The legalization of CB radio in the UK was the end of a bitter battle between enthusiasts and government to get a system at least near what was already embedded with the American people. Although the UK government “fudged” the whole affair by choosing channel frequencies that made producing new CB equipment problematic, the UK legal CB sets started to work there way into the CB community.
Sets were slightly limited but for the producers who jumped on board it was like find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. The take up of CB was ensured by the amount of press the fight to legalize it had received over the preceding years.
Breaking away from the political side of things at this time we are going to take a look at some of the CB’s available during the decade Citizen Band was finally accepted in the United Kingdom.
Ive cheery picked these rigs on my personal experience and you may not agree but that’s all good, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the page telling me how wrong I am 🙂
If you wanted a no fuss rig the plain looking 340 was a perfect choice. A minimum of controls meant it was designed to be used instead of tinkered with.
York JCB 863
Got to say this has to be the cleanest picture of a 863 Ive every seen making me wonder how much this set was actually used. My CB’s never stayed looking this good for more than a month even when bought from new.
With an almost clone like layout identical to the Binatone 5 star, the 863 offered functions for more serious CB use.
The Rotal 240 has some great memories for me as it was one of the few rigs I got around to putting in a car. Many long nights were spent on various high ground spots around my home QTH resulting in more than a few long lasting friendships with other CB’ers.
The great thing about CB technology is that its never really changed that much and providing your happy with the limited modes and channels any of these rigs can be wired up and used legally today.
All the photos on this page are from the Radio Pics Database, please take some time to have a look at their amazing website.