A lot of conversing and grumbling about freebanders here and how it is fall out of CB. I propose it isnt.[/quote]
You're wrong. "Freebanding" came from cb folks moving out of the channels and into adjacent frequencies.
We will just have to disagree, CB is the most popular reference though.
operating on then 5 meters without a license. And they had quite a group of regulars that operated without licenses. And his Bust from the FCC. He said the fcc looked his station over and told him the only thing he needed was a license. Made him promise to NOT operate again till he got one. Which he did.
What he did was called "bootlegging" back then (the 1920s-1930s). It was rare but not unknown. Freebanding is different.
How is one illegal ops different from another??I think the only thing different is the fact that the FCC and then other goverments ignored the issue. Emboldening the freebanders. Then Manufacturers flooded the market with radios capable of freebanding with again no enforcement, and now that genie is out of the bottle.
Note that in those days your friend's setup would have not gone very far on 5 meters. More important, he STOPPED and went legit.
Well he was monitored from over 60 miles out initially, and was using a directional antenna. A lot of them would "go legit" faced with the option of that or a hefty fine or confiscation of equipment.
This was LONG before CB was even a thought.
Not really. Your friend was probabluy on 5 meters in the 1930s. UHF cb was authorized right after WW2. 11 meter cb came along in 1958.
Freebanding as we know it came about in the 1970s.
There are freebanders operating on bands far removed from the 11 meter bands.
Ahh, to my point, last I checked WW2 ended in 1945
6 mhz, 3.4 mhz, I have even come across some guys operating on 35 Mhz using old FM surplus stuff. http://www.freewebs.com/meterbands/echocharlie.htmlhttp://www.ustream.tv/recorded/17165250
People want to communicate, but not all will go to the efforts to get a license.
What "efforts" does it really take to get an amateur radio license today? A couple of multiple-choice tests from a published pool, given by volunteers. 74% is the passing grade. Elementary school children have achieved the top license class.
So it's not about "effort".
73 de jim, N2EY
Its not about how easy it is, its about the fact you have to do something at all.