Did you know that you may be able to listen to CB radio on your shortwave receiver?
If you have a digital receiver that covers from 26.9-27.5 MHz, you can listen to CB frequencies in a matter of minutes. Below, I’ve posted a chart of all 40 CB “channels” and their associated frequencies.
Why listen to CB radio?
- Find out what road conditions are like from local drivers by monitoring talk between truck drivers
- Monitor Channel 9 (the emergency channel) and contact local authorities if you hear a distress call
- During an emergency you could glean valuable information from the CB frequencies
- Entertainment value: hey, it’s CB–you never know what you may hear.
In fact, note that CB listening isn’t for those who are easily offended by adult language. In the past, CB radioers were licensed by the FCC and tended to be (in my humble opinion) more courteous. Today, it’s a free-for-all, but you will still hear many regulars that are respectful and follow the “gentleman’s rules” of amateur radio. Simply tune to the frequency below and listen. Like broadcasters and some ham radio operators, CB is primarily an AM mode activity. Make sure your radio is set for AM (not SSB) listening.
Here is a list of all 40 CB channels and their associated frequencies:
I used to hear CB channels on my Lowe HF-150/Wellbrook loop combo, but absolutely nothing on any other receivers. and now even the Lowe doesn’t pick them up. Is the solar cycle just that bad right now?
Is. There. Anybody. On. Channel. 19. Right. Now.