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Old 07-01-2018, 6:33 PM
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AFAIK there was never a test, but you had to be at least 18 years old. I was on the radio for years and didn't have a license because I wasn't old enough to get one. When I turned 18, I did get one.

After CB became popular to the masses, circa 1975, the number of people getting licenses "overwhelmed" the system. That's when they went to the system of using your zip code and initials as a temporary license.

I found CB to be quite useful before it was main stream. Kind of like the Internet.
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I believe at one point they dropped the fee to $4 before they made it license-by-rule, or am I confusing it with something else? Been too long...
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I believe at one point they dropped the fee to $4 before they made it license-by-rule, or am I confusing it with something else? Been too long...
That's what I remember as well. I think the license fee was dropped to $4.00 sometime late in 1975. As I recall, the FCC's reasoning for lowering the license fee was to encourage more people to fill out the application and get a license instead of operating illegally. In the inflationary 1970's, $20.00 was a fair amount of money.

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I believe at one point they dropped the fee to $4 before they made it license-by-rule, or am I confusing it with something else? Been too long...
Yes they did...

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That's what I remember as well. I think the license fee was dropped to $4.00 sometime late in 1975. As I recall, the FCC's reasoning for lowering the license fee was to encourage more people to fill out the application and get a license instead of operating illegally. In the inflationary 1970's, $20.00 was a fair amount of money.

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Glad I wasn't having yet another senior moment about that. $20 was real money in the '70s, you could fill most car's gas tanks (and they held 22-26 gallons back then) on a $20 bill and get change back...and they filled your tank, cleaned your windows, checked your fluids, swept your floors, and sometimes gave out glasses, dishes, and other prizes in appreciation of your patronage! And probably half the vehicles at the gas station had CB antennas on them. Ah, the '70s...
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