How to get started in CB 11m 27mhz Citizen Band Radio

How to get started in CB 11m 27mhz Citizen Band Radio

hello welcome my name is Callum from DX
Commander I’m an amateur radio operator but I started off in life in this particular
hobby of ours on CB something called 27 megahertz and 27 megahertz is sometimes known as the 11 meter band okay so you can be a CB operator or you
can be an 11 meter operator alright there’s a little bit of difference CB is
generally truck to truck or my home base to join up the road
whereas 27 megahertz DXing is intercontinental okay yeah you can do
both of course so this video is how to get started in CB so if you’re a dad and
your child has asked you unlikely but you never know
dad I want CB radio for Christmas or whatever else you come to the right
place this is not a history lesson in CB it’s just I’m just here to give you an
inkling of what it’s about how he works so I will give you a quick history
lesson I don’t know how long ago but let’s say the 60s or 70s small radios
with transistor technology came out and it was approved by the FCC in America
and there was a 40-channel CB radio click-click click-click 40 channels and
that changed the frequency you see of a little radio and a trucker and sometimes
cars came with a CB radio you know and they would all hang out hang out on say
Channel 14 or channel 19 or whatever and if there was a log jam traffic jam up
the road you could go hey what’s going on around
the corner guys and because it’s fairly short range if you’ve got a little
system when you can’t I say short range because if you’re on a big high hill and
use a bigger aerial you can get like a hundred miles and in the main the output
of these was about four watts
okay so just leapfrog a little bit further you ended up with the facility
of not just AM which is amplitude modulation you don’t
know need to know what that means but you could flick it to FM as well which
is frequency modulation so the static was a lot louder but very often the
words are a bit clearer once you once you got over the static
anyway AM in America was the big one and because of that people started
importing crate full of CBs around the world because everybody wanted to
play CB radio including the UK so I had an illegal radio, a Lafayette HB 940
which I think was about seven watts or something five watts I don’t know
and I had a hillarious time and I lived on the top of a block of apartments I put a
big silver rod or whatever it was there I used to talk to all my mates about five
miles every night when I got home from work great from one day when I’m
chatting on this thing this guy from Texas comes in I didn’t
know you from Texas because he had a very strange accent and as Texas people
generally do and and that opened my eyes through the fact there was this DX
capability and you could speak to people all around the world anyway this these
illegal radios caused a hell of a lot of bloody problems in the UK because the
electromagnetic compatibility of the lot of the devices that was sold
particularly in this country anyway maybe other parts of the world they
weren’t designed in mind that your next-door neighbors can have a CB radio
so there was terrible interference problems and people walked on Parliament
and demanded a CB radio legalized legalized CB I used to go to meetings
and stuff to the guys CB as it was wrong that we felt it was wrong that we were
getting prosecuted for having a pastime right so what the UK government did
anyway and other governments around the world did other things is they created
an FM only with an FM by the way has just got less susceptibility to cause an
electromagnetic compatibility problem with other pieces of kit and and what
they did is say they they completely changed the 40 channel block didn’t
different part of the 27 megahertz band so you can still use your same aerial we
had to buy this new radio and it didn’t take off nobody wanted one
of these new radios they wanted a harmonized legalized CB exactly the same
as the Americans right now with the European Union and something called C
EPT which I come up with stand for right now I could be clever and edit the film
out and tell you what it was but anyway finally I didn’t know a few years ago a
harmonization did take place and so I’m on the Ofcom site here this link heels
or tournament but put in the description on the left-hand side of this chart is
the FM block that they came up with in the 80s or 90s I think it was the late
eighties which didn’t take off and finally the CEP T / EU channels on
the right hand side which unbelievably if I go to the next page I think this
one here this was the original frequency blog for the USA which weird enough is
exactly the same as the cept okay so now we’ve got this harmonized world so 20
starts at 26 965 and ends at 27 405 and in the main it’s 10 kilohertz per click
other than channel 3 to 4 which has a missing channel okay 11 to 12 15 to 16
there’s some missing channels I never quite knew why that was and I’m sure
would be great stories out of it hey if you know let me know in the comments
please so because of that you can now buy a legal UK am/fm SSB radio giving
you full watts out on a.m. or FM and it will deliver about 12 watts on single
sideband single sideband is a little bit more awkward to use sometimes it’s
difficult to tune in the person’s voice it’s great fun and it can sound a bit
Mickey Mouse or Darla key but um a lot of people have a lot of fun with it and
they put up a big aerial you know off the chimney or whatever else and it
particularly in the summer you end up with some courts something called
sporadic e-up sporadic a propagation and you’ll get
hops Gason hops it’s at Norway Cyprus Italy
that sort of thing and then clubs sprang up of course clubs sprang up from the
seven late 70s late 80s in fact the biggest club in the world probably is
the alpha tango group which it was originally founded in Italy and they
