Citizens Band (CB) Radio

CB Radio is a system of short-distance radio communications between individuals typically on a selection of 40 channels within the 27 MHz (11 m) band. Citizens band is distinct from other personal radio service allocations such as FRS, GMRS, MURS, and the Amateur Radio Service (ham radio).
The 27 MHz frequencies used by CB, which require a relatively long aerial and tend to propagate poorly indoors.
For this same reason, many discourage the use of handheld radios. (But for short distances, handheld CB Radios are still an option!)
CB operation does not require a license, and (unlike amateur radio) it may be used for business communications.

CB Radio is popular among long-haul truck drivers to communicate directions, traffic problems and other relevant matters.
The unofficial “travelers channel” in most of the world is channel 19.
You might also find electricians, plumbers, and carpenters, who needed to communicate between job site and main office.
And of course, Hobbyists!

Around North Iowa, we tend to start on channel 19 as our calling frequency. (Yes, this is the “truckers channel” and there may be some traffic from folks passing through on I-35, but here in the Midwest, this works fine. Plus, Maybe we can be helpful sometimes and maybe give directions or local information.)

During Emergency situations, channel 9 is our “Go To” channel.

When Channel 19 gets busy and you would like to “ragchew” (have a longer conversation or chit-chat) we try and use channel 14 first so others can “find you” and join in!


When you are out there wanting to chat… SAY SOMETHING. We might not know you are listening so we both just end up sitting in silence!

We Really Encourage you to become a Northland Amateur Communications Group Member!
This helps offset the Cost of Installing, and Maintaining Club Equipment in the area.

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