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CB Radios ~ Pop Culture of the Past

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Compact CB Radio

Compact CB Radio

Do You Remember the CB Radio?

Long before there were cell phones, online interactive video games, blogging, twitter, emergency auto clubs, the GPS or even Onstar, there were CB Radios and the best part: after your purchased your radio, the airtime was free. Yes, you heard me right, the predecessor to your cell phone was free to use.

While having so many automobile drivers on the road using their cb radio probably drove the professional truck drivers crazy, it was a whole passel of fun for everyone else. After all, in what other situation can you imagine a Texas Beauty Queen talking to "Fur"ocious Leo. or a Georgia Peach chatting it up with a mysterious dark haired fellow named Shadow? OhMe!

Oh, yes, those were the days my friends when you really could get something for nothing, or at least, a very small initial cost and no monthly fee.

Music All CB Users Claimed (and played endlessly) - Convoy

The Language of the CB Radio & CBer's

Just a few things you needed to know

Your handle ~ Nickname of a CB User

Your 20 ~ Your Location

10-4 ~ Yes, ok or an afirmative answer

Back Door ~ the Area Behind a Vehicle

Bear ~ Police

Bear Bait ~ A Speeding Vehicle

Bear in the Grass ~ A Speed Trap

Bear Taking Pictures ~ Police Officer with Radar

Bear with Ears ~ Police Officer listening in on the CB

Breaker 1-9 ~ Letting others know you Want to Start or Join a Conversation

Come Back ~ Answer the Call

Come Again ~ Repeat your Last Transmission

Convoy ~ A Group of 3 or more Vehicles in a Line

Come Back ~ A Request for Someone to Answer or Respond to your Transmission

Disco Lights ~ Flashing Lights of an Emergency Vehicle

Drop the Hammer Down ~ PUshing the Accelerator down to Full Speed

Ears ~ Cb Radio

Flip Flop or Flip Side ~ The Return Leg of the Trip

Front Door ~ Leader of a Convoy

I'm Out or I'm Gone ~ Signing Off from the Conversation

Over and Out ~ Turning Off the CB

Plain Brown Wrapper ~ Unmarked Police Car

And everybody was your "good buddy"

Want To Hear How the Language was Used to Perfection? - Burt Reynolds at his Best!

Practical Uses for the CB Radio

Do these sound familiar?

  • Talking to your friends while you were driving
  • Tell everyone where you are and what you are doing
  • Checking in when you arrive safely
  • Getting Directions
  • Finding out from The Party Animal where the party is tonight
  • Just having someone to talk to while you are driving
  • Coded Conversations

Just be careful what you say when anyone and everyone is listening. Remember, Loose Lips Sink Ships!

Cell Phone vs Citizen Band Radio

Before and

A Bit of CB Radio History

When the US government imposed a nationwide 55 mph speed limit in 1973, CB radios began to sale like hot cakes.

Drivers often used their CB radios to find gas stations, to avoid heavy traffic or accidents, to get detour information, but mostly to tell each other about speed traps.

During the 70's & 80's it became pretty common for drivers to establish conversations with one another during highway travel. Some just wanted company while they drove, but others just wanted to have fun!

To CB or not to CB, that is the Question!

Did you ever talk on a CB Radio? (If you are too young to remember when they were so popular, would you like to talk on a CB Radio?)

Flirting? Really? - What Were They Thinking?

Multi Media History

CB Radios were so popular that movies, television and recording artists all wanted to capitalize on this fad and that only fueled the craze further.

Popular movies included "Smokey and the Bandit", "Convoy" and "Cannonball Run", followed by the TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard". Of course, each of these shows had music and theme songs that helped boaster their popularity as well as the widespread use of the CB radio.

Everybody Loved Teddy Bear


Memories of a Wonderful Fad

I remember well how cb radio's changed our lives. Making long road trips suddenly became more fun. We talked on the cb radio instead of playing letter games with road signs or torturing others with "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall." Although, I do remember some fellow getting on his cb and singing once. That was entertaining to us, but it made some of the other folks mad because they wanted to talk and he was tying up the airwaves.

