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HI, I RECENTLY BOUGHT A USED BOX OF CB RADIOS AT A GARAGE SALE. ONE OF THE RADIOS I WAS NOT FAMILURE WITH: RANGER RCI 2970. THIS RADIO HAS A BUILT IN HEAT SINK ON THE BOTTOM OF IT. IT ALSO HAS FM, AM, USB, LSB, CW, BANDS AND A PA. I LOOKED UP CW AND IT SAYS IT STANDS BASICLY FOR HAM RADIO? CAN I USE THE AM BAND ON THIS RADIO FOR CITIZEN BAND COMMUNICATION IF I DON'T USE THE HAM PART OF THE RADIO? IF NOT, I GUESS I WILL JUST SELL IT TO A HAM OPPERATIOR. THANKS FOR YOUR TIME

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It's not a CB radio, Mark.  It covers the 10 and 12 meter Ham bands.  It does not transmit in the CB band.

CW stands for "carrier wave" and is used for Morse Code transmissions.  Many Hams use it but it is not strictly for Hams.

Chris Bushman
WB6EEQ
Colfax, CA

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I have been an amateur radio operator for about 41 years.

Experience

In real life I managed a small motion picture film lab in Hollywood. I've been a fireman, a teacher of English in Okinawa, a personal computer tutor. I am an Advanced Class Ham radio operator using my originally issued callsign WB6EEQ. I have operated for extended periods of time from Okinawa (KR6FX & KR6OP), Texas (K5VXG), and Mississippi (K5TYP). While in the Air Force, I was a Manual Morse Radio Intercept Operator.

BS Zoology, UC Davis

Member, Society of Motion Picture/Television Engineers http://www.smpte.org/ - Member, American Radio Relay League http://www.arrl.org/ - Member, Quarter Century Wireless Assn. http://www.lockport-ny.com/radio.htm - President, Zen Nippon Airinkai, So Cal Chapter http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Chris_Bushman/ - Member, Maltose Falcons Homebrewing Society http://www.westval.com/mfalcons/ - Alumni, American Brewers' Guild http://www.abgbrew.com/

Education/Credentials
I have held Conditional, General, and Advanced Class Ham radio licenses. Attended UC Davis to study Zoology. Go figure!?

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