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Old 04-25-2015, 02:05 AM   #21
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I was all into CB's and then Ham Radio as a young adult in the 80's and 90's. Even made a living selling, modding, and repairing them. You couldn't pay me to turn one on anymore...nothing but noise pollution. There are a few good points to having one, but nothing you wouldn't get by just fine without...as does almost every single vehicle on the road.
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Old 04-25-2015, 03:47 AM   #22
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I wouldn't use one. Ever hear a truckers mouth? I wouldn't want the little one using those words.
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Old 04-30-2015, 05:04 PM   #23
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too many unregulated Mexican stations pumping out Kilowatt signals. No thanks.

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Old 04-30-2015, 05:14 PM   #24
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I was thinking about getting another one until I heard they are filled with F bombs. Had one back in the 70s. Loaned it to a friend, never saw it again.
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Old 04-30-2015, 05:16 PM   #25
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I use mine all the time I have a sticker on the back of the trailer that says I monitor CH19, I have had truckers tell me when they see things out of place with the trailer.
That is an excellent idea.

Our CB has saved us a bunch of times being tied up in traffic due to an accident.......the most recent was coming back from the Hershey RV Show near Winchester, VA. I got off at the exit that the truckers indicated was the last before the traffic backup, and I could see the backup with stopped traffic. I had a most enjoyable trip with the detour, and got to see some different scenery.

Most times the CB is quiet, until something like that is happening, then the truckers will start talking, getting my attention (while listening to music), and they know the best routes to get around the problem.
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I plan to add a Cobra C 75 WX ST remote-mount in my 2015 F150 when it arrives. With the aluminum body, magnetic mount antennas are out; I'll probably do a rear window glass mount antenna or a bed stake mount.
https://www.cobra.com/products/recreational/c-75-wx-st


I haven't used CB's at all since the 80's and all the old radios are in storage (we had one in each pickup truck, the grain trucks, tractor cabs, and combines).


For the original poster:
1. They are relatively inexpensive, starting around $40
2. Most have weather channel access that allows you to monitor conditions and keep your family safe.
3. An extra mode of communication if needed is never a bad thing in an emergency.
4. Reports of road conditions and traffic can be procured quicker and more accurately than GPS traffic or satellite radio/local terrestrial radio reports.
5. Can help keep the driver aware and awake during long night drives.
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Old 05-05-2015, 08:31 AM   #27
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I'll probably do a rear window glass mount antenna or a bed stake mount.
I tried a glass mount with 1 of my radios, and was not overly impressed with the performance.
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I plan to add a Cobra C 75 WX ST remote-mount in my 2015 F150 when it arrives. With the aluminum body, magnetic mount antennas are out; I'll probably do a rear window glass mount antenna or a bed stake mount.
https://www.cobra.com/products/recreational/c-75-wx-st


I haven't used CB's at all since the 80's and all the old radios are in storage (we had one in each pickup truck, the grain trucks, tractor cabs, and combines).


For the original poster:
1. They are relatively inexpensive, starting around $40
2. Most have weather channel access that allows you to monitor conditions and keep your family safe.
3. An extra mode of communication if needed is never a bad thing in an emergency.
4. Reports of road conditions and traffic can be procured quicker and more accurately than GPS traffic or satellite radio/local terrestrial radio reports.
5. Can help keep the driver aware and awake during long night drives.

^^^^this
I run this unit in the wife's van and a Cobra in my tv.
CB radios Have saved me on countless occasions from road debris, closed lanes in a traffic jam because of a crash, high wind/weather advisory and the bear in the woods alert!
The potty mouth chit chat is a bit much some times and can do with out but when something is happening they usually hush.

As said before the first time it saves yall, it will be a wise choice
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Well I can tell you I spent many a mile in a Semi, driving 48 states
and hardly turned on the CB unless I was at warehouse were they
call you to pull in.

I have more fun, a hole lot less BS on amateur radio, 2 meter or
440, I don't care were you are you can always talk into a repeater
and get help. Now days there is no code to pass and the test is
really easy, lots of amateur clubs has classes to help you. You can
now buy a dual band hand held radio for $45 or in some place less
and get on the air.

Were we live I can talk on my mobile 2 meter radio on one repeater
from Tacoma WA down to almost Vancouver without a problem,
that's over 140 miles, try that on a CB
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Well I can tell you I spent many a mile in a Semi, driving 48 states
and hardly turned on the CB unless I was at warehouse were they
call you to pull in.

I have more fun, a hole lot less BS on amateur radio, 2 meter or
440, I don't care were you are you can always talk into a repeater
and get help. Now days there is no code to pass and the test is
really easy, lots of amateur clubs has classes to help you. You can
now buy a dual band hand held radio for $45 or in some place less
and get on the air.

Were we live I can talk on my mobile 2 meter radio on one repeater
from Tacoma WA down to almost Vancouver without a problem,
that's over 140 miles, try that on a CB
These are my thoughts, too! Amateur radio is the best route for emergency communication or simply talking to all sorts of interesting folks. There is always somebody out there, especially using the repeaters. cheap equipment and all kinds of free study guides to help pass the (easy) test. The only downside is perhaps not being able to get road hazard info since there might not be another ham driving just ahead of you. CB was lots of fun back in the day, but the language is absolutely shocking now. I don't think most people would turn one on unless they were alone. You expose others to lots of foul talk.
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