It was a long time coming and unless you were proactive in the campaign or kept an eye on CB radio news, the steps that bought us the right to use SSB (legally) may have passed you by.
Reports from the bodies that govern how we use the radio spectrum are (and will always be) pretty dry stuff. Working your way through a whole mess of them could bring on an early bedtime and add little substance to our hobby.
On the other side of this mammoth battle for SSB is the countless CB users who worked toward this outcome by signing petitions, writing letters and raising awareness of the campaign itself. Most official records never really see the light of day but details of opinions and progress that’s there for all to see are dotted around the few long standing hobby radio forums and the 7 year long thread over at Transmission1 has to be the best.
From the original calls to sign a petition to the optimistic (and doubtful) CB’ers when we finally started to see some movement on the issue, the thread gives a great cross section of how the possible introduction of SSB was viewed by the wider CB radio community.
Even for all the information this piece of history throws out, its good to see the thread closed now as there’s no more to add on the subject.
There’s a mountain of detail in the thread and if you don’t have the time to go through it all, its still worth skimming the pages to catch the change of mood as legalization moves closer.
Hopefully Transmission1 will keep this piece of CB history up and available for all to see as long as possible.