Saturday, August 23, 2014

Did CB Radio Die Or Is It Just Quiet

  It's funny when I have the CB Radio on, which is all the time I hear quite a few people out there talking. Mostly I either hear the truck drivers talking or people traveling on the thruway. I am 2 to 3 miles away from the thruway, so I hear them all the time. Now if I go to the other channels other than channel 19 it does seem quiet most of the time. Of course I do hear the skip coming in from other states. They seem to sound just like they did when I was about 18 years old and living at home in Irondequoit New York near Lake Ontario. Alot of the of the older folks that I used to talk to have either retired long ago and moved away or have passed on as silent keys. They were in their 40s and 50s then and I am in my 50s now. Of course it was always quiet when I would go to my Aunts cabin in Prattsburg New York. There just were not that many people on the radio out there and people were somewhat scattered around. Now if I had a nice big Moonraker four or Moonraker eight on a nice 40 or 50 foot tower I might have heard more people.
  I also think that alot of people got tired of all the limitations in power and how far you could talk. They also most likely got tired of all the garbage talk and fighting that seemed to always go on. I have a feeling that they may have moved into the Ham Radio Hobby  just as I have. Some of those reasons are why I have gone to Ham Radio. Did I give up on the CB Radio. The answer to that is no, I have it on right next to my Ham Radio. I never know if someone out there is going to need some help with directions, land line or an emergency of some sort. Maybe they will just need a radio check.
  If you look around the internet you will find quite a few dealers and resellers out there selling lots of CB Radio Equipment . I have a feeling that most of the people using the CB Radio are in the south. I say that just because monitoring frequencies I hear southern stations the most. Alot of distance hearing is limited by propagation, sunspots and the changing of the seasons. Another factor in the CB Radio not being as popular locally is the use of cell phones. Cell Phones have come down in price and there are some pretty good cell phone plans out there. Plus the cell phone reaches longer distance, runs on a battery and is easy to carry.
  So is CB Radio dead and gone, absolutely not. It's just that back in the 70s and 80s we had all the trucker movies like Smokey And The Bandit with Burt Reynolds. This movie as well as others made CB Radio extremely popular. People loved it and wanted to be just like the characters in the movie. Lately we also have other methods of communication such as facebook and twitter. Friends and Family's now have other methods of communicating. Basically technology has advanced and gave us more choices on how we communicate with each other.
  I do wonder if the FCC maybe made the power limitations to say maybe 100 watts to 250 Watts total output power would people be attracted more to CB Radio . Another thing that could be changed is to drop the limit on how far we can communicate with each other. If these things were changed then I do think that in order for us to use the CB Radio 11 Meter Band we should have to go through a course on the 11 meter band and obtain a CB Radio License . We would also have to use our call sign just as in the Ham Radio Hobby. I remember back in the late 70s I had to send in to receive my call letters and I had to say them before communicating. I do believe if things are done properly the CB Radio 11 Meter Band could become a respectable band of frequencies and may become much more popular once again.
  Thank You For Reading from Dan KC2YTI  73s.

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