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Old 02-25-2019, 02:42:04 PM
Andrew Mackey Andrew Mackey is offline
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My brother had a Midland 883 CB radio that had sideband capability. He boosted the signal up to 50 watts and transmitted thru a Starduster Antena that ws mounted on a 30 foot tall mast in his back yard. Pete could talk around the world with that radio, much to the chagrin of neighbors with TV sets. His transmisions would come in on local TVs for miles. The FCC tried to locate him many times, but he kept air time down to 5 minutes at a clip, so they never located him. He had QSL cards from all over the world, including Australia (6) England (23), South Africa (2), Canada (8), and many other countries. he also communicated with ships and actually reported a sinking vessle to authorities in New Foundland (fishing boat struck rocks) The crew was saved due to his messages. He even got a personal thanks letter from the captain of the boat! Eventually he went off the air when a lightning hit blew the top 15 feet of the antenna mast and the Starduster to bits, and the current fried the radio and amplifiers

I had the same radio in my car, but only had an additional 5 watts of boost. It was stolen from my car at the Willowbrook mall in Fairfield NJ. Suckers smashed a window and destroyed the dash to get it out I used to belong to a group in Fairfield NJ that monitored channel 9 (emergency channel) and 19 (truckers channel). We would pass along messages to families, get help for stranded truckers, and sometimes would deliver fuel to guys that ran out og diesel. Al this was pre-cell phone days ('60 aand 70s) Not too many people usig CB radio these days. There is a ham radio station at a local boy scout camp.
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Radio Emergency Action Citizens Team!!
I was an active member in White Plains NY in the mid 70’s. Had my Pierce Simpson radio stolen out of my 67 Belair Wagon!
I had a bunch of CB gear, hard to use in an apartment complex!!
I had some Lafayette gear, a Johnson Messenger unit, my Pierce Simpson...
Our local REACT team setup communications for my Boy Scout troop when our council hosted the regional Camporee.
Talk about having a blast!

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I'm " Marlboro Man" usually hang out on channel 36 when I'm on the radio. I dont get on as much as I used to but i try to put in a few hours on weekends. ignition noise isnt as bad on the upper channels hence why I hang out on channel 36. I run an old Robin tube type base station one of the first 40 channel base stations made. its a gas guzzler for sure, (generator power) but the RX quality and Tx power more than make up for the added fuel cost.
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