CB Radio vs Ham Radio

New Directions Radio shares information on the specific differences between cb radio vs ham radio.


| September/October 1975



Copthorne Macdonald, New Directions Radio

Many folks tend to think of ham radio and CB radio as one and the same thing. It's true that both involve two-way radio communication under personal control, and both are certainly handy tools to have in one's bag of tricks . . . but there are many differences which I'll try to point out as I go along.


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Copthorne Macdonald is an amateur radio enthusiast, inventor of slow scan television, and founder of New Directions Radio. New Directions Radio article MOTHER EARTH NEWS NO. 35, September/October 1975. 

As the days grow shorter and cooler, our thoughts turn toward indoor pursuits . . . including those good raps with our ham friends. And, as you can see from the accompanying timetable, this fall is bringing some major changes in our New Directions Roundtable schedules.

The emergence of localized communities of interest has led us to try three regional on-the-air gatherings patterned after the very successful West Coast Roundtable. These are planned for weekday evenings — which suit many people better than weekend days — and for 75-meter frequencies, which will give fairly reliable coverage over distances of 50 to 1,500 miles and more. Since we can expect spotty 20-meter propagation as we head into the bottom of the current sunspot cycle, the Sunday schedule on 20 meters will be used primarily for passing information from group to group.

A second point: The Roundtables need volunteers to share "moderator" duty. Contact the coordinator for your region if you'd like to help.

Also, I'm passing on herewith another installment of the Amateur Radio Register. The feedback I receive indicates that this service is being used by a good number of people for a variety of purposes. If you'd like yourself and your station listed, send me the particulars.

CB Radio vs Ham Radio

Many folks tend to think of ham radio and CB radio as one and the same thing. It's true that both involve two-way radio communication under personal control, and both are certainly handy tools to have in one's bag of tricks . . . but there are many differences which I'll try to point out as I go along.





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