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Post by Stinger » Thursday, 03 May 2007, 20:46 PM

Side band is the best way to go for LD contacts...I do everything I can to keep it alive! If you have any frequencies that you hit please let me know so I can try to meet you there!

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Post by 316 » Thursday, 10 May 2007, 18:26 PM

Not to many in Dallas on SSB, but you can make a lot of contact on 38LSB.

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Post by triple7wva » Thursday, 10 May 2007, 18:38 PM

38lsb too. just about everyday i can get canada and the islands barefoot....jas.
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Post by 316 » Thursday, 10 May 2007, 18:44 PM

316 wrote:Not to many in Dallas on SSB, but you can make a lot of contact on 38LSB.
That's what I said

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Post by triple7wva » Thursday, 10 May 2007, 18:48 PM

i was agreeing with you 316...jas
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Post by 316 » Thursday, 10 May 2007, 18:50 PM

triple7wva wrote:i was agreeing with you 316...jas
Oh ok sorry I just thought you didn't read my post.

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Post by triple7wva » Thursday, 10 May 2007, 18:58 PM

no problme 8) i work all the bands i can without getting on the hamwinkies nerves..lol but ive had some good action on the highbands as well there last week....but i agree. gotta keep sideband alive. true operators that run a good station is getting in short supply...jas.
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Post by 316 » Thursday, 10 May 2007, 19:01 PM

Yeah every once in a while I'll go up on 27.415-27.555

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Post by HonkyTonk » Sunday, 28 March 2010, 6:22 AM

Me I am gonna start using 11 LSB Y cuz the uppers seem to be full so try to check me out there

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Post by ltmdl90 » Sunday, 28 March 2010, 8:28 AM

37 lsb here in western pa. My contact is 627. We have a 8-10 persons run around here.

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Post by 385 » Monday, 05 April 2010, 18:16 PM

27.385lsb, 27.425lsb, 27.555usb, Thats my regular ssb freq's but with driving a truck I'm mainly on 19.
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Post by ram1500 » Monday, 05 April 2010, 19:01 PM

havent really talked much on side band whats beter USB or LSB i normaly talk on AM thinking about starting to talk im in south east WI if anyones around here

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Post by ltmdl90 » Monday, 05 April 2010, 19:16 PM

Lsb is far better in my book.

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Post by ram1500 » Monday, 05 April 2010, 19:19 PM

ok cool ill have to check it out

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Post by 385 » Tuesday, 06 April 2010, 18:22 PM

To be quite honest I don't think there is any difference between usb and lsb but the difference in AM and SSB is like night and day. It takes a little getting use to but once you get the hang of it you'll love it.
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Post by De_Wildfire » Thursday, 22 April 2010, 19:49 PM

38 LSB around this area. I hear the skip the strongest there.

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Post by bigjames » Wednesday, 12 May 2010, 16:58 PM

just got my first SSB radio (a refurbed 949 from Sparkys) and I'm hooked already. I've been easily making DX contacts barefoot with a Little Will antenna, its so much easier than trying to bust through the mud on AM, don't know why I didn't try it earlier.

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Post by jessejamesdallas » Wednesday, 12 May 2010, 19:02 PM

SSB is OK I guess if your talking on a Base...But in a mobile, there's just too much fine tuning involved on SSB to talk and drive at the same time. (IMO)

All but one of my radios have SSB...And I think I have talked SSB maybe 4 or 5 times in the past couple of years.
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Post by Sporty Mike » Wednesday, 12 May 2010, 19:13 PM

I don't know what I would do without SSB. Although it pays to have a good SSB rig, not all ssb equipped radios are capable SSB talkers. I have a Cobra 142 with an unlocked clarifier, and I wouldn't trade it for the world....well, maybe for a 2000 gtl setup the same!! LOL :biggrin:
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Post by Nagant » Wednesday, 12 May 2010, 21:40 PM

I use my President Lincoln on SSB more than my other SSB radios. Very stable, no drift, and thus very little to do with the clarifier unless the other person is off freq. I love SSB and hit 38 LSB often when DX conditions are good.

Problem is most of today's exports have a fair amount of drift on SSB which is a pain. Especially in a mobile. I can handle the drifters OK on a base.
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Post by 715minigrass » Wednesday, 12 May 2010, 22:24 PM

try 27.355 LSB AUSTRALIA DX channel....

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Post by rotts4u » Thursday, 03 June 2010, 18:48 PM

Stinger wrote:Side band is the best way to go for LD contacts...I do everything I can to keep it alive! If you have any frequencies that you hit please let me know so I can try to meet you there!

606 Stinger Dallas, TX

I heard you loud and clear in Chattanooga TN one evening this week. I tried to get you back but there was so much traffic and I doubt my little mobile setup would make the trip.

