On 2nd November 1981 CB radio enthusiasts were given 40 FM channels to use legally. It took until 2014 until the originally much wanted AM & SSB was granted though.
Every year there is a UK wide event to mark this, this year was the 38th year of 27/81 CB radio and many groups assembled throughout the country to see how many contacts they could get using channel 38.
The Clyde valley DX group headed up to a favourite spot up at loch Thom, Greenock around lunch time and got the operation station set up. The conditions for radio were very poor to say the least so there was lots of crossed fingers that we'd get some DX.
The station's working conditions were pretty basic, as we tried to keep it as ''Old School'' as possible using radio's from back in the early days with just normal radio output power. The radio's that were used were an Audioline PT-345 homebase with 3.7 watts of output power and a Uniden 200 mobile type with 4.0 watts output running into a ''T2LT'' portable vertical dipole (see video for all details)
I'll let you watch the video instead of giving you the log etc. But we did manage 2 contacts into Northern Ireland (approx 85 miles) which was an exceptional feat with basic equipment.
A huge thanks for the boys & girls who attended, Rab 108CV134 for supplying tea, coffee & hot dogs and to the other mobiles who called in from Ardentinny, Carman hill, Langbank, Glasgow & the Island of Bute they made the event worth-while.
See you all on channel 39 next year
108CV001 - Stu
38th anniversary special event video.