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Eddie
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posted April 13, 2004 12:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Eddie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you ever had one, do you remember what your officially assigned CB callsign was?
And when did CB become license-by-rule, and not require a license?

...KBTJ4916, on the side and standing by.

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Joe Montierth
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posted April 13, 2004 01:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joe Montierth   Click Here to Email Joe Montierth     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KQX-7611 was my Dad's callsign from 1967. Later it became KFZ-2663 in the early 70's.

Joe

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chip
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posted April 13, 2004 04:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chip   Click Here to Email chip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KAIZ 9790

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roaddogg
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posted April 13, 2004 05:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for roaddogg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KBFI-5751
Wish the FCC would still issue them.....

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TeRayCodA
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posted April 13, 2004 06:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TeRayCodA   Click Here to Email TeRayCodA     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KQX-5892

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Matthew McKenna
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posted April 13, 2004 08:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Matthew McKenna   Click Here to Email Matthew McKenna     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My dads from the 70's:
KKB 9735

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Bill Easterday
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posted April 13, 2004 09:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bill Easterday   Click Here to Email Bill Easterday     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
CB - KBBA6768
GMRS (Class A CB) - KAD7920

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WPVX669
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posted April 13, 2004 07:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WPVX669     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KBP-6409 was the call in mid 1960's. It was in my Dad's name as I was not yet 18. After I turned 18 it was KFT-3526.

Amateur Calls were KA9BIU in the 70's, N9CMQ in the 80's, AA9GL in the 90's.

Radio has sure been fun for me over the years.

Ron
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Critter
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posted April 14, 2004 05:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Critter   Click Here to Email Critter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KBCR5024 was my father's callsign into the 80's.

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n3hoe
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posted April 14, 2004 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n3hoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am KST8678.

The discontinuance of individual "Class D" 27 MHz CB radio licensing resulted in docket PRB-5000, effective 3 July 1983. This move caused so much confusion among CB licensees attempting to renew their licenses, that the FCC Private Radio Bureau finally issued document Number 200, a Fact Sheet titled "Most Frequent Questions About the Elimination of Individual CB Licenses".

If enough people here would like a copy of this historic three-page document, I might scan it in as JPEG files that I could e-mail.

73,
Alan Dixon, N3HOE
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chip
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posted April 14, 2004 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chip   Click Here to Email chip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wonder if there is a database, Or a place on the net to look up old cb call signs ??

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weather1957
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posted April 22, 2004 07:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for weather1957   Click Here to Email weather1957     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KAPF-6434 from '77

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Glenn
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posted April 27, 2004 01:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glenn   Click Here to Email Glenn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KBK-1461 from around 1966ish?

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PimaCounty
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posted July 18, 2004 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PimaCounty   Click Here to Email PimaCounty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KCD0498 - I still have my license in my shop.

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Keith_Santo
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posted July 20, 2004 07:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Keith_Santo   Click Here to Email Keith_Santo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KCY 7063 from 1973

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Harlan.L.Cooley
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posted July 22, 2004 06:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harlan.L.Cooley   Click Here to Email Harlan.L.Cooley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KCV2025 FROM 1960 To 1970 then got out of CB due to crap on the radio.. 73 Harlan HAM N8RDP,GMRS KAE7827

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JACKSON, MICHIGAN 49203
Asst.Emergency Coordinator

React Unit #4

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mk18qold
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posted July 25, 2004 06:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mk18qold     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In 1960 I fill out FCC form 505 and got call sign 18Q0302. Next, FCC form 555 and got a call sign KLL0737. How do I know the facts? I found all the license and forms in one of my filing cabinets, during cleaning.

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larry eugene norris
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posted July 30, 2004 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for larry eugene norris   Click Here to Email larry eugene norris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My Old CB Call was from 1969 KEQ-4047, I cost $6.00 WOW.................

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WA4VBC
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posted July 30, 2004 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WA4VBC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KCI-2804.

