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Old 12-31-2018, 03:25 PM   #1
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CB Radios...anybody still use these?

I used to have a 40 pumped by a 50 witch, 50 amp witch booster. I could 12-15 miles in the winter with no leaves. 9-10 miles in the warmer months with the leaves out.
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:32 PM   #2
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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 12-31-2018, 03:56 PM   #3
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CB appears close to death in my experience. I set my scanner to the band for a day and only heard some moron running a brief comedy broadcast -- wasn't talking to anyone. External antenna 500 feet from I90 and less than two miles from I77, I71, and I480. Small transceiver in the car rarely breaks squelch. Fixing to put it on Ebay for lack of utility.

High power SSB CB rigs of dubious legality are for sale at several places on the Internet but I have no idea why. Maybe out on the plains?

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Old 12-31-2018, 05:19 PM   #4
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i use one in my tractor at work, planning on installing one in the truck before we go camping
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Old 12-31-2018, 06:15 PM   #5
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People still use them. Good idea if you're spending time in really remote areas that may not have a cell signal. I have one in my Jeep but thinking of moving it to my TV for use when we're on the interstate or remote (in case we break down).

It's pretty much mandatory if you have a Jeep and go on a club ride.
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Old 12-31-2018, 07:32 PM   #6
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My S2000 rides do just fine with FRS "blister pack" radios but we don't get too far apart.

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Old 12-31-2018, 07:39 PM   #7
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Used ours last summer when we got into traffic on I-91. Found out what lane was closed by an accident so we could move over early. Many truckers are still monitoring 19. Still useful.
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Old 12-31-2018, 07:53 PM   #8
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Got one and I monitor it while travelling. Seems like alot of truckers wear cell phone head sets and dont bother with cb's anymore. Most the time an old time will get on 19 and complain about "4 wheelers" rubber necking or slowing down too much while passing law enforcement.
It's all still entertaining. Especially when they start yelling at each other.
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Old 12-31-2018, 08:21 PM   #9
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I just put mine back in for a trip to Florida down I95. I installed an NMO mount and can install the CB antenna and radio, or put on a 2/70 antenna and Kenwood 2/70 radio. Power and antenna cable come out in a place I can mount either radio. Both antennas have been tuned
I agree with a prior poster about monitoring lane blockages. Sort of hard on a 2 meter.
I will admit the CB has been in a box for 3 years.
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Old 01-01-2019, 12:14 AM   #10
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I just put mine back in for a trip to Florida down I95. I installed an NMO mount and can install the CB antenna and radio, or put on a 2/70 antenna and Kenwood 2/70 radio. Power and antenna cable come out in a place I can mount either radio. Both antennas have been tuned
I agree with a prior poster about monitoring lane blockages. Sort of hard on a 2 meter.
I will admit the CB has been in a box for 3 years.
Had one in my vehicles since the 70's. Just bought a new truck and debating on whether I am going to put one in it. Rarely used it in old truck. On the rare occasion that I had it on the language was awful. Don't need my special needs daughter adding those to her vocabulary.
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