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    Craig, and in old CB radio lingo, in the ten code, they just go 10-7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen View Post
    Craig, and in old CB radio lingo, in the ten code, they just go 10-7.
    Well I'm 10-8 and 10-10 on the side...oh boy CB my handle was the ESSEX and my call letters were KLO-9584...back when you needed a license for CB.
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    Craig, Oh man! remember the mid-to-late 70s when the CB craze peaked and car dealerships had brand new models on the showroom floors with CB radios manufactured right into them?! I bet the under-thirty crowd will freak out at that one.

    I was the Texas Hell Cat, and friends often called for the THC and yes, it was more than a coincidence that those letters also stood for a substance in an herb.

    We had radios in all of the family autos and a base station that talked all over the nation when the skip/DXL? was it on side band, was in. My dad and I got a PO box along with a dude I was best friends with just so that we could all give it out when shooting skip, and receive the cards people loved to send out, and I'd write every one of them back. We got mail from the Caribbean, and all over this 48 states.

    I belonged to two CB clubs, one on channel 12 and the other Channel 8, both locally in San Antone.

    Speaking of successful DJs, I also had a friend that was from L.A. and he ended up at a radio station in San Antone and his nickname was the "Vanilla Gorilla." (Jim Wood) He made enough in his day to live very well.

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    OK... I pruned the first 3 posts out of "New Blood" and used them to create this new thread called "CB Radio". This has been done to prevent topic drift which I think may happen as there may be some people who'd want to talk about CB Radio.

    The topic which is not totally related to broadcast media, will stay in the Hawaii Radio Memories section for now with the possibility that it may move elsewhere later (possibly Circuit Circus) where general tech things both new and old are discussed.

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    Ahh, that could explain the first three posts of this thread. In any event I had a class D CB license in the late 1970's even though I only had a 100 milliwatt 3 channel hand held unit powered by a 9 volt battery.

    I brought a few more hand held units in the mid 1990s, I think they were at least 2 watts in power and they used 8 AA batteries to power them. I rarely used the units.

    I haven't been paying much attention to CB technology latey, been using FRS/GMRS radios. They are lighter, smaller and use up less batteries than the CB radios.

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    Most boats here (including mine) have CB radios, as they offer better coverage than traditional boat VHF radios whose signal is blocked by mountains and ridges.
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    I think one of the best base stations for the money (cheap) was the Radio Shack Navajo. Man that thing could put out some signal. Couple that with a Moon Raker beam antenna, a black box and a power mic and you dominated the area.

    I started out with a Swedish 3-watt 3-channel handheld from Handic. It was bright orange and used a rubber duckie antenna. I bought it at Lafayette Radio Electronics on the corner of Young and McCully. The last radio was a Midland 40-channel mobile radio powered with a 12vdc power supply hooked up to a 5/8 wave Omnidirectional antenna.

    Speedtek had a Golden Eagle Mk IV CB base station (probably the best of the best) and would overpower us in East Honolulu,
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    I do remember that our base station antenna was a Hygain Penetrator, and something else...dang it had a measurement for the wave it put out? Wow, these terms are getting really vague to me, now. It was a 5/6 wave? something like that.....FCC law at the time said our antenna was supposed to be no more than 40.ft. high, our antenna was telescopic and we kept it at an illegal 60ft. till a Texas thunderstorm put it at a ninety-degree angle and when I got out of the shower my antenna was across the roof and top of it in a large tree in the front, lol.

    My base station radio...hmmm.....had upper and lower sideband...man! what brand radio? Wonder if it was a bearcat, or was that just the scanner? The microphone was the big, silver one that looked like a large lollipop, that I recall and dang sensitive.

    They were a blast, as were the breaker parties and since we didn't have cell phones they were very convenient, too. My one friend that did, I think he paid almost a dollar a minute to talk on it or something absurd like that
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    Your antenna was probably the 5/8 wave since the next size up would have been a full-wave antenna. As for height, the maximum height for an antenna was 60-feet from tip of the antenna to the ground. Your's was legal.

    Mine wasn't however as I misinterpreted the legal height restrictions and put my antenna ON TOP of a 60-foot mast which was mounted ON TOP of my single story home. My antenna topped off at about 85-feet up or 25-feet too high. Then the PL-259 coax connector's crimp failed and I had to shimmy up the mast and make a field repair. Oh and the PL-259 screwed onto the SO-239 socket. I was using RG-6 coax at the time which allowed for the lowest Standing Wave ratio.

    For a short time there was a mail order company called JS&A and was a precursor to The Sharper Image. They sold a small walkie talkie called the Pocket Com. This thing put out 30-milliwatts of output power but from a mile away you could hit 9-pounds on the power meter of any receiving CB radio.

    Your mic was called the Silver Eagle by Astatic.

    Come to think of it I also had a big old base station made by President. It was 23-channels and all were crystal-controlled.
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    Craig, the law says sixty feet now. It did not say that in 1978.

    Mine was the only one among fifteen or more, within a few streets that was 60 then, in the 'burbs of San Antonio. It was such a knockoff that driving down the main road that bordered our neighborhood ours stood out ridiculously and friends even wondered how the FCC missed it for a couple of years. I know they drove around and worked the area because a newscaster for country radio station KBUC and I were playing with his radio in his newscar one night and got blasted by the FCC in the area, man his needle hit the other side as the guy said in a very business like manner "This is an FCC monitor." LOL we turned his radio off so dang fast.

