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Old 09-15-2010, 01:48 PM   #1
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CB Radios

Does anyone have any suggestions as far as CB radios, or are they not in use anymore?

We have a set of Uniden GMR2872-2CK hand held two way radios for backing up, fishing etc. Found them very helpful for backing up last year when we rented a trailer.

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Old 09-15-2010, 03:02 PM   #2
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Let me check with Burt Reynolds, see if he still has his.
Seriously I donít think anyone under 50 would even know how to use one.
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Let me check with Burt Reynolds, see if he still has his.
Seriously I donít think anyone under 50 would even know how to use one.
Thanks Dave, I guess I'm dating myself...
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I will go along with the 50 age, but since I'm a LITTLE older than that, we still use ours in our motorhome and sometimes backing in tight spots. It has helped me out of tight spots in towns that we have traveled thru and when were traveling along the interstates and find our selves in a traffic accident and looking for a way around.
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Between the radar detector, GPS, GPS instant traffic/weather, cell phones, Iphone apps, wifi, air cards for the netbook, twitter, google satellite & roadside message displays, these days you have to try really hard to get into a spot you canít get out of.

Two years ago we traveled from PA to Up River RV resort in FL. Google streets view took me right into the campground. I was able to stand right in front of the site I was assigned. I knew exactly how I was going to back in before we even left PA. Last year visiting friends in TX I was able to see that they needed to trim a couple trees if we were going to fit in their driveway like planned.

We got a set of 2 way radios a few years ago so the DW could help me back in to campsites. I found it really helpful if I left mine turned off.
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Old 09-15-2010, 04:47 PM   #6
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breaker breaker you're coming in loud and clear! too bad not many jockeys use them anymore. over.
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Old 09-15-2010, 05:02 PM   #8
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I still keep one in my truck. Does it get used much? no. I do use it on occasion when we are convoy RVing at times. It is way easier then talking on a cell phone which is techincally not legal while driving here anymore.
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Just got a tweet from The Rubber-duck. He said he got rid of his CB after the big convoy in 1975.
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Old 09-15-2010, 07:43 PM   #10
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CB radios come in handy on the road. The truckers use them regularly. I can keep up to date with what's going on up the road.

The small hand held radios are on same frequencies as CB radios.

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Beg to differ, the small FRS and GMRS radios are not on the same frequency as CB radios. The small radios are also FM whereas a CB is AM. One way you can tell for sure is look at the length of the antenna, not nearly as long, so therefore not the same frequency.

Sorry, just a clarification.
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I concur with you windrider.

I have yet to find a paired set of walkie talkie type mini radios that had channels that jived with CB channels.

We have also tried using those for vehicle to vehicle communication while convy driving and they don't work worth a crap unless you are bumper to bumper.
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Beg to differ, the small FRS and GMRS radios are not on the same frequency as CB radios. The small radios are also FM whereas a CB is AM. One way you can tell for sure is look at the length of the antenna, not nearly as long, so therefore not the same frequency.

Sorry, just a clarification.
Sorry, but we CAN communicate with the hand held radios we own. They are 40 channel with short antenna and work fine together. Our CB is 40 channel with SSB, and an upper and lower switch.
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I concur with you windrider.

We have also tried using those for vehicle to vehicle communication while convy driving and they don't work worth a crap unless you are bumper to bumper.
We convoy to MS. AL. & FL. with friends and have no problem communicating with each other.
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Will they work at a half mile to a mile?

Didn't for us. What set are you using Mike?

Would be intersted in a set for sure.

Also like I said, I believe both the uniden and cobra sets we tried did not jive with our CB channels.
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The CB is a Cobra. The hand held units are in the trailer at the moment. I'll look at them later and post the model.
They state they will work up to 3 miles, but we know that's in open areas. We have commentated up to approximately 3/4 mile on the road, hand held to hand held.
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dont forget skip! back in the day parents talked to a guy in flordia. got a post card from the guy to.
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Thanks everyone for the input, much appreciated.

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The DW and I are both Licensed Amateur Radio Operators along with many of our friends. We have the capability of talking close, such as backing into a sight by using a fairly inexpensive mobile radio and a handy talkie. By using the same equipment, switching frequency to a local repeater, we can talk distances around a hundred mile using handy talkies which is great for hiking, biking, exploring, etc. Mobile to mobile radio can give you a 25 mile range with ease. The technician class license gives you these privileges. By upgrading your license class, you earn HF (high frequency) which can give you worldwide communications. The are many NETS (scheduled meeting groups and time) that people from all over North America meet and communicate. There are frequencies that are monitored all the time, that if you need help, most likely there will be somebody there that you can trust will help you out. I don't trust my cell phone as a primary form as communications, especially when traveling. Service is to unreliable, by the way things work out, you know that when you get in a jamb, you'll have no signal. It's a great hobby, with great people just like camping and the language is never foul (you'll be find and loose your license). More information on getting an Amateur Radio License can be found at American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources . Ask me about Amateur (ham) radio. MUCH BETTER THAN CB!

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The DW and I are both Licensed Amateur Radio Operators along with many of our friends. We have the capability of talking close, such as backing into a sight by using a fairly inexpensive mobile radio and a handy talkie. By using the same equipment, switching frequency to a local repeater, we can talk distances around a hundred mile using handy talkies which is great for hiking, biking, exploring, etc. Mobile to mobile radio can give you a 25 mile range with ease. The technician class license gives you these privileges. By upgrading your license class, you earn HF (high frequency) which can give you worldwide communications. The are many NETS (scheduled meeting groups and time) that people from all over North America meet and communicate. There are frequencies that are monitored all the time, that if you need help, most likely there will be somebody there that you can trust will help you out. I don't trust my cell phone as a primary form as communications, especially when traveling. Service is to unreliable, by the way things work out, you know that when you get in a jamb, you'll have no signal. It's a great hobby, with great people just like camping and the language is never foul (you'll be find and loose your license). More information on getting an Amateur Radio License can be found at American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources . Ask me about Amateur (ham) radio. MUCH BETTER THAN CB!

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Thanks Kirk, that's great info.

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