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KAE5442
Eastern NC

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Utah Jake
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posted August 08, 2004 05:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Utah Jake   Click Here to Email Utah Jake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
See if anyone knows how far back this goes. My first CB call: 14Q0915. First person to tell when and where issued wins a very nice prize. I will monitor and comment.

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SgtCathy
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posted August 21, 2004 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SgtCathy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here goes.... KEY-7324 from about 1973 if I remember correctly. The people on my CB were great fun to chat with back then.You could be on a long trip at 3:00 am in the morning and still find some one to chat with as you drive along.

SgtCathy
WQAM968

KEY7324 - old CB'r

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SmilnDon
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posted August 21, 2004 03:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SmilnDon   Click Here to Email SmilnDon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok, its been a long time, but my dad use to have a CB and I think he put in for a license. I dont know what the call sign was. I remember as a kid reading something about a temporary call sign. Perhaps I was too young to understand. I seem to recall somewhere that while waiting for your regular call sign, you could use a temproary call sign made up of the letter "K" followed by your first and last name initials, and your zip code. So it came out to be something like KDM12029. Is this correct?

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WPVX669
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posted August 22, 2004 05:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WPVX669     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would say the callsign 14Q0915 is from 1960 Plus/Minus a year.

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SmilnDon
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posted August 22, 2004 02:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SmilnDon   Click Here to Email SmilnDon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Utah Jake:
See if anyone knows how far back this goes. My first CB call: 14Q0915. First person to tell when and where issued wins a very nice prize. I will monitor and comment.

WPVX669 beat me to it. I would also say its early 60's. By the Mid 60's, they had switched to the "K" prefixes (ex. KRM 4433)

I came across another call sign 19A8360 from the early 60's

Its very difficult to find anything about the history of CB call signs. It would be an interesting read if you ask me.

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lschmidt
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posted September 17, 2004 07:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lschmidt   Click Here to Email lschmidt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KBT-09639

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Bill Easterday
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posted September 18, 2004 05:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bill Easterday   Click Here to Email Bill Easterday     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Utah Jake:
See if anyone knows how far back this goes. My first CB call: 14Q0915. First person to tell when and where issued wins a very nice prize. I will monitor and comment.

Vermont was the 14th state admitted to the union. Was this isseud when you lived there?

http://www.50states.com/statehood1.htm

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ruger_44_mag
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posted September 18, 2004 07:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ruger_44_mag     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
if my memory serves me correctly . my dad installed a 23 ch cb in our old bronco .i dont recall a call sign but do remember our handle . that was back in the early 70's .

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WA4VBC
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posted September 18, 2004 12:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WA4VBC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, CB was great in the early years. 15-20 miles was routine with a good base set up and a 102" whip on a vehicle. No interference in the early days. If I recall correctly so of the early CBs came in kit form.

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wizard
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posted September 18, 2004 07:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wizard   Click Here to Email wizard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KDM-3106

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Jay
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posted September 22, 2004 07:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very early calls signs were based on your location. The FCC had CB set up with call districts. Here in South Western PA, we were in the 20th call district.
My dad had a 20W-xxxx call back then.
The next calls were 20Q-xxxx.
In the late 1950's they went to the K calls
and my mom was licensed with a KID-xxxx call sign around 1961.

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ebero
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posted September 23, 2004 06:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ebero     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KBHI 7070 dated 05-23-83 was my dad's license. I'm holding the original license in my hand.

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cravinbob
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posted October 07, 2004 07:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cravinbob   Click Here to Email cravinbob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
CB KBOF3383

GMRS WPWC965

and I do not miss CB radio one bit but unfortunately my old Cobra 142GTL is about worthless it seems!

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appier
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posted October 09, 2004 10:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for appier   Click Here to Email appier     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My father, Allen Appier, had the callsign KAHC-1466.

