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Citizens Band or "CB" Radio

Do I need a (FCC) license for CB?

    CB radio is a system of short-distance ("actual" distance will vary) radio communications between individuals on 40 channels (#1-40) within the 26.965 - 27.405 MHz spectrum range (11 Meter) band.  SSB equipped radios add 80 more channels with USB and LSB.

    

CB channel 9

has been designated by the FCC as an emergency contact channel (in the U.S.). Note:  This does not mean that someone is always monitoring this channel.  

Channel 19

is an "unofficial" trucker's channel.  Some  monitor this channel to be aware of traffic jams, accidents and traffic enforcement.

     A CB device must be certified by the FCC (the radio must have a label).   FCC rules set the maximum transmitting power of a CB radio at 4 watts on AM and 12 watts PEP on SSB.  You may not attach a linear, linear amplifier  or any other type of power amplifier to your CB device. 
Cobra, Galaxy, Midland, Uniden
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No, but there are rules!

Is Citizens Band Radio like Amateur "ham" Radio

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What is CB Radio

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     Amateur radio requires a license from the FCC to transmit, but CB does notCB users can use on-the-air pseudonyms ("handles" like "The Bandit" from the movie!), but amateur radio operators must use FCC assigned call letters (ex: KXXXXX).
Popular CB brands:
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CB Handheld (portable, walkie-talkie)

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CB Base Station

Galaxy DX-2547 AM/SSB CB Base Station

w/ Freq Counter, Talkback & Roger Beep
+40 Channel AM/SSB 120v AC Base Station CB.
+Automatic "No Calibrate" SWR Meter, Mic & RF Gain.
+Variable RF Output Power & Talkback controls.
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CB Mobile

Uniden 40-Channel CB Radio (PRO505XL)

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+Instant Channel 9: Quickly set the radio to emergency/channel 9
+Signal/RF Power Indicator: Check the relative strength of incoming transmissions
CB Base Station
CB Mobile
CB Handheld
(Portable)
     Citizen's Band radio is an informal way to keep in touch and to have fun on the radio, obtain  highway traffic/road condition information, get directions and to communicate with other CB users with a handheld, mobile or base station radio. CB is intended for both consumer and business use.
     Performance will depend a great deal on the type of antenna you use and the mounting location.  Don't try to save money on small "economy" antennas (homemade or store bought) and cheap coax.   
     Don't bother trying to illegally convert a ham radio to CB for more power.  You may be able to illegally send your transmit signal farther but the party you are calling won't be able to make the trip back to you.  So what do you gain? Just buy a better CB radio and/or antenna!
Check out some CBs!

Cobra 19DXIV 40 Channel Mobile Compact CB Radio

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+Instant Channel 9/19
+Full Function LCD Display
+New Compact design
+Instant Channel 9/19

Cobra 18WXSTII Mobile CB Radio with Dual Watch

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+40 CB channels
+10 NOAA Weather Channels
+Microphone with 9-foot cord
+Compact, stylish design
+Channel scan

Midland 1001LWX 40 Channel Mobile CB

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+ANL, RF Gain, PA, and Weather Scan
+Weather Scan Instantly Finds +Local Weather Channel
+Automatic Noise Limiter Improves +Reception For A Weak Signal

Galaxy DX-959 40 Channel AM/SSB Mobile CB Radio with Frequency Counter

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+Large, easy-to-read meter with scales for power output, modulation, SWR and incoming signal
+Five-digit frequency counter with large yellow digits , two-digit channel display with larger yellow digits, variable power output control, variable talkback circuit with on/off switch
+Automatic SWR circuit and an SWR alert LED, Roger Beep with on/off switch
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Galaxy DX-939 Backlit 40ch Mobile CB Radio with TalkBack & Roger Beep

+Star Lite faceplate makes all lettering glow in the dark
+Large, easy-to-read meter with scales for power output, modulation, SWR and incoming signal
+Five-digit frequency counter and two-digit channel display using large blue LEDs ,
variable power output control, variable talkback circuit with on/off switch

Cobra 148GTL CB 40 Channel

+40 AM and 80 SSB Channels
+4 Watts AM, 12 Watts SSB
+SWR Calibration
+9 Foot Microphone Cord
+Tone Control
Ex: Call for Help!

Cobra HHROADTRIP 40-Channel CB Radio

+NOAA All Weather Emergency Radio
+Mobile Mag Mount Antenna Included
+SoundTracker System
+10 Channel Weather Reception
+4 Watts Power Output
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Midland 75-785 40-Channel CB Radio

+Power: 7W Input, 4W Output
+Full 40-Channel Pll
+Operation With Pinpoint Channel Tuning Accuracy
+High/Low Power Switch Reduces Power Consumption
+Handheld CB radio with 40 CB channels and maximum-allowed four watts output power
Transceivers
Some people have both!
Just in case you are interested:
Looking for more information about:  Amateur Radio, HF Transceivers, CB Radio, Buying your first ham radio, and other informatiion?  Check out the next page>>

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     CB and Amateur Radio do have a few things in common, but there are many differences.  CB and ham radio use a

transceiver

to communicate with other users.  CB uses only one band (11 Meters) with frequencies assigned to channels.   Hams can use multiple bands and many frequencies (see chart), with direct frequency entry, and are legally  permitted to use more power (watts) to transmit a signal (within certain parameters). 
How to get a "ham" license>>
The Citizens Band Service is licensed by rule.  The FCC service rules for the Citizens Band (CB) Service are located in 47 C.F.R. Part 95. Users must abide by the FCC rules.
Want more range?  Get a Ham radio.  The technician test is relatively easy and you'll be legal! No Morse code!