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2011/03/12 10:14:34 (permalink)

Amateur Radio and CB Radio

Who has fond or bad memories of CB radio in the 70's and 80's and who still uses them?

Anyone?




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    Re:Amateur Radio and CB Radio 2011/03/12 10:34:20 (permalink)
    All that comes to mind is me saying 10/4, 10/4 for a copy over and over again.

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    Re:Amateur Radio and CB Radio 2011/03/12 11:02:43 (permalink)
    Breaker, breaker! 1-4 for a copy!

    In my previous home, I had a Jaws Mark 2, followed by a Cobra 148 GTL DX with LL, L, M, H & HH channels, Bremi BRL200 "boots" and a Sigma 4 antenna.

    In my old Fiesta, I had a Midland 100M, followed by a Midland 4001, followed by a Colt 295 legal FM rig with non-sus antenna.

    Those were the days! Legal FM in 1981 ruined CB radio (we could no longer break into conversations due to the "capture effect").

    I still have my old "Swedish Chef*" T-shirt & sweatshirts.

    10-10 'till we do it again, good buddy!

    *I built a rig before buying an illegal US one, but I was almost unintelligible due to RF feedback causing severe AM to FM conversion.
    post edited by Nigeepoo - 2011/03/12 11:14:46
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    Re:Amateur Radio and CB Radio 2011/03/12 11:05:24 (permalink)
    Surely MSN, skype and things like whats app has ended it all?
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    Re:Amateur Radio and CB Radio 2011/03/12 11:07:10 (permalink)
    Nice selection of rigs!

    I currently use a Yaesu FT840 on 11m, have various other rigs but some of my personal favourites include, Superstar 3900, Albrecht AE485s, President George etc

    Haha, didn't expect any replies to this topic! nice supprise!

    You still got all that kit? if so get it used mate, the bands are booming!




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    Re:Amateur Radio and CB Radio 2011/03/12 11:07:24 (permalink)
    "Legal" CB died long before the internets came along thanks to being forced to use FM and having to pay for a licence.
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    Re:Amateur Radio and CB Radio 2011/03/12 11:09:51 (permalink)
    Play

    Surely MSN, skype and things like whats app has ended it all?



    Don't get me wrong, the radio is not as busy as the 80s but its still very busy and getting busier each month!


    Lots of "DX" to be had! ;)





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    Re:Amateur Radio and CB Radio 2011/03/12 11:09:58 (permalink)
    When you say the bands are booming etc whats the attraction to using it and paying for all that kit?

    Am i missing something ?
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    Re:Amateur Radio and CB Radio 2011/03/12 11:12:04 (permalink)
    Nigeepoo

    "Legal" CB died long before the internets came along thanks to being forced to use FM and having to pay for a licence.



    No license needed these days mate and Legal CB is far far from dead! 


    check out this..


    http://www.charlietango.co.uk


    Still loads of radios groups etc 

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    Re:Amateur Radio and CB Radio 2011/03/12 11:14:09 (permalink)
    Play

    When you say the bands are booming etc whats the attraction to using it and paying for all that kit?

    Am i missing something ?



    It's just another hobby that can not be shaken off!


    I have about 100 mates who use them, free communication - worldwide ;)



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    Re:Amateur Radio and CB Radio 2011/03/12 11:16:20 (permalink)
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    When you say the bands are booming etc whats the attraction to using it and paying for all that kit?

    Am i missing something ?



    It's just another hobby that can not be shaken off!


    I have about 100 mates who use them, free communication - worldwide ;)


    World wide ? I had nothing like you but i had one and as we lived close ish to a motor way we would pick up the odd trucker going past. Think i was only 11 and all my mates would come round and we would give them some abuse hahaha what ya do when your a kid :-(
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    Re:Amateur Radio and CB Radio 2011/03/12 11:18:55 (permalink)
    FiretrapNice selection of rigs!
    I currently use a Yaesu FT840 on 11m, have various other rigs but some of my personal favourites include, Superstar 3900, Albrecht AE485s, President George etc I recognise some of those names.

    Haha, didn't expect any replies to this topic! nice supprise!

    You still got all that kit? if so get it used mate, the bands are booming!
    I still have the Cobra, the Bremi and the Colt (spit!) + miscellaneous bits & bobs (VSWR meter, attenuator, splitter etc).

    I'm too busy posting, blogging & getting up to miscellaneous mischief nowadays to go back on air!
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    Re:Amateur Radio and CB Radio 2011/03/12 11:23:18 (permalink)
    LOL Nige - You know you want to ;)


    @Play - When there is good weather you can communicate world wide due to "Propagation" or "E-Skip", easily! even on cheap little FM radios! 

    It's much more difficult in the winter but is still possible!



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    Re:Amateur Radio and CB Radio 2011/03/12 11:24:26 (permalink)
    FiretrapNo license needed these days mate and Legal CB is far far from dead! 
    check out this.. http://www.charlietango.co.uk
    Still loads of radios groups etc
    I hated FM, so I'm not going to use "Armstrong's Nightmare" again. I'm amazed that people still put up with it. SSB-SC is the most efficient RF communications medium.
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    Re:Amateur Radio and CB Radio 2011/03/12 11:30:13 (permalink)
    Agreed! SSB is the way forward and possibly made legal soon in the UK

    the EU has just been granted full SSB use on midband so fingers crossed!

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    Re:Amateur Radio and CB Radio 2011/03/12 11:39:48 (permalink)

    on the side on the side 
     those were the days i had a Tristar 777 and loads of other rigs it was good on AM/SSB could get to the states on a good day,even heard a copper running down the street in Manhattan, then along came FM and that was then end of it where i lived then i went and spent thousands of money on scanners and shortwave receivers 
    i was going to get my shortwave radio licence but never did bother might try for it now i am getting old 
    but nowadays you can tune in to scanners on the internet it has just taken  the fun out of it trying to tune the old radios in to hear something in the back of the box






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    Re:Amateur Radio and CB Radio 2011/03/12 11:40:59 (permalink)
    OMG. I still prefer Skype, though!
    P.S. On the side, slide!
    post edited by Nigeepoo - 2011/03/12 11:42:05
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    Re:Amateur Radio and CB Radio 2011/03/12 11:45:13 (permalink)

    Here is my favourite radio I still use now..




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    Re:Amateur Radio and CB Radio 2011/03/12 13:23:25 (permalink)
    My old man is into amateur radio.  Means nothing to me, I just know his study looks like a flight-deck of a Concorde.

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    Re:Amateur Radio and CB Radio 2011/03/12 13:39:05 (permalink)
    President Lincoln, Original Avanti PDL2 quad for DXing or Antron 99 for local stuff, 1Kw amp when needed. 

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