Originally Posted by Kuba
VE3PLO here, I chat with people all over the world on the way to work. Fun and good ethics!
VA3MIR here, but I haven't been active since the wife and kids. Probably get back into it as they get older and I can introduce the DS/DD to the wonderful world of radio.
But back to the OP's question. Having a good radio is helpful (Cobras are nice), but in the world of CB the antenna is the king. You need to make sure you have a good antenna, a good ground plane, and most importantly that it's properly tuned. a 1/16th of an inch too long or too short can really wreck havoc with your signal.
However, I've also found that running CB-19 doesn't really help much anymore. Channel seems to be dead most of the time lately vs what it was back in the day. To avoid traffic, I'd rely on a GPS with traffic updates. If you're already stuck in traffic and want to know what caused it, by all means try the CB, but you may have to ask to get the conversation started.
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