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Old 01-07-2019, 08:29 PM   #21
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CB Radios...anybody still use these?

I use mine every time I am on the road, yes the language can be colorful at times, but unfortunately that's what you get using the truck channel. The road Intel is very valuable when you are on a small road out west and you have a road train ( prime mover and up to 4 trailers)heading towards you at speed, you need plenty of time to be able to get off the road to let them pass. Also good for traffic accident advice and other information assist with safe traveling. Mobile phones usually not have coverage in these areas. Important part of my accessory's in my F250 and Flagstaff.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:50 PM   #22
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still use

Yes not lot of activity on CB anymore but be on road when there is bad weather conditions or road trouble and it comes to life on the interstates. Seldom do the truckers respond even if they have CB on til there is trouble.
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Old 01-07-2019, 09:14 PM   #23
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I was into it, then out of it and now dabble in it once in awhile. I enjoy talking skip all over the world on both AM and SSB. I ran all barefoot and did very well. Now, I just spend most time on my 2m/70cm.
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Old 01-07-2019, 09:30 PM   #24
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I have one I keep handy while travelling. Have used it twice to find out why we were stopped on the Interstate, how long we might be there and an alternate route. Also to thank the trucker behind me who let us and our trailer ovee in front of him.
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Old 01-07-2019, 10:40 PM   #25
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Iím a truck driver and always have my CB radio on. Iíll admit, there definitely isnít as much going on as there used to be...BUT it saves me time after time from accidents, road closures, construction, cops, pile-ups, etc. I would definitely recommend one especially if traveling across the country. Just remember that transmit/receive capabilities are 10% radio & 90% antenna so DO NOT cheap out when it comes to antennas. You donít have to get carried away with it... a Cobra 29 classic ( or I prefer the 29 LTD ) and a 3í or 4í Firestick w/ a tunable tip will do just fine. Also donít forget that you absolutely have to calibrate & set the SWR on a new radio setup or anytime the antenna is changed. You want as close to 1.1 SWR reading as possible. With proper setup, you can have a 4-10+ mile talking range with just a basic setup depending on weather and geography.
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Old 01-08-2019, 09:26 AM   #26
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Iím a truck driver and always have my CB radio on. Iíll admit, there definitely isnít as much going on as there used to be...BUT it saves me time after time from accidents, road closures, construction, cops, pile-ups, etc. I would definitely recommend one especially if traveling across the country. Just remember that transmit/receive capabilities are 10% radio & 90% antenna so DO NOT cheap out when it comes to antennas. You donít have to get carried away with it... a Cobra 29 classic ( or I prefer the 29 LTD ) and a 3í or 4í Firestick w/ a tunable tip will do just fine. Also donít forget that you absolutely have to calibrate & set the SWR on a new radio setup or anytime the antenna is changed. You want as close to 1.1 SWR reading as possible. With proper setup, you can have a 4-10+ mile talking range with just a basic setup depending on weather and geography.
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Still have a couple of Uniden SSB's from the late '70's that are useful at times, especially with nonexistent or overloaded phone service as seen during hurricane evacuations or other disasters.

CB's were the original social media with the same fun, opinions and disagreements you see today. Ham radio has always been a bit more sophisticated than CB's and can provide some interesting listening experiences as well.
People haven't really changed that much, just their communications devices.
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Old 01-08-2019, 10:07 AM   #27
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I have a Cobra 29 LTD Chrome in my F150. I only put it in because I had an extra one and the 2005 F150 still had a standard ashtray in the dash (hence, a convenient location to put a radio). If anyone is interested, I can post pics of the install, but I don't want to turn the thread into "how/where did you mount your CB."

Another person noted that he only puts the antenna on for longer trips. That's fine, just be sure not to transmit when the antenna is disconnected. The SWR might be out of whack, which can bounce the the transmitting power back down into the radio. That will eventually destroy it.

I think Bluetooth has killed the CB radio. Truckers communicate and find out about conditions through their phones, which are connected to the internet, which can be used hands-free with myriad devices.

As late as the early 2000s, there was decent traffic on the common channels. Over here in the Denver-metro area, it's pretty quiet. Most of the chatter I ever hear are from loading docks of local lumber yards or fuel supply companies. I thought it might be convenient to have a CB when towing. It's not. There are too few truckers out there chatting.

Every CB radio I've ever seen has a PA output, too. You can get a cheap PA speaker off Amazon for $5-10. I end up using my PA speaker more than my CB radio.

I doubt I put a CB in my next truck. Finding suitable mounting locations is hard and there just isn't much utility in having one these days.

Good luck.
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Old 01-09-2019, 09:01 AM   #28
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Has anyone used a thru glass antenna? My coach is fiberglass so not magnetic, I am unable to attach to my mirrors. Thoughts?
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We have a small hand-held Midland that is used when traffic backs up. Finding out how far backup is and if we should look for alternates. When backups occur, someone always comes on advising where backup is.
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360: On your Georgetown, (attach to receiver hitch) or even if TT or 5ver mounted, consider a full length 102" whip on a spring mounted base mount on the rear bumper for a CB in the living unit or even the TT tongue of steel truck bed if you want the radio in the truck. The TT frame makes a great ground plane. Personally, I dislike mag mounts as not the best impedance connection to the ground plane. Unlike the very high gigahertz CMS and GSM cell phone shorty antennas - I've never seen even a base loaded CB antenna that affixes to glass - too much wind load. Please, have someone look at the VWSR with a meter when tuning any CB antenna. Avoid blowing your transitorized finals on reflected wave. Start with excess antenna lead and shorten in 4-6" increments to hopefully lower the VSWR.
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