The thing with channel 9

Written by Super User

jackson ii ch9Since the middle of the seventies the CB radio in Europe was gradually allowed by all countries, at that time still with lower transmission powers and above all AM operating mode. Even then, channel 9 (if disturbed alternative channel 19) was distributed as a call and emergency channel and not without reason. If you look at (see picture) radios, they usually have a switch that allows quick change to channel 9.

alan 42ds ch9At that time the thing really made sense, every second car had an antenna, cell phones did not exist yet and in an emergency, on motorway or highway, the nearest telephone booth was often miles away. With the introduction of the first C and D network, later GSM car phones, this changed step by step.

Nevertheless, the Channel 9 on CB radio still has a special position, even if nobody today would come up with the idea to call an notary via CB radio - which is also logical and good. But his already then entitlement as a call - info - trucker and help channel is undeniably still valuable and helps many on the streets.

But what rules apply to CB radio and channel 9?

Valid are the general basic rules that apply to CB radio, as well as HAM radio and all channels.
  • Courtesy, respect and compliance with radio discipline
  • No interruption and disruption of ongoing calls
  • Keeping the pauses between the radio messages
  • Do not interrupt ongoing conversations or only with a 'break break' if you want to register and have a say in the topic, or to provide important additional information.
CBtalk AUT09 appIn addition, for the channel 9 (19) are still some small features that allow a regulated, liquid and easy radio communications important
  • All radio operators, CB radio operators, HAM radio operators, trucker, etc. are welcome and legally entitled. Channel 9 is the call, info, trucker and help channel. That says it all.
  • The more participants are the more important short, crisp and informative radio messages without long embellishments
  • Breaker, that is, when someone with two 'break break' in the radio traffic turns on channel 9 always priority, because it is usually important information or requests.
  • If you would like to talk to other participants about a topic or for other reasons, you suggest a different channel, take your call there and then return to the call - info - trucker and help channel 9
  • Since Midland CBtalk now also has DUALWATCH (two-channel monitoring). Is there also a great opportunity to talk on a channel and still not miss any important information, a call or a call for help (channel 09 set to dualwatch).
  • Small talk is possible as long as the proverbs are as short as possible and above all the breaks in between remain.
  • Such casual conversations are interrupted immediately if, for example, accident or traffic jam reports or other important information is reported.
  • Normally, then breaks the relevant station with two 'Break Break' in the channel to communicate the information.
  • In addition to the previous CB radio devices with RF radio, device and antenna, there is now the CBtalk APP from Midland which can be considered a valuable tool for professional drivers. Of course, the (yellow marked) channel 09 (depending on the country DEU09 or AUT09, for example) is also available here.
What to avoid
  • The 'break' means interrupting to engage in a conversation should not be used abusive. Is about a conversation, the exchange of traffic information in progress, etc. so it is not appropriate to set a 'break break' just to say 'good morning'. Then it is necessary to wait until a longer break is and you just get in touch with a 'Station XY is QRV' ready to receive. (Shortcuts and so-called Q Codes you can read here)
  • Above all, it is impolite to interrupt a running radio traffic simply with interjections and disturb.
  • If larger radio calls are on one frequency / one channel, one of the radio operators is usually acting as moderator in the function and tries to call the stations involved as equally as possible.
  • Just to go into conversations here and to change the topic, or if you were asked to speak to another station to continue speaking and so to pass over the moderator is very rude.
Last but not least

As in the normal daily life and in the dealing with the fellow humans one should talk on radio with respectful and polite. Are really disturbers and distaste donating contemporaries on the channel so the best defense is to change the channel, to ignore these disturbers or simply to remain silent for a while - then settle such incidents usually after a short time by itself.

Autor: Super User

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Emergancy frequencies on HAM radio

Grundsätzlich wird jede Amateurfunkfrequenz, auf der ein Notruf abgesetzt wird, automatisch zur Notfunkfrequenz. International wurden folgende Notruffrequenzen für den Amateurfunkdienst vereinbart:

Kurzwelle 80 m 3760 kHz alle Aktivitätszentrum Region 1 Notfunk
40 m 7110 kHz
20 m 14300 kHz Aktivitätszentrum weltweiter Notfunk
17 m 18160 kHz
15 m 21360 kHz
Ultrakurzwelle 2 m 145,500 MHz FM (Mobil) Anruffrequenz
70 cm 433,500 MHz internationale Anruffrequenz

Quelle: wikipedia