W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member
- May 22, 2012
That's weird....I bought my first CB in 74 from a local Radio Shack, and didn't have a license... Like said earlier, there was a card you had to fill out inside the radio's box, and send in with $4 to get your license...Shortly after that, around the time the 40 channel radios came out is when they dropped the license requirement.
If you really want to find out, the FCC might have sent the record to be stored on Microfilm. The Library of Congress might have that in storage.Does anyone know of a data base that still has the old callsigns that the FCC used to give out, just wondering if they were still around or if they threw them away when they went to no license?
I believe that the K plus your zip code was meant to be a temporary license to operate until you got your "Offical" license from the FCC. I remember doing that in 1977 when I applied for my license. They started that because they were so swamped by applications that it took months to receive your certificate from them.My fathers' call was KCK 187 but, hows about when CB exploded and they were doing the self-licensing thing; I think it was the letter "K" plus your initials and 5 digit zip code and you had to identify at the beginning and end of each transmission.