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Open mic CB Ch 19 midtown Phoenix

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VGSMC_8520

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Anyone else hear a key'd up mic on CB Ch 19 (27.18500 MHz) in the area of Central & Indian School? Every time I'm in the Midtown area, I can hear a continuous transmission of what I presume to be somebody's base station; there is usually a TV and/or radio banter that is audible in the background, I haven't heard anything else. The signal has been at times strong enough to light up the "close call" feature on the scanner in my truck. Been noticing this for a few weeks now, kinda weird.
 

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It could be a mistake and the guy has an open mic unknowingly. However I doubt it because if it has been going on for weeks as you describe it is highly unlikely the operator does not know he has an open mic by now. It could be just intentional. I have heard this kind of thing in the past. I have known guys that have left the mic keyed up for days on end just to be bothersome. One guy out my way left his radio keyed up so long that the finals burned out and his radio was toast. However he did not seem to care as he intentionally just used some cheap AM radio that I imagine could be bought with pocket change. As we know often some of the more "malicious" or "lid" type operators seem to gravitate towards channel 19. You should try and find where it is coming from. Maybe remove the coax from the back of your radio when you are close and that way you can zero in a bit closer. Or turn the RF gain all the way down if you have RF gain on your radio. Would just be interesting for you im sure to see where it is coming from. Once you get close start looking for an antenna.
 
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I would give the benefit of the doubt too, I haven't heard any of the usual inane CB junk like music or long religious rants, it's mostly just radio banter that sounded like Phoenix FD in the background. I'm picturing a mic stuck in a chair cushion or in between some equipment on a desk and hasn't been moved in a while. Maybe I'll do a little investigation this week. The Uniden close call features is quite neat and I might have a drive around, have a listen, and keep an eye out for antennas.
 
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