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Old 10-24-2017, 10:12 PM
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In my personal opinion, I firmly believe the CB would make a return to truckers & civilian users if the power allowed would go up to 25 or 50 watt broadcast. Truckers want range, not a pretty radio. I know many of them from my years on the road and that was their majority complaint. The CB radio was as about as powerful as a kid's walkie talkie to most truckers.
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Old 10-24-2017, 10:20 PM
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In my personal opinion, I firmly believe the CB would make a return to truckers & civilian users if the power allowed would go up to 25 or 50 watt broadcast. Truckers want range, not a pretty radio. I know many of them from my years on the road and that was their majority complaint. The CB radio was as about as powerful as a kid's walkie talkie to most truckers.
Long distance was not the original intent of CB. It was a friends and/or family type of communication over short distances. I don't see the FCC doing anything with it now....except maybe ignore it.
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Old 10-24-2017, 10:43 PM
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Actually, the CB was a carry over for the ex-military men after the Korean war. Many of the men who fought in WW!! & Korea became truck drivers and communication was very important to them. Most of the highway rigs had the huge WW11 & Korean war mobiles in their trucks during the fifties.

I have no idea when the real CBs hit the open market; however, I was supplied with one in 1963 when I drove for Trans America. We couldn't hear the damned thing most of the time because of the cab noise, but if we could find someone who knew how to hook up an RCA speaker to the radio, we had entertainment 24 hrs per day.

The garbage users didn't actually start flooding the airwaves until the beginning of the 70s.
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Old 10-24-2017, 11:01 PM
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I believe Class D Citizen's Band was started in 1958, long after the Korean War.

There were other frequencies toyed with but when they settled on the first twenty-three 11-meter frequencies, that started what we think of as CB now.
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Old 10-25-2017, 12:32 AM
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I could be wrong with; however, didn't the Korean war end in 1953? I can remember the end being announced on our old radio. In essence, 1958 was not all that far from the end of the war. Many of the military radios on the DEW line were 1943 - 1955 radios. Some of the trucking & construction companies ended up buying many of those behemoth monsters. ( Gees, I am really showing my age here)
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Old 10-25-2017, 2:04 AM
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"US model" may have been a misnomer. The radio is 8 watts and it's not legal to use it for CB (like that really makes a difference anymore). There are web sites all over the Internet that show how to easily modify the radio for 10 and/or 11 meter use. I don't have one but it appears that all the Anytone so-called CB radios are basically the same, except for what has been "desoldered." 10 meters requires a license.

Incidentally, they advertise it as a "smart" CB but apparently there's nothing smart about it. It's just a transceiver: you talk, you listen.
Thank you for the clarification! I know someone who has one. Good little radio and fits in modern cars where nothing else will. Better than the Cobra 75WX, or whatever that thing is!
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Old 10-25-2017, 7:31 AM
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I could be wrong with; however, didn't the Korean war end in 1953? I can remember the end being announced on our old radio. In essence, 1958 was not all that far from the end of the war. Many of the military radios on the DEW line were 1943 - 1955 radios. Some of the trucking & construction companies ended up buying many of those behemoth monsters. ( Gees, I am really showing my age here)
You might be right. In terms of governments and their accomplishments, 5 years really isn't much.

I remember the DEW lines. I remember the atomic bomb drills in school when you would go in the hallway, protect your head and face and promise not to look at the flash. Unfortunately, I'm not even a millennial. I'm older that that!
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Gold Digger is usually just north of Barstow in the claim area up there, he was probably on his way home when you heard him. He loves to shout out and gets a lot of the traffic on the 15 and a lot of the big power stations out of LA, at his power out level he is always clear. I tried talking to him Saturday, but same problem, even one of the local base stations couldn't get through.

When he hits the high desert we can all hear him. Nice guy if you can get through to him.
Next time that I'm over that way, I'll have to make contact. My family and I go over to that neck of the woods once or twice a year.
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You might be right. In terms of governments and their accomplishments, 5 years really isn't much.

I remember the DEW lines. I remember the atomic bomb drills in school when you would go in the hallway, protect your head and face and promise not to look at the flash. Unfortunately, I'm not even a millennial. I'm older that that!
How do you figure that you are "unfortunate" to not be a ("entitled") millennial? Glad that I'm not one of them, nor am I raising my kids to be like them.

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Old 10-25-2017, 10:47 AM
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How do you figure that you are "unfortunate" to not be a ("entitled") millennial? Glad that I'm not one of them, nor am I raising my kids to be like them.
I'm older than a millennial. Millennials showed up in 1945.

I may be grown but I'm not grown up though.
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Old 10-25-2017, 1:19 PM
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I came to be when we could hear Hitler screaming his head off through our short wave radio. I worked on the DEW Line in 1958. I was a uni student installing wiring (com 5) while another crew was following us tearing out the systems. The stupidest billion dollar boon-doggel I have ever been involved with. Westinghouse sure made a fortune from the crazyness.
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Old 10-25-2017, 2:38 PM
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Boy, you are old!!!

I should have put that in caps so you could hear me.
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Old 10-25-2017, 2:43 PM
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**LOL** Yup, we used use Dinosaur dung to heat our cave. **1939* was a good year.
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Old 10-26-2017, 4:26 AM
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I'm older than a millennial. Millennials showed up in 1945.

I may be grown but I'm not grown up though.
You and I have two different definitions of "millennials ." Last I knew, millennials were born between 1980 - early 2000s.
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Old 10-26-2017, 8:16 AM
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My Bad!! I don't know what I was thinking. You're right. I was trying to do several things at once and apparently not doing any of them well.
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Usually as traffic backs up on I95 here truckers start talking. Alsways active around bigger city's like Hartford. Sometimes the jerks blasting porn and stupid noise ruin it for everyone but that's more around urban areas.
I am suburbs / country and answered a radio check the other night on 19. Thought it was a trucker on 95 but it was actually a guy in town who said he fired up the radio after being off for a while. Cool' like old times.
Recently drove to SC and not as much on highway as I'd thought there would be. Bottom line' I like having it in truck and am toying w idea of a base station.
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