The future of CB radio has been called into doubt many times since the initial craze wore off and the amount of users declined but its still alive and is enjoyed by users across the globe. With the huge social side that the service was introduced to feed all but gone its the more technical users who have continued to use the band.
The recent decision that has given Europe the long overdue right to use sideband modes legally could go some way to pleasing the remaining users but that’s face it sideband has been practiced for a very long time anyway.
Initial reports show there is a increase in activity because of the change and we can only hope that those retuning or using SSB for the first time will continue to do so for years to come.
Would 2 Meter CB Radio Work?
A frequency allocation around the popular 144 MHz amateur band has long been a hope of many serious CB user and we can’t help but be a little envious of the Australian UHF system they’ve had in place for some time now
In theory it could be great provided we weren’t saddled with pointless output power and huge restrictions on the type of antennas we could use. There would also have to be a provision in any license to allow the use of repeaters in the band.
From a commercial point of view there are plenty of radios that could be “tweaked” to work on any new frequencies. For existing retailers to add 2 meter CB’s along side 27 MHz isn’t going to be a big push as most already sell amateur 2 meter rigs meaning there won’t be a whole new set of skills to master.
Bring Back the Glory Days?
Many people wonder if CB will ever get anywhere near the huge number of users it had at one point and we don’t think it ever will. Things have changed and technology has moved on (massively) to the point where hoping that someone is listening at the moment you have the time to pick up the mic just doesn’t appeal to most people.
The other side of this is do we really want that level of use back anyway?. I remember meeting some great friends with a few I still talk to today but there was also a fair amount of grief involved. Just the act of trying to talk to someone meant running the gauntlet of mic keyer’s with terrible taste in music and what the internet know calls trolls, people who’s main purpose in life is to wind other people up (and not in a good way).
Sure we’d like to hear the channels a bit more busy but only if there was a magical filter that would strip out all those that made CB radio such a nightmare for so many years 🙂
Over to You!
Where do you think the future of CB radio is going and do you have any predictions or maybe a wishlist of how its all going to look years from now?. As always please leave a comment below as we would love to hear what you think.