licence study materials, plus excellent general electronics teaching guides. www.w5yi.org
HAM RADIO MAGAZINES - U.S.A.
CQ MAGAZINE c/o CQ Communications Inc. 25 Newbridge Rd. Hicksville NY 11801 TEL: (516) 681-2922 FAX: (516) 681-2926 www.cq-amateur-radio.com
QST MAGAZINE American Radio Relay League (ARRL) 225 Main St. Newington CT 06111 TEL: (860) 594-0200 FAX: (860) 594-0303 www.arrl.org
CIE / CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF ELECTRONICS 1776 E. 17th St. Cleveland OH 44197 TEL: (800) 243-6446, (216) 781-9400 www.cie-wc.eduIAN C. PURDIE, VK2TIP, and
PUBLICATIONS REFERENCE, PARTS, & MANUFACTURERS
SEMICONDUCTOR PARTS SUBSTITUTION BOOKS Always have a copy of the latest NTE replacement guide handy, since most Japanese parts have American equivalents. You can usually buy these guides directly from the publishers, or their distributors.
NTE REPLACEMENT GUIDE NTE ELECTRONICS INC. 44 Farrand St. Bloomfield NJ 07003 TEL: (800) 683-6837, (973) 748-5089 FAX: (973) 748-6224 www.nteinc.com
PUBLICATIONS BUY, SELL, & SWAP EQUIPMENT
NUTS & VOLTS 430 Princeland Ct. Corona CA 91719 TEL: (800) 783-4624, (909) 371-8497 FAX: (909) 371-3052 www.nutsvolts.com This is a very big swap magazine, with over 80,000 readers. Electronic parts, computers, ham, and surplus stores.
PUBLICATIONS REFERENCE BOOKS
CBC INTERNATIONAL P.O. Box 30655 Tucson AZ 85751 USA TEL/FAX: (888) 434-9227, (520) 298-7980 www.cbcintl.com In addition to the list you're now reading, we specialize in CB radio books, plans, kits for modifications, and common repair parts. Following are the most popular reading:
THE CB PLL DATA BOOK ISBN #0-943132-05-3 ($24.95 + $6 p&h) How they work and how to modify them for more channels or for 10-Meter conversions. Complete reference with simplified circuit theory, pin-out specs for every known chip, PLL diagrams of the most common chassis, all cross-referenced by make and model using the chip, plus much more.
THE "SCREWDRIVER EXPERT'S" GUIDE ISBN #0-943132-39-8 ($31.95 + $6 p&h) The "bible" of do-it-yourself CB repairs since 1976. How to recognize and fix the most common CB problems, and how to get the most from your rig. Many simple modifications too.
UNDERSTANDING & REPAIRING CB RADIOS ISBN #0-943132-24-X ($59.95 + $6 p&h) Huge 370-page book for professional radio technicians. Includes theory, alignment, and troubleshooting tips for all types of CBs: American, UK, CEPT, export, 23- and 40-channel, AM, FM, SSB, crystal- and PLL-synthesized. Entire chapter on finding and choosing proper test equipment, sources, etc.
The following books are carried by any of the Ham radio dealers previously listed.
ARRL RADIO AMATEUR'S HANDBOOK The "bible" of radio communications, and no serious electronics bookshelf would be complete without a copy. While intended for Hams, almost everything in it is applicable to other kinds of two-way radio. A lot of background theory, building ideas, and reference tables. Now they even include PC artwork for many test equipment and radio construction projects.
RSGB RADIO COMMUNICATION HANDBOOK The British equivalent of the ARRL book above. Available at many Ham stores, or directly from:
Radio Society of Great Britain Alma House, Cranborne Road, Potters Bar, Herts. EN6 3JW, England
ARRL ANTENNA HANDBOOK The most detailed antenna theory you'll find, short of an engineering library. Learn about SWR once and for all! Includes many practical construction projects for all kinds of HF and VHF/UHF antennas. Build your dream beam!
MOTOROLA RF DEVICE DATA BOOKS Motorola Semiconductor Products Division 1601 Park Av. West, Denver CO 80216 To order direct from their Literature Dept.: TEL: (800) 441-2447, (303) 675-2140 FAX: (303) 675-2150 A two-volume set loaded with everything you ever wanted to know about RF amplifiers and their design. Even includes several PCB layouts for linear amplifiers using their power transistors.
The following are a few more classis classic reference books on radio theory and repair. You can find them at any large public library, or (if still in print) order directly either from the publisher or the larger chains like Waldenbooks, B. Dalton, Barnes & Noble, BookStar etc.
