I keep 5 handheld Baofeng in the gun safe, with extra batteries and ant.
I do much the same. I have a small "comms bag" in my safe which includes four UV5r radios, two batteries per each, a stubby and an extended antenna per each, a charger with A/C, USB and cigarette adapter cables and various antenna cable adapters. It also includes a rolled up home-brew "slim jim" antenna (450 ohm ladder line) with para cord to pull up into a tree or other structure.I keep 5 handheld Baofeng in the gun safe, with extra batteries and ant.
Short answer, yes. Uses are wide spread from those who just want them for channel 9 and 19, to those who are using them for inexpensive comms for prepping or SHTF communications. You'll also find some who have used the CB platform, and cheap Chinese radios, for secure comms and even transmission of data. Yeah, not really legal, but in their world they are not worried about the FCC tiger teams, or other people's opinions, when unrest threatens them and they're coordinating for meeting up with others to hunker down.I would probably guess that CB radios are still used by a lot of Truckers today ,but what about the regular folks out there ? When i was a kid my grandparents used Cb radios like we use Cell phones today. My Grandfather had a cb radio in his jeep and my grandmother had a base setup in the kitchen.
A CB does make a nice traveling companion... particularly if you're driving solo. The Uniden I recently put in my truck is the first I've had with scanner ability and side band. It was almost an instant addiction.I use CB when I'm on the road as my Garmin "Heads Up Traffic Alert" has lied to me all too often.
Aren't you breaking the law.I use CB radios. Mostly for general conversation during drive. I have a set up in each vehicle with 150 watts in one and 500 watts in the other. I also have a base CB setup with around 2,000 watts. I enjoy talking locally as well as when skip is rolling in. I personally try to refrain from the bad language and offer to help newcomers with any issues they may be having. And I think we need to get more folks on the airwaves and encourage younger folks to try it out.
You wouldn't like some of the people that open the radios up, as well as convert them to digital.Aren't you breaking the law.
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How does one convert an analog radio to digital? Digital at baseband? Even for an engineer, that is not an easy task.You wouldn't like some of the people that open the radios up, as well as convert them to digital.
What some survivalists have done is to find the Chinese radios which have all the features, and then unlock them. On the QYT CB-27 (a very minature 4 watt radio pictured below), it's fairly easy.How does one convert an analog radio to digital? Digital at baseband? Even for an engineer, that is not an easy task.
I'm wondering if the F.C.C. proposing to make CB FM, in addition to AM and SSB, will help or hinder. But you're right, it's nowhere like it was in the 70s when people had CBs in their cars and at home. I think I've seen only 2 CB base station antennas up here in town, and not all the trucks have them mounted on their mirrors. When I dial up to the CB frequencies on my ham rig, I mostly hear Spanish, probably coming from Central and South America.CB use in OTR trucks has declined greatly over the years.
That is actually quite clever. Yeah it is analog, but the old Kantronics KPC-3 Is very powerful and reliable.What some survivalists have done is to find the Chinese radios which have all the features, and then unlock them. On the QYT CB-27 (a very minature 4 watt radio pictured below), it's fairly easy.
They unlock the radio so it transmits from 24.500 to 30.350. The radio also has the ability to do 25K0F3E modulation. Then they will use a Kantronics TNC for the messages they send. The message below is one which my neighbor decoded after figuring out what they were up to. He's a ham, EE, and works in the biz. According to his post..."The transmission was decoded 10:22 Eastern, Friday, April 10, 2020, on the frequency of 26.312500 MHz in NBFM".
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So there is the good old Packet data form, which I guess still qualifies for analog, but to any CBers they probably would not recognize what it was.
But there have been a few digital transmissions made which we suspect is either someone with a clever approach to changing a DSTAR radio to these frequencies, or someone who had married a digital technology to something like a MITREK or similar radio. This is going to be hard to crack since the modulation is unknown, as is their method of integration.
I should mention a few times between 25.5 and 26.5, usually around 26.105 +/- .015, we've heard standard FM with common/simple speech inversion, like the little postage stamp size boards you can put in radios.
There are people out there, mostly survivalists and preppers, who have gone to great lengths to stay off cellular, and hide in the noise with the freebanders.
There are a lot of the Chinese made radios out there ripe for hacking. The CB-27, when you cut the jumper, and reset the processor, will change it from channel specific to VFO through the whole band. There are also a few others which they use, but I would have to ask the neighbor for the make/model info.I have toyed with the idea of some UK FM CB radios from the 1980s and wire a homebrew BCD FHSS controller to the 40 channel switch circuit.