PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE PAGES ARE NOW ARCHIVED
AND NO LONGER MAINTAINED OR UPDATED
I HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR VISIT - THANK
YOU FOR LOOKING
73 - Mike - April 2016
April 2016 Update : I ran the pages of of
my 'mini CB Radio website' from 2008 to 2016,
but the demands on my time became rather too
much so, with regret, I decided to retire the
web pages in 2016. I will leave them in
place for the time being in this new archived
location as, I am told, the pages carry a lot of
useful information. However, it's unlikely
that I will make many updates to the pages.
The radio hobby itself, also seemed to gradually
take over most of my free time and, perhaps more
significantly, space!! I therefore decided
to have a huge clear up and clear out in April
2016. I began scaling back the shack to free up
some space in there. I also needed to tidy out
the loft, the shed, and other cupboards of all
sorts of radio related equipment, accessories,
radios, hardware and aerials etc. It's a huge
task, but I'm looking forward to a much more
compact operation in the future.
As you might imagine, after all this clear-out,
some of the information on this page about my
own operations will now be out of date. However,
I hope you can still enjoy the pages and find
something interesting and useful.
73, Mike. April 2016
Welcome to CB Radio
- THE CITIZENS BAND!
There's nothing more
exciting or interesting as owning and operating
your very own transmitting station and Citizens
Band Radio allows you to get on the air
easily and cheaply.
So a big welcome to BigCat's new CITIZENS BAND
SSB plus 4Watt (RMS) AM
on the 40 CEPT channels -
- Coming to UK CB Spring 2014!
ALL: TRUCKERS -
MOTORHOME & CARAVAN CLUBS -
FARMERS - BOAT OWNERS
- RADIO ENTHUSIASTS & MORE!
What is CB Radio?
CB radio allows for short
range two way radio communication with fairly
simple, easy to use low power equipment (4 Watts)
typically over distances of around 5 miles. Much
greater distances than this can be obtained with
bigger and more elaborate antennas and especially
under favourable atmospheric conditions called
'skip', but somewhere up to about 5 or even 10
miles can be possible given an efficient antenna and
CB radio can be used where it is necessary for two
or more people to keep in touch whether this be for
work or pleasure. Unlike expensive mobile phone
calls, conversations via the CB are free of call
charges and it is possible to talk to numerous
people in agroup at one time - unlike a phone call
that only allows for a conversation between two
CB radio can also be regarded as a fascinating hobby
- there's nothing quite like having your own
transmitting station. Bear in mind, though that
broadcasting music or advertising is definitely not
Citizens Band radio equipment has never been better!
There are now many high-tech, good looking and
interesting radios to choose from and you can choose
bigger and better aerials than ever before.
CB Radio is for everyone!
Citizens Band Radio can be an
invaluable resource if you are involved in various
activities such as Motorhome, Caravan or
Camping Clubs, 4x4 and Off-Road Clubs, Long Distance
Driving, Trucking, Farming, Boating and Marine use
or simply want to keep in contact with a group of
friends or acquaintances. I would say that even if
you may not use CB on a regular basis it may be a
good resource to keep in reserve: See who uses CB
radio here >
If you have arrived on this page you may already
have an interest in the subject of radio and
associated technology. Now that you have found out
about Citizens Band Radio you probably cannot wait
to get On The Air! These pages will help you do just
CB Radio Music
Under no circumstances whatsoever should music be
played over a CB radio, however there have been some
good songs performed about CB Radio! Find out more here
Bands, Modes of Transmission and Power
In the UK there are two blocks of 40 channels,
giving 80 channels in total. The block of 40
channels originally permitted for use in 1981 runs
from 27.60125 MHz up to 27.99125 MHz, i.e. the
upper half of the 27 MHz high frequency ('HF') band.
Later a further block of European channels was
permitted for use in the UK. These are the
'Harmonised' CEPT (European Conference of Postal and
Telecommunications Administrations) channels running
from 26.965 MHz to 27.405 MHz, i.e. the lower half
of the 27 MHz high frequency band.
Until 2013 the only legally permitted mode of
transmission was FM (narrow band frequency
modulation) with a maximum power of 4 watts. Given a
good antenna, mounted at sufficient height and fed
with high quality low loss coaxial cable, 4 watts is
ample for local contacts - the intended use for CB
Modes: In November 2013 the UK's spectrum
regulator Ofcom announced that, in line with the
European Communication Committee (ECC) Decision
(11)036 and subject to consultation, Citizens Band
radio users in the UK would be allowed to use
Amplitude Modulated modes of transmission on the
'harmonised' CEPT (EU) channels from spring 2014.
The modes allowed will be Double Side Band (DSB)
"AM" with a transmitter power of 4 watts RMS (root
mean square) and also Single Side Band (SSB) with a
power of up to 12 watts PEP (peak envelope power).
The use of amplitude modulation (AM, DSB, SSB, USB,
LSB) will remain strictly prohibited on the UK CB
band (27.60125 MHz up to 27.99125 MHz) as this is
not a European harmonised band and is shared with
the Ministry of Defence (MOD) where the use of modes
other than FM have not been coordinated or
the full Ofcom proposals here
CB Radio - On The Radio...
