By K5PO, on the scene
WREXHAM, Wales – Wrexham area amateur radio operator Milt Arbunt received a thoughtful, but misguided Christmas gift from his family, creating what seems like a new tradition he wishes he they would stop.
For the fourth year in a row, Arbunt received a CB radio for Christmas from a family member at the annual Christmas gathering. Milt Arbunt, 34, is a “Final Glazing Supervisor” at the Cadbury plant in Wrexham and has been an active amateur radio operator for the past twelve years. He does not use nor does he have any interest in Citizen’s Band radio.
“I just know Milty loves playing with his radios,” said Arbunts’ aunt Jean about the selection of the CB radio as a gift this year. “He’s always back there in his office turning knobs and playing with blinky lights. The one I got makes a farty noise! I thought he’d have so much fun playing with that with his CB buddies,” she said with a chuckle.
Arbunt says his aunt actually bought him the same radio three years ago. “Auntie Jean was actually the first one to start this CB buying thing for Christmas and I think she’s also been the one to keep suggesting others in the family do the same,” said Arbunt.
“Heck, even if I wanted to open up the CB’s transmit capability, I wouldn’t be able to use it on the ham bands as it has far too much spurious emissions… and I don’t mean the built-in fart noises.”
“I even made a wish list and distributed it to my family members this year, hoping I could avoid getting another dang CB. I have a Signalink digi interface on there and a Yaesu MD-200 mic for my FTDX-3000. I figured maybe they’d get the point. I guess not,” he said.
He has been able to return the radios and get his wife a gift with the money. “I’m getting her a clothes iron again this year!” said Arbunt. “I got her one the last two years and she seemed happy enough.”