CB Radio Vs. 10 Meter Radio

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CB Radio Vs. 10 Meter Radio
Two-way radios (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Kyle May)

The radio hobby enthusiast enjoys operating two-way radios. The most common radio is the low-power Citizen's Band (CB) radio because it can be operated by the general public at any age. The 10-meter radio has stricter operational regulations.

Radio Frequency Broadcast

The CB radio is limited to 40 channels and four to 12 watts of output with limited range in the amplified modulation (AM) 27MHz short wave (11-meter) band. The 10-meter broadcasts on the band frequency broadcast spectrum from 28.000MHz to 29.700MHz with one watt to 1000 watts of output power allowed.

Band Width Usage

The 10-meter radio band allows for Morse code (CW) transmission at the lower end of the single-side band (SSB) and amplified modulation (AM) and frequency modulation (FM) transceiver operations toward the higher frequency range.

Cost Comparison

One popular aspect of the CB radio is the low retail cost. As of January 2010, the 10-meter transceiver radio is more expensive, involving additional equipment purchases.

Antenna Design

The CB radio antenna is typically a vertical whip design. The 10-meter antenna can be up to 200 feet high and augmented with directional transmitter beams using various antenna configurations, such as Yagi and quad antennas.

FCC regulations

To operate a 10-meter transceiver you must pass the Federal Communications Commission Amateur Radio Operator's examination .

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