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Remember CB Radio

Post by oldtimer » Fri Jun 06, 2008 2:54 pm

Anybody out there remember CB Radio ????
In the days before mobiles...
I Still have mine in the car up and running although theres not too many of us about...
Still some truckers about and a few others dotted about the place...
Anyone still in there???
10 10 breaker break...
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Post by The Master » Fri Jun 06, 2008 3:14 pm

Had some fun for a summer or two back in the early 90s in rural mid Wales. For some reason there was a sudden surge of CB activity featuring - gosh - hot young chicks, albeit farmer's daughters, and for a while it seemed like you'd spot more cars with magmounts than not.

This old bastard who lived round the corner from me was always sidebanding me to censored by messing about on the mid block and then getting abusive about it when I cornered him, so one day I splashed out on a chipped Uniden 2830, directional beam and (LOL) 750watt burner, and had "a bit of a giggle" :lol: Give 'em a quick short-sharp-shock, etc... still brings a smile to my face even now :D
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Post by sleeper77 » Fri Jun 06, 2008 6:13 pm

I used to receive CB radio on my old airband receiver back then. Yes there were a lot more people about and the channels were sometimes blocked out as it became a war of who has the most powerful transmitter. Eventually it quietened down a lot, especially as pointed out when mobile phones were more affordable and the internet became more accessible and cheaper during the late 90s with the discovery of IRC.
Now I can only receive the same 4 or 5 people during the evenings & they don't broadcast that often. I would say the only very active analog radio comms going on at amateur level is HAM radio. It is a lot more different to CB since you have to obey codes & regulations by giving out callsigns, etc... You can receive HAM radio operators on a decent short wave radio, but it definitely isn't as exciting as listening to CB radio back in its heyday.

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Post by oldtimer » Sat Jun 07, 2008 2:07 pm

As i live in the country,there are a lot of Farmers that still use CBs,so we still have enough people on to have a laugh.
I collect CBs like i collect old consoles and games although ive only got one car.
Living almost into Wales,there are a lot of isolated communities that still use them too.

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Post by Katzkatz » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:25 am

Do you still need a license (in the UK) to use a CB. I remember that you had to renew it every year. There used to be 40 channels or 80 channels models. I also remember that a friend who had one had the aerial hooked up on a metal bin liner, in his bedroom.

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Post by oldtimer » Sat Jul 05, 2008 1:16 pm

No.
CB Licences were abolished a year or so ago,something to do with the governments red tape cutting.
I still have mine in the car,switched it on the other day and had a gass with a few breakers.

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Post by The Master » Sun Jul 06, 2008 7:01 am

I never bothered with the license as my rig could transmit on all the most naughty channels and.... sometimes you just have to ;)

Oldtimer, where into Wales? I used to live on the border near Kington, Herefordshire - then heading into Walton and Knighton (where I ended up a few years later)...
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Post by mick_aka » Mon Jul 07, 2008 1:33 pm

I still have one in my motor, damn fun chatting to truckers and nutters on those long motorway drives :)
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Post by oldtimer » Tue Jul 08, 2008 2:33 pm

I get into the Forest of Dean and then Monmouth over the border Raglan etc....
I try to get high up into the Malverns to try to catch the skip for a real long distance break.
The truckers are a right good lot in the main,always ready for a chat..plus you get the odd women breaker as well.....
Still use mine on a regular basis,only yesterday i was on it ....

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Post by RetroRik » Tue Jul 08, 2008 3:03 pm

Had one in my car in about 1990-92 i think. It had a power amplifier which meant you could flip a switch and use a loud speaking under the bonnet to shout naughty things to girlies that crossed the zebra crossing infront of you.... :wink: :wink: In the same way you could play music through it like Oddball in the Kellys Heroes movie... :lol:

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Post by 1500graham » Tue Jul 08, 2008 5:23 pm

I had a Colt 295A (cost me £25) and a York JCB863 homebase hooked up to Dipole.

I still have a mobile 2 channel Harvard.
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Post by oldtimer » Wed Jul 09, 2008 1:14 pm

Remember...wots your rig? Wots your twig???
How many pounds am i pushing you ?? am i in the green???
Are you square wheeled ????
19 for a 10/36 ???
Ah !!!!!! great days.....

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Post by 1500graham » Fri Jul 11, 2008 8:17 am

oldtimer wrote:Remember...wots your rig? Wots your twig???
How many pounds am i pushing you ?? am i in the green???
Are you square wheeled ????
19 for a 10/36 ???
Ah !!!!!! great days.....
Great days indeed good buddy, come on.
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Post by alcockell » Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:23 am

I had a CB licence for a year when I was back in Nottingham, was doing my HND at the time.

However, I seem to recall some prat playing far-right somgs in channel 19 - was bloody annoying.

Also - as I had been involved with stuff like the Scout Jamboree on the Air (guest use of others' Ham kit during the day) and maritime radio on the odd school cruise, I was turned off a bit as I was constantly ribbed on air...

Then again - I could have been more of a stickler for radio procedure, my style probably was more suited to PMR freqencies (I was in St John Ambulance for 5 years after this).

My transmissions were probably more like...

"19, 19, this is <my callsign>, anyone copy, over?"
... no response...
"19, 19, this is <my callsign>, <my callsign>, anyone receiving, over"
... response...
"<their callsign>, <my callsign>, radio check, over"
... response ...
I give readability and strength signals, suggest channel change.
... they read back....
"<their callsign>, <my callsign> Rger going to channel <chan>, out"

Not exactly cod 10-code, is it? More like...

"GC Control GC Control, GC319 over.." from my SJA days.

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Post by oldtimer » Sat Jul 12, 2008 1:26 pm

I run midland stuff myself,although ive got other rigs as well.
Tend to go to autojumbles and pick up cb radios for a few quid cos people dont really know what they are so they let em go cheap....
Running a Midland 4001 in the car at the moment....
Its still great fun..
10 10 breaker break...

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