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Old 09-28-2015, 11:47 AM   #11
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I had a CB in my Winnebago for years with only 1 or 2 chats ever made. It did save us from waiting in a traffic jamb in SLC once 10 years ago. Have used it a few times caravanning, but other wise out here in California and the west it just took up space. Not going to move it over to the Forester, it's going in the garage.
I do have a Ham license and mounted the antenna on the roof ladder. Repeaters everywhere, but never heard people on the road in RVs calling .520. So the Yaesu is in the garage with the Cobra.
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Old 09-28-2015, 12:48 PM   #12
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Studying now for my General license.
Hope to take it next month.
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Old 09-28-2015, 01:38 PM   #13
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Studying now for my General license.
Hope to take it next month.
Good Luck to you Lou! I have ben a lazy ***** I had hoped to take my technician exam this month but I'll be lucky to get that box checked by the end of the year...you retirees have all the time!
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Old 09-28-2015, 02:36 PM   #14
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Good Luck to you Lou! I have ben a lazy ***** I had hoped to take my technician exam this month but I'll be lucky to get that box checked by the end of the year...you retirees have all the time!
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Old 09-28-2015, 02:55 PM   #15
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I have a ham radio UHF/VHF and even HF. On the back of the RV, I even have a decal with my call sign (AI4SR) and 146.52 on it. I have never received a call and while listening there all the time, have only heard ANYONE talking on that freq 3 times.. (I have been told that is is more widely used in parts of the country.) While ham radio is great in itself, unless you are caravanning with other hams. It is pretty useless (for RV use). I have monitored the FRS frequencies and find people on those channels quite often. I don't know if there is any informal travel frequency/channel on FRS, but for many reasons it would be a far better method of highway communication. (no tests, inexpensive equipment, decent range, FM "capture effect", and even tone lock if you want to go private car to car.
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Old 09-28-2015, 03:06 PM   #16
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There is a lot less chatter on the CB than in the past. I still like my CB to alert me to traffic problems ahead. It has saved me a bunch of hours of backup over the years.
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Old 09-28-2015, 06:59 PM   #17
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Interesting chat re CB. I bought my first CB rig in1965 long before the national 55. MPH law made them more common amongst truckers. I hadn't thought about putting in the truck or camper, but having one in my car did give my parents some comfort when I started diving back and forth between NJ and Kansas for college. I actually got someone in western PA to relay a msg via land line to them once when I realized that I was way past due for a "I'm ok " call. ...quite a big deal back then when they still charged by the minute. Btw that call was made using a vacuum tube 5 channel Johnson Messenger. That radio is long gone but I stil have an old Lafayette 23 channel vac tube unit that still works.
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:39 AM   #18
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We use one for caravanning. Works great and more reliable than cell phone in some places. We like to keep a little distance between us while travelling together and a CB works good to keep in touch. We find an empty channel and stay there. Seldom get on the trucker channel.
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Old 09-29-2015, 09:43 PM   #19
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Just so some of you don't get anxious about the license exam for Technician, about a month ago we gave the exam to seven (6 girls and 1 boy) 5th grade students and 2 (girls) of them passed (one didn't miss any questions) and 2 missed passing by one wrong answer too many. This was 10yo's so you big boys (and girls) should be able to handle it. My theory about young boys and girls passing the exams is that, #1 they are used to regimented study, and #2 there mind is not cluttered with distractions like I need to go the grocery store, house payment is due, dog got sick and all the other distractions that adults are confronted with. We have had 12 year olds pass all three exams in one session and believe me the Extra Class exam can be a problem.
For radio activity, there is more traffic on local repeaters than simplex and some radios will search for repeater traffic as you travel. Lots of OTR truck drivers are switching to ham radio. We tested one just yesterday who said he spends 28 days on the road each month. Some companies will not let drivers have a radio in a company truck but the independents have some pretty nice equipment in their sleeper compartment.
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Old 09-29-2015, 09:49 PM   #20
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BamaBob you have one of the biggest online ham equipment retailers in the US in your back door. Gigaparts in Huntsville. I'll bet if you stop by their store they could steer you to a "Elmer" (instructor) that will help you get your license. There is also one of the largest "hamventions" in the SE at the Huntsville coliseum every August.
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