Who Still Uses CB Radio?

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  1. VaughnC

    VaughnC Supporting Member

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    Yup, my dad got a CB in the 60's...and, being a tinkerer, the first thing I did was tear it apart to try & figure out how it worked...got in trouble for that! Which led me to licensed ham radio, which led me to a degree in electronics & FCC commercial license, which led me to a profession in telecommunications maintenance. Funny how silly things like CB radio can steer your life!

    I just remembered a funny CB radio story. After taking apart my dad's CB radio to see what made it tick, as a teen I made some acquaintances of my age talking on the silly thing, and I also played guitar at the time...and I was kind of a prankster too. So, my prankster/tinkerer brain wheels started turning one day when I saw my Premeir spring reverb unit sitting on top of my guitar amp and thinking: "Hmm, what if I...?"...and I broke out the soldering iron. So, I wired the reverb unit into the CB radio and called myself the "Dead Man"...and it used to freak people out when it sounded like I was talking to them from the grave with the reverb turned on. What silly kids won't do for attention;).
     
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  2. Gig Young

    Gig Young Orson Wells; Mercury Theater 1935 Silver Supporting Member

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    In the late 70s I went to CBGB and was really really disappointed.



    There wasn't one daggone CB radio there!!


    10-4 Elenore!
     
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  3. Fishyfishfish

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  4. Travst

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    I've seen guys mount antennas on their cars even though they didn't have a radio.
     
  5. AXEnGEAR4J

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    Oh man, I remember having a Uniden 7 watt with a Killer Bee booster, Larson antenna which was a FCC no no due to boosting the power to 250 watts back in the 80s. It would mess peoples television/reception if you were close by.

    You could hold a fluorescent light bulb tube next to the antenna, key the mic and the bulb would light up!...

    Hit "skip" on the ionosphere with SSB feature at certain times of day and talk to people all over the county and sometimes other countries. Was a lot of fun!
     
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  6. Fishyfishfish

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    Gotta represent!
     
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  7. dohmar

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    I use them when camping/hiking/fishing. Thats about it really

    -D
     
  8. stephax

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    Pics or it did not happen !
     
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  9. fool

    fool Uncouth Savage Gold Supporting Member

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    For social use, we have texting now. CB's have many practical uses and there are a few places they are still used (trucking, maritime use and such).
     
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    Him: "Hey there, good buddy! How's it lookin' over yer shoulder?"

    Me: "Hell, I dunno. I can't even get it over my belt!"
     
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  11. AXEnGEAR4J

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    "Hey there anyone out there got their ears on?"...…..

    Today many people wanting a car to car radio use a 60 watt and a UHU/VHF frequency range that FCC allows with a simple license by application only. I see them used a lot with off road vehicles.
     
  12. GuiltySpark

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    We were still big into it in high school, as we were very rural, working on farms/ranches, hunting, etc. It was the mid-90s and a few of the rich ranch kids had dash mounted phones, and a couple of bag phones were floating around, but the majority of us didn't have them. I had a Cobra CB in my Mustang with a K40 whip until around '97. Saved me from many a ticket back in the day.

    Now, it all seems like foggy dream. Life without cell phones and Waze.
     
  13. bluesoul

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    10 4 good buddy! Just been a long time! That felt good!
     
  14. FiestaRed

    FiestaRed Gold Supporting Member

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    If you hooked up your radio and turned it on you'd have a pretty solid answer to your question
     
  15. lhallam

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    I was bored sitting in a Ranchero belonging to the father of a pal when my bud suddenly grabbed the CB mic and said in a southern drawl:

    "Breaker, breaker 1-9 is there any p**y out there? This the Purplehelmet come on."

    I still laugh thinking of it.

    During my hitchhiking days in the 70's the truckers relied on CBs for a variety of reasons. I totally get why.
     
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  16. Qstick333

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    Me too. Although I will spend some time on HF, my main interest these days is satellite communications
     
  17. CheckSix

    CheckSix Gold Supporting Member

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    20m & 40m on HF here. 2m and UHF on repeaters and I play around with DMR with an openspot Sharkrf in the shack. Never tried Sats.
     
  18. Hack Prophet

    Hack Prophet vile mighty wretched

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    I recently found 2 old handheld CB radios I used to mess around with when I was a kid, thinking about using them in weird ways with my musical instruments for some recording effects
     
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    84superchamp Silver Supporting Member

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    "Load of vw radiators", love it.

    Unreal how hot CBs were back then, very few vehicles w/o one.
     
  20. crambone

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    I work in trucking and CBs aren’t as popular as they once were. In the days of cell phones, E-Logs and computers in trucks CBs just don’t have much of a need.

    I used to load out of a shipper and one of their requirements was to have drivers monitor a channel to be called to a dock to be loaded. The shipper refused to call drivers’ cell phones so if you didn’t have a CB you had to physically walk-up to the shipping office to check to see if they can be loaded. A lot of guys got frustrated due to that.
     
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