invented prefix for call signs they give yourself a call sign so I’m I’m Callum
so I might be my callsign is Charlie one whatever but you could be a member of
the alpha tango group and get an official call sign
so you’d be alpha tango 261 right whatever and then if you’re in England
you would be 26 alpha tango 261 for instance okay so this club sprung up new
call signs it was kind of it was kind of a self-policing moderate world
okay now you will always find the leads right on CP there’s always only one guy
I play music shouting at people and swearing well you just have to qsy which
is change frequency there’s a lot of lingo and a lot of it comes from ham
radio the cue code and whatever else I say say I still say you know Roger that
you know I’ll do on the phone you know how’d you get into this bloomin thing is
you need a legal radio and there’s a number the number of legal radios I just
did a search for am/fm SSB legal CB radio and it came up with all sorts of
things and I would suggest you find a supplier and phone them up or visit them
all right and explain what your problem you want it for the car or you want it
for your house or whatever else some some of these supplies in the old days I
don’t know if they still do would even fit it in your car very often these days
people want it at their house it’s great for curing a bit of loneliness you will
find someone up the road who you didn’t think you had anything in common with
but they actually turn out to be a nice guy you’ll probably pass them on a
strain thing they’re not my cup of tea but
you’d be surprised he got on the radio and everybody’s your friend okay
well apart from the lid with the music but actually just give him a bit of time
and space and be polite to him and change his world because you can change
everybody’s world just by being nice I mean that’s the key my mother had a CB
radio and you should have children round for afternoon tea and she was old lady
she had all these kids there with CB s they’d all come round ah come and wear a
handle now what she used to call herself I used to call myself Columbo now I
probably just call myself Callum but anyway talk to supply because you’re
gonna get a radio a little power supply to deliver the 13.8 volts to you to your
radio you know little power supply and you need some coax and an aerial they’ve
either put something in the loft not so good because it’s not quiet you need
ideally over the rooftops but if you have to put it in the loft it will still
work it’s just the range you’ll get won’t be as good try and steer away from
a piece of coax called rg-58 it’s very thin about the size of a pencil and
there’s quite a lot of attenuation in it and RG 2 1 3 is quite good
my personal favorite is something called Aircel 7 and I think I’ve got some
Aircel 7 showing here it is so a 30 meter length of SL 7 from this
particular company is 89 pounds but why do I like it is because they do a really
nice connector and it’s this connector here and it screws on and tightens up
you will need a soldering iron so either find someone go on Facebook is anybody
got a soldering iron because you’ll just put a need a bit of bitter solder right
at the end of the plug after you’ve cut it off but anyway or contact your local
amateur radio club and with a bit of luck someone might help you and this
because there’s nothing wrong with how much a radio operators either and a lot
of them started out on CB and you will find there if you like the technical
aspects of CB you might want to look at how mature radio because most countries
throughout the world particularly Australia the UK the USA have got quite
a car a baby ticket if you don’t know mean so
you take a really facie exam it’s really so you don’t hurt yourself or hurt
anybody else or cause distress or interference it’s really what the exam
is and it keeps your power down to four to ten watts which is ample by the way
on on some of the lower frequencies you can loaf around easily talk to someone
200 miles away on the lower frequencies anyway has that given you a bit of
inspiration what I’m trying to do enough contacts in Moonraker a company called
Knights today is do they have a next demo President Grant or Lincoln to
whatever they’re called that we can use here for a couple of weeks and I can
show you how CB works now 27 megahertz DX in works I think that would be fun
I’ve got gear that will do that but not legally okay so being on YouTube my duty
is really to show the legal way out of this problem not the illegal way or the
problem I just think it’s fair that way all right so if you like this video by
the way please subscribe because when my subscribe numbers go up I get a bit of
extra confidence that perhaps are doing the right thing and if you want to be
notified I think you have to hit the bell now on Saturday nights I do a live
stream and there’s about 250 people who join me and I put the chat just here so
and we can all chat amongst ourselves and I normally do a particular topic CB
is topic of the month I’ll probably be doing a bit more of that but if you are
an amateur radio operator don’t be despondent we will be going back to
amateur radio I hope to be going in the hills with my 40 meter massive whipped
off the back of the car soon and if your CB operator you’ll be able to see what
it’s like on 40 meters okay so my name is Callum from DXCommander, have a
lovely day thanks for joining me and I’ll see you next time bye for now


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    John Robinson

    Those " A " channels were for radio control devices, and other things. Yeah, i started off my radio addiction with CB got bored real quick with it.
    Very little intelligent conversation to be found, but i did find some. Turns out they were hams and the seed was planted. Got my novice a years later and never looked back. That was in 1979 40 years later and i'm still a long winded pain the ass, some things never change.