For me, I think the highway became a friendlier place and I wasn't quite as afraid of having car problems on a cold windy winters night. After all, I was surrounded by all of my "good buddies." I felt certain that if I had any trouble, help would be at my back door.

Sometimes I miss those "friends." The cd player just keeps playing and never stops to listen and while the cell phone is wonderful, the person on the other line is usually a long way away, not right there on the highway with me sharing the road. It was neat knowing "Ladydove" had spotted the same deer up in the trees or that "HorseAndPony" was watching the same Baby Bear in the grass waiting to hand out Christmas cards.. By and large it made for a really cool speeding community in what now seems like it may have been in the "Twilight Zone."

Well I'm out for now and I'll catch you on the flip flop! Oh, and for all of you south bound Big Trucks, one of the original "Dixie Chicks" wants to remind you to keep em between the ditches and don't be feeding any of those bears now, you hear?!"

I'm Gone!

Sending This One Out to that Little Georgia Peach and Her Special Fellow

Sorry, no visual, audio only!

A Unique Hat for Your Favorite CBer - This hat is offered by a fellow RocketMom, Lensmaster Seashell2 ~ I think I know a "Travelin' Man" who would love this hat

Travelin' Man by seashell2

Travelin' Man by seashell2

For those of you who want to know for sure who was mentioned, take the quiz right above the comment box! Have Fun!!!!

© 2009 Cynthia Sylvestermouse

What Do You Think? Have We always just Been Looking for Ways to Reach Out to One Another? - By the way, if you think you were mentioned in this lens, you are pr

PaigSr from State of Confusion on September 07, 2012:

Yes I do remember the music and I did have the CD in my room growing up.

kurt-penberg on August 15, 2012:

Its wonderful to watch your lens...Thank you!!!

Kurt Penberg@WeeblyKurt Penberg@Quora

anonymous on May 16, 2012:

A purple star...far out!

anonymous on May 16, 2012:

I got such a kick out of you asking if folks were familiar with CB radios..."or are you too young to remember when they were popular", guess I'm not too yound because I do remember!

Holley Web on February 07, 2012:

Just cruisin' through with the hammer down, headin' down to Macon town and saying hi :)

XxSadieLadyxX on January 16, 2012:

Good information

PrintedCircuits on October 19, 2011:

I remember Smokey and the Bandit and the CB terms always seemed really fun. Great lens and chance to remember yesteryear. Although I think radios and the electronic circuit boards and printed circuits are more advanced now

anonymous on July 28, 2011:

Many -manner radio companies require you to purchase a license from the FCC. The CB radio service is not considered one of them. The FCC does have some guidelines that it is best to observe though. You'll find the rules tucked into the operating handbook of your radio. It's also possible to download them on the Internet. The principles are straightforward to read and are organized as a list of widespread questions. They embody technical rules about radios and antennas in addition to what you'll be able to and might't do on the air.

ElizabethJeanAl on December 20, 2010:

Thanks for sharing

ohcaroline on November 20, 2010:

Good memories from yesteryear! I never used a CB but I did have a radio that I used to listen to that had short wave bands on it.

anonymous on September 23, 2010:

I'm not finished read this yet, but it's so fabulous 'n I'll back again when I was finished my job :D

Indigo Janson from UK on July 16, 2010:

Oh it sounds like I missed out on a lot of fun. I did enjoy watching Smokey and the Bandit. A most enjoyable lens, Blue Eyed Mouse.

seashell2 on January 22, 2010:

Wow, cool thanks for featuring my hat design! I hadn't realized that you had left me messages on that! Great lens!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on January 08, 2010:

Wow, what a super idea for a lens and what fun! I sure enjoyed this as I well remember the CB Radio. My brother built his own in the 60's and it was amazing. I think I still have some Angel Dust left to sprinkle on this lens.

anonymous on January 03, 2010:

Great lens! We never had a CB growing up but friends of ours did and I used to love to go over and we would listen in on the truckers and once in a while talk on it too... oh what fun that was. Love the Convoy song also! :)

ElizabethJeanAl on January 03, 2010:

Great lens! It brings back a lot of memories. My parents (I was with them at the time) found out that their first grandchild had been born via CB. She was a little early and the look on my parent's faces was priceless.

