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Channel 38 LSB

rbomba

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I guess out of curiosity, anyone know why Channel 38 LSB been chosen as the "defacto" calling channel for DX contacts on CB? I mean, it just seems people call out, make a contact, and then continue to call out for additional contacts on same frequency (causing pile ups when the bands are open). No one seems to switch to another frequency after making their contact to continue to have a conversation, thereby allowing others to attempt to make contacts.
 

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Originally ch 16 was the industry agreed SSB channel when there was only 23 channels, then when 40 channel radios came out 36 through 40 were the agreed SSB channels. These agreements were never laws and were not widely known among new CBrs, especially AM only people, plus there has never been enough SSB use to justify five channels, so over time most SSB users migrated to 38 because that's where all the action is.

As for not switching to another channel after your contact on 38, its not amateur radio, its CB. Nobody cares nobody follows rules and its everyone for themselves.
 

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I guess out of curiosity, anyone know why Channel 38 LSB been chosen as the "defacto" calling channel for DX contacts on CB? I mean, it just seems people call out, make a contact, and then continue to call out for additional contacts on same frequency (causing pile ups when the bands are open). No one seems to switch to another frequency after making their contact to continue to have a conversation, thereby allowing others to attempt to make contacts.
Human psychology. Leaders start doing something, then lemmings follow, and it becomes "the place to be" in a lot of minds.
Ham radio has its own versions of this. As does a myriad of other human activities.
 

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Common decency on cb is a rarity, so people do not switch channels. Take the initiative, lead by example.
 
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