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  1. ljh505

    CB FM Mode

    Who knows. I think most of the European countries had FM in their regulations by the mid to late 1990s, but at that point compact/pocketable mobile phones were taking off in the U.S. for mobile car communications, so the U.S. CB market was primarily trucking, and AM on Ch. 19 was "good enough"...
  2. ljh505

    11 meter is very quiet?

    On Friday morning worked NB699 on 38LSB groundwave across the median of Interstate 40 as we headed in opposite directions here in the desert southwest. Another half QSO with a diffrrent station a bit later in the morning but the band wasn't holding up for DX.
  3. ljh505

    Getting the ticket

    No, I used books in 1984 for my Tech/General theory and a Hypercard stack (early hyperlink/hypermedia system) on a Mac in 1992 for Advanced/Extra. Both formats worked fine, the thing is to have the book/software/website generate multiple example exams from the real question pool.
  4. ljh505

    Rarest cb / export you’ve owned

    Lafayette Telsat SSB-50, built around a Cybernet board I think. Rockbound (crystal controlled) 23 channel mobile radio with sideband. Tossed it in the early 1990s when purging all non-synthesized and tube gear from the radio pile. Maybe should have held onto it, some guy in Italy has one up...
  5. ljh505

    10 meter is very quiet?

    I've been playing around with the leftover Field Day antenna, a 135 ft. doublet/dipole fed with 450 ohm ladder line into a 1:1 current balun and then into an auto tuner, a mAT-Y200 connected to the FT-891 running 75W. Made 3 or 4 10 meter phone contacts on Sunday, all regional out to 700 miles...
  6. ljh505

    Reasonable transportable static mobile antenna?

    There's a European CBer, Max Mountain World on YouTube, from Scotland but living in the ski resort areas of the French alps. Drives around in a car and puts up a Moxon beam on a push-up mast at various points on mountain roads. Here's a couple videos on the setup...
  7. ljh505

    11 meter is very quiet?

    I'm stuck at the home QTH this week, and have been monitoring 38 LSB the last few days. Not much activity Mon/Tue at all. Set up a program scan 36-40 LSB, nothing breaking squelch other than lightning strikes with the approaching afternoon thunderstorms and then I unplug. Worked a local 30...
  8. ljh505

    Question on FRS versus GMRS....

    This thread is about GMRS. No license test, you just register on the FCC website, pay the $35, and you're licensed for the GMRS service for 10 years. You do have to play by the GMRS Part 95 rules, especially on the repeaters.
  9. ljh505

    Question on FRS versus GMRS....

    Just buy a GMRS license for $35, good for 10 years. You'll probably want a repeater-capable radio, anyway, and those are usually high power with external/removable antennas and require the license.
  10. ljh505

    11 meter is very quiet?

    Put up a horizontal dipole last weekend at the house and just worked 951 SoCal this morning from the Albuquerque area on 38 LSB with the barefoot Uniden 980SSB.
  11. ljh505

    11 meter is very quiet?

    I don't think most people on a US-based CB board are going to understand the term "Muppets" (children's TV program in the 1970s/1980s) as referencing the 27/81 UK FM band, so here's an origin quote from transmission1.net...
  12. ljh505

    11 meter is very quiet?

    I worked Kentucky on the morning commute, about 8:15am Mountain time here Monday in the desert southwest. Worked Illinois over the weekend. 38LSB full of garbage and QRO stations, so went 37 LSB and 39 LSB.
  13. ljh505

    11 meter is very quiet?

    Band is open 1pm Mountain time Saturday here in New Mexico. I've had Ch6 Super Bowl coming in on the 2 ft whip on the indoor scanner all morning. When that happens, the band is pretty open. Weather good today, so time for mobile antenna maintenance. Put a new DX Engineering correct-sized...
  14. ljh505

    11 Meter Radios AM/SSB/FM

    It's the same, the FCC adopted the European CEPT modulation standards.
  15. ljh505

    11 meter is very quiet?

    Crazy skip day Friday. Booming into the desert southwest here on 37 & 38 LSB were New York, Ontario province, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia. At sunset Tasmania, Australia (43WR44) coming in from across the Pacific. Was only...
  16. ljh505

    11 meter is very quiet?

    Last Friday (Dec 3) on 38 LSB around 11am Mountain time I called some loud station in Alabama or Georgia, I forget which, and got Louisiana instead. But that was the last DX skip for me these past 7 days.
  17. ljh505

    First AM/FM FCC Approval

    No PL/CTCSS or DCS squelch? Even cheapo blister pack FM radios have a CTCSS/DCS squelch these days.
  18. ljh505

    Farthest 11 meter DX contact and equipment used?

    Quoting the Wikipedia: CB Radio enthusiasts often exchanged colorful QSL cards, especially during the height of CB's popularity in the 1970s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QSL_card#Usage_in_CB_radio
  19. ljh505

    Farthest 11 meter DX contact and equipment used?

    SoCal to the Great Lakes region, about 2,000 miles stock Uniden 980SSB on 38LSB at 10 watts 2 foot SuperFlex on a hood channel mount on a Ford van
  20. ljh505

    11 meter is very quiet?

    Here's the current 10 meter sideband map. Not stellar, one guy in 5-land working into South America.