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Remember your CB radio call sign?

OCO

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KFK6130 ..... My Dad's was KEZ0753........ My Father-in-laws, who got us both into it was KHJ1488.

Still got a couple of Courier Spartans, a '67 Browning R27-S23 , a Sonar FS-23 and my dad's Sonar business band amp (50 watt IIRC) .. Dust on all this stuff..
 

don_551

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KAGI0784, Oakland, Ca. Radio in the basement. J.C. Pennys "Pinto", 23 ch, had it wired to a full wave 2 element cubical quad. Had MURA D1104 powered microphone- all mongrel stuff. Tore it all down in '93.
 
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In the 1980s I spotted an FCC white van on a hill in town overlooking the Los Angeles harbor. I knocked on the door and had a nice chat with the field engineer and he gave me a tour of the van. Most people would not know what it was except for a raised fiberglass top and a rotor with mast mounted on the rear bumper. I have a picture of that van somewhere.

If you get a knock on the door from the FCC it will not be the van, that happened to me and the field engineers were in a Ford sedan with blackwall tires and small hub caps.
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I remember being on a road trip somewhere in the late 80s and on the highway coming up behind what I recall was a big GMC motor home with antenna mounts all over it, a bunch of those spiral cone UHF microwave antennas in the back. It had Dept of Commerce plates. This is around the time the FCC did a big nationwide spectrum utilization study. The study revealed all the unused spectrum at the time.

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KAED-6164 aka "Jersey Ranger" in the NE corner of NJ 5 mi. from the NY state line. Active from 1976-1980. Gosh, I miss the "eyeballs" and all the nice "seat covers" back in the day.
 

edweirdFL

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I wrote the CB callsign my father got for the family on the back of my Social Security Card before laminating it way back when. I still have the same card today and it brings back fond memories every time I see it.
 
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I Remember My CB License - KID0598

Just curious how many of you old timers on here still remember your CB radio call sign from the '60s and '70s?
In the beginning 60's I became CB licensed as KID0598, using a 23 channel Lafayette HE-20c and ground plane antenna as my base... and a Poly Comm with a 102 inch stainless steel whip as my mobile.

When I had my licensed one could check all 23 channels and hear nothing but static. It took a while, but eventually more and more people got licensed... until the channels became over crowded to the point where it became difficult to get a word in edge wise.

About 12 miles from where I lived there was a FCC monitoring station located in Canandaigua NY just off of Rt 332 and Macedon Rd. They had a antenna farm that just amazed me.

73's to ya...

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KOG0554 out of Montgomery County PA in1966. I was only twelve so my father had to apply for the license. It was rejected because he only put down one C B unit owned so we had to resubmit saying that we had 2 CB radios because the law said it was for communication purposes for business or family only not for hobby. I had a Lafayette He90 and a collinear 2 ground plane on the roof... I got my Radio Shack patrolman Pro1 slide rule dial VHF hi Police monitor soon after. Man those were the days.
 
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