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Lonely old new CBer from far south suburbs of Chicago.

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Just a shout out to anyone in the far south suburbs of Chicago still using CB.
Bought an inexpensive setup for shiggles a couple months ago. Boy is anybody out there any more ?
Major Tom to ground control, is there anybody out there !
 

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Yeah, I'm seeing the same thing down here. Very little local AM traffic. Did go high and hear some people this evening on SSB up high, but with my setup for the next few days there's no way I'll reach them, and even then I doubt it without playing their pirate games and using a linear amp.

Before some HAMS jump in about the anarchy/craziness of CB, it sounds like a bunch of HAMS since it started off with 'Kxxx, Radio Control' on CH22,, and of course they're using 3 freqs to do it due to splattering. I don't care, just wondering.
 
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Actually, I answered that question myself, sounds like the guy that leads the group might be both a HAM and CB aficionado, which is totally okay. I want to chime in to ask him some questions about equipment they are talking about, but they probably won't hear me anyways.
 

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Just a shout out to anyone in the far south suburbs of Chicago still using CB.
Bought an inexpensive setup for shiggles a couple months ago. Boy is anybody out there any more ?
Major Tom to ground control, is there anybody out there !
Elton John would be more likely to answer your call.
 

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Just a shout out to anyone in the far south suburbs of Chicago still using CB.
Bought an inexpensive setup for shiggles a couple months ago. Boy is anybody out there any more ?
Major Tom to ground control, is there anybody out there !
CB use has dropped considerably, due to illegal amplifier use and illegal long distance users, ruining the service for local use. With the decline of the solar cycle, the illegals will have their efforts thwarted. Hopefully, this will allow locals the ability to talk and bring about a resurgence in use.

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Yeah, I'm seeing the same thing down here. Very little local AM traffic. Did go high and hear some people this evening on SSB up high, but with my setup for the next few days there's no way I'll reach them, and even then I doubt it without playing their pirate games and using a linear amp.

Before some HAMS jump in about the anarchy/craziness of CB, it sounds like a bunch of HAMS since it started off with 'Kxxx, Radio Control' on CH22,, and of course they're using 3 freqs to do it due to splattering. I don't care, just wondering.
Some hams do bring a shame on the rest of us.

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Hello BD58: Yeah hang in there theres always a few out there on the local scene. Sure the CB Traffic has dropped down but still locals and skip stations out there.

Our group still has a few get togethers and BBQ's, and antenna raising parties, we even have our own token elitist's ham guy there, who loosens up after a few totties.

Yeah the snotty and unfriendly hams have sure turned off a lot of new prospective new hams big time.
But chin up theres still a great bunch of hams out there, just like a great bunch of CB'ers out there.

Jay in the Great Mojave Desert
 

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Hello BD58: Yeah hang in there theres always a few out there on the local scene. Sure the CB Traffic has dropped down but still locals and skip stations out there.

Our group still has a few get togethers and BBQ's, and antenna raising parties, we even have our own token elitist's ham guy there, who loosens up after a few totties.

Yeah the snotty and unfriendly hams have sure turned off a lot of new prospective new hams big time.
But chin up theres still a great bunch of hams out there, just like a great bunch of CB'ers out there.

Jay in the Great Mojave Desert
Jay,
I felt that it would be quiet when I first decided to play with the CB thing again, but didn't think it would be this quiet. I'm gonna stay in for now through the winter months here in the fabulous Midwest. May go another route after that although I don't think it will be ham. Thinking maybe GMRS, I am hearing several guys on repeaters in my area.
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Thinking maybe GMRS, I am hearing several guys on repeaters in my area.
Dog
I live in NW Indiana (Hammond) and am a member of the North Shore Emergency Association (NSEA), a group that was founded in 1966! We have three GMRS repeaters up and active currently.

We have a net every Sunday evening at 7pm CST on 462.675 (PL 141.3). This repeater is locate on top of the Lutheran General Hospital.
 

