Sunday, October 18, 2020
Wednesday, October 07, 2020
A curious trend in the Citizens Band radio family tree occurred in the mid-70's: Stylish telephone handsets connected to regular CB radios.
Except for the handset, nothing distinguished these radios from models having a standard microphone (other than rx audio piped to handset). If someone bought one of these they'd have the neighbors (and probably thieves) believing that you had a very expensive mobile phone system.
Or maybe it was just the "cool factor".
In any case, some sales rep convinced some department head to manufacture a few models because they felt it was something that would differentiate their radios from all of the other manufacturers. This led to the "You showed me yours, now I'll show you mine" effect and before you knew it, many of the big CB radio leaders were offering competing models.
|THIS IS WHAT A REAL MOBILE TELEPHONE LOOKED LIKE IN THE OLDEN DAYS|
This was known as the Mobile Telephone Service, or - MTS, and the very first system came to existence at BELL, which ends my history lesson about MTS, however, if you're so inclined to know more about MTS, just click on the link(s).
While the market didn't see a major switch to telephone handsetsuntil 1975, it was not a new concept. One of the earliest CB radios, Radson's RT-75A, was equipped with one from the get-go. Like many early CBs the RT-75 lacked any of the bells & whistles you've come to take for granted today, only having on-off and push-to-talk transmit switches...
"S-METER?" "WE DON'T NEED NO STINKING S-METERS
YES, you too could have this cool radio mounted on your very own tractor (HINT-HINT to MOWER JUNKIE)
MOVING ALONG... HERE ARE SOME OTHER MODELS...
|EFJ MESSENGER 130A|
|EFJ MESSENGER 132|
|EFJ MESSENGER 132|
|THIS IS ONE OF THE HARDEST TO FIND GE CB RADIOS|
|LAFAYETTE COM-PHONE 23|
|CATALOG 760 PAGE 3 - HOTLY PROMOTED ITEMS WERE USUALLY FOUND IN THE FIRST FEW PAGES OF THE CATALOG. BY CONTRAST THE REST OF THEIR CB LINE APPEARS MUCH LATER IN THE CATALOG, AS SHOWN BELOW|
|CATALOG 760 PAGE 227|
|ANOTHER ONE YOU DON'T OFTEN SEE: SANYO TA-777|
So there you have it; as many tele-set CB radios as I could remember (and a few I didn't know of until doing this blog post). Ultimately it came down to ergonomics, and the difficulty one would face if they wanted to purchase the Tele-handset knowing there was no 3rd party microphone support: Neither Turner or Astatic had handset versions of the +2/+3, of D104.
Those CB "phones" are a cool oddity to look at though.....
WELL...THIS WAS CERTAINLY A LETDOWN..
I got an email over the weekend with Subject: New President Adams! I was suddenly swept up in a wave of nostalgia, thinking about the original President Adams, and wondering how cool it would be have the new Adams side-by-side with the old Adams, comparing one to the other much like I did with President's Grant II and new McKinley.
Each of those new radios brought something new and exciting to the family tree, while maintaining solid Sideband performance. Then, I saw the new Adams and with a loud POP the air escaped from that big balloon that had formed in my brain, as I realized that this new Adams was just a punk radio that some soulless marketing
snake er...person from the bowels of the company said to himself "Huh we need a name for a new President CB...let's use Adams ", without putting any real thought into that decision.
This is mostly humorous to those of us who grew up seeing signs while driving around town, like the one below -
AND TIME TO DUST OFF THOSE FAVORITE "CREEP" BLU-RAY'S:
OKAY. IF YOU SCROLLED THIS FAR, YOU DESERVE SOMETHING TO SEE, RATHER THAN NOTHING.