History of CB Handles & Slang

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In 1970’s CB radios have given rise to a new culture that unites the CB’ers from all around the world under one umbrella. This culture, precisely called as the CB culture, is characterized by its unique kind of code-based communication and the historically interesting CB handles that the CB’ers used to have as their identity on the CB network.

Let’s enjoy the song before beginning the story about CB Handles & Slang.

White Knight Song (by Cletus Maggard and the Citizen’s Band)

This song was popular song in 1976 – it was ranked No # 1 during that era.

CB Handles & Slang

In beginning 1970’s price for the license was around $20. This was lowered to $4 in the end 1970’s. Plus, there were many rules & regulations e.g.

  • Call Sign rules
  • Radio Power
  • Distance constraints
  • Antenna height

Many people tried to set back rules & regulations that FCC had crafted. For this they created their own language called “ CB Handles ”. Approximately 1,000,000 applications for license in a month was started receiving. After license criteria was ignored users still started avoiding the call signs and began to use the more informal CB Handles. These handles were actually the nicknames that the users specified for their easy recognition on the CB network. ‘First Mama’ was the CB handle of First lady of United States (Betty Ford)

Another reason behind the origin of CB handles was that the CB network exposed all the users to a large community having all sorts of users from all around the world. Many conservative type of users did not like that because it pretty much disturbed their privacy sometimes. The official call signs did not protect the privacy of the user’s name. So the handles were developed for a more secure CB communication and Skills.

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Below is list of CB Slang used during the 1970’s CB radio craze. From A to Z

