Because many radio amateurs began experimenting with radio on Citizens' Band (CB), it is worth discussing this topic here. In fact, it was the cheapest and easiest way to get started when you are young. And, if you liked it, then you kept progressing with the hobby.
Local or regional contacts with friends or unknown people on CB are fun. But sometimes, unexpectedly, the surprise occurs and the propagation opens. Then, international contacts are possible and the excitement is superlative.
But over the years, CB users have been organizing themselves to facilitate and enjoy long distance contacts (DX), and subsequent confirmations with QSL cards, by dividing the world into territories, called "divisions".
These territories, in much the same way as radio amateurs do with entities in the DXCC, tend to be countries, but they can also be islands, overseas regions, areas with certain special characteristics, cultural and/or linguistic ones, etc. In CB, these territories (divisions) have been numbered and that number is used as a prefix of the callsign.
A couple of examples: the current list begins with Italy, which is assigned the division 1, and ends with the most recent assignment: the Republic of Kosovo, as division 352.
Using these divisions, our member association in Spain, FEDI-EA, in order to promote its services (specially its QSL Service), has launched a CB QSL Party this summer, which EURAO fully supports and adopts for its already traditional parties. Also other members and several EuroBureauQSL entry points have joined this initiative (see next page).
The Party's goal is the free exchange of QSL cards "via EuroBureauQSL" for anyone from June to September, 2021. You needn't to be a member, just send a SASE.
Any activity, individual or collective, can participate in this CB QSL Party. The only requirement is to use callsigns of the DX type that include the concept "CB division". For example, such as those assigned by FEDI-EA with the format 30FD001 (30 = Spain, FD = Federación Digital, 001 = consecutive number).
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Newsletter issue: 2021-06-01
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