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    Are any of you here CBers?

    Bob

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    We have 2 very old call signs and seven channel sets.These days no license is required in our country.Our ground plane is about 35 years old.With a little work and checking on the SWR we could be back on air.Have you ever recieved skip from our country.
    Bob Russell
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    Ummm....

    Cellphone.... check.
    Wireless palm pilot.... check.
    Wireless card in laptop.... check.
    Last-ditch emergency pager.... check.
    Bluetooth earbud headset... check.
    Satellite radio receiver... check.
    CB..... huh?

    CB? What's a CB? Wasn't that done
    with the old spark-gap equipment in
    morse code or something?



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    I like CB's a lot but living in a rich people city, the antenna gives you a mountain folk look. (by the way theres to classes of people in my town, Mountain People and city people) and since I live in the mountains, I'm Mountain folk, and living in the mountains I rarley get reception. but when I do, oh it's heaven. The handle I go by is usally Joethebeekeeper. the only other time I use the CB is when I'm going up and down highway 5 but they can normally tell I'm a teen cause I just say stupid stuff like "how about them seat covers?"

    I fond out how to get more channels on my old CB in the lower frequencies, but am also interested in increasing the WATTS since I live in the hills, would I have to get a new transformer or is it more complicated?

    Joseph

    [This message has been edited by Got Honey? (edited November 19, 2004).]

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    "how about them seat covers?" Even though I really have no interest in CBs, I gotta tell ya, THAT gave me a chuckle.

    Thanks, Joseph

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    James Fisher

    Rater a showoff I would say or what.

    Rob

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    Bob Russell
    I have talked skip all around the world.I have old equpmet too.A browning mark III and a 4 elament beam antena plus a big watt box.

    jfischer
    I have not one of the things on your list either lol.Have enough with the computer.

    Got Honey?
    More watts is easy but like everthing else coasts money.The more watts the more money just like bees lol.If you are useing a mobile radio a nice amp would do the trick

    Sharkey
    Do you know what is ment by seat covers?

    Any way I am not on the cb all that much but it is another one of my hobbies.if i am on the air I will be on chanel 28 (27.285)AM.

    Beekeeper in the Buckeye State
    Bob

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    > Rater a showoff I would say or what.

    An very amusing comment from someone who
    clearly spent his own hard-earned cash
    on a PC for at least $500, and got on the
    internet for at least $10 a month sometime
    in the past 10 years.

    Hey pot, I'm a kettle, not much different
    from you!

    I may earn a living in the 21st century, but
    I like to live in the 19th. The commute would
    be a pain, so I use the modern version(s) of
    "CB Radio", which was the point I was trying to make.

    Five years ago, lots of folks would go
    outside during breaks at beekeeper meetings
    to smoke. Now, more than half of beekeepers
    carry a cellphone without thinking themselves
    "showoffs". They run outside to make a call
    during the breaks. Few smoke any more, but they
    still congregate in the SAME exact areas!
    One is forced to wonder what they did before.
    I never saw a line at a pay-phone at any
    beekeeper meeting, ever.

    The adoption of all these "wireless" tools has
    been much quicker in Europe and Asia than in
    North America, mostly because their population
    densities are higher, and one needs fewer "towers"
    to serve "everyone". Go to Asia, and you will see
    high-tech wireless communications JEWELRY!
    Cellphones in watches. MP3 music players in necklace
    pendants, for Pete's sake!

    Wait a bit. I assure you that you will be able to
    call me a "showoff" in a few years using one or
    more of the exact devices I listed, because you too
    will own them all, or some sort of integrated device
    that does even more than they do. After all, you
    would have called me a "showoff" for merely owning
    my own computer back in the 1970s or 1980s, let alone
    mentioning "the internet".

    Beekeepers are rarely "in the office", so all these
    tiny techno-toys are more use to beekeepers than most
    other folks.

    Now, if you'll excuse me, the dairy farmer up the road
    wants me to help him install a new satellite antenna
    on his tractor. He fertilizes using a GPS unit tied
    to an onboard laptop on his tractor that is loaded with
    soil data gathered from remote-sensing satellite data.
    He bought all the technology because it results in better
    hay, but refuses to put air conditioning in his tractor
    on the grounds that THAT would be "showing off".


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    "More watts is easy but like everthing else coasts money.The more watts the more money just like bees lol.If you are useing a mobile radio a nice amp would do the trick"

    Do these work both input and out put or just on output?

    now I sound like a new guy dang it. What do you call atruck full of beehives? there has to be a name for them.

    Joseph

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    Hey, JOseph, sorry to change the subject, but how are your bees doing out there? Hadn't heard from you in awhile and was curious. It was kind of a rough summer here. Back to the discussion at hand...
    Sorry, wasn't into CB's even back in the 70's when they were hot.

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    Hey Dragonfly.
    bees did ok this only three gallons of honey, but it ok considering weare on our 4th year of drought. you can e-mail me if ya want to. Jtclassof05@aol.com, or anyone for that matter, need to talk to all of you people.

    Back to CB radios, another question any of you ever played the cat and mouse game? I've been trying to get a group together but none of my friends want to so far.

    Joseph
    Jtclassof05@aol.com

    PS if any of you have AIM I'm joethebeekeeper on that

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    Got Honey?,

    The amp will work on both input and output. Input gain is usually just a few db.

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    It is not legal to use a CB radio to talk to stations over 150 miles distant. "Working skip," "shooting skip," or talking around the world is a violation of FCC rules.

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    > "Working skip," "shooting skip," or talking
    > around the world is a violation of FCC rules.

    Atmospheric conditions are beyond the
    control of even the all-powerful FCC.
    They are more the concern of NOAA, the
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, not that they can actually
    "administer" the atmosphere.

    As long as one stays within the power limits
    imposed on each type of broadcast license,
    the FCC will not care how one uses that
    power.

    I'm in Virginia, and on a good night, I
    can pick up WRKO Boston with ease.


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    ""It is not legal to use a CB radio to talk to stations over 150 miles distant. "Working skip," "shooting skip," or talking around the world is a violation of FCC rules.""

    my cb I want to modify is just to listen to, since the microphone is all messed up I have no choice, and I'm not going to screw with my working CB. And my nearest nieghboor is ten miles away so I'm not to worried about someone finding out.

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    Ok is there anything we can talk about with out doom and gloom.

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    Should have included a "wink, wink" with my comment. The law is still on the books. How they could possibly enforce it is another thing.

    Why the FCC established a personal radio service within the shortwaves, and then imposed a distance limit...doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

    Part 95 applies to CB specifically, not hams or broadcasters. But sure, fire up the TRAM and Moonraker and go for it. C'maaan DX Laaaand )

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    I keep a CB in my truck for my hr long commute each day. Help to know where the police are radaring but the biggest help is to know where the traffic jams are. My wife thinks I'm a redneck with my dual antennas but I don't mind.

    They call me POWERTRADER!

    Dan

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    Dan it seems i hear the redneck thing too or cb went out years ago lol.But you are right the cb is nice when you are on the road.I am not sure where you are but i think i am to clos for line of sight ground wave and not far enought for propagation or (skip).

    Bob

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    JWG
    Are you a Ham? If so what class

    Bob


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