I know the band is pretty dead right now, but when skip is in there the band can be very active. When I got into CB radio back in 1988 at the tender age of 11, CB radios were not that loud on the air. Most CBers on base stations used quality mics like Astatic and Turner. If you had 1000 watts, you were the king. The higher powered stations stayed on 6 and 12 and left others alone. Most people that ran amps ran Blue Thunder 200s, Gray 300s, Palomar, Boomer and Texas Star amps that did less than 500 watts. When the Super mod became popular in the mid to late 90s CB radio got much louder. Around this time I started to see a lot more class C amps being used and many doing well over 1000 watts. I remember a guy here was building and selling 1500 watt boxes left and right. I had one of his 2x4 and they were splatter boxes! I still have a pic of it if anyone wants to see it. I left the CB in 2000 and when I returned in 2015 I was shocked just how much louder and powerful these stations got. Things like the Top Gun Modulator, the common use of exports and these dirty mods have really raised the audio of these stations. I also noticed while quality stations are out there and better than ever, a lot of CBers have what I call trash can audio. That audio that just sounds distorted and over modulated. People just trying to compete with who is the loudest. Back in the day we called them power stugglers and meter watchers. It can be hard to shoot DX because a select few are bleeding all over the band and so powerful they crush everyone else. There are people that will just lock a channel down for hours. When did 32 pill boxes even become a thing? To think there are people that run these on a base station through a high gain antenna! How it must suck to be their neighbors! This existed back in the day, but these stations were usually clean sounding. Many people think louder is better. There is something called the loudness wars in the music industry. If music recordings sound louder today to you, it isn't your imagination. Most music today is compressed to eliminate dynamic range and to make it sound louder from start to finish . The idea is if one studios song isn't as loud as the other, people will choose the louder song. The result is horrible sounding recordings to anyone that is into sound quality. I think CB may be suffering from this. Everyone just wants to get the most wattage out of their box and be the loudest as possible. There is this idea if you're not the loudest, people will just ignore you and answer the loud, distorted station. Sadly this is often the case and they will all tell him how good he sounds. Stop yelling in your mic dude, it doesn't help you get out better! Can you imagine if AM talk radio host ran their show like CB? Imagine Rush Limbaugh running a compression board and the radio station with a 10:1 wattage swing! I wonder how loud CB will be in 10 or 20 years if people still get on it? I just wish more ham operators used AM.