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Is CB Radio Still Used?

Is CB radio still used

CB radios are still used. But not nearly as often as they were in the past. Cell phones all but killed off CB aka Citizen Band radios. The present use is limited to truck drivers and those who view CB radio as a hobby. CB radio use peaked in the 1970’s during the oil and gasoline shortage crises. People used the radios to communicate gasoline availability. Also, to help conserve energy, the U.S. federal government lowered the speed limit to a maximum of 55 MPH. That resulted in more speeders on the highway, and thus, more highway patrol officers (“bears” in CB lingo) writing speeding tickets. Truck drivers would communicate to each other via the CB radio identifying police speed traps which allowed those drivers to slow down and avoid a speeding ticket.

CB radios are two way communication devices regulated by the Federal Communications Commission- (Uncle Charlie) a U.S. Federal agency. They are open to anyone and everyone in the world. The device is a 40 channel transceiver (the ability to transmit and receive) in the short-wave, high frequency, electromagnetic spectrum (27 Megahertz). They can be used in a car (mobile unit), at home (base unit), or completely portable in your hand walkie-talkie (HT). The maximum legal power is 5 watts which generally allows you to talk about 5-10 miles under normal conditions. Under certain atmospheric conditions (skip conditions), you can talk across the U.S. and beyond. The radio waves propagate towards the sky and are reflected back to earth thousands of miles away from the original transmitter.

Today’s hobbyists often attach linear amplifiers (kickers) to their radios to boost the power up to many thousands of watts. Those high-powered radios are illegal, but the extra power allows them to be heard above everyone else (hammer down). They often operate on channel six also known as the “Superbowl” contesting to see who has the most powerful radio. They go by “handles” (made-up names) such as Prime Minister, Machete, and Showtime. They also go by “numbers” usually three in a row such as 666, triple three, and 357.

CB radio lingo made it famous. They use the “10” code to shorten common phrases, such as “10-4” (OK), “10-20” (where are you located), and “10-9” (repeat). The world famous phrase “Breaker 1-9” means someone is trying to break into a conversation on channel 19.

While CB radio operators are not always polite to each other, they are disdained by another class of two way radio operator- called Ham Radio or Amateur Radio. You must pass a 35 question exam to obtain your FCC approved Ham Radio license. You get a call sign like “WKRP” instead of a handle. Once licensed you can legally operate two way radios on many different radio frequencies.

Like CB’s, Hams are also a dying breed due to the communication afforded by the internet. Up until about 1960, Hams were on the cutting edge of technology, perfecting Morse Code (those short beeps in a row that spell out words), and the first to use radio wave propagation to communicate around the world. Notwithstanding those achievements, young people now days, are hardly impressed by the ability to talk around the world on a radio. There are still a few years left until the final old time two way radio enthusiast dies off, however, with no new people to replace them, it will will likely be the end of that era.

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  • $50 through $100 per hour for licensed attorney in Irvine California
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Black Mirror on Netflix

 

Black Mirror, the Millennial’s Twilight Zone released its season four.  It is a surreal mind-blower.  The question is whether you will be up for more dystopian technological terror.

Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker, who wrote or co-wrote all six episodes that debuted on Netflix on December 29, 2017 stated that “there is some more hope” in this season, but that’s only true to a limited extent. Although a couple of the new installments have a lighter tone, three of the others skew unflinchingly dark.

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“USS Callister”, the opening episode, is the series’s most ambitious to date. It features Robert Daly, a computer coder who codes a virtual-reality game as a homage to his favorite fantasy series Star Trek and uses it to torture computer-generated clones of his co-workers who belittle him in real life.  Robert isn’t just the socially awkward nerd he appears to be. Every night, he goes home to live out a custom fantasy built inside his own private game server. There, he lords his power over the space ship crew, virtual simulations of his colleagues, which he creates by surreptitiously extracting their DNA from everyday office trash, like coffee-cup lids.

He is Captain Kirk in the game, and bosses them around as revenge for their real life snubs and harassment.  His real life assistant, Nanette, admires him for his stellar computer coding, but nothing else.  In one telling scene in the episode, Robert erases Nanette’s mouth, so she can’t breathe, plead, or even verbalize her pain. It’s his way of establishing that he has complete power in the simulated universe, and the sociopathic will to use it to torture his captives. The clones are digital copies of their real selves with full memories and feelings.  The virtual game is as real as a never ending nightmare.

Black Mirror is supposed to reflect a version of our own experience back at us, while sounding technology-enhanced alarms about what the future may hold. “Humanity is screwed” feels like a common refrain for the show.  Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia leading to an unforgettable and disturbing conclusion.

 

 

 

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The Flat Earthers are growing in America

Internet searches for “FLAT EARTH” have more than doubled over the past two years according to Google Trends.

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IT IS a stunt worthy of Evel Knievel. This week, if all goes to plan, “Mad” Mike Hughes, a Californian, will launch himself 1,800 feet (550 metres) into the sky in a homemade steam-powered rocket made of scrap metal. As well as providing entertainment, Mr Hughes wants to prove a point. On his trip over the Mojave Desert, which could propel him at speeds of up to 500 miles (800km) per hour, the 61-year-old limousine-driver-turned-daredevil hopes to prove that the Earth is flat states the The Economist

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