CB Radios - CB slang words, CB 10-code, Phonetic Alphabet & more ....
From 8th December 2006 you no longer need a licence to use a CB radio in the UK.
For more information visit the OFCOM website (opens pdf in new window)
Breaker on the side .... CB radio has it's own language. You don't have a name you have a CB ‘handle’. When you meet up with someone you have an ‘eyeball’ -
get the idea ?
10 - 4 good buddy .... As well as CB slang you use the 10 - code when transmitting. The most common being 10 - 4 for yes or 10 - 20 for your location. There are a lot of CB radio 10 codes to learn.
Picture this: 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 ....
CB radio users don't have names, just handles - it’s the nickname you’ll use. Choose your CB handle carefully because it's who you are but make it unique. Burt Reynolds was 'The Bandit' and Kris Kristofferson was 'Rubber Duck'.
Other CB handles from Convoy include Spider Mike, Widow Woman and Pig Pen ....
Q: What does the 'CB' in CB Radio stand for ?
A: Citizen's Band Radio !
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 ! .... CONTINUE
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CB radio or to give it it's full name Citizen Band Radio was first 'legally' introduced in the United Kingdom in 1981, but was used 'illegally' for many years before then.
Early CB radios were imported from America in the 1970's and used different frequency bands. Popularised by films such as Convoy and Smokey and the Bandit, they proved hugely popular .... CONTINUE
As well as learning CB radio slang terms and the 10 code - the use of the phonetic alphabet always comes in handy when using a CB radio. It's used in some shape or form in most 2 way communication - Charlie, Delta, Bravo etc.
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.
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The tactile attraction of a CB radio