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Marksfish
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Back to the 80s

Christmas 1981 saw me receiving a York JCB 863 (now CB had been legalised on the FM band) which I was allowed to choose from Boots, power supply (exactly like the one in the picture a colleague at work has gifted me) and a Cherokee aerial and dipole so I could use my CB as a home base. Here we are 40 years later with my eBay bargain model. I am powered up, but only have a small, budget mag mount aerial to try out the unit before I make any long term decisions. I live alongside the A1, so hope to find out how many people still use this mode of communication.

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Snap!

I had one of those, a decent rig as I remember.

Can't remember why now, but I later had an Amstrad 901.

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I remember seeing a huge convoy of trucks when I was in the USA, IIRC I was in Arizona, about Noon on the 7th of June...

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Re: Back to the 80s

@Marksfish 

Very popular with lorry drivers in the 80s no idea if they still use them but guess there are very few people around who use them now.

Be interesting to hear how you get on.

It was CB radio that got me into Amateur Radio.

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Those CB radios were going to open up a whole new world of mobile communication for the common man in the 80s, and then the 90s came along with those flip top phones. Technology seems to move in the blink of an eye.

Interesting to know they are still around though. 


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@Minivanman wrote:

 

Interesting to know they are still around though. 


 

Mines still around - up in the attic somewhere AFAIK.

Can't remember what brand and model it is.

Bought it because they were all the rage, fitted it into the works van I was driving at the time, never really found any use for it.

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@RobPN wrote:

Bought it because they were all the rage


Fitted one to an old car of mine simply because of that. In the end it was similar to buying my first calculator. Briefly fascinating.

A mate of mine used to park up on a hill overlooking the town which gave him a much greater range. His intention was to chat up women CB users. Problem was he found out there wasn't any.

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Zilch so far, except a lot of skip. Not sure I expected much else really, especially as the frequencies were extended in the 90s. Stick in the mud 80s FM 40 channels, just doesn't cut it. I know people are out there, but my set up a the moment just won't pick them up. Time for a play over the weekend 😀

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@gleneagles wrote:

@Marksfish 

Very popular with lorry drivers in the 80s no idea if they still use them but guess there are very few people around who use them now.

Be interesting to hear how you get on.

It was CB radio that got me into Amateur Radio.

😀


I was too young to drive when I had mine. I eventually mounted it on my pushbike with a motorbike battery to run it 😀

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@gleneagles wrote:

It was CB radio that got me into Amateur Radio.

😀


Aye, me too.

Didn't really have to study for the RAE, as there were already two hams in the Telephone Repeater Station where I worked, and the talk was virtually always radio related during every break.  😊

Got my Class B G6 licence in 1982.

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I seem to recall, prior to GPS days when most lorries had CB fitted, there was a lady in Sheffield who sat at her CB rig for long hours.

A lorry driver, not familiar with Sheffield or map reading would ask the lady for directions.

She would ask the driver for his location, e.g street name and his destination.

She would then guide the driver to his drop point using her map.

It was said that each large town or city had such a person.

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My English/Maths teacher was a radio ham (G3FQJ/A) CQ80

He set up a station at school and I joined his radio club.

When the 'Transmit' switch was flicked, we had to be silent.

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@Strat wrote:

She would then guide the driver to his drop point.

I've no doubt with a lot more accuracy than some of todays Sat Navs too.

 

 

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Cor I could go on 😀

Before mobiles, and I actually had to find payphone boxes with 10p's in my pocket, to make a call to a landline.

Listening to music on CD's. I said to my sister yesterday that no-one bothers with optical media anymore. (Though I still do).

Driving, and I remember pulling over to look at paper maps.

I drove home from Central London, before SatNav. Didn't have a clue where I was going, I just thought:

"Well I'll follow the signs to this place, nearer to home".
"Now I am here, this place is closer. I'll go there".

Repeated that about 10 times and I found the way.

Oh and 123 the talking clock - who uses that now?

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@Strat  My Mother supplied a similar service in the late 70s - early 80s. Living in an East Coast seaside town she would often guide holiday makers to their hotel, guest house or caravan site. She was severely disabled and blind but she would give talks about her Guide dog to local schools, organisations and clubs. One of the clubs was the local breakers. Seeing they could help her, they supplied a rig and thunder pole on the roof. She was on the air all day long. I put a rig in the car and no matter where I was I could talk to her and check she was alright....