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    Default What's the max legal power for a CB

    Local CB dealer is trying to sell me an 18 watt CB radio. I thought 5 watts was the legal limit.

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    Default Re: What's the max legal power for a CB

    4 to 5 watts I think.
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    Default Re: What's the max legal power for a CB

    Quote Originally Posted by brianric View Post
    Local CB dealer is trying to sell me an 18 watt CB radio. I thought 5 watts was the legal limit.
    it's 4 watts carrier for AM, 12 watts peak envelope for SSB. Rule #10


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    Default Re: What's the max legal power for a CB

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky225 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by brianric View Post
    Local CB dealer is trying to sell me an 18 watt CB radio. I thought 5 watts was the legal limit.
    it's 4 watts carrier for AM, 12 watts peak envelope for SSB. Rule #10
    I did read the stickies, all it talks about is Power Output Peak – something I quite don’t understand. If this gets me a ban from the site, so be it. I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.

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    Default Re: What's the max legal power for a CB

    Maybe he's talking about 18 watts swing?
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    Default Re: What's the max legal power for a CB

    It is 4 watts. But who is watching. Especially in a mobile.

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    Default Re: What's the max legal power for a CB

    Quote Originally Posted by brianric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky225 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by brianric View Post
    Local CB dealer is trying to sell me an 18 watt CB radio. I thought 5 watts was the legal limit.
    it's 4 watts carrier for AM, 12 watts peak envelope for SSB. Rule #10
    I did read the stickies, all it talks about is Power Output Peak – something I quite don’t understand. If this gets me a ban from the site, so be it. I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.
    I meant Rule #10 of the CB rules =P


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    Default Re: What's the max legal power for a CB

    And them FCC fines aren't cheap! If you get caught.....

    Sound like a familiar paradigm?
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    Default Re: What's the max legal power for a CB

    Quote Originally Posted by Motor On View Post
    And them FCC fines aren't cheap! If you get caught.....

    Sound like a familiar paradigm?
    Yes, and practically NO ONE gets busted for freebanding CB band so I don't know why the hell people trip on Radar Jamming


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    Default Re: What's the max legal power for a CB

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky225 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Motor On View Post
    And them FCC fines aren't cheap! If you get caught.....

    Sound like a familiar paradigm?
    Yes, and practically NO ONE gets busted for freebanding CB band so I don't know why the hell people trip on Radar Jamming
    Because it's a lot easier for a cop who can't get a reading to spot the offender than it is to find (and for people to care enough to report) an illegal radio user.
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