Cb Radio Linear Amplifier

If you operate a CB radio set and have ever thought that you need more power for your kit, then you probably are in need of a CB radio linear amplifier. A CB radio linear amplifier is an interesting piece of equipment; it can greatly increase the range and power of your set, but can also get you in trouble with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). There are a few things you should know about owning and operating a CB radio linear amplifier before purchasing one for your kit.

What does a CB Radio Linear Amplifier do?

An amplifier is a device that takes a sound signal and increases the amount of power that is used to transmit the signal, so that the signal either becomes louder or travels farther. The name comes from ampere - or amp - a measure of electric charge. So, an amplifier basically increases the amount of power, expressed in watts.

A CB radio linear amplifier takes the signal from your transmitter and turns up the wattage. The extra power allows the signal to propagate further, resulting in an increased range. The 'linear' refers to the extra distance gained by increase in amps provided by the amplifier.

Common Uses

A CB radio linear amplifier is most often used by people who use base stations in rural and isolated environments. Cell phone coverage may not be reliable or existent in these areas, which means that in an emergency, CB radio may be the only way to communicate.

A CB radio amplifier, in these situations, is actually necessary because of the limited range that most CB radio sets enjoy. A CB radio set is limited by the FCC to 4 watts of power. An amplifier can kick the outage up to 10-12 watts, greatly increasing the range so that the operator can listen to and communicate with anyone in the surrounding area.

Amplifiers and The FCC

As mentioned above, using a CB radio amplifier can get you in trouble with the FCC. The FCC has established guidelines for amateur radio use to prevent people from interfering with each other - namely commercial and official broadcast. Increasing your power means increasing your range, which means that your signal can bleed over into other off-limit wavelengths and interfere with communication.

Using a CB radio amplifier in an abusive manner by using it to interfere with others is subject to a fine by the FCC if you are caught. Of course, most people use these pieces of gear responsibly and do not get fined by the FCC. So, if you want to avoid this problem, simply use your CB radio amplifier responsibly.

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