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Old 02-14-2011, 03:46 PM   #1
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CB radio any use for a veeeery long trip?

I've got a long trip planned for this summer:



Unfortunately, it's travel for a work move, not fun.

I'm just wondering if there's any use to installing a cb radio in the truck?

Or is it pretty much gone by the wayside now and useless?

I was thinking of picking up a cobra 29 (used or new, doesn't matter) or something similar. Somewhere around 100-150 bucks, all in, after sourcing an antenna.

It would be nice to get some real time local info on traffic, police, wrecks, road conditions, etc....does that stuff still come across like it did way back a couple decades ago?

Is there any sense to getting on with weather bands, or is that just a waste of time outside of major cities (why you would bother transmitting weather in major cities anyways escapes me)?

Any input?

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Old 02-14-2011, 04:45 PM   #2
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great white, there is an active parallel thread that might answer some of your questions: CB radio ??
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:28 PM   #3
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We have one in our truck and in the motor home. I listen to the traffic and and any accidents that are in front of me. Ours don't have any weather channels on it. You can pick up weather radios for less than 30.00 most places. we have it on our VHF radio in the boat. but thats a must on the rivers.
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Old 02-15-2011, 12:37 AM   #4
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Seriously considering this unit:

https://cobra.com/detail/index.cfm?nPID=74

Remote mount, weather radio and cb. Easily hidden from "prying eyes".

Not looking for anything fancy, just some road info as we go.

Chuck in a good antenna, tune the swr and call it a day....
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:42 PM   #5
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My kids bought us that one for my truck and it is quite adequate and you don`t need to find space for the recieving unit as it is all in the hand unit. You will probably find truckers don`t talk as much as you think and be prepared for the occasional F*** even though they are not supposed to use it. It is good for the weather stations (Fr. and Eng. in Canada) and if you need help like we did once you will still find many truckers who are more than willing to help. By the way, truckers in the U.S. and most of Canada still use 19 as the open channel but once you are east of Montreal in Canada they use ch. 1 or 2 (the truckers can tell you which). Many places have a channel that is monitored for emergencies but the police will not answer you back on it. In Ontario I believe the O.P.P. monitor ch. 9. If your wife can stand the squawk from time to time it is still probably good for added peace of mind in case of an emergency. Old Guys
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:27 PM   #6
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I haven't swapped my Uniden into my new truck but plan to this spring. I usually have mine on going thru Toronto & Detroit. The rest of the time mine is off.

Also in northern Ontario the log haulers will post a sign @ the entrance to forest access roads stating which channel (usually 12, the french trucker channel) they're using. They'll call out the km signs as they pass them. If a person is doing some boondocking up there, it might be handy to prevent any surprises.

You'll also hear 12 being used on the 401 by truckers out of Quebec as well.
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