Move off channel 19
keep it clear for other breakers to call !
THE CITIZENS BAND!
ALL Radio Enthusiasts
need to stick together to help defeat severe radio interference from BT
Vision / Home-Plug and all similar PLT 'PowerLine Networking' Adapters,
PLA and (Broadband By
PowerLine' BPL) devices. These entirely unnecessary devices
unworkable levels of interference across the entire HF (short
wave) radio and now the VHF radio spectrum. PLT represents the most serious threat to
Citizens Band Radio, Amateur Radio, Business Radio, PMR and Short Wave
Radio today. Read More on the PLT QRM page and
visit Ban-PLT.co.uk Radio Under
CB Radio - THE
There's nothing more exciting or interesting as owning and operating
very own transmitting station and Citizens Band Radio allows you to get
the air easily and cheaply. So a big welcome to BigCat's
new CITIZENS BAND
12Watts (PEP) SSB plus 4Watt (RMS) AM on the 40 CEPT channels -
- Coming to UK CB Spring 2014!
TRUCKERS - MOTORHOME & CARAVAN
CLUBS - 4X4 CLUBS
DRIVERS - FARMERS
- BOAT OWNERS - RADIO ENTHUSIASTS
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
bigger and more elaborate antennas and especially under favourable
atmospheric conditions called 'skip', but somewhere up to
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 -
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 allowed!
Citizens Band radio equipment has never been better! There are now many
high-tech, good looking and interesting radios to choose from and you
bigger and better aerials than ever before.
Band Radio can be an invaluable resource if you are involved in various
activities such as Motorhome, Caravan or Camping Clubs, 4x4
Clubs, Long Distance Driving, Trucking, Farming, Boating and Marine use
or simply want
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 that!
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 radio.
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
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
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 agreed. Read the full Ofcom propsals here
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!
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!
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
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 transmission....
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
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 "QSO".
You Have Made Contact With Another CBer
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 ASAP!!
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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 greatest help.
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
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.
for me, is an important part of the fun. I doubt many CB
*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/
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 specialists here
See our links to many of
the specialist CB dealers here >
have got any specific CB questions that aren't answered here
why not visit the best forum on the net :-
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!). http://www.wikiradio.org.uk/wiki/index.php?title=CB_Magazines
you are already a CBer - why not consider becoming a
Radio Amateur? Have
a look here >>
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PLT / PLA adapters are threatening the radio spectrum - a valuable
CB Radio operation, Amateur Radio and even FM Stereo radio and DAB
radio are all interfered with by PLT adapters.
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