posted on Jan, 17 2011 @ 10:25 PM
reply to post by CASH69
During bad solar storms long distance “skip” will be sporadic to totally unusable, CB included.
CB is only reliable on short range communications, and that is something that solar flares will not affect.
Solar disturbances increase the noise floor, and push up the attenuation in the upper atmosphere. It gets worse the lower the in frequency you go. I
have tuned through the HF bands more than once to find the place deserted, save for a local ham or two.
In general, you should not rely on CB for long distance communications. The CB band only opens up to long distance communications every 11 years, at
the peak of the sunspot cycle, and when it does open up, everyone and his brother is on there yelling “hellooooo skip land helllllllooooooo
skipland” During the non peak years, you can use it for reliable local communications, and during the sunspot peak years, it is best to just turn
the thing off and find something else to talk on.
And in reply to another poster, NO a CB radio will not be fried by a solar flare. An EMP on the other hand may be a different story, if you have it
hooked to a big antenna.
edit on 17-1-2011 by Mr Tranny because: (no reason given)