  • ACE – an important or well known CB radio operator
  • Apple – a person who is addicted to the CB radio
  • AF -Audio Frequency
  • Afterburner – Linear amplifier
  • ALERT – Affiliated League of Emergency Radio Teams
  • All the good numbers –  good luck and best wishes to all
  • Alligator – shredded tread from the tires of an 18 wheeler truck
  • Amigo – friend or good buddy
  • ANL – Automatic noise limiter
  • Ankle biter- a little kid
  • Antenna Farm- a CB radio ase station with many antennas strung up in the air
  • Antler Alley – an area known for deer crossings
  • Appliance Operator – degrading term for a non-technical person who barely knows how to turn on their radio
  • AM -Amplitude Modulation
  • Ancient Mariner –  someone who uses AM radio
  • Baby Bear – a rookie police officer
  • Backdoor – vehicle behind the one who is ahead of it.
  • Backdoor closed – the rear of a convey with trucks stacked across the lanes to keep the Smokeys out
  • Back em up – slow down or reduce speed
  • Back off the hammer – slow down or reduce speed
  • Backslide – return trip from a trucker’s run
  • Bad scene – a crowded CB radio channel
  • Ballet Dancer – a CB radio antenna that sways and bends in the wind
  • Base Station – a CB radio installed at a fixed location such as a house
  • Beast  -a very good CB radio rig
  • Beam – Directional Antenna
  • Bean House Bull –  trucker conversation carried on at a truck stop
  • Bear Bait – a speeding car
  • Bear Cage- police station or jail cell
  • Bear Cave – police station
  • Bearmobile – police car
  • Bear Trap – stationary police car running a radar trap
  • Bear in the air- police in their helicopter
  • Bear – police officer
  • Beat the bushes – driving ahead of the other truckers in an effort to draw the police out of hiding
  • Beaver – good looking female
  • Beaver Bear – female police officer
  • Beaver Fever – missing the wife or girlfriend
  • Beaver Palace – a club or bar known for loose female patrons
  • Beaver Patrol – looking for a good looking woman to spend time with
  • Big Charlie or Big Daddy – the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Big Mack – Mack truck
  • Big Slab – freeway or highway
  • Big 10-4-  hearty agreement.
  • Bit on the seat of the britches – pulled over and issued a speeding ticket
  • Black and White – police car
  • Black Ice – patch of iced over blacktop road
  • Bleeding/Bleedover – strong signals from a base station on another channel that interferes with another channel’s reception
  • Blew my doors off – car passed by at high speed
  • Blue Slip- speeding ticket
  • Boast Toastie – CB expert
  • Boat Anchor – an old, broken radio that can no longer be repaired
  • Bodacious- Awesome
  • Boy Scouts – State Police
  • Box -Tractor Trailer
  • Break (or breaker, break for) – request to use the channel
  • Breaking Up – CB radio reception is poor
  • Breaking the “˜ol needle – very strong CB radio signal
  • Bring it back – answer the question that was posed
  • Brown paper bag – unmarked Police car
  • Bubble gum machine- police car with flashing lights
  • Bucket Mouth – obnoxious radio operator or someone who cusses a lot on the air
  • Bug Out – signing off or leaving the radio channel
  • Bumper Lane – the left most passing lane
  • Button Pusher – another CB radio operator who is trying to breakup your communication with another station by keying the microphone
  • Camera -police radar
  • Candy Man – Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Casa – house
  • Cash Register – toll booth
  • Catch you on the flip-flop – will talk to you on my return trip
  • Channel 25 – the telephone
  • Charlie – Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Chew and choke – Restaurant or truck stop eatery
  • Checking My Eyelinds For Pin Holes – I am tired or sleepy
  • Check the seatcovers – look at that passengers in the passing car
  • Chicken Coup – weigh station
  • Chicken Coup is Clean – weigh station is closed.
  • Chicken Inspector – weigh station inspector
  • Chopped Top- a very short antenna
  • Christmas Card – speeding ticket
  • Chrome Dome – a mobile radio with a dome antenna on top of the car
  • Clean Cat – a unmodified CB radio
  • Clean Shot – the road ahead is free of obstructions, construction, and police
  • Cleaner channel – CB radio channel with less traffic on it
  • Clear – Final transmission “This is 505 and I’m clear”
  • Clear after you  – you are ending transmission after the other person finishes signing off
  • Coffee Bean – Waiter or waitress
  • Cold Rig – 18-wheeler pulling a refrigerated trailer
  • Collect Call – call for a specific CB radio operator
  • Colorado Kool Aid – beer
  • Come again – repeat your last transmission
  • Come Back – answer my call
  • Comic Book  -truckers log book
  • Coming in Loud ‘n Proud – loud and clear signal
  • Concrete Blonde – prostitute
  • Convoy – 2 or more vehicles traveling the same route in a row
  • Cooking – driving
  • Cooking Good – reached desired speed.
  • Copy – receiving a message
  • Copying the mail – listening to the communications on the channel
  • County Mountie – county police or sheriff
  • Covered Up – transmission was blocked by interference
  • Crack ’em Up – traffic accident
  • Cradle Baby – radio operator who is afraid to ask someone to stand by
  • Cup of Mud – cup of coffee
  • Cut Out – leaving the channel
  • Cut Some Z’s – get some sleep
  • Cut The Coax – turn off the radio
  • Daddy-O – Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Dead Pedal – slow moving car or truck
  • Dead Key – keying the mike without talking
  • Decoy – empty or unmanned police car
  • Diesel Digit – cchannel 19
  • Diesel Juice – truck fuel
  • Dime Channel – channel 10
  • Dirty Side – Eastern Seaboard
  • Dixie Cup-  female operator with southern accent
  • Doing the Five-Five- traveling at 55mph
  • Doin’ it to it – Full speed
  • Doing our thing in the left-hand lane – full speed in the passing or left-hand lane
