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Cb channels - what is going on?

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Around ten years ago skip was strong and for two or three weeks there was a guy broadcasting daily. I went through the channels and he was simultaneously on 3, 5, 8, 11, 15, and 24. It was a recording about a public service announcement for a offender living in Jackson Michigan. Then there's all them noise makers Mr X builds. How many roger beeps does a radio need?
 

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I havent heard a thing since that day, but that day sure had some weird things going on. He was literally on almost every channel, it was insane. Not sure if I just got lucky and conditions were right, but I dont think the guy is near me. He mentioned something about MS, which is far away.
 

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Around ten years ago skip was strong and for two or three weeks there was a guy broadcasting daily. I went through the channels and he was simultaneously on 3, 5, 8, 11, 15, and 24. It was a recording about a public service announcement for a offender living in Jackson Michigan. Then there's all them noise makers Mr X builds. How many roger beeps does a radio need?
Hence the term cesspool
 

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With the anonymity and lack of FCC enforcement, broadcasting on CB is an honor system. Even Ham Radio has a few miscreants, even though everyone must ID with a valid FCC callsign. Nightly BS on 3860 kHz comes to mind.
 

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I thought "broadcasting" on Ham radio was illegal .
That is correct. Quoted from the FCC's website:

Amateur Communications & Operations FAQ -> Two-Way Communications

Q: Is broadcasting prohibited?
A: Yes. Section 97.113 prohibits amateur stations from engaging in any form of broadcasting or in any activity related to program production or news gathering for broadcasting purposes.



§97.113 Prohibited transmissions
 

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Well, for many truckers, the CB is a tool of the road and at the loading docks. For instance, Channel 19 is still used when a wreck happens and everybody's curious about what the traffic stoppage is all about, location of the wreck, how much of a hold-up will it be, what lane should I be in, what alternative roads might be used as a bypass, and if you're stuck for a while in traffic, some banner back-and-forth until the crisis is over and the road is cleared.

As far as entertainment, the CB has long been displaced by smart phones, cell towers and satellites.
 

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Last time I monitored CB I heard what sounded like a trucker from down near the Mexican border trash talking someone on channel 19.
 

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Broadcasts pertaining to amateur radio are permitted, listen for the 20 minute long "Newsline" broadcast on many repeaters. Its not a two way conversation, its a one way broadcast. When I was a kid my next door neighbor was an FCC engineer and in charge of all the western states in the 1960s. He had a turntable connected to his HF transmitter for broadcasting one way amateur news information.

That is correct. Quoted from the FCC's website:

Amateur Communications & Operations FAQ -> Two-Way Communications

Q: Is broadcasting prohibited?
A: Yes. Section 97.113 prohibits amateur stations from engaging in any form of broadcasting or in any activity related to program production or news gathering for broadcasting purposes.



§97.113 Prohibited transmissions
 

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K7MFC said:
lol yep, sounds about right. Idiots run a million watts and bleed all over the band repeating nonsense like that.
Yes this is one thing I do not like about 11 Meters.... All the people playing and dont respect radio....... I value my radio and dont like these things..... I have heard alot of drty amps that do just that (Splash the whole dial) Its sick they dont care about the harmfull interference they put out!
 

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I believe it is illegal, although I'd welcome an actual Ham to offer input.
As a ham, I say "yes"--broadcasting is illegal (although this topic started off as CB--well, it's illegal there too). There are minor exceptions like brief tests and such...
 

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Brief tests are not broadcasting.
Broadcasting is defined the FCC as one-way transmissions intended for reception by the general public.
 
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