Thanks for sharing


VSP on December 18, 2009:

Thanks for the memories, great lens.

LoKackl on December 17, 2009:

Pretty much all I know about cb radios citizen-band radios I got from this lens! Wonderful variety of sources and images as well as perfect mix of personal. Thanks!

LoKackl on December 17, 2009:

@puzzlerpaige: thanks for sharing your childhood story! nice1

puzzlerpaige on December 14, 2009:

When I was little, my grandparents sold a big piece of their land to the government and that land was made into a interstate highway. They lived right beside that highway. After it was built, us kids would sit out in my grandfathers car at night and turn on the CB so we could hear the truckers talking as they rode by. Excellent lens Cynthia.

Laniann on December 14, 2009:

Great lens and a lot of fun - enjoyed every bit of it.

anonymous on December 13, 2009:

I used to love to just sit and listen to the chatter.

JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on December 13, 2009:

My dad had one. He didn't quite have the language down though, but it was fun anyway! Over and out, good buddy!

Samantha Lynn from Missouri on December 12, 2009:

Oh man, my dad had one of these in his El Camino!

Cynthia Arre from Quezon City on December 12, 2009:

I know CBs were popular here in the Philippines back in the day. People had them in their homes and some kids used them in place of phones. We never had one but I kept hearing my friends talk about their conversation parties the next day. Fun lens, very nostalgic (:

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on December 11, 2009:

Fun Lens. Who could forget Smokey & the Bandit. I watched a lot of trucker movies but I've never used a CB Radio. Although I've used a Marine Radio Telephone that uses some of the same lingo! Grr...failed the quiz. Will have to study better! Thanks for the mention. Happy Holidays!

Jennifer P Tanabe from Red Hook, NY on December 11, 2009:

Oh this is so great! I only know of CB radios from the movies, not really being part of a trucker family. Love how you included so many squids in you links - "Fur"ocious Leo is all ready to join a convoy and head out!

Seeking Pearls from Pueblo West on December 10, 2009:

So fun you are! Thanks for the inclusion. I suspect we have... and technology moves on.

HorseAndPony LM on December 10, 2009:

Great Lens! This was fun. I got one wrong on my test. Thanks for adding me.

I am originaly from Pittsburgh and speak Pittsburghese so this is what I would sound like. Horse n' Pony over n' aht!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse (author) from United States on December 10, 2009:

@Holley Web: I had completely forgotten that song! Thank you for reminding me. I have added it just for you and your son! Enjoy and thank you for the blessing.

Carol Fisher from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK on December 10, 2009:

I think some truckers in the UK used CB radio but it never really spread to car drivers as far as I know. I think we missed out, it sounds like a great experience. Blessed by an Angel.

Patricia on December 09, 2009:

Reminds of those trucker movies with Sally Field and what's his name... Burt Reynolds! Loved this stuff as a kid.

Holley Web on December 09, 2009:

Very entertaining and thank you for the links! I used to love those songs and of course I had to "man the base station" at the house in case my mom or dad called. Do you remember the song "White Knight"? I still play sometimes for my son for a giggle. :) ~Blessed by a Squid Angel~

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on December 09, 2009:

OMG, this is fantastic! Thank you so much for linking to me! Funny thing is that I was living in Texas at the time, but my handle was "Dark Angel" because of my dark hair. 5* and blessed!

oztoo lm on December 09, 2009:

Fantastic, fun and clever lens. Where did the good old days go? Managed 9 on the quiz.

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