When was ssb approved for "that other service"?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KL7AJ, Jan 9, 2021.

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  1. W7IMM

    W7IMM Ham Member QRZ Page

    You won't be missing out when someone on 75 or 40m asks you what your "personal" is or says your signal is S-20!!
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  2. WA2CWA

    WA2CWA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Maybe the operator is using a receiver that has a signal strength meter with only a db scale :)
  3. N5AF

    N5AF Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I can count several times I've been monitoring 75 meters and heard "Unit xxx, clear, oops!" and then a call sign. o_O
  4. W3SY

    W3SY Ham Member QRZ Page

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  5. W3SY

    W3SY Ham Member QRZ Page

    "What am I hittin' ya with on the meter, skeeter??"

  6. WA4ILH

    WA4ILH Subscriber QRZ Page

    One time when I was leaving Norfolk Naval Shipyard after work, I was talking to a friend on 2 Meters 146.52. I could see that the CBer next to me in line was tuning around and kept looking up at me. Finally, he rolled down the window and asked what channel I was on. I told him I was on 52. He looked a little surprised and then said, " Oh, you must have one of those sliders." I just shook my head yes and drove on.
    Tom WA4ILH
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  7. AG7JN

    AG7JN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Not to get pedantic but...

    The term used on most CBs was 'clarifier' although some brands used a different term like 'voice lock' on Cobra radios and 'Receive-O-Slide' on Pearce-Simpson radios

    A slider was what you got when you modded the radio to make the transmitter move more than the 1-2 KHz that they normally did out of the box. Depending upon the model they could be made to slide up to 15 KHz or so although with many, the further one moved away from the center frequency, the touchier the control got. That's why sometimes you see old CB radios with big vernier dials where the clarifier knob should be.

    To the best of my knowledge the clarifiers on all 23 channel CB radios were 'open' meaning that the transmitter moved right along with the receiver. Once the 40 channels came out in 1977 the transmitter was fixed on center frequencies, making the clarifier a true RIT.

    Of course the new radios could be and were modded extensively as well, especially those that had the infamous '858' chip in them.
  8. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Clarifier = Receiver Incremental Tuning "RIT" and is a receive-only function. Yaesu used the term Clarifier for years on ham gear.

    Slider = VFO > "Variable Frequency Oscillator" and is a transmitter-only function. "XIT" is the closed ham radio equivalent

  9. AG7JN

    AG7JN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Let's agree that the terms may have had different definitions across the bands. Remember, this was CB and NOT amateur radio.

    Don't get me started on the term 'Power Mic'
  10. W4KYR

    W4KYR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Here are two golden oldies, what CB sounded like in 1969...in Philadelphia


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