  • Do it to me – answer back
  • Do you copy? – Do you understand?
  • Don’t Tense – calm down
  • Don’t Feed The Bears – don’t get a ticket
  • Double key – two radio operators talking at the same time
  • Double L – telephone call
  • Double Nickel – 55mph (the speed limit during the 1970’s CB radio craze)
  • Down “˜n Out or Down and gone – signing off
  • Down and on the side – through talking but will continue listening
  • Drag Your Feet – wait a few seconds before transmitting to see if someone else wants to break in
  • Dream Weaver – sleepy driver who is weaving across the lanes
  • Dress For Sale – prostitute or dressed like a prostitute
  • Drop Out – fading signal
  • Drop Stop Destination – where freight will be dropped off
  • Drop the Hammer – drive fast
  • Dropped it off the shoulder – ran off the shoulder of the road
  • Dusted your britches – keyed up at the same time
  • Dusted my britches – passed me very fast
  • Dusted Your Ears- transmission interrupted
  • DX – Long Distance
  • Eager beaver – anxious young woman
  • Ears ON – CB radio turned ON
  • Eights or Eighty-eights – love and kisses
  • Eights and other good numbers – love and kisses, and best wishes
  • Eighty-eight’s around the house – good luck and best wishes to you and yours
  • Eyeball- Personal meeting
  • Everybody must be walking the dog – all channels are busy
  • Evil Knievel – motorcycle policeman
  • Fake brake – driver riding with his foot on the brake
  • Fat load – overweight or big truck load
  • Feed The Bears – paying a speeding fine
  • Fender bender – traffic accident
  • Fifty Dollar Lane – passing lane
  • First Sargent – wife
  • Flag waver – highway repair crew
  • Flaps down – slow down
  • Flappers -ears
  • Flip flop – return trip
  • Flip-Flopping Bears – police reversing direction or turning around
  • Flop it – turn around
  • Flop box – motel or room in truck stop
  • FM – Frequency Modulation
  • Follow the stripes home – have a safe trip
  • Footwarmer – Linear amplifier
  • Forty weight – coffee
  • Four Wheeler – cCar
  • Four lane parking lot – highway with traffic backed up
  • Four legged go-go dancers – ugly women
  • Fox – pretty female
  • Fox Charile Charlie – FCC
  • Fox hunt – FCC hunting for illegal operators
  • Fox jaws – Ffemale with nice voice, but not necessarily a body to match
  • Free Ride – prostitute
  • Freight Box – trailer for the truck
  • Friendly Candy Company – FCC
  • Front Door – the lead in a convoy
  • Full of vitamins – running all out
  • Full Bore – driving fast as you can
  • Full Throttle – driving fast as the truck will let you
  • Funny Candy Company – FCC
  • Funny channels – channels that are outside the legal band
  • Gallon – 1000 watts of power
  • Garbage – too much small talk on a channel
  • Gas Jockey – gas station attendant
  • Gear – overnight bag or supplies
  • Get horizontal – go to sleep
  • Get Trucking – start driving
  • Girlie Bear – female police officer
  • Give me a shout – call me on the radio
  • Glory Card – Class D License
  • Go Breaker – OK to go ahead and break into the channel
  • Go Ahead – your turn to talk or reply
  • Go Juice – truck fuel
  • Go to channel 41 – a joke to get someone off the radio (there is no channel 41)
  • Going Horizontal – going to sleep
  • Gone – leaving the channel
  • Gone 10-7 – permanently dead
  • Good Buddy – friend (modern day means homosexual)
  • Goon Squad – persons who do not share the channel
  • Got my shoes on – Switched the linear ON
  • Got your ears on? – are you listening on this channel
  • Got my eyeballs peeled – looking hard
  • Got my foot in it – speeding up
  • Go to 100 – go to the bathroom
  • Green Stamps – cash money
  • Green Stamp Collector – police with radar
  • Green Stamp lane – passing lane
  • Green Stamp Road – toll road.
  • Grease monkey – mechanic
  • Greasy Spoon – restaurant with bad food
  • Ground Clouds – fFog
  • Gypsy – trucker who drives for an independent company
  • Hack – taxi cab
  • Hag Feast – group of female CB radio operators on the channel
  • Haircut palace – bridge or overpass with low clearance
  • Hairpin – sharp curve
  • Hamburger helper – Linear Amp
  • Hammer – gas pedal
  • Hammer Off – slow down
  • Hammer Down – speed up
  • Hang it in your ear – that was a stupid comment
  • Handle – CB radio code name
  • Hay Shaker – truck transporting a mobile home
  • Heading for a hole – about to head into a low spot where radio transmission may not be possible
  • Heater – Linear amplifier
  • Hell bent for leather – driving fast
  • Hiding in the grass – police parked on a median strip
  • Hiding in the bushes, sitting under the leaves – hidden police car
  • Highball – drive non-stop to the destination
  • High Rise – large bridge or overpass
  • Hippie Chippie – female hitchhiker
  • Hip Pocket – glove box
  • Hit the cobblestones – hit the road
  • Hog – Harley Davidson
  • Home Twenty – location of your home
  • How tall are you? – How tall is your truck?
  • Hundred mile coffee – very strong coffee
  • Ice Box – Refrigerated trailer.
  • Idiot Box – TV set
  • In a short – soon
  • In a short-short – very soon
  • In the mud – noise on the channel
  • In the Pokey with Smokey – arrested
  • Jack – good friend
  • Jack Rabbit – police officers
  • Jam – deliberately interfere with another station.
  • Japanese toy – CB
  • Jargon – CB lingo
  • Jaw Jacking – talking, talking needlessly
  • Jewelry – lights on a rig
  • Jingle – call on the telephone
  • Johnny Law – police officer
  • Juke Joint – small or out-of-the-way place to eat
  • Jump Down – switch to a lower channel
  • Jump Up – switch to a higher channel
  • Keep “˜em Between the Ditches – have a safe trip
  • Keep the shiny side up and the greasy side down – drive safely
  • Keep the wheels spinning – drive safely
  • Keep your noise between the ditches and smokey out of your britches – drive carefully, lookout for police
  • Keying the mike – activating the microphone without speaking
