Antenna Height And Range

The higher the antenna above the ground, and free from obstruction, the longer your communication range.

To calculate the line of sight comnunication range, and height of your CB antenna by using these formulas:

 D = distance in miles H = height above the ground in feet. D = Square root (2H) OR D = Square root (2 x H) H = D^2 / 2

OR

In the Metric System

 D = distance in kilometers H = height above the ground in meters D = Square root (17H) OR D = Square root (17 x H) H = D^2 / 17

To calculate the line of sight comnunication range, and height of the CB antenna, and the height of the receiving antenna by using these formulas:

 D = distance in miles HTX = height of transmitting antenna above the ground in feet. HRX = height of receiving antenna above the ground in feet D = Square root (2HTX) + Square root (2HRX) OR D = Square root (2 x HTX) + Square root (2 x HRX)

OR

In the Metric System

 D = distance in kilometers HTX = height of transmitting antenna above the ground in meters. HRX = height of receiving antenna above the ground in meters D = Square root (17HTX) + Square root (17HRX) OR D = Square root (17 x HTX) + Square root (17 x HRX)

For Example:

If you are standing on your balcony at you high rise apartment at 28 floors above the ground or 336 feet above the ground with your walkie-talkie, your line of sight talking range would be 25.9 miles.

6.47 miles = square root (2 x 5.5 feet) + square root (2 x 5 feet)

25.9 miles = square root (2 x 336 feet)

!Warning!
Make sure you have the CB antenna height don't exceed 60 feet above the ground from the top of the antenna to ground, or if the antenna height would exceed 60 feet above the ground while mounted on the roof of a building structure, the maximum antenna height is 20 feet above the building's roof. Local laws and community deed restriction may limit the height less than the FCC rules and regulations, or prohibit of the mounting of any CB antennas on the on the property.

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