27MHz CB - anyone still use?

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 01:21
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Just wondering if anybody out there still uses 27MHz CB at all? I haven't used it for 20 years now and from what I can tell it's either HF or UHF rigs being used nowadays. Just curious.
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Reply By: Member - muzzgit - Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 01:55

Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 01:55
Yes mate, heaps of people still use 27MHz CB's.

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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 07:32

Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 07:32
Yep , have a Uniden SSB.... and use it. Sometimes you may as well shout out the window, more people will probably hear you..Gone are the days when another motorist saw your aerial and was keen to talk to you. There is nowhere the amount there was 30 years ago when i got my first. The channels were crowded!!!! AHH, those were the days, no responsibility, girlfriend, and V8 Monaro, spent all my money on takaway and driving around aimlessly........hhhmmm doesn't really sound that bad... Huh!!! Where have all those years gone???
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Follow Up By: Savvas - Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 15:33

Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 15:33
Ahhhh Michael ... reminiscing. I remember those days ... just.

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Reply By: Mike Harding - Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 08:24

Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 08:24
Yes they do, but not a lot. To be of any value for 4WDing you need one with SSB to give decent range. I've chatted on SSB CB from the Gulf with a guy in Adelaide.

Get an Amateur Licence (_you_ shouldn't have any trouble passing the exam :) and then you can get some _serious_ radio gear.

Mike Harding
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Reply By: Big Woody - Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 08:54

Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 08:54
Use it all the time mate.
We have 9000 acres bordering 50,000 acres of state forest near Monto in Queensland. It is mountain country so although we have UHF in each vehicle and the house, most of the time we can't trigger the repeater because UHF is virtually line of sight.
Dug out all of the old 27Mhz radios a fitted one to each car as well as a base station in the house. Now we have no communication problems from anywhere throughout the property or the state forest and it is 23km just to the far boundarylet alone when we go through the state forest.

Cheers,
Brett
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Reply By: Member - RockyOne - Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 10:10

Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 10:10
Going on serious adventures,highways and station properties,UHF is the go.Everyone incl truckers,properties has one.As CBs (27mhz) are so cheap at Dicks place,mite as well have one of them too.Get decent antenna...Got UHF..Get a "Polo" aerial..A rep came into our place.Had one on roo bar of Falcon wagon.He called a station owner at Aramac from Barcaldine (75kms..Remember we don't have many hills out here).When he got out to the station,the property owner was discusted to see the rep had just a little Polo aerial (GME)(Owner was on the base station with hig antenna on house roof)..He was using those huge,long white aerials on each rig.He ditched all the big,white ones for Polos.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 18:08

Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 18:08
Fair Dinkum!
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Reply By: Swine Hunter - Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 18:34

Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 18:34
Yep still have my trusty Ranger RCI2950 from about 10 yuears back, but hardly use it anymore. 10 Years back the whole 40 ch in Sydney were crowded and UHF was for only a few people, but nowdays you will hardly hear anyone on around the 27mhz band.
My radio is modified to cover full TX and RX from 26-32mhz so is good for SSB and marine with 25w power output across all freqs so I just hang on to it, but yes use UHF far more.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: NotExcessive - Sunday, Mar 20, 2005 at 15:57

Sunday, Mar 20, 2005 at 15:57
Thanks to all that put in their 2c. I'm not really considering fitting a 27MHz unit as on my next truck I'm going to fit an HF rig like a Barret or Icom and that 160-10m coverage includes the CB band anyway, but I was curious if anybody still ran it at all. CB in any band seems to have gone fairly quiet nowadays, compared to a decade ago.
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Sunday, Mar 20, 2005 at 17:48

Sunday, Mar 20, 2005 at 17:48
>CB in any band seems to have gone fairly quiet nowadays,
>compared to a decade ago.

Try UHF CB in the cities - however it is a requirement of the Class Licence that you must have an IQ below 60 in order to legally use it.

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Savvas - Sunday, Mar 20, 2005 at 21:26

Sunday, Mar 20, 2005 at 21:26
"however it is a requirement of the Class Licence that you must have an IQ below 60 in order to legally use it."

Have you listened to SYD1 recently? I would have thought any IQ score would be too high for them. Unfortunately SYD7 is going downhill in the same direction.
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Reply By: Member - Banjo (SA) - Sunday, Mar 20, 2005 at 17:46

Sunday, Mar 20, 2005 at 17:46
If you have a quality side band 27 meg CB you can get a long way at times. I have a good one (Undien PC 122XL) and keep it as a spare in case the Barrett HF goes phut. It was my first two-way - as for now, I wouldn't buy one. The Barrett, the CDMA phone and my new UHF cover most needs. I have communicated up to 2500km while mobile on some occasions, using a 1.5m helical wound antenna on the 27 meg. Quite some years back a bloke saved himself quite a bit of angst on the BV track using SSB on a CB - got out to somebody on the coast - in fact, when skip is operating, from central Oz to the coast is an ideal 'hop' for the signal - it often works well for such copies - because its not worth much now, but in excellent condition, mine stays in the dash for that sort of day !
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Sunday, Mar 20, 2005 at 23:57

Sunday, Mar 20, 2005 at 23:57
Bonjo
I have just had my Barrett 950R programed to use 27 meg AM, upper & lower side band checked it out last week and got some traffic on it
There seemed to be so many channels on it that were a waist I couldn't see the harm

Richard
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Follow Up By: NotExcessive - Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 02:00

Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 02:00
I really only use the UHF when we're on a trek - don't really listen to it at all domestically - although I listen every now and again for a few minutes to the Sydney repeaters for a laugh - it's nice to know that idiocy is one of the few true constants in the universe - I'm sure that if you pooled all their collective IQs together, you wouldn't exceed the speed limit. If they can manage more than one syllable in a word, they're doing well, when they're not swearing each other off, which is rare. Hell of a lot of difference to when I used to DX on 27MHz in the old old days.....
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Reply By: old-plodder - Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 09:43

Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 09:43
I still have my old 27 MHz sideband. Havn't turned it on for about a year.
Do get some truckies with it on the road. Not used as much as the UHF for sure.
Had to go UHF last year to keep in touch.
Found the 27MHz useful on trips with a a number of friends as an option for the lead and tail vehicles to keep in touch over a longer range, or when seperated in a national park and no repeater available.
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Reply By: Rassilon - Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 23:05

Monday, Mar 21, 2005 at 23:05
You cant beat a 27Mhz CB, UHF is no fun. You cant work other states on 4w AM on UHF. You cant hear the yanks come in on ch6 & 11 in the mornings on UHF. 27Mhz is not dead its just all you people forget to turn it on!!!
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