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I live in NW Indiana (Hammond) and am a member of the North Shore Emergency Association (NSEA), a group that was founded in 1966! We have three GMRS repeaters up and active currently.

We have a net every Sunday evening at 7pm CST on 462.675 (PL 141.3). This repeater is locate on top of the Lutheran General Hospital.
Bill,
Thanks for the info. Are these repeaters strictly for use as public safety and or are they also used for recreational transmission ?
I have a lot of info to look at prior to attempting to get into GMRS This site seems to have most everything I may need to know. Any other suggestions for someone completely new to GMRS ?
Thanks, Dog
 

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Bill,
Thanks for the info. Are these repeaters strictly for use as public safety and or are they also used for recreational transmission ?
They are open for any licensed GMRS operator to use freely, with the understanding that any emergency or priority traffic takes precedence. :wink:
 

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They are open for any licensed GMRS operator to use freely, with the understanding that any emergency or priority traffic takes precedence. :wink:
I've listened to the net, and looked at the NSEA site.
From what I read, permission is required.
 

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Just a shout out to anyone in the far south suburbs of Chicago still using CB.
Bought an inexpensive setup for shiggles a couple months ago. Boy is anybody out there any more ?
Major Tom to ground control, is there anybody out there !
There is some activity in the Chicago area. Are you using a base station antenna?
 

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When I lived in Milwaukee a year ago, there was lots of activity due to the freeways running through town. Now, 25 miles west there is a lot less traffic, but the land is mostly corn and they don't talk much, however there are locals on now and again.
 

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Look under mygmrs.com or gmrs repeaters on search, they have listed repeaters in every state for GMRS and more coming on daily, You have to join but it is free.
DOCTOR/795
 

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I've listened to the net, and looked at the NSEA site.
From what I read, permission is required.
From what I know, since I am a member of NSES, is that the repeaters are open to any licensed GMRS user, which is one of the reasons why the PL is the national "traverler's" tone of 141.3... :lol:

For anyone who lives in the area and wishes to use it regularly, it would only be polite to ask for permission.

EDIT: While myGMRS.com is a somewhat useful site, there are many systems listed that no longer exist. The database is 'self maintained' so those who've dropped out rarely come back to delete their listing!
 

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Now that I have a CB with Scan there's more traffic out there than I ever thought, However, it is a lot of the big power and skip traffic, alot of radios just don't have the oompf to talk back to them. But it's fun to listen to. I get so bogged down with clutter that I turn my squelch way to high so that I only rcv local traffic, then when I go to talk I forget and can't hear the handhelds. I'm going to start my scan list so that I don't have to listen to the Spanish guys down south and Ch6 Superbowl (can't understand most of them anyways).

Disclaimer: as some have suggested a good base antenna on my other thread, I am mobile with a Wilson 1000 antenna and do not anticipate building a base station in the near future.

I was skipping into Litlle Rock from the Upper Mojave Desert in CA yesterday, kind of cool. We both had to dig for each other but we did have a short conversation.
 
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Now that I have a CB with Scan there's more traffic out there than I ever thought, However, it is a lot of the big power and skip traffic, alot of radios just don't have the oompf to talk back to them. But it's fun to listen to. I get so bogged down with clutter that I turn my squelch way to high so that I only rcv local traffic, then when I go to talk I forget and can't hear the handhelds. I'm going to start my scan list so that I don't have to listen to the Spanish guys down south and Ch6 Superbowl (can't understand most of them anyways).

Disclaimer: as some have suggested a good base antenna on my other thread, I am mobile with a Wilson 1000 antenna and do not anticipate building a base station in the near future.

I was skipping into Litlle Rock from the Upper Mojave Desert in CA yesterday, kind of cool. We both had to dig for each other but we did have a short conversation.
Well when you do eventually get a big base antenna topside, you'll be able to speak to a lot more of those skip stations!! :)
 
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