  • Kicker – Linear amplifier
  • Kiddie car – school bus
  • Knock the stack out – speed up
  • Knuckle Buster – fight
  • Kojak – police officer
  • Kojak with a Kodak – policeman with a radar
  • Lady Bear – female police officer
  • Lady Breaker – Ffemale CB operator asking for a break.
  • Lame – broken down vehicle
  • Land Line – telephone
  • Land Yacht – mobile home or camper
  • Lane Flipper – car or truck that keeps changing lanes
  • Lane Lover – driver who will not get out of the lane
  • Latrine Lips – radio operator who cusses
  • Let the channel roll – it’s ok to break in and request use of the channel
  • Legal Beagle – person who always follows the rules
  • Lettuce – money
  • Lights green, bring on the machine – road is clear of police and other slowdowns
  • Linear – RF amplifier
  • Little Bear – local police officer
  • Little Beaver – daughter
  • Little Bit – prostitute
  • Little Brother – friend
  • Local Bear – local police officer
  • Local Yokel – small town police officer
  • Log some Z’s – get some sleep
  • Loot Limo – armored car
  • M20 – place to meet
  • Magic Mile – the end of a trip
  • Mama – girlfriend or wife
  • Mama Bear – female police officer
  • Man in White – doctor
  • Mashing the mike – keying the mike (usually without talking)
  • Meatwagon – ambulance.
  • Modulate – talk
  • Modulating – talking
  • Money Bus – armored truck
  • Motion Lotion – fuel
  • Motorcycle Mama – woman riding on a motorcycle
  • Muck Truck – cement truck
  • Nap Trap – hotel or other place to sleep
  • Negative – no
  • Negative Copy – did not hear
  • Neon, Freon, Ion Jockey – truck driver with many lights on his rig
  • Nightcrawlers – many police in the area
  • Niner – channel 9
  • Ninety Weight – alcohol
  • Oil burner – diesel truck
  • On the by or on the standby – listening but not talking.
  • One foot on the floor, one hanging out the door, and she just won’t do no more – driving as fast as I can
  • Other Half – girlfriend or wife
  • Out – through transmitting
  • Over – your turn to transmit
  • Over modulation – talking so loud that audio is distorted
  • Pack it in – ending transmission
  • Pair of sevens – no contact or answer
  • Papa Bear – state trooper with CB radio
  • Paper hanger – police giving ticket
  • Parking Lot – traffic jam
  • Pavement Princess – prostitute
  • Peanut butter in his ears – is not listening
  • Pedal to the metal – drive fast
  • Peeling Off – getting of the freeway
  • Plain Wrapper – unmarked police car
  • Play Dead – stand by
  • Picture taking machine – radar
  • Pit Stop – stop for a bathroom break
  • Popcorn – hal
  • Porcupine – cr with a lot of antennas on it
  • Pounding the pavement – waking
  • Press some sheets – slep
  • Pull the hammer back – slow down
  • Pull the plug – signoff and turn the radio off
  • Put an eyeball on him – saw or see
  • Put it on the floor and looking for some more – trying to drive as fast as possible
  • QSL Card – Personalized postcard sent to confirm a conversation
  • QSK – break
  • QRM – nise or interference
  • Q-R-Mary – nose or interference
  • QSY – changing channels/frequency.
  • QRT – signing off
  • QRX – wait
  • QSB – nise
  • QSO – conversation
  • QTH – location
  • Quasar – female
  • Radio Runt – child breaking in on a channel.
  • Rain Locker – shower
  • Rake the leaves – last vehicle in a convoy
  • Ratchet-Jaw – non-stop talker
  • REACT – Radio Emergency Associated Citizens Teams
  • Rebound – return trip
  • Red Lighted – pulled over by police
  • REST – Radio Emergency Safety Teams
  • RF – Radio Frequency
  • Road Jockey – truck driver
  • Road Ranger – police officer
  • Rock – slang for crystal
  • Rockin’ chair – car in the middle of a convoy
  • Roger – O.K.
  • Roller Skate – car
  • Rolling – driving
  • Rolling Bears – police officers driving
  • Rugrats – children
  • Rubberneckers – onlookers
  • Running Barefoot – using a radio at the legal output
  • Running on rags – driving a vehicle with little to no tread on the tires.
  • Running Shotgun – driving partner
  • San Quentin Jailbait – under age female hitch hiker
  • Seatcover – good looking female
  • Shaking the windows – loud and clear reception
  • Shim – illegally amplified transmitter
  • Shoot the breeze – casual conversation
  • Shovelling coal – speeding up
  • Show-off lane – passing lane
  • Skip – atmospheric conditions that cause signals to travel much farther than they normally would
  • Skippers – radio operators talking long distance
  • Sidedoor – oassing lane
  • Sitting in the saddle – middle truck in a convoy
  • “S” Meter – meter on your radio which which indicates the signal strength
  • Smokey – State Police
  • Smokey Bear – State Police
  • Smokey report – police location report
  • Smokey Dozing – police sitting in a parked car
  • Smokey’s thick – police are everywhere
  • Smokey with a camera – police with radar
  • Smokey with ears – policeman with CB radio in their car
  • Somebody stepped on you – someone transmitted while you were talking
  • Splatter – bleedover from another channel
  • Squelch – control on radio which silences the speaker until a signal of a certain strength breaks through it
  • Three’s and eights – signing off, best wishes
  • Thin – very weak signal
  • Twelves – I have company present
  • Twenty – Location
  • Two Stool beaver – very fat woman
  • Uncle Charlie – FCC
  • Walking on you – someone talking over you
  • Wall-to-wall and treetop tall – strong, clear signal
  • Wall-to-wall and ten feet tall – strong clear signal
  • Warden – girlfriend or wife
  • Watch the pavement – drive safely
  • Water hole – truck stop
  • Wear your bumper out – following too close
  • Wearing socks – has linear amplifier
  • What am I putting on you? – how strong is my signal
  • What’s your twenty? – what is your location
  • Whip – long cb antenna
  • Who do you pull for? – who do you work for?
  • Wooly Bear – female
  • Z’s – Sleep

