Best CB radio reviews will probably tell you about all of the features, the characteristics as well as price ranges of citizen band radio units. After reading a few of them, you decide to buy one for yourself and really happy and excited to use it.
If you have the first try with the citizen band radio unit, click the microphone and call out” hey buddy”, I will not be surprised if no one answers you. It could be nothing wrong with the unit or the signal but you and how you talk over a citizen band unit. Sure you don’t want that to happen, after the main point of the citizen band unit is to communicate. What the point of having one if the communication fails.
Therefore, it is very important that you can learn how to use a citizen band radio service as well as knowing how to speak the very own and unique language like other citizen band radio service users.
Know the language
The first and most important thing is to get a proper greeting. If you start with “good buddy”, the chance that no one answers you is pretty high. Some people also feel uncomfortable when associating this greeting with homosexual languages.
There are many useful phrases that the users of the Citizen Band radio services share among each other and secretly don’t want other people from the outside society to know. Learning some of them will be helpful for you. For example, there are many phrases that mention about police such as a picture taker or Kojak with a Kodak (both have a meaning of a police with a radar gun), an advertising (a police car with flashing lights running on the road), full grown bear (state police) and driving award (ticket for over speed).
All of these are simply but have the same rhymes, therefore, are pretty easy and fun to remember. But also don’t get into the habit of using too much lingo. Otherwise, people using Citizen Band Radio service will call you a redneck radio (which means you are using too much Citizen Band slangs).
Also users of the Citizen Band Radio service use a lot of 10 codes such as 10-7 and 10-8 means in and out of service. 10-1 means you are hearing from other people not while 10-2 means the signal is pretty good. When you finish transmitting, get into the habit of saying 10-3, instead of “over, over”.
You can check for the whole list of the Citizen Band Radio services on many websites and Wikipedia.
Some communication etiquettes
There are some rules required by the FCC that you should follow under any circumstances.
- Firstly, you are not allowed to raise your power level. You are also not allowed to attach your devices to any amplifier as well as attempting to modify your units as well as the signal of a station.
- You are also not allowed to contact to a station which is further than 250 km from where you are. However, there are some incidents when you can contact to a station further than that, but you cannot intentionally do so.
- If the conversation you have made through the radio has been going non-stop for 5 minutes, you should stop it and wait for at least 1 more minute to start a new conversation so that everyone will have chance to send their signal.
- Also when someone is taking in the channel that you are connecting to, don’t jump in between the conversation by continuously saying “breaker, breaker, etc.” Wait for them to finish first unless when you call in for an emergency accident.
- There are 40 channels that fully uses the citizen band radio services but you are not allow to use 1 or more of the channels for you only. These are to be shared among all users.
Here are all the things of what you should know to make the best se of the Citizen Band Radio service. First, make sure that you follow the FFC law about the safe use of this service, which is never touch the power unit or attempt to send transmission further to a station which is further than 250 km. Also respect other users who use the same citizen band radio services by only talking for 5 minutes and wait for at least 1 minute to start a new conversation.
When communicating with other users on the Citizen Band radio services, you should equip yourself with a number of useful slangs and languages which are used for the users of the specific radio service.
I hope you will have a good time communicating with other users on the road with the unit which uses this simply and nostalgic radio service.
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