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Old 03-04-2017, 08:20 PM   #1
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CB radios.

Just curios. Do people use them anymoee
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Old 03-04-2017, 08:27 PM   #2
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some do. Good to listen to at times. Sometimes it's just a bunch of foul mouths. I had one in my last truck. Never put in this truck I got a year ago. Maybe I will, maybe I won't
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I have not owned one for several years, given the way things are now I would not install one much less turn it on,
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Yes. Don't spend a lot of money though.

With the advent of cell phones and 911 they are not the go to they once were for emergency roadside assistance or even local information. If you want to hear the truckers talking traffic, they are still good for that. And some folks love the things. Gives them an "on the road" feeling.

But with cell phones and a good GPS, I haven't used a CB in years.

Combined with a walkie-talkie it becomes part of a "backing in" communication solution.
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If you want one, don't spend much I got a good deal on a nice used radio on eBay. You can buy decent smaller models new under $50. Get yourself a decent antenna. You can do the whole package for around $100 no problem.
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I keep one in my Class C, comes in great for traffic problems. I have a Bearcat 880. Works and fits great in the Ford doghouse.
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I haven't used one in years also.
They do come in handy if your traveling with someone else.
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Last one i owned was a Johnson Messenger 123 in 1981.Not much use for one today as many mentioned.
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If your driving by yourself might be fair company, definitely don't recommend if traveling with children as conversations as often XXX rated.
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Gave up on it. Too much Spanish, profanity, illegal music, preachers and white supremacists.

Google and GPS. Getting a speeding ticket in this thing would be tough. 10-4
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Install the app, Waze on your phone and it will route you, tell you about the Po-lice and traffic. Wrecks, debris, and other hazards. CB's are nothing more than nasty old men trying to meet nasty old women and cussing.
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These days, I wouldn't use a CB if you gave it to me, installed it for me, and it gave me a dollar bill every time I turned it on.

Instead, use Midland MXT100 GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) radios in our side by sides for communications. These units are incredibly small, about the size of thick deck of cards.




They are FM so they have very good sound quality, and pretty good range at 5 watts power.

They can access FRS (Family Radio Service) channels that don't require a license. All those cheap walkies you buy in a blister pack at Walmart use FRS, so you can communicate with them. But the other channels are GMRS, to which you are supposed to have a license. Its a no-test license and one license covers your whole extended family. With that being said, I bet most people operate them without one.

These are a great option if you are traveling in a group and want to maintain instant comms.

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Install the app, Waze on your phone and it will route you, tell you about the Po-lice and traffic. Wrecks, debris, and other hazards.
I use this app all the time. Works great. I don't use the CB because I have young ears in the truck.
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No young ears in our truck, just 2 old farts but I still don't like the profanity on the CB radio. I have one but rarely have it on. We use the Midland's as well for group communication when hunting. Nice units btw.
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I mounted one in my Class C. Cell phone apps work great, provided you have cell and data coverage. In some of the wide open spaces out west there's no coverage and the CB has saved me some traffic tie ups related to accidents and road conditions. I don't talk on it but I do listen to keep up with what's going on. The amount of foul language from the truckers isn't all that bad, until they hit a traffic jam. A lot of swearing is usually your first sign that something bad is happening up ahead.

I mounted mine to the ceiling of the cab. It's up out of the way but I can reach the volume dial without looking at it from the driver's seat. It's a Uniden radio that cost me about $49.



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Being a retired steel hauler, I know all about the foul language.
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Oh heck yea. I have CB's in all my vehicles... but I'm a child of the 70's.
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Oh heck yea. I have CB's in all my vehicles... but I'm a child of the 70's.
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