Drivers' Corner - Layover CB Shop
The Paper Tiger Strikes
I have been waiting for Riley Hollingsworth of the FCC to grant me an interview. I now found out that they have begun the big push to clean up CB.
I have received word that a number of shops that are prominent on the Internet have felt the rake of the paper tiger claws. They have been fined and cited. That means the FCC writes you a nasty letter, gives you a citation and levies a $10,000 fine.
Why are they hitting these stores? It is illegal to operate a CB radio at over four watts. The law is the law. And the enforcement division is charged with the responsibility of enforcing the law.
Why do they move now? Because of the proliferation of export radios that do in excess of 200 watts. Export radios are not to be sold in the USA. They are supposed to be sold to other countries, but they always seem to come back into the U.S. market.
If you wish to know who was cited, you can go to the FCC website: www.fcc.gov.
I have a suspicion that there is more involved than just busting a few CB shops. I suspect that enforcement will start moving on trucks that have these overpowered radios. I don't know this for a fact, I only suspect it. But forewarned is forearmed.
I think (and this is opinion only) that what happened is HAM radio operators got sick and tired of a few truck drivers with high-powered radios infringing on their turf. Licensed HAM operators study hard for the privilege to use those frequencies. Along come a few truck drivers looking for somewhere to talk and they end up in 10-meter HAM frequencies, thinking this is dead air space. When confronted by HAM operators, these drivers refuse to vacate the channel because they paid top dollar for their radio and will use it anywhere they wish.
I know of one trash hauling company in NY that uses 28,305 MHZ as their company channel. The drivers refused to vacate the channel when HAMs confronted them.
The proliferation of super powered radios, along with the sales pitch of 12 bands of channels (as a sales pitch to drivers), is taking us down a slippery road.
The FCC rules are clear. Dual purpose radios, as they designate them, are illegal and can get you in trouble. As drivers we all think we need more power. Think of this. Do you need to be heard more than five miles down the road? Do you really need 200 watts to talk across the parking lot?
Just be cautious. No one but Riley Hollingsworth knows what direction the paper tiger will strike next. As Monk would say, "It's a jungle out there."