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Typical CB radio used in Orkney around 1980/81. These set were of course illegal, I don't think anybody ever got hauled up for using one though!
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Picture added on 17 September 2010 at 18:39
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A good old ((illegal) Cobra 19 set which put out about 4 Watts, even more with an amplifier. There were even better, and as illegal, sets around at the time which could operate on AM, FM, USB, and LSB. It was great fun.
Added by Sandy on 17 September 2010
My god this brings back some good memories
Added by Regal on 17 September 2010
They were only illegal until November 1981. After that, they were legal but you had to buy a licence. Since 2006, you can use one without a licence.

Up until not that long ago, there was one of the taxi companies (I think either 5000 or Rainbow) that used CBs.
Added by Laurence J.E. Tait on 20 September 2010
I did, the cops confiscated my set, I got it back but they had wrecked it on purpose..
Anonymous comment added on 22 September 2010
I don't think the set depicted would have been legal. It is an AM (amplitude modulation) set. The legal sets were FM (frequency modulation). A licence was required but few people bothered.
CB was a good thing for a while but got ruined by youngsters abusing it.
Added by Sandy on 22 September 2010
27 Mhz AM sets were illegal - then 27/81 sets came out, these had a licence form in the box ( was it £10? I can't mind on!)The 27/81 sets used FM modulation & overlapped the AM frequencies - ownners of AM "Hi band" sets could hear (& speak to users) the first 20 channels or so, very muffled, due to the FM modulation.
Added by Al Hine on 26 September 2010
I don't think the set depicted would have been legal. It is an AM (amplitude modulation) set. The legal sets were FM (frequency modulation). A licence was required but few people bothered.
CB was a good thing for a while but got ruined by youngsters abusing it.

Added by Sandy on 22 September 2010


Reply : when I was a youngster back in the 80's and 90's I used a CB alot and even held a licence for it. I don't remember any youngsters (Bubblegummers) abusing it then, however I do remember being interrupted on the odd occasion by the old clique's saying this is the channel that they use!!!! hmmmm i wonder if they paid the licence fee and read the book of Etiquette. It was fine to catch up with school pals and the cb even had a lot of channels so you were'nt speaking over the top of other people.
Anonymous comment added on 11 May 2011
Isn't this stretching even your broad view of what constitutes an aerial view a bit far, Steven?

[I'm really please that someone spotted that! - Steven]
Anonymous comment added on 19 May 2011
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