Funny, We used to refer to anyone with a crappy signal as a MUD DUCK. As I opend my new membership with this forum, I noticed I was classified as a Mud Duck. I haven't had that title since I was 11 when I got my first base, a 23 channel Laffayette Telsat 925. I had an old gutter mount antenna from the 70's hanging out my window, and probably couldn't reach out more than 10 miles or so. But I thought it was great! What the hell did I know, I was only 11. But from there I knew I was hooked on radios. I loved it. Every night after dinner I used to go up to my room and talk to everyone for hours. Those were the days. This was at a time when there was no internet, no twitter, and cell phones weighed 10 pounds,and came in a bag, and were only for the rich.
After some years went by, and life took priority, (job, car ,woman, ect.) cb started to fade. I couldn't understand it then, but it was because all the modern tech we know today was coming in to vouge. People soon started using cb less and less. The only people left were truckers, people running skip, and local morons with junk radios who either farted or played music in the mic. It got old. CB was dead. Or so I thought.
I recently Googled CB and was suprised to find so many people still involved in the hobby. This is great. I am currently planning a new station, but I am a little behind the times with the equipment. The last station I had (and was pretty high tech at the time) was a Ranger RCI 2970 w D104 silver eagle. I also had a Heathkit 400w tube linear amplifier and an A99 w groundplane kit. This was positioned at the top of a 50' oak tree on a 20' pole. I also live atop a mountain in Western PA. Talk about being able to reach out and touch someone. I have talked all around the world, and I am looking forward to getting back into the hobby, and maybe even talking to some of you guys.
But do I really have to be a MUD DUCK all over again? Oh well, you gotta start somewhere. AL