from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that uses a CB radio.
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A Ham (or even CBer) with a powerful “linear”—an amplifier that boosts radio power—can actually cause the fuel-injected engine of the rig next door to stall when the operator keys (turns on) the microphone.
When I'd be out with her, her brother a ham/CBer would tell my friend up the street who would bootleg my call and operate on the ten meter ham band, figuring I was too busy with other things to notice.
Then I became a ham radio operator and forgot the CBers except for my friend who became a CBer, as well as the guy behind our place.
It reached the point that if an interfering CBer was taken to task at all, it was by a neighborhood association or local vigilante group.
Of course the CBer that bought it may not know who he bought it from but at least you may get it back and the CBer may be out his money unless your a nice guy and of course your not required to reimburse him at all, he's just out his money.
"bad CBer ham" behavior is blamed on the wrong mode.