How 'bout it, Woody! Gotta copy on
this station? Great site. I loved all your essay work on this
site, and the pics. I got into CB in 1977 in New York City. Those
were the good old days. The home channel (17) was full of locals.
Every few miles was another channel full of local activity. Channel
19 was wall to wall with mobile activity - both 18-wheelers and
4-wheelers. It seemed that 1/3 to 1/2 of the 4-wheelers on the
road had a CB. The sideband hub was 16LSB. I started out with
a 23-channel AM radio, an offbrand radio called "Smokey".
Back then, that's all you needed. That's all most CBr's had back
then - just 23 channels. 1977 was the first year of the expansion
to 40 channels. I didn't get into sideband until a year later.
That was a Cobra 138XLR, a 40-channel sideband radio with the
858 chip - the one that goes from 26.085-30.045. The late 70's
and early 80's was a good time for skip. Thirty-pound noise levels
prevailed all through the daylight hours, unlike the pooped-out
solar peak that we are experiencing this year.
When I moved to South Florida in 1980, I found very little local activity here. I just continued making skip contacts. I missed the local chit-chat that I enjoyed in New York, but, oh well, what could you do. I got out of radio in early 1982 and didn't resume it again until late 1990. I got out of it again from 1992-1994. I got back into CB again during 1994. Radio is in my blood. Even though I may hang it up for a while, I always seem to come back to it. I found your site surfing. I'm trying to find out what kind of CB activity exists in different parts of the country. Its dead here in Florida. It has been dead since I got here in 1980. Did things die down everywhere else also, or is it just here?
With what I hear on CB these days, I have to admit, its a bit of a dissappointment. Its a real zoo - far worse than I experienced in the 1970's. People are more hostile and foul-mouthed than in the past. Also, I HATE ALL THE NOISE TOYS!!! Do we really need those roger beeps and echo boxes? I refuse to use them. I have a RCI 2950. I never use the roger beep.
Well, after that long-winded key-up, its time to go 10-7. Threes!