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    Lew Archer

    Howdy there pardner, us Texas boys don't have the accent, it's you blokes. Now, don't get your knickers in a bunch. It's all good fun.

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    Mark Bolin

    Very good video… I’ll be watching for your continuation of this subject. I started in CB in the very early 70’s. I got out in the late 80’s because of too many rude operators. I’m a Ham now, N6AEB, and my Radio Shack includes a Cobra 18 ssii. We have a group of really great people; a lot of them are also Hams. When the propagation is poor we all sit around and chat on the CB. I highly recommend CB radios for all hams that like to talk on the radio. Once again, great job Cal!

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    The US never got the FM allocated. The frequency's missing between the channels were for radio controlled devices. I remember as a kid having 27 mhz controllers, and you could also get 49 mhz for remote controlled cars if you wanted a buddy to race r/cs at the same time.

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    CB…the favorite radio in the states among long distant truck drivers. Breaker, breaker Good Buddy! Got you’re ears on. Smokey issuing green stamps on the interstate. Watch for the gum balls. Sitting in the rocking chair of a convoy. &@“#% $&@?^*+ and other foul words used. A radio band open to anyone with a -9 IQ here in the US. But that’s just my opinion.

    CB wouldn’t be so bad if users had to take exams for license and self police the air waves for abuses like HAMs. Instead, anything goes on the air and many conversations are not suitable for young ears.

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    Charles E. Woods II kd8efq

    "Interference" back in the 70s ~ 80s and up through until the TV frequencies went to some alleged "digital" over the air frequencies was a big problem until 2009 really. It was great fun to key down a mobile with 150 watts and cause someone's TV screen to go "blue" until we got far enough away from their home and TV.
    In Akron, Ohio USA, many of us used CB radio as our fathers and uncles worked in the trucking industry in one manner or another. You couldn't find a house that didn't have a tower and antenna anymore than a car without an antenna in Akron, Ohio.
    And, after the mid 80s about, there was barely such a thing as a "legal CB radio". And, around here, there's a 50 % chance that on CB Radio you're going to meet a convicted felon of some sort or another as the culture has essentially gone to Hell. I worked my first bit of DX from an HT in the backyard down to Mexico when I was about 7 (about 1978) years old. And from then I essentially raped the local public library self learning about everything about radio and electrical engineering and all that; meteorology and how "skip" or "DX" worked. I didn't get my Ham license until 2006 and upgraded to General Class in 07, and that was because I reached a level of frustration with the people on CB that I was looking for a more upright culture to ID with. Most of them (Ham radio operators) have turned out to be a contradiction to the ARRL philosophy that says, "Ham radio operators come from all walks of life." Except for their little cliques immersed in familiar American prejudices, like the battle between republicans and democrats and so forth. So these days, I'm mostly tearing up 38 LSB and around calling CQ, "369 Akron, Ohio QSX!"
    Honestly its all been fun. Even when my favorite convicted felon CB operator tried getting me kicked out of my apartment for running an illegal radio whilst he was doing the same thing! He goes by "Triple B" or "The Dirty Bastard", a handle he lives up to. He has since learned not to mess with me anymore, since I caught him talking about explosives one day over the air – and all of sudden several federal and state agencies descended on his and his girlfriend's property and turned the house and property inside out and upside down looking for explosives, and didn't find so much as a Bic lighter! I'm only a prick when I need to be.
    As far as radio today, I'm quite content working my Kenwood TS-480SAT with the INRAD microphone with a studio boom similar to yours, and knowing that after all the years and all the bullcrap, the FCC isn't likely to do a damn thing about it, so long as my signal(s) don't interfere with anything important.

    73/KD8EFQ/Hell On Wheels/369 Akron, Ohio USA

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    I remember the 70's CB craze. as young kids Me and most of my friends had 2 to 6 channel handhelds. They were fun. Even more so when I discovered skip for the first time. I still use CB today for the same reason.

