History of CB Handles & Trucker Names Generator
If you're looking for a CB handle, but are struggling to come up with a name for yourself, we welcome you to use our CB handle generator to break through your creativity slump! Just enter the initial for your first name, and the initial for your last name, and then click to show your new CB handle. Sounds easy, right? It is! Be sure to share your new CB handle with your friends and family as well. They will surely get a kick out of it!
The CB Handle Name Generator Infographic
We've also created this handy infographic to help you come up with alternate CB Handles should you decide that you don't like what the CB name generator produced for you. There are no rules, and you can choose any words that you wish, however the base approach is again to take your first and last name initials.
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The History Behind CB Handle Names
Back in the day (well, at least before 1983) the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) required CB radio operators to apply for official licenses. When the FCC approved the applications, they issued licenses to the operators along with a call sign that was made up of a unique combination of letters. But things changed, as they usually do, and now the FCC rule states: “You may use an on-the-air pseudonym (‘handle’) of your choosing." Did that come in loud and clear? That's the sound of the FCC giving up the effort to get all CB radio operators to get licensed!
What is a CB handle?
Because of this loophole, few CB operators actually completed the FCC application process. Instead, they bought their CB radios, took them out of the box, hooked them up, slapped an antenna on the roof of their vehicle and went on the air, completely ignoring the FCC license requirement inserts that came with their new radios. Instead of using official call signs, they identified themselves by using nicknames that they dubbed “handles.”
Those were the Wild West days of CB radio in the 1970s. That was when a “Smokey and the Bandit” culture surrounded CB radio, gas was hard to come by due to an oil embargo and the national highway speed limits were reduced to 55 MPH. The airways were busy with CBers giving information to others about the gas stations along the way (the ones that actually had gas, that is). And just maybe, they also passed along some information about where the “Smokeys” were. In that case, CB operators really didn't want to use their own names or any type of official call sign. Thus, handles caught on to protect their anonymity, and using handles with CB radios continues to this day.
Examples of Types of CB Radio Handles
The best CB radio handles tell a little bit about the owner, while also piquing others’ interest. Some describe his or her physical attributes or personal characteristics, such as Big Dawg, No Neck, Seat Breaker, Tall Order, Methuselah, Grumpy, Stink Bait, Weeping Willy and even Eye Sore. Maybe Eye Sore is actually a really handsome fellow who's just been staring at the road a bit too long. That may serve as a warning to avoid double meanings unless you're aiming for humor, as others could get quite a different image of you from your handle.
CB radio handles can also refer to your background or where you're from, for instance: Yankee, French, Motor Boy, Cowboy from Hell and Texas Toast, although the last one may refer to the driver’s love of the casino video games. We’ll assume that Yodler, Quarter Note, Banjo Joe and Skynyrd are music lovers. Apparent bird followers Falcon, Sea Gull and Buzzard and Buzzered (sic) Bait have places on the list, too.
Some handles refer to what people do or have done for a living or hobbies, such as Rancher, Gumshoe, Pipe Wrench, Farmer Joe, The Math Man, Pit Boss and Fish Bait. Often, handles are self descriptions such as Wild Child, Speedball, Barn Burner, Rambler, Code Breaker and Mile-a-Minute. Finally, Leg Man, Sugar Shorts and Sexy speak highly about themselves, while Wishful Thinkin’ seems to be pleading his case.
Some people still get stuck when trying to come up with their own CB handle, or simply don't have the creativity to come up with one on their own. That's why we created this handy CB handle generator (atop this page) and infographic. Whether you enter your initials to come up with your CB handle, or just randomly pick words that you like the most, it provides left-brained people with an easy way to come up with their own handle.
Enjoy and share with your friends!
Do You Own a CB Radio?
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