Starduster CB Antenna

Back in the Citizen Band (CB) radio days (mid 70’s) I had an Antenna Specialists Starduster. I installed it on a 20 foot galvanized pole from the peak of my family home in Alpharetta, Georgia. This put the top of the antenna at 40 feet. I don’t remember where I purchased the Starduster but the poles, mounts, ground wire, coaxial cable and guy wires all came from the Roswell, Georgia Radio Shack. I ran the coax down the side of the chimney, into the crawl space, and then back up through the floor of my bedroom. This was one of the most popular antennas of the 1970’s, omni-directional with a 1/4 wave ground plane and 9 foot diameter. They claimed it had a 5 db gain, which is doubted by most, but the antenna worked well and was highly regarded in the CB world around me.

When the atmospheric conditions were right, I could skip talk long distances to other states which was a lot of fun. Don’t tell anyone but I had a linear amp, and with it on, I could talk very long distances consistently with the Starduster.

Lightning struck my antenna, destroying the Starduster and melting the ground wire all the way into the ground, burning a 3 foot circle around the grounding rod in the grass.

It also melted the coax all the way to my bedroom (the CB radio was in my car at the time) and almost started a fire in a closet in my house (lucky the house wasn’t burned down)!

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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