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    Used to have a Cobra 148+frequency counter, 400w linears, and an antenna better than a Sigma 4, back in the day.. Used to do Foxhunts every week, and it was great, used to be considered a powerhouse station in my area (not even using the 'boots' (linears)).. Callsign: Horny Little Devil .. lol Still have a Rotel 220, muppets & mids, will do about 10w out the back.. Just don't use it anymore..

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    You do produce highly inspiring videos. 6 months or so ago, I did watch this channel for a day. At the beginning of that day I had no idea that amateur radio even exist 🙂 three weeks later I had my license and callsign…. Thank you for your amazing work

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    Cobra 140 GTL and Solarcon Antron 99 (That EVETUALLY got struck by lightning to the delight of my neighbours due to QRM nearly 24/7 lol) coupled with a 250 watt burner allowed me to regularly chat with the Isle of Man and Ireland from my QTH in Rhosybol north Anglesey during my early teen years in the early 90's….Trooper was my handle, LOVED IT!!!!….14 for a copy was all my parents heard from my bedroom LOL!! Got back into the hobby 3 years ago after a bit of freebanding, FULLY licensed HAM now ;)…..Love the vid Callum!

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    Just got back onto radio after selling all my kit in 1996. Came back on in March of this year. I am really enjoying it. Its not like it was back in the 80s and 90s , but i think thats a good thing, ive made contacts all over Europe and so far this year my furthest was down to the Azures, (can do better) hopeing to get further when the skip rolls in again. As a hobbie its totally took me, i love the science, technology and building and tinkering with antennas and set ups. Ive been up hills and visited places i wouldnt of normally gone to also met some great friends. Yep im sold. There is the odd idiot, but i guess thats the same for most things. Thanks for covering Cal.

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    Tom Hoffer

    I still play with the CB in the rig, never cause trouble or make smart remarks to anyone 🙄😇…
    Oh that was sporadic e that caused that "skip", I always thought it was the "big radio" that did that, swing kit, echo board, Wilson 5000 antennas that did that😂 ….try a IMAX 2000 or Macco alpha 5/8th wave, always had success with them at the house….good video cb is still fun to unwind with and have fun while trucking through the night, see ya Big Brother love to Wendy…

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    I buy all my 11m radio gear from Knights CB brilliant site and give pukka advice on the products they have. Thank you Sir, nice to see people just want to balance Ham with CB. As I say CB/11m is training for becoming a Ham operater. Peace Man 😁

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    Norm Jacques

    Nicely done, Callum! i got my first CB rig (a big, heavy tube rig – Lafayette Comstat 25A) back in 1966. It was AM only, at 5 watts, back when US CBers regarded 11M as 'poor man's ham!' I've watched it evolve, and decline, over the ensuing years. I wish, though, that the US' FCC had gone more in the direction that the UK did (a little extra legal power, using FM as an option, etc.). Great video….Thanks! 73 KC1MGW

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    Ade Larsen

    1) CB sales wax and wane in lock-step with the sunspot cycle.

    2) At the age of 6  I started off with a Jonson Viking 18 channel set which had SSB. I connected it up. I didn't know what I was doing but I figured it out. My father had installed a 6 foot loaded stainless whip on the side of the house.

    For some reason the coax had been removed and I had to find a new piece long enough to reach about 25 feet. After some dodgy soldering (my first time) I got it all connected and turned it on.

    Wow ! First contact was Hawaii. I was hooked. I'd become interested in the little black box at the height of the sunspot cycle. The rest is history.

    I shudder to think what would have come of me if I hadn't found radio as a kid. Perhaps I would have taken up train spotting ? Maybe I would have become an accountant with no personality and penchant for buggery ? Maybe I would have just been a sad git ?

    If it wasn't for radio then I wouldn't be a successful pizza franchise owner and award winning surf board designer.

    3) Nowadays I'm fully licensed to talk to older folk about medical problems such as bed sores, scabs, colostomy bag draining techniques and weeping bandages. Piles are a source of conversation as is having a chat about visiting Aunty Marge who's just been put in a home because she's totally demented. Poor soul. She's not well.

    Yes, as a licensed Ham you too can take part in the mysteries of the medical world. It's there in all its glory for you to discover on the 80m band.

    4) There's my sage and worldly advice for all the viewers. (voyeurs?).

    I'm off now to cook duck eggs with sausages, Heinz English baked beans and toast.

    How do you want your tea ?

