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Handles and CB Etiquette?

Discussion in 'General Ham Radio Discussion' started by CyberRider, Aug 21, 2018.

  1. CyberRider

    CyberRider New Member

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    I'm new to the citizens band. Radio not yet installed even. But I'm wondering, do people still use handles and is there a certain CB etiquette? I'm clueless, so please be merciful in your replies. I can't find a thread on this forum about those topics. Help me!


     

  2. nomadradio

    nomadradio Analog Retentive

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    It has gotten pretty informal since the 70s and all the Hollywood-movie slang and schtick we remember from those days.

    A lot of CB operators bailed out and got ham licenses when the morse-code requirement was dropped 14 or so years back. CB started to get really quiet since them.

    And a few of them have come back to CB once they found that the ham bands are now populated by former CB operators with ham licenses.

    And sometimes you'll still hear a driver refer to the flashing warning lights at a construction zone as an "electric indian".

    73
     
  3. CyberRider

    CyberRider New Member

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    What about the 10 code? People still use it? Should I learn it? People still say "Over"? Truckers still yack on the highways?
     
  4. undertaker

    undertaker Undertaker

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    10-4
     
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  5. TheRealPorkchop

    TheRealPorkchop Certified Sith Pimp

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    Porkchop started as a handle when I started driving many years ago, now it’s not a handle...it’s my name. Everybody calls me by that name, well almost everyone. What my wife calls me I won’t put up here, don’t want a warning.

    The slang, I don’t guess so. I still hear 10-4 and 10-10 on the radio while I’m at work. I hear city cops referred to as “city kitties” and highway patrol called “full grown bear”. A DOT guy is a diesel bear. That’s about it.

    I also hear “top shelf” referring to someone’s radio quality. But the jargon that I guess used to be used, I don’t hear that any more. I’d say just make yourself a handle up of some sort and get on the air. Also, welcome to the forum.
     
  6. SIX-SHOOTER

    SIX-SHOOTER Active Member

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    Don't know if you have heard what the CB Band is so well known as for the last 10 years or so but many know it as,"The Children's Band", so that just might answer your question about etiquette.When skip is rolling it's pretty much useless trying to have an actual conversation.

    SIX-SHOOTER
     
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  7. undertaker

    undertaker Undertaker

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    ssb is the best people have manners there...
     
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  8. CyberRider

    CyberRider New Member

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    Well, makes no diff. The Uniden 520XL doesn't offer SSB.

    Does nobody say 10-100 when they need to take a dump? I'm gonna start using that around the house.
     
  9. psycho

    psycho Running a special on our rooms!

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    Go to channel 6 where stations with the most power show the least amount of manners.
     
  10. TheRealPorkchop

    TheRealPorkchop Certified Sith Pimp

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    I do not say 10-100 but I think I will now and maybe I’ll even run around with a mic in my hand and the plug in my pocket.
     
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  11. Shadetree Mechanic

    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    The locals here use plain English with a 10-4, 10-7, or 10-20 here and there as needed. Not really any CB slang except for maybe when someone is signing off, they might throw an old one in there for a few laughs. The locals use handles for local talk and numbers for DX (skip). When skip rolls in and you want to make a contact then you might need to talk like they do on that channel or they might not get back to you. It took me a while to understand who was talking to who and which way the conversation was going. When talking to another state, I usually ask how the weather is or if its an area that recently had tornadoes or a hurricane i will ask if they made out ok. Just do a lot of listening at first. Channel 6 is way different than 38LSB it's like night and day.
     
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  12. Handy Andy

    Handy Andy Do Your Research First, Then Decide...

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    It's best to listen in...a lot of time the "Dialect" is what sets the tone and level of communication...

    Busting into a channel using every slang and CB jargon term that was ever printed in a book, is just that - old news - you've prolly' just insulted the whole bunch. You'd be lucky if' you'd get a 10-36 from them.

    Time = 10-36

    So while you've gone 10-10 and back quiet in the bushes wondering if you'll even ever be 10-8 and standin' straight again. The channel chatter pretty much went to zero. Are they 10-6? Gone 10-9?

    So, you can possibly 10-5 a message or two - But to whom? Whom knows? Do you go 10-7 or try and ask for a 10-13? Maybe someone can tell me the traffic conditions...but then as you reach for the Volume On/Off knob to silence the channel forever, you hear "You're not from around here are you?"

    Now, before you panic - realize that you have been given a second chance.

    Talk and speak to them, not AT them - they're humans after all...
     
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  13. TheRealPorkchop

    TheRealPorkchop Certified Sith Pimp

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    But don’t just get in there and say “how’bout a 10-36?”


     
  14. loosecannon

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    that would be a 10-200.
    LC
     
  15. TheRealPorkchop

    TheRealPorkchop Certified Sith Pimp

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    You didn’t ask for a break....
     
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