What happened to CB radio?

CB radio is a system of two-way radio communication normally over short distances, There were originally 23 channels in the USA, the first 22 of which were on Amateur 11-meter band. The 23rd channel was also used by radio controlled devices. These days 40 channels are used within the 11-meter band.

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You do not hear very much about CB radio these days, but in the 1960s and 1970s, this method of communication was incredibly popular. It was not only truck drivers who used CB or Citizen’s Band radio; many members of the public embraced the craze that spread widely throughout the USA and the UK and it was also extensively employed by small businesses. This was, in part, due to the fact that advances in electronics and solid state circuitry meant that the radios could decrease in weight, size and cost, becoming inexpensive enough for more people. CB clubs were formed and the unique language used by CBers developed.

The CB craze

The craze increased in popularity throughout the 1970s. Drivers used CB radio to recommend HGV insurance or warn other drivers of the presence of a speed trap or other perceived hazard. In the 1970s, the oil crisis meant that speed limits were imposed and there were often shortages of fuel at the pumps. CB radios helped drivers to locate service stations where fuel was available. To find out more about the impact the oil crisis had on British motoring, see the report from the RAC Foundation.

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CB in popular culture

In 1976, an American singer, CW McCall, had a number two hit single with the song Convoy and a film of the same name was released in 1978. This helped spread the craze from the US to the UK and CB became linked with the culture of the open road. CB users adopted names known as handles and used slang terms such as “smokey bear” for police officer, “good buddies” for other CB users, and “ten-four” for acknowledged. Now HGV drivers can communicate with mobile phones, although if you Visit https://www.quotemetoday.co.uk/hgv-insurance for HGV insurance quotes you will find that inappropriate use of a phone whilst driving will impact on any cover offered.

More recently, Skip has become increasingly popular amongst CB enthusiasts. This is when atmospheric conditions allow radio transmissions to travel over long distances.