"Channel Codes"                       


During my tenure as a CB radio hobbyist, I had the pleasure of being a part of several great groups of people. It was also no coincidence that there were always rival groups with whom we shared a mutual dislike and distrust.  These experiences led to a sort of paranoia with regard to the things we said over the air.  In order to thwart the efforts of our detractors from gaining an advantage and finding out too much information, we often went to other channels to make our comments. The following were the codes we used throughout the years to refer to certain "special" channels where we would go to talk about the things we didn't want others to hear.


"Magic Land" -- Channel 23. Back in the 70's, Ch 23 was a shared class "C" channel, and it had an almost constant stream of telemetry, which produced some strange noises,  some of which sounded "magical".


"Cap't Coleslaw" -- Channel 1.  Named for one of the most infamous operators on that channel.


"Channel A-F" -- 27.510 Mhz. I had this frequency crystal in my Midland 13-428 walkie-talkie for a while, and Steve and I used it as a "private" channel.


"Push the button" -- Referred to our method of reversing synth crystals to go out of band.


"Take it up" -- Channel 22A. In the early days, that was basically our only common extra channel, so we didn't need to be any more specific.


"Rid's Channel" -- RC Channel 3A. Named for a guy by the handle of "Riddler", who managed to find this channel one day by wiggling the dial on his 23 channel PLL radio.


"The Hershey Channel" -- RC Channel 7A. Named after our memorable trip to Hershey park where we used this channel to communicate.


"The Other One" -- RC Channel 11A. This was the common channel we escaped to during the Channel 13 days. Deliberately vague.


"Tank's Channel" -- RC Channel 15A. This channel was commonly used by Tank (Jim) and Red Arrow, to chew the fat without disturbing anyone.


"Bird's Quiet One" -- RC Channel 19A. Named after Rare Bird (Chuck), who owned a Hy-Gain 623, and this was the channel that appeared in the blank spot when you bent the little stop out of the way.


"The Wall" -- 49.860 Mhz. Art coined this name to refer to our private channel on 49 Mhz. Since he was only up the street, we could easily communicate with 100mW walkie-talkies.


"The High Wall" -- 153.14 Mhz. Another "private" channel that Art & I used.  We had come across a pair of old Motorola HT-100's and 153.14 mhz was the freq. that they had in them.