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    The missing channels (could be used illegally as "the midnight channels" with a 10kc shift if you had one fitted, they were supposed to be reserved for things such as radio controlled models and perhaps baby monitors etc)

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    Kevin Shields

    My uncle had a CB radio back in the 70s. Kinda kick started my enjoyment and put the bug in my ear for radio operation. I remember thinking you can talk to someone without a phone that’s not here? That’s so cool…. then I did electronics for a bit and then all went to the back burner till last year. Got my second level license, radios, a DX Commander, “met” Callum and the rest is history… -73- W1KPS

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    Martin Counsell

    CB is dead now in UK do not waste your money. Back in the 80s it was great fun, then when it became leagel it died. It will never come back due to mobiles Internet and GPS. Skip during the day also wiped it out.

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    Roger LaFrance

    Most CB and ham radio for that matter has been dying since the cell phone and Iphone came along. In the US, almost every trucker has a CB to talk up and down the highway. Unlike the past you hear very little chatter on ch19 unless there are problems on the road. For most things they use their cellphone or even a satellite data system for most communications. Things change where there is no cell service of which the US has plenty of and Oz lots of. In those places, CB, UHF CB or UHF FRS/GMRS are tho only way to communicate at a reasonable cost. How that is in the UK I don't know but I imagine up in hill country and highlands, cellphones have no service?

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    DX Commander, I can't argue with most of what you said. The gaps depending on what you believe are one of two things. 1 "7Mhz also had radio control for cars and flying planes, I know it had as I had one. 2 It goes back to when the CB sets were 23 channel, yes that is all there was, but they were crystal controlled and due to this there was steps that had to be missed out just as to how the crystals worked. Take your pick, one of them must be right! The Uk FM channels were fine to start with, the only problem with them was the sets grew very cheap and everyone bought a set and then came the music and the swearing and the mike keying. Spoiled it for a lot of people and they went away or on to illegal set with SSB on them. The UK channels didn't have steps in them as they were generated by a PLL (phase locked loop) and there were no need for steps, in some ways this was a lot better, but they were out of step with everyone else and in between channels, so even someone with an illegal set was off set and in between channels, though a lot of these illegal sets had a clarifier on them which shifted the frequency of there sets and they could speak to us without any problem (if on FM) but this was rare. I did get a contact in Hungry with only 4 watts on legal UK FM for quite a while one day. CB is lower than the 10 Meter Ham band, in fact it is 11 Meters, lower than the Ham 10 meter band. I don't need to tell you this, but others might read this. So I need to get myself a FM SSB radio running 4 watts with a high power of 10 watts, but I will never use 10 watts as I like a challenge.

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    Billy Darico

    It’s active in the states but there’s a lot of rude and ignorant people talking trash to bad the USA is going down the tubes

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    Ed Wymer

    The missing Channels are called R.C.'s or in between channels.
    If you open up the Clarifier it will let you slide into the R.C.'s.

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    Nice timing. I’ve got my 2m setup in the landrover, but just fitted a midland CB in it too. Some of the Offroad club guys are amateur radio operators but others are into C B, so I thought I’d see what t it was like. Love to listen to your amateur radio stuff too but this is perfect timing. MM6SZK 👍🏼

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    Rob Noakes VE3PCP

    CB in North America was once only 23 channels until they added up to 40. Can't remember exact time frame but late 79s I think when it went to 40.

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    Ian Harling

    I was interested in radio as an 8 yr old tuning around on my parents old valve radio.Then I discovered the offshore pirates and I was totally "hooked".In 1976 for a school science project I built a valve transmitter and with a few friends of mine we started a Pirate radio station here in Eastbourne called Radio Cavendish and broadcast on 6255 KHz on Sunday mornings before changing to the AM Medium wave band.We eventually got "raided" by the authorities and then I got into CB radio too.In 1990 I got my Amateur radio licence and thoroughly enjoy it and I still use 27 MHz.Radio is an amazing hobby and I love it now as much as I did as an 8 yr old boy.Im now 60 yrs "young".I love your videos Callum as they are always very professional and informing.73 to you and everyone on your channel.☺Ian G7HFS

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    Loads of fun on 11 meters. I started in 1964 with a tube type White Faced Johnson that did about50 watts (had what was called a Christmas tree to boost power). We were licensed much like amateur radio. My call was KLO0218. Back then, people were serious about proper operation using the 10 code etc. In the 70's and 80's the licensing was dropped and also added 22a and 22b (channel 24 & 25)plus 26-40. After that all hell broke loose. Many "LIDS" out there also loads of "leeniars" were being sold and used. I got disgusted with the behavior of these people and went to Amateur radio. I still run 11 meters occasionally but when the lids start in, I drop out. I still think kindly on those early days of CB. FM would have been nice but for some reason, FCC would not allow it. SSB was so cool and I worked the world on 5 watts and sometimes 100 watts. I had many contacts to the UK, Finland, Germany, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia from Dayton Ohio.