204 in Chattanooga TN

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Post by siamskip » Sunday, 06 June 2010, 8:34 AM

On the European side of the pond most SSB stations opperate on 27.555 USB. some monitor 26.835 or 26.905 LSB.
If you have set up correctly, RX,& TX performance should be exactly the same on USB and LSB.
A lot of 11meter band DXers in the UK drive to elivated locations and set up a mobile static stations,normally using a 5/8 wave vertical to work the skip.
They make an all day field trip of it , particually at this time of the year. Normally June ,July , August, Is when the skip is running
strongest in Northern Europe, and the weather is warm. Alot of these well known high locations have beautiful views worth the
drive alone. Makes a lot of sense persuing your hobby and getting out and about absorbing the great outdoors. :icon_e_smile:

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Post by likes2grill » Sunday, 06 June 2010, 9:35 AM

Since I only have an old sears ssb 23 channel I try every channel on USB and LSB but try to stay up on 23 the most. 1394 in the sunshine state said that.
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Post by smooth16 » Saturday, 19 June 2010, 19:58 PM

Try 16 lsb in the early morning.
That is the old channel for SSB from the 23 channel days. I talk to a lot of Canada from SC on barefoot in the early ( 5-7 ) am.

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Post by ussixtysix » Thursday, 24 June 2010, 18:21 PM

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Post by sf327 » Friday, 12 November 2010, 19:29 PM

I monitor Ch 38LSB every day 5:30-7:45 AM and 6:45-10PM central time up here in MN.. If no one transmitts, I wont hear it of course..
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Post by 443 Arizona » Saturday, 13 November 2010, 6:50 AM

ok, 10-4, let me get my motormouth started,, brrnnnmmmmmm , brrmmmm. cmon skipland, lets gooooo !! it's the 443 , i'm shak'in it !! c'mon :jokercolor: 37 & 38 LSB

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Post by DanTaylor » Saturday, 13 November 2010, 7:35 AM

man there have been some OLD thread resurrected here lately lol Notice the original post date....

OP Postby Stinger » Thursday, 03 May 2007, 20:46 PM

As far as SSB goes I roll on 36 or 38 mostly. Using 970 call numbers something like weakest walkie talkie in the rockies or just 970 in the rockies.
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Post by Bad Clams » Saturday, 13 November 2010, 10:11 AM

siamskip wrote:On the European side of the pond most SSB stations opperate on 27.555 USB. some monitor 26.835 or 26.905 LSB.
If you have set up correctly, RX,& TX performance should be exactly the same on USB and LSB.
A lot of 11meter band DXers in the UK drive to elivated locations and set up a mobile static stations,normally using a 5/8 wave vertical to work the skip.
They make an all day field trip of it , particually at this time of the year. Normally June ,July , August, Is when the skip is running
strongest in Northern Europe, and the weather is warm. Alot of these well known high locations have beautiful views worth the
drive alone. Makes a lot of sense persuing your hobby and getting out and about absorbing the great outdoors. :icon_e_smile:
Thats exactly what I've been doing, I pack up my truck and head to the mountains/hills and just spend the day enjoying time away from the sea level slog life. we have a network of probally 10 guys within the willamette valley, do a lil rag chew or take turns catching a dx station. now since i've been on again I met a lotta cool folks here on the ssb. even in the lousy weather it's fun to get out and perch up in woods on a nice high spur with a view and make lots of good contacts. just tune in and be patient SSB is still alive.
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Post by 626 » Saturday, 13 November 2010, 15:26 PM

DanTaylor wrote:man there have been some OLD thread resurrected here lately lol Notice the original post date....
Keep resurrecting them. Maybe that way, y'all will be able to sell in the for sale section soon and I can check out some of your gear. LOL

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**NON-SPONSOR** wrote:
DanTaylor wrote:man there have been some OLD thread resurrected here lately lol Notice the original post date....
Keep resurrecting them. Maybe that way, y'all will be able to sell in the for sale section soon and I can check out some of your gear. LOL

LOL I was not the one that resurrected this thread, I just happened to notice the original post date. I also got my post count to 100 the hard way. Trying to help when I could and posting legitimate threads =)
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Post by 626 » Sunday, 14 November 2010, 12:01 PM

I guess this officially qualifies as a sidebar to keep sideband alive.

On the orignal topic, CB is one of the few bands where sideband is considered antiquated. On the Ham bands AM is the exception. Sideband is after all more efficient. But AM just sounds so much better.

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Post by Raider747 » Saturday, 04 December 2010, 0:38 AM

I am ssb for life! I just got back on the radio as of tonight for the first time in about 7-8 years and I am getting a ssb radio in about 2-3 weeks! I am going nuts floating around on am with nothing going on and no one to chat it up with. I hope some good skip rolls in as soon as I get whatever radio I decide to buy!
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Post by DirtyfaceDan » Sunday, 05 December 2010, 1:23 AM

Most of the locals around around Vancouver BC, and here on Vancouver Island BC sit on lower 38 as our local frequency. It's where we all ragchew till the skip rolls on it. When the skips a rollin, I go AM, as i like the sound, and my tube gear can make some noize. But for the loooong DX...lower 38.

