What is a CB radio?

The Citizens Band Radio Service, popularly known as CB Radio, is a public, two-way personal radio service. The short-distance, voice communication service can be used by any person in Australia. A cheap and reliable means of communication, CB radio operates in two distant frequency bands the High Frequency (HF) band (26.965 -27.405 MHz) and the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) band (476.425 – 477.400 MHz). This public service is available for everyone. The company cannot use the service for business as they have no rights of exclusivity. The Company has to accept other users on the same channel.

Does it need a license?

No, one does not need to apply for a license and no license fees is payable for that. The operation of CB radio is authorized under the Radio communications (Citizen Band Radio Stations) Class License 2002. This one is the ACMA website.

CB voice communication became extremely popular in the year 1970. It is extremely popular in cars and trucks till date. This portable communication is carried by using hand held transceivers which most of the CBers operate from home.

CB band comprise 40 channels in which narrow band 27 MHz is the most popular one. All of these 40 channels are overcrowded. The 27 MHz band supports worldwide communication which is known as “skip”. The 11-year sun spot cycle witnessed congestion at its worst during peaks.

Freebanding or bootlegging

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) allows people to cover a fix frequency range. Despite all prohibitions, a few CB operators obtain illegal devices to transmit higher output power and frequency coverage greater than allowed. They do so in order to communicate over long distances or to compete with the other users of the trade. This is what we call bootlegging.

How to use it while emergency?

Authore of https://carhq.org/best-cb-radio-cars says that CB radio can help you if any emergency arise while you are travelling. If you require assistance in any such case, there are specific emergency channels. The two channels are channel 9 (27.065 MHz) in the HF band and channel 5/35 (476.525/ 477.275 MHz) in the UHF band.

Designated as emergency channels, the non-urgent traffic is confined to them. A few organizations volunteer these emergency channels and may help you in contacting the required authorities in case of emergency.

The CB radio station has proved its worth during in disaster condition both in small-scale (example: stranded motorist) and large scale (example: during a flash flood or hurricane). Many organizations provide their extended support during such conditions. Emergency channel 9 is operated by REACT, a non-profit organization. The channel is recognized as emergency channel in US.


The personal conduct of a CB radio station during operations is based on specific conditions. For an improper conduct, penalties are imposed. The CBRS class license states these particular points

A person with following flaws must not be allowed a CB.

  • If it is used for the purpose of harassing a person.
  • If the person is unreasonable, seriously alarmed or seriously affronted.