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PostSubject: Re: CB/Amature radios users?   CB/Amature radios users? - Page 2 Icon_minitimeFri May 15, 2020 3:32 pm

I seem to remember Jack Straw wanting views and opinions back in 85,,, just before he banned handguns.... The opinion seekers worry me, there is always a hidden agenda


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TBH Nubster so was I in the 70/80s (illegal) using rigs as big as brezze blocks and burners, but never got a home based, just mobile, in a original fiat 500 & a DV27 twig.....LOL.

Looked like a toy remote control car.

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Should I be worried? I asked for opinions on an Alinco DX-SR9/SR9 vs Mulimode dedicated CB rig re performance etc. Smile

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Good morning all.

I was just wondering if anyone has opinions on CB / Armature Radio?.  To be honest I am in the middle of doing an foundation course in Armature radio.  Due to the expansion of CB frequencies and channels to European CB, including AM/FM modes & SSB, do you think that CB should move towards licence again?.  With rules and conditions for use, including regulated power output, (which we know that some users flaunt) so it makes the CB band unfair.

I know that I may get a backlash from this statement, but its only like self regulating radio, and responsible user would have no problem with this.  Using a proper callsign ( and I know that Charlie Tango DX Forum, is giving callsigns to users),would help identified users.

If CBers understood the problems with using self modified sets, and the interference to adjacent frequencies they course to other users, may be they should learn a bit about radio, and how it works.

Lets move on from the old Handles (callsigns), and get proper IDs we call callsigns, issued from a governing body.  (Ofcom?).  Let common sense prevail and move forward in a professional way.


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"..do you think that CB should move towards licence again?"
No. Licence was a daft thing and very difficult to enforce, not just here but around the world, including the US where they have heavy fines for breaking the rules, and it didn't stop people using kilowatts of power.

"so it makes the CB band unfair"

No, CB is Citizens Band, it's for anyone to use. It was never intended to be a technical hobby, regardless of whether the users are technical or not.

"I know that I may get a backlash from this statement, but its only like self regulating radio".

There's nothing wrong essentially in self-regulating, are we not intelligent and sociable people that can work things out for ourselves? Old saying: The more rules you make, the more criminals you create.

"If CBers understood the problems with using self modified sets, and the interference to adjacent frequencies they course to other users, may be they should learn a bit about radio, and how it works."

Whether it's right or wrong to modify CB radios could be argued about for the next 10000 years, lol. CB is what it is and it isn't amateur radio. People will often get their equipment sorted and repaired if others whinge at them enough. Most CB'ers actually want to sound good. There will be always a small anti-social element that will deliberately good out of their way to cause interference. The more you ignore them, the quicker they will give up as they are looking for attention. As it's said on the internet, don't feed the trolls!

"Lets move on from the old Handles (callsigns), and get proper IDs we call callsigns, issued from a governing body. (Ofcom?). Let common sense prevail and move forward in a professional way."

That has been tried already in the UK before CB went licence-exempt with 2H callsigns. CB in the US originally had callsigns and that was dropped decades ago. There is no need for handles and callsigns, yet users like them and wish to use their own. That's just personal preference. Professional way you say, yet CB and even amateur radio isn't professional!! Even on ham radio now, you don't have to give your callsign every 15 minutes, only at the start and finish of a contact.

Just for a bit of very light hearted fun Very Happy In electrical engineering, an armature is the component of an electric machine which carries alternating current. The armature windings conduct AC even on DC machines, due to the commutator action (which periodically reverses current direction) or due to electronic commutation, as in brushless DC motors. The armature can be on either the rotor (rotating part) or the stator (stationary part), depending on the type of electric machine.

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Leave the status quo if it ain't broken don't fix it, after all we all have the choice !!!!!!

Wow this could go on for ever, get on the air enjoy it for what it is and what's out there

We have enough to worry about in our lives

Sorry if this upsets fellow members

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Is that a joke or are you being serious Very Happy
There both cr*p buy a bit of long string and two paper cups LOL Laughing


Well I was being serious. What makes or warrants the Alinco DX HF rigs cr*p? Many world wide reviews/users would disagree with you. Don't bother replying in this thread as it goes off topic. Start another one if you want to expand.

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Lets stick with the Charlie tango callsigns then..............regards CT3533

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I still have my Alinco DX-70TH 24 years+ now and still not a scratch on it, used it for outdoor events.
Simple to use and still no bigger than a multimode SSB radio.
never tried the SR8/9 heard some horror stories.
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Banter is fine NUBSTER but you were a little too specific to state both rigs are crap. Potentially misleading information and confusing when associated with a technical query. Anyway no harm done. My output stage has not blown a tranny as a result. Smile

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My own opinion is: 1. Either the British Citizen Band Conferderation needs reviving, or the RSGB needs to include CB in its remit. 2. If the CB Licence is to come back (I don't think its abolition has illegalized CB on 27MHz) it must be so as to increase the number of participants. The old CB Radio Licence was comparitively expensive, although it did eventually include a call-sign. Andrew Radio Lilac.

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RSGB include CB in it's remit?!?!? Shocked

Perish the thought!!!

I'll conclude with earlier sentiment....if it ain't broke....

(CB and even Ham licencing has evolved nicely thanks very much, not perfect, but evolved nonetheless.)

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They might want it but i dont think it will ever happen Ham's class themselves as the Elite and most would not want any part of cb /11mtrs .Some hams are ok with cb but just dont want to participate and thats fine its up to them .
Its the ones who have progressed from cb to being a full fledged G i think some of them forget where they started again not all but some ,.
Its all radio and as long as you are polite on the bands then live and let live .