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Post by mat_me » Sunday, 05 December 2010, 6:52 AM

just waiting to get my first sideband radio (cobra 148gtl one of the newer ones) from the local shop up here in Canada. Once I get that I hope to be able to do my part to keep things moving from this end, although it is only a mobile. We will see how it goes...EH ! :r&r:
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Post by hilltop 439 » Sunday, 05 December 2010, 8:06 AM

I enjoy talking on sibeband i am usually on 37 lsb and 38 lsb . SSB seems to be a bit more talkable during heavy dx conditions and the operators are more professional in there operating habbits. AM can be a mad house at times full of rood obnoxious operators who have no respect for the hobby. I will be listening for the call numbers of the people on this forum maybe we can have a chat.73s
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Post by Raider747 » Tuesday, 28 December 2010, 22:16 PM

Since getting my 148gtl I have been living on 38 and 39 lsb. I never really spent much time on AM over the years, only to chat with my one buddy who is local and we usually talked on 37lsb.
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Post by Joker-Dave » Tuesday, 04 January 2011, 11:20 AM

I'll be back on in about 30 days...
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Post by goofy » Tuesday, 04 January 2011, 13:31 PM

I've been wondering if we could agree to CBRadioTalk "meetup" SSB channel..

I was thinking something obscure, but still in the standard 40, like 31USB or something..

The only difference between USB and LSB is which carrier gets suppressed the upper one or the lower one. There is essentially no propagation difference in using LSB versus USB on a given freq. LSB is just the tradition, but there is no reason we couldn't break the tradition.

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Post by Joker-Dave » Tuesday, 04 January 2011, 13:41 PM

goofy wrote:I've been wondering if we could agree to CBRadioTalk "meetup" SSB channel..

I was thinking something obscure, but still in the standard 40, like 31USB or something..

The only difference between USB and LSB is which carrier gets suppressed the upper one or the lower one. There is essentially no propagation difference in using LSB versus USB on a given freq. LSB is just the tradition, but there is no reason we couldn't break the tradition.
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Post by genesbro » Monday, 10 January 2011, 20:56 PM

With a good sideband radio it can sound as good or better than am. I have been using this same old 148GTL since I bought it new back around 79 or 80, can't remember exactly when I got it. Only time I use it on am is if I want to talk to the truckers or one of my buds that hasn't gotten a ssb rig yet. I only do dx on ssb. Found out the mud ducks run L36 and U37 and if you can get them on U37 at 8 pm there time (PA.) you can get a mud duck number, heard that from mud duck 424 when I talked with him on L36 the other day.
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Post by paintgiant » Monday, 10 January 2011, 21:34 PM

Hey guys brand new here to the whole cb scene. Got all my gear rigged up, the new Cobra 148 Gtl and a K40 magnet mount. Posted up here in VA hope to hear some of y'all out there I've mostly just been listening on AM as I haven't quite gotten SSB figured out yet. Anyway, if anyone on here is in VA let me know what SSB channels you're operating on would be cool to try and make some contacts. -Blackhawk 4302

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Post by genesbro » Saturday, 15 January 2011, 12:33 PM

I do my part when the conditions are right. I get on the traditional SSB channels and give a shout out whenever the conditions are right. If L38 is busy I go on either 36,39,40, or 16 LSB and shout out. Almost everytime someone will come right back to me. Those are the channels that have always been agreed to be for SSB. I was off the air for several years but don't see any need to let those channels go over to the dark side (am), lets keep them active. If you here 38 hopping don't sit there, go to one of the others and you will probably get a quick come back and I don't use power, just my little cobra 148GL.
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Post by 'Doc » Saturday, 15 January 2011, 16:22 PM

This thread has been going for something like 8 months, so that ought to be enough time to draw a few conclusions from it. It also raises a questions in my mind!
What makes anyone thing SSB is dying, in danger of dying, or is even remotely ill?
How about, 'AM' audio sounds better than SSB audio. It's the same audio, how/why would it sound differently except by not adjusting the receiver correctly?
How about a 2 watt dead key and 100 watts of swing? Wow, that's typically called a 'vestigial' carrier, just another form of side band, double side band (DSB).
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Post by genesbro » Saturday, 15 January 2011, 17:37 PM

I once had a suppresed carrier walkie talkie years and years ago, it could get out up to twenty miles talking to mobiles that were up in the mountains. I was in Madera and they were up at Oak Hurst.
Radio, still the most fun way to communicate!



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Re: PLEASE KEEP SIDE-BAND ALIVE!!!

