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  1. Fred Schouten

It was the 1970′s and the CB, short for Citizen Band Radio was a social tool used by many hobbyist and truckers…for some, like Fred, it was a way of life. When I was a child there were many occasions that we spent at CB Club’s and Jamboree’s. Fred’s "handle" or call sign was the "King of Hearts". My mom’s call sign was the "Queen of Hearts"….hence the "King and Queen of Hearts". In order to use a CB in the 1970′s you had to have a license to operate it and a legal call sign. Fred’s as I still remember it, was KGB2432. He would announce it first and then indicate that he is the "King of Hearts". CB’s are somewhat the equivalent of today’s chat rooms, where anyone can jump in and speak. But there were alot of regulations…it was truly as if Big Brother was really watching you. You had to use your licensed handle, and you had to use proper CB etiquette and use the language. You weren’t allowed to go over a certain wattage. Fred had amplifiers so that he could "skip" (like shortwave/ham) and go greater distances.) This got him in trouble as one day, FCC regulators or maybe even the FBI knocked on our door. He got a huge fine for using the amplifier. They located him by triangulating his location. These fines led Fred into really speaking out against all of the regulations that the FCC had in place. He started taking us all to all kinds of CB events and meetings similar to today’s "town hall" meetings…and we even went to Lansing, where Fred was a pioneer in getting the laws changed that CB’er’s enjoy today. He was one of the early people that helped to organize the group of individuals in the state of Michigan to speak out against Big Brother. I refer to Big Brother from George Orwells book 1984. Fred was even on T.V. at some of these events as I recall. Since that time, the FCC has backed off of its Big Brother like tactics and you are no longer to required to announce your licensed call sign and I don’t even think you need a license anymore. I would like to believe that Fred was a pioneer in helping to make these changes happen as he devoted a lot of time and effort to it.

Below is a list of standard CB 10 codes. The most common ones I remember were 10-4 which meant "OK",

10-20, What’s your location?.
10-1 = Receiving poorly
10-2 = Receiving well
10-3 = Stop transmitting
10-4 = Message received
10-5 = Relay message to _____
10-6 = Busy, please stand by
10-7 = Out of service, leaving the air
10-8 = In service, subject to call
10-9 = Repeat message
10-10 = Transmission completed, standing by
10-11 = Talking too rapidly
10-12 = Visitors present
10-13 = Advise Weather/Road conditions
10-16 = Make pick up at _____
10-17 = Urgent business
10-18 = Anything for us?
10-19 = Nothing for you, return to base
10-20 = My location is _____
10-21 = Call by telephone
10-22 = Report in person to
10-23 = Stand by
10-24 = Completed last assignment
10-25 = Can you contact _____
10-26 = Disregard last information
10-27 = I am moving to channel _____
10-28 = Identify your station
10-29 = Time is up for contact
10-30 = Does not conform to FCC rules
10-32 = I will give you a radio check
10-33 = Emergency Traffic
10-34 = Trouble at this station
10-35 = Confidential information
10-36 = Correct time is
10-37 = Wrecker needed at
10-38 = Ambulance needed at
10-39 = Your message delivered
10-41 = Please turn to channel
10-42 = Traffic accident at
10-43 = Traffic tie up at
10-44 = I have a message for you
10-45 = All units within range please report
10-50 = Break channel
10-60 = What is next message number?
10-62 = Unable to copy, use phone
10-63 = Net directed to
10-64 = Net clear
10-65 = Awaiting your next message/assignment
10-67 = All units comply
10-70 = Fire at _____
10-71 = Proceed with transmission in sequence
10-77 = Negative contact
10-81 = Reserve hotel room for ______
10-82 = Reserve room for _____
10-84 = My telephone number is ______
10-85 = My address is _____
10-91 = Talk closer to the microphone
10-93 = Check my frequency on this channel
10-94 = Please give me a long count (1-10)
10-99 = Mission completed, all units secure
10-200 = Police needed at _____

In addition to the above 10 codes there was/is an entire lingo vocabulary that was used. Smokey, met a cop. A popular movie, "smokey and the bandit" illustrates some of the CB use. And a song, which came out around the peak of CB’s, was called "Convoy"…which was more of a Trucker song.