1973. My first CB radio was a JC Penny Pinto 23. Dad picked it up somewhere and brought it home for me. There was the radio, a bit of coax, and a 102″ whip and mount. I rigged it up in the garage, and went into a panic the first time someone answered my “breaker breaker 17″ call. I shut it off, and ran into the house. It would be a few days before I became brave enough to actually talk with someone on the air, but eventually I managed. I’ve been talking into some kind of radio ever since!