Firestik Indoor CB Base Antenna
- This base antenna can be set up inside a home, on a job site or anywhere that requires a temporary base station
- When completely set up, stands just over 5' tall
The Firestik Indoor CB Base Antenna is perfect for the CB enthusiast who wants a base CB antenna but is unable to install an outdoor antenna. This base antenna can be set up inside a home or apartment, or on a job site. It's also useful to hunters, campers or explorers who want to set up a temporary base CB station in a mobile camper or campsite. When the Firestik IBA-5 is completely set up, it stands just over 5' tall, has four 30" radials and includes 18' of Fire-Flex coax cable. If you're a CB user seeking a base antenna that will adapt to various locations and uses, the Firestik IBA-5 is the obvious choice!
|Model / SKU:||Firestik IBA-5|
|Recommended for:||The CB user who needs a base antenna that will adapt to various locations and uses. The Firestik IBA-5 is perfect for use in a home, apartment, campsite or temporary job site.|
|Notable Features:||Just over 5' tall, (4) 30" radials, easily transportable|
|Virtually all CB radios. For detailed information on this antenna's performance, limitations and proper tuning, please refer to this Firestik IBA-5 technical article. For best performance and SWR, sheet metal can be laid out beneath the antenna to create a better ground plane.|
|Range(s) provided are for comparison purposes only and are subject to numerous installation and environmental variables. For more detailed information, please see our reference article on CB Antenna Range Approximation.|
Firestik IBA-5 base antenna
18' Fire-Flex coax cable
Firestik Antenna Mounting Kit: The IBA-5 was primarily designed for use inside a building or structure. The main user of this product would be a CB customer who lives in an apartment or association area that restricts the use of outdoor antennas. Other uses may include single-family residences, offices and job sites. The IBA-5 can also be useful to hunters and campers (on the ground or roof of your RV) to establish a temporary communications center. However, this antenna is not meant to be a replacement for an outdoor base station antenna. If you're allowed to set up an outdoor base station antenna in your area, you will probably benefit from doing so. In most cases, the IBA-5 will not out-perform an externally mounted antenna, so if you seek maximum performance and are allowed to use an external antenna, we recommend that you do so.
The complete assembly stands just over 5' (1.5m) tall. Assembly of the kit is fast and easy. Each kit includes a bare-hands tunable tip antenna (rated at 1,000 watts), a partially pre-assembled base hub assembly, four 30" (76cm) radials, and 18' (5.5m) of RG-58A/U Fire-Flex coax cable. We also include a couple of extra tuning screws that can be used in situations where SWR indicates insufficient ground plane. Complete assembly instructions are included.
- Easily set up an indoor antenna
- Screw-on coax connection
- Five-year antenna warranty; one-year component warranty
Works very well for my application. Used for DXing on vacation 9 floors up in condo. Tuned easily and nice quality. Skip is up and picked up stations in Maine, NY, Ontario and Pennsylvania the other day. One heard me but couldn’t keep contact. Just fun listening with it.
I get a 1.4 on my big tool bog. And 1.9 on my garage roof. It works for me.
It's ok but as expected, the SWR is a high.
I have not received any of my order waiting on back order
I had actually bought this from a related radio site, so although I know I didn't give this site the actual business, I will tell anyone calling this a piece of junk to give it the benefit of the doubt. What do you expect indoors? No matter how good your radio is, it's only as good as the antenna system. Walls and roofs will attenuate your signal and no matter what, unless you live in a tent, your reception and transmission will always be less than a properly mounted outdoor quarter wave antenna or better. That said, this little thing works pretty decent for what it is indoors. It's not meant to replace your 30 foot high Antron or quad on a tower, but if you need a quick, easy set up that won't blow your finals and you just can't get an antenna outside, this is an acceptable substitute. Of course, you can use it outdoors as well as a portable set up given you give it a proper ground plane. I would recommend to buy it given your circumstances.