AMATEUR RADIO: Noncommercial public service oriented communications service. Hobby and experimental communications. Home computing by radio. Emergency and routine public service.
CB: Business and casual conversations. Public aid channel for emergencies.
AMATEUR RADIO: Amateur bands are spread across the radio spectrum. The 2 meter band alone is 4 MHz.
CB: One band of 40 channels. Total of 1.44 MHz.
AMATEUR RADIO: Fifteen hundred watts, if needed.
CB: Four watts output on AM.
AMATEUR RADIO: Tests for technical skill and operating rules. Exam difficulty increases by license level.
CB: No exams. Permit carries no earned privileges
HOW TO TELL WHO IS WHO
AMATEUR RADIO: Government issued call signs indicating country/zone as well as personal I.D. Most states offer special license plates. Iowa offers "CALL PLATES" for $5.00 over the required fees. (A lot less than personal plates.)
CB: No formal system of identification. No personal licensing of users.
AMATEUR RADIO: Morse code, AM, FM, Single Sideband, Teletype, ASCII, Packet, Slow Scan Television, Fast Scan (Live Action) Television, Satellites, Repeater, Relay, Beacon, Radio Control, more.
CB: AM & Single Sideband Radio. Wireless control of hobby gear.
AMATEUR RADIO: Can modify, overhaul, repair and improve store-bought gear. Can construct and experiment with own equipment.
CB: The CB permit does not allow any adjustment, modification or repair by the user.
AMATEUR RADIO: Ability to experiment by radio, home computer, and television. Worldwide communications; enhancement of international goodwill. Public service.
CB: Avoiding speed traps. Motorist pastime. Neighborhood contact. Enjoyment limited by profanity, low power, and interference.
JOURNALS, CLUBS AND GROUPS
AMATEUR RADIO: American Radio Relay League, national non- profit membership association. National publications. Two thousand affiliated clubs across the country including local clubs in virtually even city and regional groups such as the Ottumwa/Lancaster Repeater Group, Inc. and the SouthEast Iowa Technical Society.
CB: No national magazine or journal. Emergency group REACT sometimes found in metro areas. Few clubs.