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Old 02-28-2016, 03:57 PM   #41
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I started selling CB radios for Radio Shack in 1974. It was a booming business at that time. Lots of family and friends on the various channels then. Now most of that seems to have gone away. On the road channel 19 is the best source of information regarding accidents and other problems. However, it is mostly trash talk and not fit for family to hear. If you experience a slow down, tune in to get the info and shut back off. Antennae are a big issue depending on the type of rig you have. TT's and 5ers can do well with most of the ground plane style antennae on the tow vehicle, but class A & C's are at the mercy of much less efficient antennae choices due to the fiberglass and aluminum of these rigs. Professional RV groups normally recommend FMRS walkie-talkies as they are FM and work well over short ranges such as in caravan and in camp.
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Old 02-28-2016, 03:57 PM   #42
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Flybob, correct re: power and license. Power is 5W GMRS and 1/2W FRS. Licensing for GMRS is simply filling out a form for a 5 Year license, That license authorizes all family members. So no big deal. (Remember when CB required a License? Also just a form for the FCC. )
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Good points about center of vehicle mounting and SWR. Lucky for me, when I recently installed one in my truck, Krawler has sn old-school SWR meter from Radio Shack, so we were able to tune the antenna down to 1.5. I can live with that.

Oh, and pics of the install to follow in a moment...
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I started selling CB radios for Radio Shack in 1974. It was a booming business at that time. Lots of family and friends on the various channels then. Now most of that seems to have gone away. On the road channel 19 is the best source of information regarding accidents and other problems. However, it is mostly trash talk and not fit for family to hear. If you experience a slow down, tune in to get the info and shut back off. Antennae are a big issue depending on the type of rig you have. TT's and 5ers can do well with most of the ground plane style antennae on the tow vehicle, but class A & C's are at the mercy of much less efficient antennae choices due to the fiberglass and aluminum of these rigs. Professional RV groups normally recommend FMRS walkie-talkies as they are FM and work well over short ranges such as in caravan and in camp.
19 has been referred to as a "call" channel in my time, now it is where most people hang out at and talk for miles on end.

I-5 corridor was 17 as well as some places east of the Mississippi.

I remember QSL parties and gathering in my preteens, The so called resurgence in the late 70's early 80's due in part by movies and music.

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Old 02-28-2016, 04:23 PM   #45
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Let's see if FRF decides to cooperate with my pics today...NOPE. Instead of putting them upside down today, it rotated them 90 degrees to the left. Sorry, but here they are:
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I talk on Sideband. I get better reception with it and further distance. I have heard allot more people talking on LSB. Of course there is still trash talkers and people that want to over power everyone else.
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Ditto for me. You can squelch it down pretty good. It is sometimes entertaining to hear some of the conversations. When you get somebody on there that has a vulgar vocabulary, it gets turned down until they are out of range. But it does help in knowing what traffic situation is ahead. Listen to the truckers when there is a slowdown, they'll tell you which lane to get in.
Ditto as well ! The wife doesn't like the chatter so I watch when I turn it on as to keep her happy but even she has said it has come in handy so it stays on board.
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Yes, FRS doesn't need a license. However it is against the law to use non-FRS radios on the FRS bands, They must be FCC type accepted as FRS radios.
As far as I can tell from the information that came with the BaoFeng UV-5R radios I have, they are FCC approved for FRS use. If they're not, I might have to return them.
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I'm a licensed ham [N7MIP], but only run CB/SSB in the truck, Rarely turn it on as the language coming from some of the truckers is not something I want my wife to hear. Good for emergencies.
We use GMRS/FRS radios from the TT to our boat and while positioning the TT at the campsite. Over water, they have several miles of range on our units. Come in very useful on lakes when I'm out fishing or hiking. Five watts work well enough to cover our needs and do well on the road especially if you have the right antenna setup. You can code them so no one else can understand you.
We use a magnetic antenna for the CB on the center of the truck's roof and have it turned down to 1.5 SWRs. Can't ask for any better than that.
I keep the CB squelched down tight so I only hear others that are VERY close.
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What you used to have a CB for (traffic info), can now be done by Waze, an app on your phone or tablet. It tells you about construction delays, cops, broke down vehicles, etc. It will even re-route you which a CB can't!
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