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Setting Up A CB Radio: Home Base Station and Old Mobile SideBand AM Band Radio Channel

Updated on October 22, 2013

Galaxy DX 2547 CB

Bringing Back CB Radio

Why would I want to do that? Let me tell you. I can not explain the amount of enjoyment that I had as a kid using a CB Radio. I was set up in my Parent's garage and I enjoyed talking with people from around the area. This was before Cell Phones were in wide use.

I believe that my first CB Radio was a 23 channel Midland International. My uncle was into CB's in the 70's & 80"s and he had some great equipment. He had moved to a different house and he no longer used his equipment so he let me borrow his antenna and microphone, as well as co-ax (wire).

The antenna he let me borrow was a "Big Stick". That antenna was about 17 feet long and I had it mounted on a tripod on the ground in my back yard. I received great reception with that antenna. The mic he let me borrow was a Power Desk Mic. It looked similar to the old microphones that DJ's used in the radio station studio.

I eventually joined a local CB Radio Club, the "Pony Express" , out of my town. We had "Coffee Breaks" -weekly meetings with club members at the club's headquarters. I remember how impressed I was with all the equipment they had! I was only about 12 years old so my Dad always went with me (he wasn't amused!).

The club sponsored spaghetti suppers, fundraisers for school, charity, and the like, and it was always great to reach them on the other side of town from my home base. I really enjoyed talking with people through radio frequencies.

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CB Radio Technology

Now for some technical stuff. CB (Citizen's Band) radio operates over 40 AM channels within the 26.965 MHz to 27.405 MHz range. Side Band, both Upper and Lower are also related to CB Radio usage.

Originally, CB radio users were required to obtain an operator's license. That was later abolished and so CB Radio is available to anyone, without a license. CB Radio frequencies are monitored and authorized by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). Here is a user friendly site that briefly discusses FCC CB Radio Rules. For official FCC Rules, click the link.

Recently, I purchased a brand new Galaxy DX 2547 Base Station CB Radio with Side Band. This is truly a beautiful radio and promises to have a lot of power. Look at the picture of the radio; it truly is gorgeous!

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CB Radio Accessories

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      johnnybro 2 years ago

      I have a texas star 250 strapped to the back of my c.b. and am a local icon.

      how can i get this thing in my garage and run it?

      still want to get out loud

      thanks,

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      Paul 3 years ago

      I've been toying with CBS for about 10 years now and thanks to smart phones and Internet I finally understand all theories and now have perfect swr dead on one doesn't even twitch when I talk. In the past few months I've been trying for long distance skip. I actually had a conversation with Porto Rico. BTW I'm using a uniden bearcat 980ssb with high quality coax and Wilson gum drop mount,sping and Wilson 2000 trucker mounted dead center to the cab of 94 Silverado regular cab long bed

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello olegeezer! I guess CB's a re making a comeback! Thanks for stopping by!

      JSMatthew~

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      olegeezer 6 years ago

      Hello everyone out there in cb land. I just got through talking to a friend of mine who lives about 4 miles from me and we are getting back into the cb communication circle. We happen to have a cb radio technician living about 40 miles away and we feel pretty lucky to have him. Well until next time have a great day and be safe. olegeezer.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks for stopping by dirtyjob! I'll have to check that site out. Thanks for the comment.

      JSMatthew~

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      dirtyjob 6 years ago

      I am also in Massachusetts and mostif not all the local channels that once were, are now gone, i do have some semi locals on channel 10 am and 38 lsb and of course 19 is active, there is a great website located @ http://www.cbradiotalk.com/index.php with many of us from around the world that still enjoy our 2 ways :)

      73's

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      alleycat 7 years ago

      gaval commendant

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      JS Matthew 7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks for stopping by, Michael!

      I am from Massachusetts and I was surprised to still hear a decent amount of traffic on the air.

      There are a few people in my area that still chat and still hold "Coffee Breaks"-CB meetings for local enthusiasts.

      I like to listen in when we get those bad New England snow storms as the snow plowers use their radios.

      I don't think that CB will ever disappear!

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      Michael Hynds 7 years ago

      I recently unpacked my old Uniden Washinton that hasn't been used in years.I found that nobody sells cb stuff any more, except for some over priced over rated mobile antennas. I desire to get back into cbs but there isn't many people interested these days. folling the skip was fun, but unfortunatley to many sewer mouths cluttering up certain channels especially ch35.

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