Remember the early 80s when the latest craze was pretending to be American and use strange language and a thing called a CB Radio?
Well some of us never stopped using them. The dodgy slang may have gone but cb radio is still here.
My first interest in CB radio was sparked by listening to my grandmothers neighbour interfering with her radio gram.
I first used one at a friends house in early 1980 and I was instantly hooked. I pestered my mum to get me one and someone took full advantage of the fact I knew nothing about the then illegal world of CB and sold me one of these.
It worked really well on my DV27 antenna on a biscuit tin but had one major flaw .It only had 23 channels!
The first generation of American cb sets were like this but later ones had 40. Everyone used to have great fun telling me to “knock it to 24” Grrrrr I eventually got another radio and never looked back.
I have always had a thing about taking things to bits to see why they were still working and the cb radio was no different. I managed to mess them up so much I had to learn how to put them right and spent many an hour bugging the local rig doctor Paul Michelin Man who was very patient with me most of the time.
I eventually got the hang of it all and ended up working at the local cb shop earning a living doing what I loved.
CB today is a lot quieter than it used to be but we have more channels than ever before and its licence free!
You can now use AM and SSB modes on the original channels we all fought for in the early days along with the FM channels that we were given in November 1981.
If you are in the Leicester area you can normally find us around channel 14 on the UK FM band and if you need any advice or repairs to a cb radio please get in touch using the form below.