Here is a booklet all about C.B radio (most emphasis on Australian CB radio bands but all the rest is universal.) This booklet is split into several sections due to differences of CB around the world and to accomodate for information common to CB radio worldwide. Thank you for taking the time to stop by.
CB stands for citizens band and is obviously a radio band for citizens.
In this booklet 3 bands of CB will be discussed, but others do exist. 1
band is recognised world wide as the 27MHz CB band, the other existing
in Australia only while the last in New Zealand. Europe also has
their own arrangement, with some other bands as well.
It is a radio system that is for the personal use of radio equipment.
It is for local and national communications, and in some cases, internationally.
It is not intended for commercial use, some communities use it as local
town security where the police monitor a channel for citizen emergency
calls. Some countries restrict communication distance by law!
Anyone can become a CB radio operator, even the able and disabled, who come from all walks of life. CB radio is also a source for `the cheap man's Amateur' radio.
Seeing there are two different bands in Australia, it can vary drastically between $100 and upwards. An average station with both bands would cost just under $1000. The equipment can be set up just about anywhere such as a shack, garage, bedroom, study etc. Car setups cost less as they do not require transformers, and the car battery is more than adequate to drive a CB. The car aerials are cheap here, however can cost over $100. A decent car installation can cost as little as $100 or maybe around $400 to $500 for the hobbyist.
While you are reading about CB in particular, I highly advise you refer to other sections on the pages if you don't understand something so that you get all the pre-required knowledge about CB theory. If you just read about CB without reading other sections you will not understand part of the information about aerials and radio operation.