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    Justin Partridge

    skip has been doing very well on a CB radio up and talking to Boston Massachusetts from Virginia like they're like they're close by on sideband it's been very fun

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    Ted Norcross

    Just to say. The first CB radios here in America mass produced ( in the 70's) were 23 channel. Forty came later.
    Ted from Connecticut

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    Timothy M6OTN

    Many ham radio operators started in the CB radio hobby , i was 15 and even met my wife talking to her on 27 megs , now 27 years married and still reminiscing of the good old days ! , well its time to fire up the mk1 Ham International Jumbo again i reckon , good job Cal . Tim

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    James Thresher

    Back in the early 90's I had a Superstar (might have been a 3900) with some sort of crazy switch mod, it could go from about 24Mhz up to nearly 32Mhz. only ever stuck to the UK 40 though running an Antron 99 with RG-213. Used to have a lot of fun on CB back then and it was certainly the reason I ended up getting into Amateur Radio.

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    Great video and even though I have my US general license now many of my radio friends do no it's a very schizophrenic hobby in that respect but also loads of fun and isn't that what it's all about ? CB check ins all w/e 40m Nata net (hard in the winter) during the week

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    Rick Collins

    Really enjoy the broadcast. I'm from Texas and don't think I sound funny… Thanks for the vid on CB's.
    FYI – European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) 🙂

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    John Kershaw

    My handle was "Mad Trapper".  My father's call sign, before the FCC no longer required them,  was KOA7367.  Something how you never forget certain things.  When I was stationed in Wyoming every Friday we would have a Fox Hunt.  Vehicles driving all over town looking for the fox that would give out a clue to their location every 5 or 10 minutes until they were found.  Such fun.  .

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    Paul Howell

    My Dad hated the idea of me having a CB (never did find out why, I'll have to ask! ) but gave in when other members of my extended family decided they wanted to give it a go.
    I loved it. My little Maxcom 4e in the garden shed with a car battery and a WotPole on top of a bamboo carpet pole! 😂
    Used to be out there in all weather's from about 6.30 am til 10pm talking regularly to Wales etc even from as low down as Exmouth! Think I might just have to take another look although the XYL isn't too keen on radio as she claims I don't talk enough to her so why would I want to talk to others.. 🤔 M3EYG.

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    R.E. Klaus

    Any chance of adding The CBCommander to your product line? Now that the distance regs have been loosened here in the states, CB would make for great QRP portable operations in a couple years when propagation is better.

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    Joseph Rostochak KN4IFI

    Nighthawk here. So very nice to meet you Columbo. My 10-20 is in Florida and you will find me beaming from "The Sand Pile" on the "Lower Side of 38" when the "skip is running". Its to bad you have such a "Mud Duck" radio because I would love to have a "QSO" with you. 10-4 good buddy? Well, I am going to sit back and "Read the Mail". If I hear you sometime I will swing the "Beam" and "Flip the Heater on" and will give it a go. Going QRT and QSY. Till next time 73s

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    James Sawyer

    CB In USA started in 1959 with tube two or three channel units.   The FCC did monitor the service and did serve pink slips for DXing etc.   That is why as a kid I got the ham ticket in 1961   it was a really different operation with several bands modes and allowed DXng.      I am still having a good time with all the new technology in radio, computer, and antenna hardware

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    Andy Wragg

    That's a big 10-4 Cal. I never got into the CB craze when I was a nipper/teenager, although one of my schoolmates who was a neighbour did, he bacame very popular with some of the lady operators round our way, lol. As I get a bit older I can see the value of having a CB radio as its just another string to my emergency comms bow.
    73 OM

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    Biker Bytes

    Great stuff. Was a big CB’er in the uk early 80s with my mates. Awesome fun. Recently getting back into it on the uhf and vhf bands here in Australia. Love your channel.

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    jay cooke

    Love cb radio still have a few still use mine every day in my vehicles. Great video and look forward to you putting up one with uk40 on.