Post by barhopper 1 » Saturday, 29 January 2011, 9:36 AM

I was out of ssb for nearly 25 years until one day I got bored and decided to clean my closet out and low and behold I came across my Sbe console V in a box along with my Sbe desk mic. And my old Thunderbolt-101 but my antenna was long gone(PDL-2).So I went on-line and found another antenna and yep you guess right I was back on the air!! But now theres another problem- seems like I'm the only one around here any more that has a ssb base set-up. There is another fellow in my area whom I've made contact with but he's a "hammer" but only uses 11meters when the band is open which right now is not that often in this area.Back in the day(1980'sto early 1990's) There were alot of ssb'ers in this area but things were getting to political and people had hard feelings towards one another thats when I said "screw it" and packed and sold things a-way.Now after nearly 25 years I'm back!! Now I'm hoping if my fellow ssb'ers are reading this in my area will blow the dust off there rigs put there antenna up and get back on the air!! Don't be hiding in the weeds!!! I've now semi-retired my Sbe console V. and now run a RCI-2980 so come on guys get them radios going in S.E. Minnesota!!! Mn."BANDIT-3"

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Re: PLEASE KEEP SIDE-BAND ALIVE!!!

Post by Dusty Roads » Thursday, 17 February 2011, 15:13 PM

Dusty Roads here ...
I live in Carrollton Tx, just north of Dallas. Like alot of you, Iv'e got back on the air after houses, cars, kids, etc ... So I dragged out the old 89GTL and the HiGain and I'm back ... Whoa!-What happened? Where is everybody? Anyway, AM is quiet as a grave here, so I found a very nice stock MB8719 Washington on EBay - She's a beauty ... came with original box, owners manual, schematic, warranty card, even the old CB license application. Heck, the origional mike was still in a plastic bag!
Anyway ...
Rain/ice/snow killed the HiGain two weeks ago, so I just put up a new Imax 2000 ... Sweet!
There is some traffic on 30-40LSB, but not as much as I'd hoped ... So no contacts yet.
BUT ... I'm out there ...
So Give me a shout - Dusty Roads KLT8598 ... :cheers:
"RENEWBIE" ... Where Did Everybody Go?



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Re: PLEASE KEEP SIDE-BAND ALIVE!!!

Post by genesbro » Thursday, 17 February 2011, 15:48 PM

Welcome back Dusty Roads, yeah it is like a ghost town on the radio compared to the old days. I have no locals around here, just truckers that are mostly about 12 to 20 miles away that I sometimes get to talk with if they need some directions or need to report a problem.
I check out the sideband channels for long contacts whenever I can hear the skip is starting to run on 19, hope to get a SSB into the hands of a friend soon that lives about 40 miles away to have someone to talk with. I run the old 148 and have gotten a few off of ebay to get one working well to pass on for someone to talk with. Pretty weird to be the only base station in what I have scoped out so far as a 50 mile radius, probably a larger radius than that.
WDX 617 on L38 or one near that if it is jammed with traffic.
Radio, still the most fun way to communicate!



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Re: PLEASE KEEP SIDE-BAND ALIVE!!!

Post by Polish Eagle » Thursday, 17 February 2011, 16:55 PM

I feel your pain guys! Was cleaning out the basement and came across a box that had not been opened since only God knows. Inside I found my old Cobra 138 XLR and Turner Road King 60-J. (glad I have the stock mike as I am still trying to track down a battery for it!! 7V mercury still in it!) All that was left after selling off radios back in the 80's. First I wondered if it worked, then wondered if anyone still uses a CB! This radio was from 1978 so I have been told. Probably the last one I purchased. Unfortunately no power cord and no antenna. I actually remember where the antenna first sat for 10+ years before I threw it out more than 12 years ago when I moved. Well, like a kid on Christmas I just couldn't wait to find out. Ran over to the local Radio Shack and found the last mobile magnet mount antenna they had (piece of junk) and a power cord that must have been on the rack for 20 years! (package was almost yellow!!) Came home and fired it up. At first I thought it was shot as I couldn't hear anyone, then low and behold a voice....! Asked for a radio check and was surprised to hear a response. A base station nearly 12 miles away. It worked! Well went on line, found this forum and researched antennas. Bought a Wilson 1000, an SWR meeter, and paid $25 extra shipping costs for 2nd day air! Just had to have it yesterday you know... Waited until I received the new antenna and meter before trying SSB...it worked also..and apparently on frequency. Made a few contacts on 38L last weekend..but boy is it quiet compared to 30 years ago! Received a response from a member here in NJ that is on SSB and am planning to attend a flea market and luncheon in March here in NJ. Researched base antennas and will be putting up a I-Max shortly. For now I must look like a fool in the neighborhood sitting in the driveway in my Expedition talking on the radio. And has it ever been cold up here! Yes, let's keep SSB alive..
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