CB Radios - CB slang words, CB 10-code, Phonetic Alphabet & more ....
A Tale of a CB Radio user ....
The circle of friends you'd made for the first 17 years of life increased rapidly over the next few months. Everybody you spoke to immediately became your 'good buddy' - that was what you called them, it was the law - “CB language law”. You had to learn a whole new vocabulary to communicate .... 'breaker breaker', '10-4', 'eyeball', and the start of any conversation was 'what's your handle' - how cool was that.
You got to choose your own nickname - not the one the other kids called you in school - spotty or four eyes or shithead, but one of your own design - something with a bit of class like Ace, or Captain. What we didn't know then, with our limited imaginations, was how important it was to choose the right handle 'cos it get's stuck with you for the rest of your life amongst the new friends you made - friends who I still have all these years later.
The friends I really wanted to make though were 'seat covers' - CB slang for an attractive, or more often not so attractive, lady who could occupy the passenger seat of my car. A female voice crackling over the CB was like music to my ears, and unfortunately had the same effect on many others ears too, as the fight to talk to a new 'lady breaker' could be quite fierce. The objective was to arrange an 'eyeball' with this sultry voiced siren of the airwaves. These carefully planned real life meetings often ended in disappointment, on both sides, but no worries - as the popularity of CB'ing increased, so did the number of lady breakers to clumsily try and seduce.
And so it continued, for a while - bigger and better CB's were 'imported', and longer aerials were installed on cars - so tall that they were lashed to the side of the roof until you stopped to use them. Then, on 2nd November 1981 the UK government made it all legal - though not in the way we pioneers had hoped for. The 'rigs' we were using were still illegal because they used a different frequency and operated over longer distances - whereas the legal CB radios had a very limited usage in comparison .... and for some reason it just didn't feel the same.
It wasn't the end of the world though - friendships had already been made, ladies had been met, and though we didn't know it at the time there were plenty of gadgets waiting to be invented in the years to come to keep us occupied.
CB hasn't died - it's still very much in use, and an internet search reveals many sites dedicated to it's use. I'm glad I was 'there' when it happened, and at just the right age to fully appreciate it ..... but time rolls on. It's been replaced by text messaging and emails etc, though they just don't have the same buzz as using a CB. There's nothing quite like actually talking to someone. Breaker breaker ... any taker !!
It's about 1980 and the internet, mobile phones, emails, satellite television, and pretty much everything else that's taken for granted today just didn't exist. You're 17 and you've just passed your driving test - someone tells you about a friend of a friend who can get hold of a magic box that let's you talk to other people with magic boxes.
What's it called? - a CB radio -
oooooh! I've got to have one !
They come from America - they're illegal in UK - truckers use them - they had pretty flashing lights on them - they had lots of buttons to press - and they cost more than the heap of a car you're driving .... It doesn’t get much better than that - oooooh I've definitely got to have one!
What a blast - sitting on top of a mountain talking to people a few miles away. If you were lucky, and the wind was blowing in the right direction you could catch a snippet of an american truckers voice that had carried itself across the world. How was that possible - who knows .... something about the sun and skipping or something. Who cared how it happened, it just did, and it was amazing.
There are still many CB manufacturers around and some fantastic equipment available for the true enthusiast.
MAKES AND MODELS OF CB RADIOS FOR SALE INCLUDE :
Cobra - Connex - Galaxy - GRE - Grant - Icom - Jackson - Johnson - Kenwood - Lincoln - Magnum - Maycom - Midland - Motorola - President - Radio Shack - Realistic - Uniden - Wilson - Yaesu
CB Radios, Antennas, SWR Meters, CB Microphones, Citizen Band Radios, Aerials, RF Patch Leads, Magmounts, power supplies, 2 way radios, scanners, magnetic antenna, CB's.
During it's peak of popularity there were CB's for sale in many motorist stores and dedicated CB shops in most towns throughout the UK. You'll have to buy the more elaborate kit from specialised dealers nowadays, but Maplin do stock a fairly decent selection of entry level CB's that you can buy online, plus they also have a good selection of CB accessories.
(opens in new window)
Good choice of CB radio equipment available to buy online - CB Radios, Antennas, SWR Meters, CB Microphones, Citizen Band Radios, Aerials, RF Patch Leads, Magmounts, power supplies, 2 way radios, scanners, magnetic antenna, CB's, walkie talkies, and much much more - CB Radios and CB radio equipment.