CB or ham radio

Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: WNY On: Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:30 am

I think my mom and dad has call signs for the CB's way back in the 60-70's when they were real popular. I can't remember, i think we had them labelled on the units so we wouldn't forget. Been MANY years.
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Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:07 am

freetown fred wrote:Damn, I'm rememberin my CB license back when ya needed one--in the 60's--KAFR1352--hmmmm, memories! :)


Mine was KEX2514.
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Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:46 am

Lots easier rememberin back when, then what I had for breakfast today W!!!!!!!!!!! :clap: toothy
WNY wrote:I think my mom and dad has call signs for the CB's way back in the 60-70's when they were real popular. I can't remember, i think we had them labelled on the units so we wouldn't forget. Been MANY years.
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Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: top top On: Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:20 pm

I didn't know anyone still used a CB. I haven't turned one on since I quit trucking. Even then I avoided 19. I used it to communicate with my escort vehicles, so we used a quiet channel. State police escorts would give me a handheld police radio set to go direct to their car, not to a repeater, so the range was short and would not interfere with other cops.

I knew a few ham operators, it seemed like they were vaccinated with a Victrola needle, because they never shut up, especially if we were traveling. Most had a personalized license plate with their call sign. As I remember, they liked two meter and ten meter. A couple had two meter repeaters set up at home. They also liked Cobra 29 Classic CB radios to convert to ten meter. I owned a store next to a truckstop, sold a lot of CB stuff. My tech would install the toys and tweak their radios. When I closed the business I had a huge box of K-40 whips, mirror mounts, and co-phase harness. I gave them to my son who was in high school and worked part time at a Blue Beacon. He sold them to truckers, installed them, and set the standing wave ratio. I think he made about two grand off that. And the guys were tickled pink with the price and install. lol I sure miss him, he was killed three years ago.
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Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:31 pm

I'd bet ya do miss the boy TT. My condolences my friend.
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Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:47 pm

lumpocoal wrote:My 11 meter set up...I have a small collection of base radios... 2 cobra 142's, 2 PRESIDENT Washingtons, a President Madisson, and a cobra 2000. we have a few locals around here, and I do alot of sideband QSO, I do have my Technician Ham License, the local net is at 9pm but I cant hit the repeater with my HT on 2 meter....besides 11 meter is more fun..yeah ya get the hash and trash, but thats what the channel knob is for...(or button/ switches to do a little freebanding lol) one thing I cant stand is uptight Hams.....I bet the hams that turn into snobs got their start on the good ole 11 meter (cb) band.......just my 2 pennies..


That is a nice collection of base stations. What do you run for an antenna?

There use to be quite a few folks on CB radios in my area, but I am not sure if there is anyone left. I was considering a side band radio for the shop to to see if I can pick up any skip, but haven't gotten around to it yet.
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Re: CB or ham radio

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:24 am

Well, I decided to hook up that old CB dad gave me and see if anyone was still on the air. Got a base antenna from Amazon and mounted it on the shop, and started picking up the truckers on Channel 19. Not much else for the first week, then one night I rolled through the channels and got a strong signal on Channel 28. Talked to some guys over in Vermont, and found out that Channel 28 is one of the most popular to talk on. Last night the radio really started going nuts about 7:30 pm, and by 8 pm I could hear people from Tennessee and Kentucky. I was even more surprised that they could hear me. Guess I am just lucky, they were saying that there has been no "skip" for months, but last night it was really rolling.

Also got to hear some guys talking about hunting gators on Channel 17...sounded like they were doing a better job of drinking beer than finding gators. :D
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