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Old 02-27-2016, 12:23 PM   #1
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CB radios still used??

I remember camping when I was a kid in my parents MH and loved listening to all the chatter as we were driving.

I'm picking up my first trailer on Monday and was thinking, should I install a CB radio in my truck??

Do people still chat or monitor them now days?
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Old 02-27-2016, 12:36 PM   #2
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I would not bother, way to much garbage on air.
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Old 02-27-2016, 12:37 PM   #3
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I just bought one.
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Bought the cheapest/simplest one there is and run it whenever we're on the interstates. Sometimes a heads up from the truckers has saved us valuable time about weather/traffic ahead. I run a sign in the back window stating "WE CB CH 19" and truckers have called to chat or inform us at times.
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In my opinion, the very rare occasion where a CB could save you from a delay/ticket/whatever, is not worth the non-stop noise pollution that the CB has become. You couldn't pay me enough to have one of those things in my vehicle and turned on while on a trip. The Citizens Band is not what it once was.

Now having one around that can be turned on for an emergency...I can see (a little) value to that. But still haven't owned one for nearly 2 decades.
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Old 02-27-2016, 01:26 PM   #6
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I've heard that there is garbage on there but didn't realize it has gotten that bad. I'm sure I wouldn't want my young kids listening to what's talk about on there anyways.

Since my original post I talked to a relative who drives a big rig and he even said he doesn't ever turn his on anymore either.

Maybe I'll have to look into ham radio since you need a license to operate, I'm sure it weeds out a lot of trash talking.

Thanks for the input
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I'm a ham here in Canada and since they relaxed the rules a while back the 2 meter freqs sometimes sound like cb. I have a cb also and use it to listen to 19 when traveling but when it gets idiotic, I shut it off.
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I have a cb also and use it to listen to 19 when traveling but when it gets idiotic, I shut it off.
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.
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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 here, also. That puppy has saved me a bunch of times from being tied up in traffic. The truckers even know how to get around the back-ups.
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Save us twice now, most recently a fatal crash on 95 in Baltimore. We heard them chatting and bailed at the rest area just before Baltimore... They shut the highway down an if we had not heard the report we would have been stuck on the highway. Instead we were "stuck" in the rest are were we setup and spent the night in comfort, not traffic. So it was worth the $30 to me.
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