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It's all radio after all, isn't it? Wink

Joking aside, I've got no issue whatsoever and even praise the fact that people seem to get on better nowadays. Ok, to a degree....

Nearly 40 years ago after initially being welcomed at an Amateur radio club I was immediately shunned for my involvement in CB. Cutting my nose to spite my face I thought "sod them all" and carried on my happy way with CB and joined a CB club. Lo and behold the CB club despised amateurs, (and going by my own experiences with good grounds), but I also hated this "them and us" attitude by both parties. I carried on enjoying radio as I saw fit, bit of CB and SWL, until I let the hobby gather dust. Now I'm back, enjoying it once more but again past history rears it's ugly head.

I just wish people would get on with their own thing, do whatever you want without detriment to others.
Some like rules & regulations, others see it as farcical and like a bit of freedom.

I honestly couldn't give a toss, I'm not hurting anyone with what I'm doing and I do my best not to shove it down anyone's throat either. There's common ground and there's massive divides, probably always will be.

To be honest, I contemplated my 'ticket' when I came back to it all, visited a club, met a couple of BR68 clones and immediately gave it up as a bad lot.

Attitude is still there in pockets but luckily places like this have shown me that on the whole, most radio-people get on.

Even that small glimmer gives me hope Smile

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I did and found the very same Victor. As ive said before it wasn't the old hands it was those with the micky mouse numbers,,,,,, lol the wanabes
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Tom, Martin,

I know what you mean lads. My own experiences aren't unique, I've heard it on multiple occasions over the years and it's just a damn pity. I'm glad neither of you let it shoot down your radio interests and you've carried on. The flipping best of British to you for doing so! Smile

Martin, I hear you mate Very Happy
I put it down to me getting older Wink Can't understand a general conversation nowadays with it's "kinda-like-muchly-innit doh" and constant references to some so called 'celeb' I've never flipping heard of! Very Happy "Fashion" changes, including apparently language Wink

Yeah, it was all just Citizens Band back in the day, normal Citizens enjoying radio, persecuted for it's so called illegality so shunned by some, but thoroughly enjoyed by others.
I enjoyed the history of CB, some of us lived through that very history and it's nice that others who weren't there at the time enjoy it all now. I don't care what they call it now, so long as someone understands what I'm on about.


Anyway, I'm glad of places today like this here Charlie Tangos. Mixed bunch of rotters we all are Wink
Newbies, old hands, pirates, CBers and Hams, thrown in a mixing pot and making a flipping beautiful rainbow of radio!
Keep debating you mad fools and keep that spirit of helping each other I see here despite 'differences'.


10-4 good buddies, 73s to ya, cheers & beers, signing off, over & out!

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Even though I am not so keen on Airfixpilots idea of licensing for the Free bands/channel groups, agreeing with previous comments and the general sentiment of "it ain't broke don't fix it" I find it a little sad the Us and Them sentiment that seems to plague radio Hams-CBers-Freebandes is as strong as ever.

As a CBer/Freebander, I can be as guilty and could rattle off stories of friends and myself being slighted by HAMS and I am sure the HAMs could tell us stories of times CBers/Freebanders have put their noses out of joint too.

Personally, I am planning to take advantage of the opportunity to do the foundation course online, not because I am looking to change camps but because I would like access to what it brings me and am I really going to throw the opportunity away because some stuck up HAM gave me a hard time once? (A self-appointed CB Monitor who got his Ham licence and became an even bigger pain in the arse than before)  And of course, I realise this isn't everybody's aspiration either.

Half of the people I speak to locally are Hams who come onto the CB and 11m because they enjoy the less formal setting it offers, personally I think its time we moved on from this mentality as was previously mentioned you will always come across a bad egg but am I going to let that stop me doing something I want to do?
I have been listening to some of the guys DXing on 20m and 40m, do you know what?  They sounded the exact same as the rest of us when we DX on 11m.

The one point of Airfixpilots's I do agree with, however, is the fact we would like to welcome more people to the hobby of radio in general, no matter which aspect of it they enjoy, wouldn't it be great to build a bit of community spirit back up on the airwaves and leave behind this Us and Them mentality between people who all enjoy different aspects of the same hobby?
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'Slighted' and 'Nose out of joint' are one thing but some of us are old enough to remember what happened when someone got their nose out of joint....

I've posted this link before, but those interested in a little CB history with the real horrors that actually happened could do well to take a look here :-

Laughing Policeman Wireless Society

How many remember being stopped at the Chelsea bridge run and having 'orifices of the law' rip your CB from your Dad's Cortina, or antennas snapped off your pride & joy Escort?
The same 'law enforcers' smacking the sh*t out of you as they bundled you into a meat wagon for your 'illegal' CB use?
The Radio Communication Agency raiding your property and not only taking your CB but PSU, antenna and any other 'electrical/radio' item they can lay their grubby mitts on?
The 'updated' DTI doing exactly the same years down the line?
The dishonest 'orifices of the law' going out of their way and lying under oath to prosecute the criminal actions of someone for just using their CB?

A million other stories and testament of horrors by the simple action of talking on a CB, not having a licence, too big an aerial, purported TVI, illegal power......and who do you think were reporting these highly criminal activities?!


It may be in the past, I for one am glad to leave it there and only wish the best for radio's future.

But you tell me why I get a re-emerged bitter taste in my mouth when some pompous, fat faced, arrogant BR68 clone of a clone starts discussing CB licensing and regulation?

Honestly, if I have to hear "Fine-Business, Old-Man, Hi-Hi" from one of them again I'll have a flipping meltdown!


"Like the Murphy's....I'm not bitter"......just bear the scars of simply talking to someone on the airwaves. Fecking criminal I am Wink



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