Mark

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WQAR865
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posted October 10, 2004 09:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WQAR865   Click Here to Email WQAR865     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My call sign for cb was issued by USEMR radio club

KCR-761 C.B.
WQAR865 - GMRS

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Steve84058
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posted November 13, 2004 08:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve84058   Click Here to Email Steve84058     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by n3hoe:
I am KST8678.

KOW6961 here...I got my CB license in 1979 while in the Army...I have been out of CB for about 20 years, but would like to come back. I have no idea how the technology has changed. I would certainly like to have a copy of that Document 200 e-mailed to me at [email protected]

The discontinuance of individual "Class D" 27 MHz CB radio licensing resulted in docket PRB-5000, effective 3 July 1983. This move caused so much confusion among CB licensees attempting to renew their licenses, that the FCC Private Radio Bureau finally issued document Number 200, a Fact Sheet titled "Most Frequent Questions About the Elimination of Individual CB Licenses".

If enough people here would like a copy of this historic three-page document, I might scan it in as JPEG files that I could e-mail.

73,
Alan Dixon, N3HOE
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GDSullivant
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posted November 24, 2004 12:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GDSullivant   Click Here to Email GDSullivant     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KFL-3660 here.

Speaking of old stuff... does anybody remember you used to be able to get a two part sliding bracket to mount your radio?

Back in the old days of the '70's the radios were such a hot item that leaving one visible in your car was asking for a smashed window. The mounting devices I remember had one part that attached to the dash and another part that attached to the radio. You could easily slide the radio into the dashboard unit and it would connect with you power supply and antenna hookups. When leaving the car you could remove the radio easily and either take it with you or secure it in the trunk.

I can't seem to find one of these mounting bracket these days. Does anybody know where I could find one?

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Matthew McKenna
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posted November 24, 2004 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Matthew McKenna   Click Here to Email Matthew McKenna     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, I remeber those, my friend in High School had one in a 1969 Chevy Nova we used to tear around in. Don't know if he still has it or not.

Might want to try E-bay, I know there is a lot of CB stuff on there, keeps getting in my way when I am looking for deals on commercial radio equipment.

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Bill Easterday
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posted November 24, 2004 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bill Easterday   Click Here to Email Bill Easterday     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by GDSullivant:
... does anybody remember you used to be able to get a two part sliding bracket to mount your radio? ...

I found reference to the "Motorola HLN8097 Removable Slide Mount Tray Package" and "GAMBER/JOHNSON - Mobile radio slide mounting brackets: #8902-TIP35C ... and # 7-800" a couple places on the Internet.

I believe that one is even an advertiser here at PopularWireless.
http://www.advantagecomm.net/radio_slide_brackets_from_gamber_johnson.htm

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WPTB788
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posted June 28, 2005 07:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WPTB788   Click Here to Email WPTB788     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine was KBLI-1248 issued in 1976! Wow! I haven't thought about that call in years. I'll never forget it though! I had so much fun back then. Looking back I had a base station that could only cover a ten mile radius reliably but I would spend hours in the evening talking to the many friends in made "on the air."

Ah, the good old days!

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mike_winslow
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posted June 28, 2005 08:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mike_winslow   Click Here to Email mike_winslow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by WPTB788:
Mine was KBLI-1248 issued in 1976! Wow! I haven't thought about that call in years. I'll never forget it though! I had so much fun back then. Looking back I had a base station that could only cover a ten mile radius reliably but I would spend hours in the evening talking to the many friends in made "on the air."


Ah, the good old days!


kjq8818 here from the 70's.. I even made a dipole out of telephone wire and strung it on the roof.

Got great reports from base station which could flip to horizontal polarizations..

My first channel 14 walkie talkie (60's), I could talk to the teenager down the streep with a base station.. That was in atlanta, and we could regularly hear a station in Rome Ga..

That was back before cell phones, and it had a real purpose in reporting emergencies on the highway..

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