    That's it! the Silver Eagle. Friends had the gold one, woo hoo man it was a beauty. I can't remember why I had two licenses in less than five years. One was KNV 1165 and I said that thousands of times.
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    Wow! This post really brings back memories.....my handle was COUNTRY GIRL and my best friend was SURFER GIRL. My brother was the BRAIN SURGEON and my Dad was CHUBBY TOO.....I don't recall the call letters but the numbers 2052......we had a huge antenna on the roof of our house in Sunset Beach......GRAY WHEELER, SMALL MAN was our neighbor......my sis was Little Uku.....thanks for the memories......

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    Craig, the law says sixty feet now. It did not say that in 1978.
    It did say it back then and even in 1976 when I erected it. One of my CB buddies told me my antenna was too high and showed me the FCC regulations regarding CB antenna heights. I just shrugged my shoulders as most CBer's didn't even use licenses back then when required and I thought Uncle Charlie (the FCC) had bigger fish to fry so I took the chance and eventually the antenna came down when the CB craze deminished.
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    Craig, well nuttin personal but I think you know that, but I don't buy it. I need to see a copy of their old laws, but let's say you are correct...which I strongly doubt but I get "CRS" at times, yeah, "can't remember uh..stuff."

    What that tells me is that my antenna was 80ft. high....I don't buy that but what I do know is that it was 20ft. illegal and it was the only one that high in our entire neighborhood, and as mama used to say "the bigger they are, the harder they fall." LOL...she was of course talking about people with vain and obnoxious egos but I tell ya....my antenna was humbled with one big blast of a thunderboomer.
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    OK, here we go. Break 28!

    KAXK-1909 Piko Mango (me) mobile
    KAUM-6424 Papa Fergie Base, Waimalu
    KAUM-6424 Pops, Papa Fergie Base, Waimalu
    KAUM-6424 Ma, Papa Fergie Base, Waimalu
    KAUM-6424 Sweet Hawaiian, my sister
    KAUM-6424 Boogie Babes, my other sister
    KAVR-**** Hawaiian High-Flyer, my brother

    28-Gang (and I don't pretend I can remember them all):
    Big Bird
    White Lightning
    Immo
    Little Ping
    KAOV-**** Okole Vibrator, Marshall
    Pregnant Roller Skate (PRS)
    Peacemaker/Hanamalu
    Luau Lips

    Got plenty more. Shucks, I forget! All based around Waimalu, Pearl City, Aiea.

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    28-Gang (and I don't pretend I can remember them all):
    Big Bird
    Wonder if it's the same one I knew - High School teacher. Electronics shop if I haven't gotten him confused with someone else. For the life of me I can't remember the media center teacher's handle.

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    Our base station was a President. I still have a big silver microphone with the Presidential Seal on the back.

    We lived on the radio.
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    ZZ, I dig reading the old handles of those in your club. Man, what a cool trip down memory lane, as another poster said.

    We were on Channel 8 and it was me and my handle, Tomcat, Broken Wishbone, Empty Six Pack, Green Spider and the others just aren't coming to me, but those were my closest friends on that channel. Those guys ran illegal power, dang what did we call it? Amplifiers? boosters? we had a cooler name for them, but oh that's right...

    if we weren't using illegal power like me and my house, we were "barefoot" but can't remember what we called it for the rest of them.
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    Those guys ran illegal power, dang what did we call it? Amplifiers? boosters? we had a cooler name for them, but oh that's right...
    Linear? (Short for linear amplifier)

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    Memories, indeed!! My parents were really into CB, and I remember that my Dad used to use it to yell at bad drivers!

    Remember Convoy? Best use of CB in a movie, ever!

    Yeah, breaker one-nine, this here's the Rubber Duck, you got a copy on me Pigpen? C'mon.
    Ah yeah, ten-four Pigpen, for sure, for sure. By golly it's clean clear to Flagtown. C'mon.
    Yeah, that's a big ten-four there Pigpen. Yeah, we definitely got the front door good buddy. Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got us a convoy!
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    Well we laid a strip for the Jersey shore, Prepared to cross the line
    I could see the bridge was lined with bears, But I didn't have a doggone dime
    I says Pigpen this here's the Rubber Duck, We just aint gonna pay no toll
    So we crashed the gate doin' ninety-eight, I says Let them truckers roll, ten-four!!!!!
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    No. Linear probably is too proper a term. I mean we had cool lingo, ya know. Barefoot meant not using illegal boosters. I always ran barefoot and then when my friends were at Canyon Lake, in New Braunfels, TX. and I was at home I dug when they'd tell me I was "really getting out" meaning of course my radio was making an impressive trip for being legal, weak in other words. lol....

    Maybe this sometimes feeble mind will think of the term. Thinking of details that were 30yrs. ago ain't always easy for an old lady.
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    We just called em Black Boxes.

    Okay our group consisted of (help me Speedex):

    Essex, Boogie Bear and his sister Sungoddess, Pirate, Buttons, Oh crap I can't remember our old bunch. But our valley (Waialae Nui Valley) had so many CB antennas up and running we called it Antenna City.
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    I'll think of the cool term we used...eventually.

    Yeah, at the height of the craze Most neighborhoods I recall in the SA. TX. area were like that, including mine, but do you remember us then having to be conscious of our neighbors and the powerful bleedover when someone close was on their base station and power mics, too?! Sheesh....now that's coming back to me. We'd take turns, us on our channel and them on theirs and at times some tones of voice got a little serious in the comments to each other, but not often.

    I was the young one that was usually talking to a mobile and about to leave the house for the night, so I bet those that to me then were old farts were sure glad when I went out.
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