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Citizens Band Radio

The Citizens Band, or “CB” radio service was created in the 1940s as a means to provide short-range two-way radio service for businesses and individuals. Until 1983 a license was required to operate a CB radio, and with the assignment of the license the Federal Communications Commission issued a call sign consisting of three letters, the first of which was always “K,” followed by four numerals (e.g., KAB1234). (In later years four letters were used in the call signs, with the first still being “K.”) From about the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s New Mexico made available to CB licensees special motor vehicle license plates which bore their respective call signs.

The FCC decided in 1983 that issuing CB licenses and call signs served no purpose and the practice was terminated. New Mexico ceased issuing CB license plates even before the FCC ceased issuing CB call signs, but by then vanity plates had become available and some CB operators ordered those with their call signs on them.

Note: Citizens Band radio is not in any way related to Amateur “ham” Radio.



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