LANDMOBILE AND MARINE RADIO TECHNICAL HANDBOOK by Edward M. Noll Howard W. Sams Co. ISBN #0-672-22427-5 Excellent 576-page SAMS book covering all aspects of two-way radio operation including solid-state fundamentals, CB, marine, and VHF/UHF theory and testing procedures.
MOBILE RADIO SERVICING HANDBOOK by Belcher, Ogley, & Fitch ISBN #0-434-92187-4 Heinemann-NewnesBooks No. 22 Bedford Square London WC1B 3HH, England Like the SAMS "Landmobile" book above. Emphasis is on circuit evolution to current state-of-the-art, diagnostic and component replacement procedures, and what to do when you don't have good circuit data.
RADIO HANDBOOK by William I. Orr Howard W. Sams Co. ISBN #0-672-24030-0 One of the world's most famous Hams, Bill Orr (W6SAI) writes on all areas of radio electronics. Now in its 23rd edition, this classic "bible" is another man's way to teach, and some areas are more or less detailed than the comparable subject in the ARRL RADIO AMATEUR HANDBOOK. Also full of theory and construction projects.
ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION by Robert L. Shrader ISBN #0-07-057151-1 McGraw-Hill, New York. TEL: (212) 512-2000 Currently in its 5th edition, this is a classic textbook covering all areas of two-way and commercial radio.
PRACTICAL RF COMMUNICATIONS DATA by Doug DeMaw. Howard W. Sams Co. ISBN #0-672-21557-8 DeMaw was a former ARRL president and is an engineer who really knows his stuff. This is a great little book on designing all kinds of RF circuits like crystal oscillators and VFOs, mixers, filters, and linear amps.
SECRETS OF RF CIRCUIT DESIGN by Joseph J. Carr. TAB Books Inc., 1991, Cat. #3710. (now a div. of McGraw-Hill) Like DeMaw above, but a bit newer and even includes BASIC computer programs for antenna design and construction.
MODERN ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION by Gary M. Miller. Prentice-Hall Inc., 1978. ISBN #0-13-593145-2 www.prenhall.com Excellent reference on radio, TV, microwave, and digital communications. Heavy on theory and math for those who love to dig into the subject.
BASIC DIGITAL ELECTRONICS WITH MSI APPLICATIONS by John A. Dempsey ISBN #0-201-01478-5 Addison-Wesley Publishing, 1977. www.aw.com Don't worry about the date; CBs aren't exactly high-tech anyway! Absolutely everything you ever wanted to know about the subject, from the simplest AND/OR gates, to the most complex computers and VLSI chips. Another great list of electronics reference books is available at: http://www.electronics-tutorials.com/book-shop.htm
TEST EQUIPMENT NEW
WILLIAM B. ALLEN SUPPLY CO. Allen Square, 300 block N. Rampart St. New Orleans LA 70112 TEL: (800) 535-9593, (504) 525-8222 FAX: (504) 525-6361
C & S SALES INC. 150 W. Carpenter Av. Wheeling IL 60090 TEL: (800) 445-3201, (847) 541-0710 FAX: (847) 520-9904 www.cs-sales.com
CONTACT EAST 335 S. Willow St. / P.O. Box 786 N. Andover MA 01845 TEL: (800) 225-5370, (508) 682-2000 FAX: (508) 688-7829
ITT/POMONA ELECTRONICS 1500 E. 9th St. Pomona CA 91766 TEL: (800) 488-7666, (909) 623-3463 FAX: (909) 629-3317 www.pomonaelectronics.com Huge specialist in clip leads, probes, connectors and all kinds of test equipment accessories.
MFJ ENTERPRISES INC. Box 494 Mississippi State MS 39762 TEL: (800) 647-1800, (601) 323-5869 FAX: (601) 323-6551 www.mfjenterprises.com
OPTOELECTRONICS 5821 NE 14th Av. Ft. Lauderdale FL 33334 TEL: (800) 327-5912, (954) 771-2050 FAX: (954) 771-2052 www.optoelectronics.com
PALOMAR ENGINEERS Box 462222 Escondido CA 92046 TEL: (800) 883-7020, (760) 747-3343 FAX: (760) 747-3346 www.palomar-engineers.com
TEST EQUIPMENT DEPOT P.O. Box 708 Medford MA 02155 TEL: (800) 996-3837, (617) 665-1400 FAX: (617) 665-0780 www.fotronic.com
TEST EQUIPMENT SALES P.O. Box 986 Londonderry NH 03053 TEL: (800) 684-4651 FAX: (603) 425-2945 www.tesales.com
TEST EQUIPMENT, USED & SURPLUS PARTS
APEX ELECTRONICS 8909 San Fernando Rd. Sun Valley CA 91352 TEL: (818) 767-7202 FAX: (818) 767-1341 www.apexelectronic.com A huge warehouse crammed with all kinds of surplus electronic parts plus used HP and Tek test equipment. Many hard-to-find items you'll never see in the ordinary chain stores. No actual catalog, so write, FAX, or call them.
