When Citizens’ Band or CB radio began in the late 1950s it was primarily used in rural areas by farmers, ranchers and truckers. As the technology progressed, CB popularity grew by leaps and bounds. However, by the time the FCC increased CB bandwidth from 26 to 40 channels and dropped the licensing requirements in the early 1980s, CB popularity had begun to decline due to the introduction of cellular phone service with its potentially unlimited range. Because a CB radio has an average range of two to five miles in normal terrain, monitoring CB chatter over the Internet is somewhat impractical today. However, you can listen to one Lincoln, Nebraska-based CB Internet channel equipped with a 100-foot antenna and located on a flat 200 square mile plateau. The setup requires little effort.
Open your primary browser and navigate to the LiveCBRadio website (link in Resources).
Download and install the latest version of Windows Media Player if you have it (link in Resources). If the Windows Media Player is not automatically detected, open it from your Start menu.
Double-click on the dialog box above the Live CB Radio Station Receiver Lincoln Nebraska heading in the center of the web page. If you are running a browser other than Microsoft Internet Explorer, you will need to install an application to facilitate the use of the Windows Media Player with your browser.
Click the install panel at the top of the screen if using a browser other than Microsoft Internet Explorer. If using IE, double-click on the dialog box with the Windows Media Player logo and wait for the program to load and the browser to buffer the transmission.
Switch web pages to “27.025 The Superbowl” on the Live CD Radio site by clicking the link in the top right of the menu ribbon (link in Resources)
Adjust your computer volume control to maximum and adjust the volume control on the Windows Media Player receiver in the middle of the web page to a reasonable level.
- If you want to listen to local CB chatter, check out the CB radios at your local RadioShack. Eight selections are priced under $50. Ask the RadioShack staff about their selection of Android and AT&T cell phones that can use downloadable apps to monitor the 40 CB channels.
- If you decide to broadcast on CB radio, follow the etiquette used by most operators and avoid illegal modifications to your unit and antenna. Failure to do so can result in fines and other penalties from the FCC.
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