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    Good video and pretty much on the mark….just remember we still have the original CB27/81 FM channels as well as the CEPT ones……..Dave M0OGY/26AT025

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    John-Paul Parker

    I started out on CB radio here in VK. at the age of 11 I was given a radio called a Lankar DW-300. It was AM only and I put a small antenna on the gutter of the house and had a blast. My next radio was a Side Band radio called a Super Cheetah Mk II. for some reason over here in VK we never got 27Mhz radios that could do FM. In saying that though we do have a really goof UHF CB band with 80 Channels available with no licence needed. looking forward to see what content you come up with relating to CB

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    Another nice up beat video Cal, judging by the amount comments CB radio is still a very popular topic there's plenty still using 11m and have gone on to gain their ham license. I have made many of good friends through the CB community which was the original Facebook. Radio is radio whatever band you go on and class of licence you hold just enjoy it. Keep the videos coming. 10-10 73 good buddy 👍😊

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    Michael Unangst

    A big bunch if us had CB’s while we were in highschool. While wiring someones up one night, we turned a radio on and heard Spanish on the majority of the 40 channels….and I’m in rural NJ, USA. That lead to some reading about DX which lead me right to ham radio aaand the rest is history. Nice job Cal. Mike – KG2F

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    Brian Richman

    Oi you … Watch it with those remarks about Texas. Ex-Brit here living in Teas now. This is a great place. Ye-Haw!!!

    Yes, I do remember the days of 27/81 CB in the UK. Now a Licensed Ham too. "73" to ya.

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    Interesting content Cal. I started on CB 1980 and our mutual friend Tim 429 introduced me into the ATs and all those fun time beer festivals in Belgium etc… I got licensed in 98, left 11m behind but have recently dipped into some of the 11m nets in the last 12 months. Cheers for now

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    Sky Hill

    Hi Calum, uk cb was legalised in 81 hence the CB 27/81 badge that appeared on all legal uk cb radios. Can I ask what make your microphone and stand are? Great videos, keep them coming!!

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    Norm Jacques

    Those missing channels were for remote control toys here in the U.S. Since the U.S. CB frequencies were carried over to the U,K, you also had those missing frequencies. They were for remote control toy cars and the like

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    Robert the Traveller

    Another fine video showcasing excellence in CB radio citizenship and excellence in CB radio achievement ….

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    Chris in Kentucky

    Great video as always Callum! When you put together the video showing CB I wonder how much editing time it will take to cut out all the "not appropriate for Youtube" stuff? 😉 KY4CKP

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    Aero Mech

    Great video Cal you will no doubt have increased the interest and affection for not only the hard core but the new blood as without it, in the immortal words of dads army Frazier “We’re all doomed” 😂 ps soaking up the sun for Christmas and new year 🇦🇺

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    Brian Rose

    Great idea Callum! Hope you find a manufacturer that jumps on board and gets you a cb radio. I feel many would like to get their ham license and feel cb radio is a great segway to the hobby of ham radio. Sure glad they had CB radio's back in the day when I was trucking across the states!

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    mike girdwood

    Great stuff, good to see you slumming down in my band; laughs, cb is great fun, simple, great for local, a little summer dx, is icing on the cake. Look forward to the month on DX Commander!

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    Pedro ElGordo

    Hi Callum, i remember when the CBers were campaigning for 27Mh in the eighties(?), one prat idiot stood up in the House of Lords and remarked how dreadful it would be if the masses were able to communicate with each other using two way radios. Another, more enlightened prat stood up and and asked 'Has my Lordship ever heard of the telephone?'. I remember finding this funny at the time but i'm older now and i couldn't say what i think of this now, but it's not polite. Super video Callum. Thanks for sharing. Stay safe and keep up the good work. 👍🖖☠

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    Alf Torp

    Radio/TV and CB radio issues. I had a friend who had a burner with his otherwise legal cb radio. He could not leave well enough alone, and tweaked it even further. One night his next door neighbor came to his door, livid! He was trying to watch television but every time my friend keyed up, the picture disappeared and he swore he heard my friend talking. "If it was any clearer I'd SEE YOUR PICTURE ON THE BLOODY SCREEN! TURN IT OFF!" Needless to say, my friend had to lay a bit low for a few weeks. He didn't quit though, and started actually learning a bit about radio. The story does not mention what happened with the neighborly relationships…

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    The Mayor

    Super bowl is alive and strong in the us, sir mix alot is back on air after a 20 year break, prime minister has seattle locked down.

