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Frequency Bought a cb from the states was told it would work ok in the uk only to find out it is an am freq and freq for the uk is fm can cb be changed to work in uk

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You would have to replace several components on the board(requires alot of soldering and the parts needed are a little hard to come by) in order to change the output frequency ranges. It is alot of work to do this and is probably not worth all the work, Best advice I can give you is to replace it with an AM one and sell it.

Hope this helps

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