trucksThe CB radio is very popular within the trucking community. CB radio simply means Citizens Band Radio and it is a telecommunication technology used for short distance communication between two individuals. A CB radio could be used without a license. A CB radio is applicable for either personal or business use. This type of telecommunication technology was invented in 1945. The name of the inventor was Al Gross, the same man who invented the walkie-talkie. Al Gross was founder of the firm called Citizens Radio Corp. In the 1940’s, his company sold handheld radios. During this particular time period handheld radios were not very popular because of the limitations in the UHF technology. As a result, handheld radios were expensive and it was not practical for the average person to purchase and use one. It took a few decades before CB radio became popular.

The evolution of the CB radio began in earnest in 1958 when the Federal Communications Commission enabled the allocation of a new block of frequencies for a new CB class. The Class D of CB radio was created. The new class was opened at 27 MHz. In the beginning, Class D only had 23 channels but in 1977, it was upgraded to 40 channels.

It was in the 1960s when CB radios became popular because of the blue-collar working class comprised of truckers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, or furnace oil deliverymen. The relatively inexpensive radios became an indispensable part of their business operation making it easier to communicate with co-workers and team leaders. Workers from different types of industries benefited from the use of CB radios. However, CB radios were closely intertwined with truckers and the trucking community.

The history of how CB radios were linked to the trucking community is as interesting as the CB radio lingo developed by the truckers. In the 1970s, fuel shortages led to the 55 mph speed limit. As a result, members of the trucking community used CB radios to locate fuel and get advance warning with regards to the presence of law enforcement officers and their speed traps. The truckers were compelled to develop CB radio codes and CB radio slang to avoid detection from highway patrol officers eavesdropping on their radio conversations. In the process, the language that was created was called “trucker-talk” or CB radio lingo. For example, “bear” is a code for a police officer; “black and white” is a code for highway patrol; and “plain brown wrapper” is a code for unmarked police car. The CB radio lingo was popularized in the 1970s through a series of movies and television programs. Brought to you by Capital Solutions Truck Financing