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    Holly13 Satre89

    And then ….. After you have your legal CB all set you, your realise all the locals have 300+ linear amps , 18 meter antennas on their chimneys and/or 100 watt HF transceivers and talk all over the top of you! And, if you do not talk about your various personal health issues, alcoholism, football, currys, use profanity constantly and make endless euphemistic and direct references to penieses , rectums and homosexual sexual acts , they are not interested in taking to you!
    Just watch Jeremy Kyle instead! It is much the same thing!
    Holly : )

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    Hi. Just wanted to correct something you said. The Alfa Tango group didnt just hand out willy nilly callsigns. Like most International 11m groups they gave each country a number. My callsign was 41 AT 106. New Zealand has the geographical number of 41. Australia is 43. Just as a side note the international call channel is 27.555 usb. I have had more country contacts on 27.555 than I have had while using amateur frequencies legally. 11m dx on 27.555 was much bigger than anything on legal 40 channels. Interesting video anyway

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    Stephen Williams

    Missing Chanel's were used by. Govt ie CIVIL AIR PATROL. USA. OR CITY WORKS.. CIVIL DEFENSE. AND YES I HAVE LISTENED TO CHESS GAMES. PLAYED TWEEN PLAYERS. back in the 80s and 90. In Ohio USA.

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    Martin 2E0RME

    Is CB radio still full of pikey reprobates who like nicking lead off roofs and burgling garden sheds? It certainly was back in the 80s lol

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    Thomas Pullyard

    Hey Callum,..nice talk,..I have 2 old Kenwood TS430S radios at my mothers place, and I was asked yesterday, do you still want those old CB Radios?.. I did not have the heart to explain they are Amateur HF Radios,.. 😀 But in the Old Days my favorite was the President Washington, with SSB,.. Cheers Callum, From Maine, USA A92GW, AE1TP,.. ciao for now, 73s.

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    Ryan Beare

    This great timing for me I’m just getting started in CB and trying to my head around it . You do make fantastic videos and they are very helpful and Informative! I can’t wait for more amazing videos keep up the good work and have a great weekend 👏👍

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    Michael Thompson

    My brother gave me a little 23-channel Midland rig when i was 12 or so just the radio and mic nothing else.
    I was 12 or 13 and it led to me learning about regulated and unregulated power supplies and the basics of antennas.
    I made a coaxial dipole and was on the air.
    73 DE N2NLQ

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    Graeme Hill

    Flying RC models could be a bit of a lottery if someone sparked up a CB nearby and splashed onto your frequencies. I know a few people whose pride and joy went haywire and ended up as a lawn dart.

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    Fiat Uno Newsletter

    After my last message on 29Mhz… Does Civil Defense exist in the UK as well? Here in South Africa this 29 Mhz frequency still play a major role as cell towers aren't yet covering some rural areas such as where I live. Each of the police stations still have the antennas but somewhat destroyed by wind. Frequency: Channel 6, 29,8475 Civil Defense, although above the 29.700 of the 10 meter Ham band, Hams may participate in Emergency communication. (Technically… illegal but due to the nature, we need the helping hand.)

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    Dan Miller

    If you try keeping it legal in the US you won't talk 5 miles across town. I began in 1979 with a base station from Radio Shack. I had it tuned to key 3 watts and modulate to 6 watts.
    A simple 3 element beam provided all the right stuff for my location. I could hear further than I could talk at that time.
    Most dummy's fail to realize your antenna multiplies your transmitted wattage known as DB gain. My 6 watts multiplied by 12 db gain = 72 watts transmitted!

    I think this is when our FCC in the U.S. gave up and let the airwaves run wild. I can't tell you the last time i heard of someone getting busted for running a linear amplifier.
    Both base and mobiles now exceed those few original watts.

    I eventually upgraded to my current radio and it does it all. It is for sale if anyone is interested.
    It's a Galaxy 95T2 " Big Rig Series " that's not even made anymore,so it is a collectable for sure.
    6 digit freq counter to cover all 10 and 11 meter bands. Upper and lower side-bands give this radio over 900 channels. It has roger beep, talk back, echo,and enough wattage to talk with the big boys.

    It's tune-able to key 40 watts modulate 80 to a high of 80 watts and modulate 150 watts. Built in linear amplifier. You need a special high output alternator to run as mobile, or a heavy duty power supply for a base station.

    I've talked less than 4 hours on it before I moved to an apartment complex where I have no place for beams.
    I paid $435 USD for it and will sell for $300 firm and you pay shipping and insurance.
    My e mail is [email protected]

    Keep up the good work!!

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    Elektro LUDIKITS

    "Missing channels" were frequencies reserved for professional uses or radio-controlled models. When I was young I had crappy walkie-talkie toys that were using one of this "missing channel" and from time to time I heard CBers who were using the +10kHz switch of their fancy CB radio to hide from the crowd 🙂

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    I thought of jumping into non licensed radio instead of ham, but I use my ham license for legal experimentation.

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