List of CB Radio “Ten Codes” from the 1970s

April 9, 2020

My friend Kathy found this and sent it to me on Facebook. If you just so happened to live in the western Minneapolis suburbs and were active on CB radio during the late 1970s and early 80s, you probably heard her. Kathy’s handle was “Tonka Teddy Bear.” She had a base station and could usually be found on Channel 8.

These were the infamous “Ten Codes” or “10 Codes” that CBers used to communicate among themselves. Interestingly enough, two of the most used codes by our local CB group do not appear here. One was “10-7” which meant “out of service” or “signing off.” The other was “10-100”, a very useful synonym for “I gotta go to the bathroom!”

40 years ago, these lists were everywhere. You could find them at any truck stop or CB store. Today, most have been destroyed. Kathy saved hers, and we’re glad she did!