John M. Mulligan – The world First CB’er

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On this date, February 14, 1947, the first Citizens Band radio license W2XQD was issued by the FCC. It was assigned to John M. Mulligan, a Motorola radio engineer from Elmira, New York.

His license permitted four units to operate between 460-470 MHz using modulated CW (Continuous Wave), Amplitude Modulation (AM) and Frequency Modulation (FM).

The first CB radios Mr. Mulligan constructed were from junk box parts and WWII surplus gear and stuffed into cases from defunct 5 Meter amateur radios.The radios were modulated oscillators with a super regenerative receiver using a 6J6 tube in the front end. These units were very unstable and required constant “fussing” to keep the receiver working. Despite this, ranges of up o 16 miles were reported and paved the way for more research and development. At the time of the testing, the radio service was referred to as the Developmental -Experimental Service that rolled over into Class “B” Citizens Band Service.

Around the same time, Motorola and Mr. Mulligan developed converters so their 152MHz gear would work in the 460 CB band, this was the beginning of Class “A” CB which is still in use as the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS).

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Mr. Mulligan also held the 13th issued license for Class “D” CB under the callsign, 20W0852 and was licensed in the Amateur Radio Service (ham) as W2RTW.

That is your radio history for today
Peace, 73 & DX de 2EC837

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Credit: Carmen J Narde

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  1. My novice radio journey started out back the mid-1970s. I had been about 12 at that time, with an intention in gadgets that baffled my parents. With little to steer me and dread for my entire life as I regularly explored the innards of the Television sets and radios inside your home, they considered the kindly aged gentleman next door from us, Mr. Dark brown. He had the original calling cards of the suburban ham — a gigantic beam antenna on the 60? mast in the garden – so they thought he could become a mentor if you ask me. Well that was a bit of my background touch I have found this blog very informative. Thanks for sharing. Time flies..

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