What Is a CB Radio?

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Most young people who are familiar with FM radios, are unaware of the seventies phenomena called the citizen band radio, or CB radio. Full Story
CBer

Modesto, CA

#1 Jan 12, 2011
CB Radio is starting to come back! You can get a brand new Midland 1000z for like $25 bucks today!! Who else on here has a CB?

“Wow, Topix is fulla goofs...”

Since: Nov 11

Location hidden

#2 Nov 19, 2011
Wow... I take it that wasn't the enthusiastic response you were going for?

Since: Jan 09

KEEP OUT

#3 Nov 19, 2011
The CB is topix without the typing.
NY CB Radio

Williston, FL

#4 Dec 5, 2011
Lots of CB activity in the NYC area. Try channel 31 AM, or LSB channels 37 through 40.
CBer

New London, CT

#5 Nov 21, 2012
NY CB Radio wrote:
Lots of CB activity in the NYC area. Try channel 31 AM, or LSB channels 37 through 40.
Activity has been picking up a lot lately! The skip shooters are having a party.
stealth

Sedalia, MO

#6 Sep 3, 2014
I still use a CB (and I am a licensed ham too). Not much activity in west central Missouri. A few of us still on 38 LSB, on Saturday nights on 39 LSB, then you sometimes hear a truck driver on 19. Besides that, it's pretty much dead unless skip is rolling, and it appears the cycle is now on the downside. In fact it almost seems impossible to find anyone on channel 19 anymore. Apparently the new breed of truck drivers don't run with their radios on anymore. So forget the "bear traps" or "what's the coops doing?" or even a "radio check"....chances are you won't get one. But you might hear a male trucker at a truck stop whispering into his mic "I ain't got no panties on"

Since: Aug 14

Location hidden

#7 Sep 4, 2014
Ahh.. Shooting the"skip."

I believe grandpa had a old set up.

Ten-four-Good-buddy.
HAM 12345

Punxsutawney, PA

#8 Sep 12, 2014
Living in Gas Patch Country, where everyone is in one way or another involved in the Exploration of Natural Gas or coal, the ratio of automobiles is almost 4:1 - cars without a CB radio antenna / cars - trucks with a CB radio antenna.
This means that at least every 5th vehicle traveling down the road has some type of two way radio antenna on it.
If you are working in a location where there is no cell phone coverage and you need to call to the rig to get towed out of a mud hole or ditch, or up a hill in a snow storm, it only stands to reason that the CB radio would be the preferred way to converse with others.
The 10-4 Good Buddy stuff of the 70's - 80's is gone - thank god!

Most times they just call each other by name, Hey Joe - I need a hand over here.......
Hey Mike - what is going on up the road - during a traffic accident, or I'm on my way into the site - from a mobile going into a well site - letting everyone else know that they are using the road and not to try to go down the road until they have made it into the job site.
Some well roads are pretty small - not big enough for two rigs to pass at the same time.

About the only coversations you might hear from the locals would be on Saturday nights when they get together on say channel 22 or 23 or 37 or 40...
Cory Trevor

Buffalo, NY

#9 Sep 20, 2014
Are there any CB radio clubs in the area? I found an old radio in my basement, and a hobby began to develop. I would like to learn more about these machines. The best way to do that is by speaking to people who have experience with them.

http://westernmidland.com/products.htm
HAM 12345

Punxsutawney, PA

#10 Sep 21, 2014
Cory Trevor wrote:
Are there any CB radio clubs in the area? I found an old radio in my basement, and a hobby began to develop. I would like to learn more about these machines. The best way to do that is by speaking to people who have experience with them.
http://westernmidland.com/products.htm
Hi Cory and welcome to the forum.
I would be afraid to comment on what you found in your basement.
Old CB radios uses capacitors and resistors that fails if they are old or if they are exposed to moisture - if the radio is a 120 volt model, you might want to find someone with a Variac and expose it to power a little bit at a time.
The most important part is the antenna, which needs to be resonant and above the roof of the house. You always want to feed it with as good of coax as you can afford - Belden 9913 or LMR 400 are about as good as you can get. No use throwing away even a portion of your signal if all you have is 4 watts am to begin with!

Your question is - are there still any CB radio Clubs?
The answer is - I don't know, that is something you will have to explore.

Me personally - I would stay away from Clubs if I were you.
Clubs tends to be cliquish and the people that makes the rules aren't always the smartest people in the world.
I can understand wanting to be a part of something.
The local CB radio club here turned into REACT - which is a fine organization that does a lot of good for the community and they have public recognition for their good deeds.
REACT started out monitoring channel 9 on the CB radio.

Most of what you hear will be skip - cordial hops of 500, 1000, or 1500 miles, or multiples of the three. With a good beam antenna, you can talk to these people, even with just 4 watts AM or 12 watts PEP SSB...

The question is - why would you want to talk to these people?
For a simple investment of one day of class and a $15.00 examination, you could get a Technician Class Amateur radio license and use amateur radio - which is where most of the freebander cb radio people has migrated.
The radios costs about the same as a good CB -$150.00, and the antenna costs about the same -$100.00 for a good mobile or $150 for a good base station antenna.
And you get to use FM and repeaters.
Everyone has a call sign and has to follow some simple rules...

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