There were also 10 CB codes used by CB Radio operators

  • 10-1 Receiving Poorly
  • 10-2 Receiving Well
  • 10-3 Stop Transmitting
  • 10-4 Ok, Message Received
  • 10-5 Relay Message
  • 10-6 Busy, Stand By
  • 10-7 Out of Service, Leaving Air
  • 10-8 In Service, subject to call
  • 10-9 Repeat Message
  • 10-10 Transmission Completed, Standing By
  • 10-11 Talking too Rapidly
  • 10-12 Visitors Present
  • 10-13 Advise weather/road conditions
  • 10-16 Make Pickup at…
  • 10-17 Urgent Business
  • 10-18 Anything for us?
  • 10-19 Nothing for you, return to base
  • 10-20 My Location is ……… or What’s your Location?
  • 10-21 Call by Telephone
  • 10-22 Report in Person too ……
  • 10-23 Stand by
  • 10-24 Completed last assignment
  • 10-25 Can you Contact …….
  • 10-26 Disregard Last Information/Cancel Last Message/Ignore
  • 10-27 I am moving to Channel ……
  • 10-28 Identify your station
  • 10-29 Time is up for contact
  • 10-30 Does not conform to FCC Rules
  • 10-32 I will give you a radio check
  • 10-33 Emergency Traffic at this station
  • 10-34 Trouble at this station, help needed
  • 10-35 Confidential Information
  • 10-36 Correct Time is ………
  • 10-38 Ambulance needed at ………
  • 10-39 Your message delivered
  • 10-41 Please tune to channel ……..
  • 10-42 Traffic Accident at ……….
  • 10-43 Traffic tie-up at ………
  • 10-44 I have a message for you
  • 10-45 All units within range please report
  • 10-50 Break Channel
  • 10-62 Unable to copy, use phone
  • 10-62sl unable to copy on AM, use Sideband – Lower (not an official code)
  • 10-62su unable to copy on AM, use Sideband – Upper (not an official code)
  • 10-65 Awaiting your next message/assignment
  • 10-67 All units comply
  • 10-70 Fire at …….
  • 10-73 Speed Trap at …………
  • 10-75 You are causing interference
  • 10-77 Negative Contact
  • 10-84 My telephone number is ………
  • 10-85 My address is ………..
  • 10-91 Talk closer to the mike
  • 10-92 Your transmitter is out of adjustment
  • 10-93 Check my frequency on this channel
  • 10-94 Please give me a long count
  • 10-95 Transmit dead carrier for 5 sec.
  • 10-99 Mission completed, all units secure
  • 10-100 Need to take a break
  • 10-200 Police needed at ……….

Federal Communiocation Commalso did not stop this practice (cb handles & slang) because there was no harm in keeping the username private or concealed and amended its laws for incorporating this new development into its clauses.These nicknames were popularly used when the Oil Crisis had made the cars on the road to slow down and information about the access to the sources of gas became necessary. Those days mark the highest usage level for the CB radios and nicknames made those hectic communications all the more convenient. In those days, truckers marked the heaviest population that used the CB radios for daily communications. They generated the CB handle of their choice and started introducing themselves over the network with the same nickname. Other people started following the same trend and they came up with more innovation in these basic handles. With the passage of time, people got more occupied and started avoiding the hassle of thinking for hours just to create a nickname. This gave rise to the Handle Generators in which you just need to enter your name initial and you can have the most unique handle ready for use. 

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