[aprssig] Radio Shack demise - Lets take back 11 meters!

Doug Younker dougy at ruraltel.net
Fri Feb 27 04:55:28 EST 2015

  That used installed base is why I disagree.  I worked  for small 
independent oil producer that used CB for 2 way radio communications.  
When the band was open the noise from all those distant stations made 
local use impossible, reducing range to less than a 1/2 mile on flat 
Prairie.  11 Meters is "open" a whole lot more than 10 meters is. I 
recall because the band was open is was useless for local stuff from 
sunup until well past sunset.   A far cry from the usefulness of the 
band before anarchy set in. when mobile to  mobile range of 15 miles 
could be expected.  The current users aren't going to turn their  radios 
off. 10 meters is so unused, a case can be made to use it as a return  
to licensed CB use.  Hams need to make more use of  10 rather than 
coveting 11. IMO anyway. Granted that experience is 20 years old, but 
conversations of those who still use CB show conditions haven't 
improved  any

On 2/8/2015 5:28 PM, qrv at kd4e.com wrote:
> CB is actually useful, because it has such a huge
> installed base. During disasters - when so many
> other services can be disabled - lots of wireless
> point-to-point comms (in addition to Ham radio)
> will still be possible.
> Big rigs & heavy equipment are often equipped and
> it's a good way to coordinate with them - as well
> as volunteers with pickups & off-road equipment,
> winches, etc.
> It was dumb-on-steroids for the FCC to move CB from
> 450MHz to 27MHz long ago - but we are stuck with the
> mess they created ... sadly, they are poised to ruin
> the Internet with censorship, fees, regs, & partisan
> (crony) favoritism under the fradulent term "net
> neutrality".
> Sorry ... climbing down off the soap box ...

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