Discussion in 'On-Air Operations - Q&A' started by W0RIO, Feb 22, 2019.
We done yet?
We ain't even begun!
And youse guys stop dissin' the CBers.
To many of us, CB was the "gateway drug" for Ham Radio ;-)
This was my first 2-way rig:
Here we go again, opening up that proverbial can of worms of Hams vs CB'ers. Here is my take on it. I started out as a CBer in the early 60's after hearing a strong signal conversation on the Star Roamer I had built from a kit my father purchased from Allied Radio by mail. He evidently saw my interest in electronics when I was young and ripping apart appliances to see how they worked (Good Call, Dad). The local signal guy gave his address to his compadre, so I jumped on my bike and peddled straight to his house to tell him I heard him on my radio. Turns out, he was one of only about 20 people in the whole county with a CB and he allowed me in, I met his wife and they showed me their "shack". I was bitten, and I mean, bitten hard. I lost sleep over it and could not stop thinking about getting my own radio to talk to him and his friends. My father finally gave in and ordered an Allied CB Radio Kit (i think the 560?) After it arrived, I spent every free minute working on it with the huge schematic/instruction sheet laid out before me. I was thrilled beyond words when I plugged it in and it actually worked and I remember the big grin on my fathers face when he heard the hiss coming from the speaker as well. I had no antenna and the booklet was encouraging me to purchase one from the same company, but my Dad was a working man and money was tight, so I hooked it to my metal window screen and was soon hearing conversations from the locals each night. I had read about the danger of SWR mismatch, so I only keyed a few quick times just to see the red lamp light up and shout into the microphone to watch that needle swing on the meter. Fast Forward a couple of years when I had an after school job at the local grocery and could afford a real antenna. I'm pretty sure it was an Antenna Specialists Super Magnum because it seems I went thru about 3 of those throughout my teen years and even after I got back from my tour in the Navy. I had many friends on the CB and we mostly followed the rules due to Fear of the FCC knocking at the door, but when it was very quiet on the band and I could hear a station beyond the allowed distance limit, I would shout for him until I got a reply. That right there was bragging rights that I talked over a hundred miles on 4 watts. Most of my friends had Big-Boy radios like the Browning, Tram or similar expensive rigs, I always stuck with what I could trade or buy second hand, but really fell in love with the well-built good talking radios like the E.F Johnson brand. They seemed to be built like a brick and sounded so nice on the air. Fast Forward again to becoming a Licensed Ham operator. I now can afford all the big radios, boom mics and what-nots that we hams tend to collect. My station is nice and ever-changing as newer models arrive on the market or I get bored with one thing and trade for another. Lightning took out one of my best stations, and it took a few years to get back on track, but I have the World and my fingertips again. I still have a CB radio, one in the house, the other in the truck, and I still listen to the locals vying for the most superior signal or sound they can afford. It is really quite entertaining to hear it sometimes. The "phrase-ology" has changed quite a bit and seems to come and go every few months. I hear a few CB'rs talk about getting their ham ticket to expand their horizons, or because they are tired of hearing the misfits and want to move on to better radio. There are also the die-hard CB'rs that have been around for years, doing the same thing, still with the noise toys and forever testing new microphones or amplifiers. I try to encourage them to move up the ladder to Ham Radio, but they are having none of that. They say that "Hams are snobby and cliquesh" and in some ways, that is completely true. But, then again, CB'rs are also sort of snobby and cliqesh when they run a big station and make fun of the pee-wee stations or new guys that just got on the air. I guess it just goes with the territory. I suppose this reply should be placed in another part of the Forum, but being reply number 73, I could not help myself.
When I'm sitting on the apron in my Piper talking to clearance delivery I say "we" meaning myself and my passengers. However, I still say "we" when I'm the only one on board. I try not to think on that too deeply.
We have the license and they are the third party traffic.
Do you really think this novel will sell? I got bored with it after the first line. Sorry OM.