FAIR RADIO SALES 2395 St. Johns Rd./ Box 1105 Lima OH 45802 TEL: (419) 227-6573 FAX: (419) 227-1313 www.fairradio.com Similar to above. You'll need to call them.
GATEWAY ELECTRONICS 8123 Page Bl. St. Louis MO 63130 TEL: (800) 669-5810, (314) 427-6116 FAX: (314) 427-3147 www.gatewayelex.com Also stores in Denver CO: (303) 458-5444 San Diego CA: (619) 279-6802 San Leandro CA: (510) 632-4500 Similar to above, but being a native of St. Louis myself, these guys really bring back some fond memories. Founder Stu Bartfeld gave my first Novice Ham test, would you believe in 1960!
SURPLUS SALES OF NEBRASKA 1502 Jones St. Omaha NE 68102 TEL: (402) 346-4750 FAX: (402) 346-2939 www.surplussales.com Similar to above.
TRANSFORMERS FOR TUBE TYPE CB RIGS
TIP: Replacing Old Transformers Many people have asked us where to find power and audio replacement transformers for the older CB radios. The original parts can be unmarked or even unreadable, but as long as you have a schematic and are willing to make some phone calls or write, it can be done. You don't need an exact replacement; just make sure the voltage winding tap(s) and the current ratings (for power types) or the input/output impedances (for audio types) are somewhere close in value. And you may need to physically remount it slightly, usually by just drilling one new hole in the chassis to match the new transformer's mounting hole spacing.
The best-known manufacturers of old CB power and audio transformers from the tube rig era were Stancor, Thordardson, and Triad. They are all still in business, sometimes with a new name:
CLEARWATER TECHNOLOGIES INC. 1025 Exchange Street Boise ID 83716 TEL: (800) 894-0412 FAX: (208) 368-0415 www.clrwtr.com
STANCOR PRODUCTS (div. White-Rodgers Co.) 131 Godfrey St. Logansport IN 46947 TEL: (800) 424-9554, (219) 722-2244 FAX: (219) 722-5189 www.stancor.com
THORDARSON-MEISSNER INC. 628 Belmont St. Mt. Carmel IL 62863 TEL: (800) 851-3583, (618) 262-5121 FAX: (618) 263-3150 www.thordarson.net
MAGNETEK/TRIAD GROUP 90 E. Union St. / P.O. Box 490 Goodland IN 47948 TEL: (219) 297-3111 FAX: (219) 297-3554 www.magnetek.com
Often it's faster to go directly to a major transfomer distributor, who all carry at least one of the major brands above. The big guys usually have offices in every large U.S. city, so check your local telephone book first. Here's a few of the biggest:
HAMILTON-HALLMARK ELECTRONICS 10950 Washington Bl. Culver City CA 90232 TEL: (800) 332-8638 FAX: (800) 257-0568, (310) 558-2494
MASTER DISTRIBUTORS 1301 Olympic Bl. Santa Monica CA 90404 TEL: (800) 421-8153, (310) 452-1229 FAX: (310) 399-8600
MASTER DISTRIBUTORS 1026 6th Av. Oakland CA 94606 TEL: (510) 835-1500 FAX: (510) 835-0398
NEWARK ELECTRONICS Stores all over the U.S. Main HQ: 4801 N. Ravenswood Av. Chicago IL 60640 TEL: (800) 281-4320, (312) 784-5100 FAX: (312) 275-9050 www.newark.com
STERLING ELECTRONICS Main Corporate Office: 4201 Southwest Freeway Houston TX 77027 TEL: (800) 745-5500, (713) 627-9800 FAX: (713) 629-3939 www.sterlink.com
TUBES & ANTIQUE RADIOS
If you do a Web search under "Antique Radio" you'll find many related sites that sell parts, etc.
ANTIQUE RADIO CLASSIFIED P.O. Box 802 Carlisle MA 01741 TEL: (508) 371-0512 FAX: (508) 371-7129 www.antiqueradio.com Big monthly magazine that specializes in articles and ads on this subject. Restoration parts, services, early TV, Ham, telegraph, books, and much more.
ANTIQUE ELECTRONIC SUPPLY 6221 S. Maple Av. Tempe AZ 85283 TEL: (480) 820-5411 FAX: (800) 706-6789, (480) 820-4643 www.tubesandmore.com