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CB radios are a standard solution for off-road rallies, but they are also used in many industrial applications. For residential use, lightweight, hand-held models can be used even on a family outing.
The history of the CB, or Citizen's Band, dates back to the United States and the 1940s. Launched overseas in 1945, the service, which supports citizens' communications, quickly gained enormous popularity. So it was in our country, albeit a few decades later. In Hungary, CB radio was in its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s. Due to the general lack of telephones, many people used hand-held CB radios as an alternative.
Today, of course, there is hardly any shortage of telephones, but CB radios still play an important role in many areas. It is certainly a popular product among radio amateurs, but it also has practical uses on the road. Truckers, for example, use the USB40 channel to cover as much distance as possible.
Do I need a licence to use a CB radio?
To answer this question, let's take a step back: in Hungary, only CB radios that comply with the CEPT (European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations) standards, i.e. EU standards, can be marketed. These devices can be divided into two broad categories. The 4W radios can be used by anyone, while the 25W SSB capable radios require an amateur radio licence. The latter are therefore a good choice for radio amateurs.
Wide choice of different types
Albrecht and Midland mobile CB transceivers
Mobile CB radios cover the types that can be built into cars and trucks. For companies involved in international transport, it may be important to know that in Germany only hands-free CB radios can be used while driving. This requirement can be fulfilled in two ways: either by purchasing a VOX-capable device (e.g. Albrecht AE 6120 VOX) or by retrofitting an existing CB radio with an accessory (e.g. Albrecht VOX CB microphone).
Mobile CB transceiver radios meet today's requirements. For example, many models are equipped with an LCD display that shows the current channel, power, mode and noise sensitivity. Models with a USB charging socket allow you to charge your phone or navigation, while some mobile CBs can also provide AM and FM modulation. We highly recommend these top-of-the-line devices for any truck, caravan or SUV, as they allow easy and fast communication!
Albrecht and Midland handheld CB radios
Lightweight, even belt-mountable, handheld CB radios are ideal for a wide range of situations. They allow for easy communication on a long hike, while they support security communication at an outdoor event. Professionals working in the field (e.g. electricians, carpenters, joiners, etc.) can radio the centre or the office, and of course a handheld CB radio is ideal for hobby purposes.
The Albrecht and Midland brand radios in the range are typically 40 channels, with AM/FM and AM/FM/SB modulation respectively. Some radios also offer automatic channel scanning or even dual channel monitoring, as well as digital noise suppression.
You're in the right place if you're looking for an accessory
You can make your CB radio experience more complete by choosing quality accessories for your set. We have CB mounts and screws for mounting radios, power cables, CB amplifiers, as well as magnetic, retractable and roof-mounted antennas, among many other things. Our staff will be happy to help you with your selection and you can even leave the desktop or in-car installation to us.
Find the right CB radio for your needs and contact us if you have any questions!