THE CB RADIO PAGE
CB? What sort of radio amateur would talk about CB? Let alone use it! Far more than you'd think... I have my CB box on all the time because, the minute I hear the continental SSB stations romping in, I can be pretty sure that 10 metres is open. This isn’t always the case, but it’s a pretty good indication of conditions on 10 metres. And sometimes 12 metres. I also listen to a few of the local amateurs chatting to anyone and everyone. Is this a sad indication that 2 metres is dying?
There's nothing wrong with CB. Children's Band, as it's known. In the old days, when I was a boy, the CB channels were full of crud. From music to so-called bucket-mouths, the whole thing was unusable. But now, it's different. There's a local net in Worthing most mornings... And it's quite sensible. You get the odd arse, of course. But isn't that true of 2 metres? And 40 and 80 metres and...
Get yourself an old CB box and use it as an indication for conditions on 10 and 12 metres, if nothing else.
THE UK CB CHANNELS AND FREQUENCIES
THE EU CB CHANNELS AND FREQUENCIES
We have all the above channels in the UK at present. About six years from now, we’ll lose the top list (UK channels). So, how will this affect the Italian man in his Italian house? It won’t. How will this affect the UK CBers? It won’t. I’ve heard CBers anywhere and everywhere from 25mHz upwards. So, the FREEBAND, as it’s known, is about 3mHz wide! Isn't it about time someone sorted this out? And why do the Italians use their echoing bathrooms as shacks?
It's always amazed me to think that the international CB community are so well organized. The international SSB calling frequency is 27.555mHz, and this works extremely well. People make contact and then move to another frequency. I wish we had something like that on 10 metres. They even have an international SSTV frequency, which is 27.700kHz. And some of the pictures are... Rude? Yes, that's the word I was looking for.
I'm not condoning international pirating between 25 and 28mHz, but it's been going on for so many decades that I believe it's here to stay. Who shall we blame for this world-wide anarchy?