Why CB Radio Is Still Popular In Some Circles – Hometown Station | KHTS FM 98.1 and AM 1220 – Radio Santa Clarita
****** Note from the editor-in-chief of KHTS: the author of this article confused the term “CB Radio” with “Ham Radio”. There are big differences between the two: Ham Radio is a nickname for “Amateur Radio”, a radio service regulated by the FCC. CB Radio stands for “Citizen’s Band” and is also regulated by the FCC, but is quite different from Ham Radio. We apologize to our readers for the confusion. All opinions in the article below are those of the author and not of KHTS Radio / Hometown Station. *******
Besides truckers, CB radios are also used by off-roaders, motorhomes, bikers and all kinds of hobbyists. Besides being a hobby for some people who use it to communicate around the world without cell phones or the internet, CB radio operators play a vital role in emergency preparedness and communications. Also known as amateur radio operators, these people are used by emergency management professionals during crisis situations. These users operate on special frequencies and are licensed by the FCC. But why have CB radios maintained their appeal even in the age of more efficient digital communications?
The thrill is in the race
The short answer? In some circles the thrill is in the race – and CB radio still delivers that thrill.
CB radios are popular among truckers and people who enjoy off-roading, such as hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts. The frequency spectrum is also a plus – circuit breakers can often bypass where something like a walkie talkie cannot. And since CB radios can be used with or without a license, those who use them often feel like they are getting away with something.
Backup for emergency personnel
You will be surprised to learn that there are around 2 million people involved in amateur radio across the world. For starters, they help with emergency communications in a variety of ways, and they are much more than amateurs. They serve as the eyes and ears on the ground for emergency management professionals during severe storms. Some of them are also members of authorized emergency radio service organizations and participate in emergency response and communication exercises.
CB radio operators also provide a very important function in supporting the state’s emergency preparedness services. Although CB radio operators do not work directly with state emergency preparedness and response services, emergency services still rely on their services. And there are several valid reasons why emergency preparedness and management services depend on it.
A lifeline in the event of modern communications failure
CB radio operators are not only essential during real emergency situations, but they are also exceptionally good at emergency drills. Regardless of the availability of high tech communication options at this time, the world is always at the mercy of the weather. When phone lines are cut and cell towers are knocked down in bad weather, CB radio operators are a lifeline. They are essential for locating places where victims are stranded and sending alerts to emergency personnel.
The appeal of CB radio lies in its versatility. It can reach any place on earth and costs less than modern digital devices. In addition, the device is quite easy to use, which makes it a good choice for people who are not very tech savvy.
CB radio has also gained popularity among vintage car enthusiasts. The device can provide a link between drivers and their passionate companions, allowing them to share their thoughts and experiences on cars on the air.
CB radios also have different channels which can be selected according to the needs of the user.
So what if I want to become a CB radio operator?
Well, you need to get an amateur radio operator license from the FCC to become an amateur radio operator. All operators must pass an FCC-regulated exam to obtain a license. There are three types of licenses: the technician license for entry-level operators, the general license which allows global communications, and the additional amateur license which allows you to operate in all modes and bands. In addition to the license, you must create a station. If you’re setting up a home station, you’ll need an amateur radio, some battery, a home CB antenna, and you’re ready to go in any weather condition.
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