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Okay, you want to hate CB radio, hate it. I might have become a
ham when I was a teenager, but the only ham in my area was a
less-than-amiable person who didn't want to bother with me. It
was, in fact, a CBer-turned-ham who encouraged and helped me get a
Fortunately for me, I didn't judge all hams by the first one I
On 10/28/2019 1:13 PM, ajparent1/KB1GMX
OM mode and some history.
The roger beep was not a common thing until the CB mess broke
in the early 80s and it was often accompanied with other
makers and profanity. Then that mess started move into the lower
sections of the 10M band and they got tired of freebanding.
Most of us back when that used CB found it annoying and unneeded
for SSB. The general feeling is it was those that were disruptive
or trying to
feel like they were running something important doing it
initially. It was
especially noxious when it appeared in the 80s. Then it became a
on CB radios (a signal that those that were modified for non CB
frequencies) and later Chinese made HTs.
One questions the importance of the beep and its need. For the
(Mercury and later) it was needed as the communications were
actually full duplex
on the data links and you had to have some way of knowing when the
was done as in really did release the button and it was also to
button didn't stick as in heard in the astronauts headphone when
the button (or VOX). Until CB adopted it if you heard a over
beep is was likely
a repeater (usually ham) or space based radio (space program).
To date I know of the use of "over beep" appearing is standard
systems, those being Space program, Repeaters, military systems
satellite links, and CB.
Personally I don't care, if its short and unobtrusive. It does
a range of what one can do with a MPU of reasonable power and