While it may be common knowledge that making threats of violence can land you in hot water, did you know that things that commonly occur on the CB are prohibited by federal law? How many of these laws do you think are violated on a daily basis?
(CB Rule 13) What CB communications are prohibited?
(CB Rule 13) What communications are prohibited?
(a) You must not use a CB station—
(1) In connection with any activity which is against federal, state or local law;
(2) To transmit obscence, indecent or profane words, language or meaning
(3) To interfere intentionally with the communications of another CB station
(4) To transmit one-way communications, except for emergency communications, traveler assistance, brief tests (radio checks), or voice paging
(5) To advertise or solicit the sale of any goods or services
(6) To transmit music, whistling, sound effects or any material to amuse or entertain
(7) To transmit any sound effect solely to attract attention
(8) To transmit the word “MAYDAY” or any other international distress signal, except when your station is located in a ship, aircraft or other vehicle which is threatened by grave and imminent danger and your are requesting immediate assistance
(9) To communicate with, or attempt to communicate with, any CB station more than 250 kilometers (155.3 miles) away
(10) To advertise a political candidate or political campaign; (you may use your CB radio for the business or organizational aspects of a campaign, if you follow all other applicable rules)
(11) To communicate with stations in other countries, except General Radio Service stations in Canada
(12) To transmit a false or deceptive communication.
(b) You must not use a CB station to transmit communications for live or delayed rebroadcast on a radio or television broadcast station. You may use your CB station to gather news items or to prepare programs.
Violating CB laws can result in a $10,000 fine per penalty.