BBC Radio Five Live featured a short, lighthearted
article about CB radio on 9th November 2013.
Naturally, being a journalist, the presenter Tony
Livesey got it a bit wrong! He referred to Ofcom as
proposing to allow additional 'frequencies' for CB
radio, whereas what is actually being allowed is the use
of additional modes
on some of
the existing frequencies. Anyway, it was good bit of
publicity! Then, on 3rd December 2014, Simon Mayo
featured CB Radio on BBC Radio Two's "Confessions"
with a confession from Doodlebug. Two days later
Simon spoke to Thunderpole Bob about CB Radio on his
BBC Radio Two show:
Where do you get your CB Radio?
We are very lucky to a good choice of really
excellent specialist CB Radio retailers, so to enter
the very exciting world of CB radio visit our CB Links page to find
an expert CB retailer who can help you!
How can these pages help you?
All the help you need to get on the air should be
found in these pages. We have pages showing how to
operate with mobile and hand held radios and also
from CB radios based at home. We also have
pages concerning technical issues, other aspects of
this absorbing hobby and lots of other information
that you may need. Do have a look at our links
pages too, where you'll find plenty of other helpful
and interesting CB websites including our valued
specialist CB retailers. See the buttons at the top
right of the page to start your journey and have
lots of fun.
For a list of all the pages see the CB Mini Site Map.
Then, once you are ready to do on the air, it's time
to key the microphone and make your first
CALLING OTHER CBers: This is how:
Traditionally channel 14 was used for home-base
calling and channel 19 was used for mobile calls.
These days it's generally only channel 19 that is
used as a calling channel. This is done by keying
the mic' and saying "One nine for a roger?" or "One
nine for a copy?" or even "Hello, is anyone on
channel?". CB etiquette dictates that once you have
found another breaker to talk to you move to another
clear channel to continue the conversation called a
Good Manners Cost Nothing: Move Away
From Channel 19 As Soon As You Have Made Contact
With Another CBer
Channel 19 is The Calling
Channel. It is not for general chit chat!
Remember it is best practice, not to mention polite
and good mannered, to move off channel 19 as soon as
So keep 19 clear for other users and move away
CB Radio - Information from Right Channel Radios
of Salt Lake City USA>
a CB Antenna - Information from Right
Channel Radios of Salt Lake City USA >
Intek M-790 Plus
Multi - mobile CB rig
Do you need to be a radio expert?
The fantastic thing
about CB, and much of the reason that it was
introduced as an alternative to amateur radio,
is that the CB operator actually needs very
little, if any, technical knowledge or
experience to adequately operate a CB.
This fact could also be considered CB's great
shortcoming, but that's not the point. If you
just want to talk to a bunch of mates, or even
take advantage of some DX skip at the height
of the sunspot cycle, there is probably little
need to know much about the technicalities -
even if such knowledge really would be of the
This is in much the same way that your gran'
may not want to know and does not need to know
how a telephone works if she wants to speak to
her family of friends.
The thing with CB is that if your average chap
or chapess has a few basic DIY skills and
wants to install a CB it can be done by simply
by following the instructions provided in the
installation manuals provided with the rig and
the antenna, pretty much parrot fashion. You
probably don't even have to appreciate what a
radio wave is to get a CB on the air.
On the other hand, being a radio enthusiast, I
want to know everything I can about all
aspects of how my radio equipment works and
why certain methods should be used. Many CBers
are like this and want to experiment with
different rigs, mic's, amps and antennas etc.
This, for me, is an important part of the fun.
I doubt many CB enthusiasts know *everything*
and I find that so much of the fun is
travelling along the learning curve, learning
new things from investigation, experimentation
and research and from other valued experienced
operators! For more interactive information
and help visit the UK's premier CB forums at
the Citizens Band Radio website here: http://www.citizensbandradio.org.uk/
your CB radio, do support our specialist CB
retailers: It's inadvisable to buy off e-bay
unless dealing with one of the experienced CB
retailer's own e-bay shops. Be careful since
second hand equipment may have been tampered
with and may cost more to repair than it's
actually worth. Non specialist CB dealers may
not offer the back-up service and support in
the event of experiencing a problem. See links to CB
See our links
to many of the specialist CB dealers here >
If you have got any specific CB
questions that aren't answered here
why not visit the best forum on the
WikiRadio holds the worlds largest online archive
of CB Radio magazines. This is the biggest
collection of CB magazines you are ever likely to
find.... anywhere... ever!!! Many of the CB
magazines are British - online & available for
download. Many of these CB vintage magazines are
very old (over 30 years old to be precise!).
are already a CBer - why not consider
Radio Amateur? Have a look here
The Amateur Radio
Pages of MØMTJ
UKQRM - Fighting against the scourge of
unregulated interference from PLT PowerLine
PLT / PLA adapters are threatening the radio
spectrum - a valuable natural resource.
CB Radio operation, Amateur Radio and even FM
Stereo radio and DAB radio are all interfered with
by PLT adapters.
The perveyors of PLT crap include Belkin, BT,
Comtrend, Devolo, DLink and Netgear.
For a real
laugh visit - http://www.simonscat.com