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I WAS listening to the radio and heard the song Convoy, recorded by CW McCall in the late 1970s. I was transported back to days when many people had CB “rigs” in their vehicles and homes.
When the CB movement started, people bought (then illegal) FM “rigs” and the calls for this method of communication got to the point where the Government gave in and legalised this useful pre-mobilephone tool. They, however, added the proviso of going from the FM bands to the “six-mile only” AM bands. Soon there grew an army of clever people who could tweak your rig to give it far greater broadcasting range.
Many friendships were formed among people who first met on their CB. Indeed, I still have a wonderful friendship with a lovely family I first contacted by CB.
Apart from the fun side of talking to people you had never met, the CB 40-band radios had dedicated people offering guidance to destinations you had never been to before.
Now, the mobile and sat-nav have taken over. Those wonderfully fun radios have largely been dumped.
But those CB days will never be forgotten by those who embraced this technology with open arms.
Phil Roe, Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge, York.
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