Citizens Band (CB) radio in Torbay, Devon
Did you know that it is now legal to operate using SSB and AM on CB radio? After years of pressure, Ofcom finally allowed UK CB operators access to single sideband and AM. We've had the UK 40 since 1981 and around 1989/90 the European frequencies became available. The UK 40 will remain as it always has been. However, whereas we've only been allowed to use FM with 4 W on the European frequencies, we can now use USB/LSB with a maximum power output of 12 W and AM with a maximum output of 4 W on these frequencies now.
Citizens band radio in Torbay started to decline in the mid-1990s and by 2000 it was almost completely dead on all 80 channels. However, in the last few years, people have started to come back to the CB and slowly more people are starting to use the band. Even though I have been licensed to use amateur radio since 1995, citizens band radio is still very close to my heart and I am very eager to get people involved again here in the Torbay area.
If you fancy having a chat with me then give me a shout on channel 34 on the UK 40. Just call my name Penn or Ironside which is my CB handle. Hopefully get to talk to you if you are within talking distance of Brixham.
There are loads of new radios on the market now. Most, if not all are now 80 channel radios which means you have the UK 40 and the European frequencies on one radio. If you're not really interested in SSB which is mostly used for long distance contact then you can purchase an FM/AM radio for as little as £50. The SSB radios are somewhat more expensive so expect to pay in excess of £150.
CB radio is completely free to use and there is no longer any need to purchase a license. I have linked to a few online shops and stores that sell everything you need to get on the band with CB radio.