What Ever Happened To CB Citizen's Band Galaxy DX- Old and New Base Radio Stations?

My Galaxy DX 2547 SSB AM Radio

My Galaxy DX 2547 Base Station With Astatic Power Mic.and a 17.5' Solorcon A-99 Antenna attached to my roof.
My Galaxy DX 2547 Base Station With Astatic Power Mic.and a 17.5' Solorcon A-99 Antenna attached to my roof. | Source

My 17.5' Solorcon A-99 Antenna


CB's: My First Radio Experience

OK, I am 31 years old now [when this HubPage was written: now I'm 33 years old. ] and when I was 10, I moved from one side of town to the other, I came upon an old CB radio, and when I learned what it was, and what it could Do , I was hooked.

I happened to have enough wares to begin my Broadcasting and Receiving of this great pastime radio hobby, and I quickly learned the etiquette associated among CB users.

My CB "Handle " (code/radio name) was, "Blue Thunder." I enjoyed talking with locals at night and I made a few radio friends.

My uncle was into CB Radio for some time before I stumbled upon it, and he offered to let me use his Antron "Big Stick " antenna, which was over 17 feet long off the ground, and I soon set up my "Base Station " in the garage.

Although my parents were wary of me talking to unknown people (especially adult men) my Father always helped me in setting things up and meeting such friends. I Always laugh when my Dad tells me that his Handle was " Squirrel!"

I talked every night in that garage with people on the CB. When it was real cold, I got my Dad's permission to plug in an Electric Heater. I suppose that I could compare it to the amount of time I spend Online and on the Internet ever day, now.

I joined the "Pony Express CB Club" in town, and of course, my Dad came with me to all of the meetings. I remember going with the Club to a Ham & Bean Supper that was sponsored by the "Battleship Cove CB Club", in Fall River. I really had a great time!

Well, I guess time went by too fast after the Internet and Cell Phone industries took over our communication means. Before I knew it, CB's were out and I was listening to empty airwaves. Many years went by, and until recently, I re-discovered my passion for that Nostalgic form of "Breaker...Breaker ...1-9..." mentality that I once had.

My goal now? Simple: Get people to buy and use CB Radios and re-kindle the CB Revolution!

One of the coolest new Radios that is out there now, is a new CB Radio by COBRA that has Blue-tooth Technology built in and you can use the Radio seamlessly with your Blue tooth Cellphone.

This is the COBRA 29 LTD BT CB Radio . The phone broadcasts through the CB speaker and you key the mike to talk to your caller-just like using a CB! I am getting one as soon as I save enough money *(less than$200 USD )

I have a base station set up now. My Radio is a Galaxy DX 2547. I have a 17.5+ Solorcon A-99 Antenna. I Use an Astatic D-104 Desk Power Mic that I scored off E-bay with a second D-104 Mic, including shipping, for less than $60.00 USD!

I have some great stuff that I'm real happy with! Check out the pictures below!

My Heat

Keeps me warm under my station. Nothing like a fake fireplace!
Keeps me warm under my station. Nothing like a fake fireplace! | Source

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Thomas 6 years ago

an old-time CBer, I sure would like to know what's happened to channel 19. I got a job driving OTR for a company in central Florida when I got out of the service about 20 years ago, and the traffic sounded different than it did in the 70's. A short burst of static at the end of each transmission, almost like an FM broadcast. And a small cast of distinct voices (the main one sounded like Huckleberry Hound) that didn't seem to change no matter where I was in the country. I suspected that the company had hijacked my CB somehow, maybe by satellite. I quit and got a manufacturing job and forgot about the whole thing. But recently I went back to trucking (different company) because of the poor economy, and I'll be darned if it isn't still happening. What the heck is going on here? Another age-old attempt at remote control? Intelligence gathering or dissemination, maybe? Anyone who cares to fill me in on this can reach me at opertom@hotmail.com. Thanks and be safe, guys (gals).

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J.S.Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks for the comments, Thomas! I am not sure about that phenomenon, although it could be coincidence...or could it?

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Alexander Mark 6 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

I didn't realize that CB was dead, I just figured that the last CB I had didn't have the range and since I couldn't find a use for it, it has left the clutter of my things.

That was a neat time, and I bet that the novelty of the CB dissipated because of cell phones and satellite hook-ups. Sometimes I wish we could push the rewind button and go to the 70's and hit pause. But I love the internet too much, so the time machine will have to wait.

Hans 5 years ago

What channel you on?

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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Generally, Chanel 2 in my locale.

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