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Citizens Band (CB) radio
CB radio

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Posted by Chuck Kopsho at 11:15 am (PDT) on Thu April 13, 2017   
CJ, I mean I couldn't erect an exterior antenna to be able to receive CB broadcasts, decently.
Posted by CJ at 9:16 am (PDT) on Thu April 13, 2017   
@Chuck Kopsho - Not sure why it would be a "No-Can-Do" unless you are talking about a having a regular outdoor antenna on a mast. As stated in an earlier post, i had a 52" mobile antenna leaning in the corner and I got around town just fine (town had a pop. of about 33,000).

@Duff - I remember reading about the Help Album not too long ago (could have been on this site in conjunction to a Trivia Quiz) but until then I had no clue.
SEE!!!!! You "Can" teach and Old Dog new tricks!!! ROFL

Posted by Duff at 10:26 pm (PDT) on Wed April 12, 2017   
@CJ - Yeah, speed was my problem, too. Speaking of  semaphore, though...  did you ever wonder if there was any significance to the gestures the Beatles made on the cover of their Help album? The thought of semaphore had never entered my mind.  Apparently, the idea was to have them spell out H-E-L-P, but the art director found the result unappealing,   So they're signalling N-U-J-V or N-V-U-J.
Posted by Chuck Kopsho at 10:17 pm (PDT) on Wed April 12, 2017   
How many of us are still CBer's? I live in  an apartment, so, no-can-do anymore.
Posted by CJ at 11:46 am (PDT) on Wed April 12, 2017   
@Duff- I was lousy at Morse Code. I knew the code for each letter but too dang slow. Could not mentally convert fast enough. Same thing with semaphore. LOL
Posted by Duff at 11:45 am (PDT) on Tue April 11, 2017   
I was a ham radio guy, WN2ZPD (novice).  Never did well enough on the Morse code test to get my General license, although I tried three times.
Posted by CJ at 5:47 pm (PDT) on Mon April 10, 2017   
Does this bring back memories...My first CB was a Lakeshore Dual D with a 52" base-loaded mobile antenna sitting in the corner of my upstairs bedroom. LOL
Back then Uncle Charlie (the FCC) were real picky about violators. Knew a guy who got busted and not only did he get fined but they confiscated all his equipment. A Browning Golden Eagle, Moonraker Antenna (It was on a telescoping mast so he he could raise it up higher than what was allowed) and a 200 watt linear amp (just a little more than the 5 watts allowed - LOL) When he flipped the switch to the amp you could feel the electricity in the air
 Egads...after 40+ years I still remember my call letters...KDM4100. I should see if I still have some QSL cards left.
Posted by freddo30 at 10:11 pm (PDT) on Sun April 10, 2016   
We had a Chrysler with factory one built in ... snazzy option.
Posted by John Jensen at 7:18 pm (PDT) on Wed August 13, 2014   
Of course back then, CB's were only 23 channels, not 40.  :)
Posted by Chuck Kopsho at 12:46 pm (PST) on Mon February 10, 2014   
My dad got me a CB radio on one of my birthdays back in the mid-sixties. My handle was, "The Witchdoctor". I enjoyed the "skip" conditions which enabled you could talk to people around the country unfettered, however, I remember when CB jockeys had to get an FCC license to operate them. IIRC, I remember they charged you about $5.00 to get the license. Ah, such memories.
Posted by GlenEllyn at 9:07 pm (PDT) on Fri August 31, 2012   
My dad had a CB for many years and he wasn't a trucker. But he liked jawing with truck drivers when he was on the 6-hour road trip to his favorite fishing lake.
Posted by Rivvy at 6:11 pm (PST) on Sun February 26, 2012   
KSE1174, Mystery Lady here, got yer ears on? Fun when "skip" was in, signals bouncing off the ionosphere in certain conditions, rather than the usual line-of-sight limit...we could talk to people all over the world! Exchanging QSO (conversation) postcards to post on the wall. I still remember a lot of the nomenclature, and that was around 1974! My brother "The Navaho Kid" and I got way into the geek stuff, as I seem to recall, the cables worked best when in three-foot increments... Bigger mast! More guy wires! More power! I'll be 10-10 on the side! 3's and 8's to you!

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