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mwdilday 06-19-2020 08:15 PM

Is anyone using CB radios in their rig?
 
I am considering installing a CB radio in my truck but don't want to go to the time and expense if I am going to be disappointed. Does anyone still have them in their rigs? Are they useful or entertaining?

stephndudb 06-19-2020 08:56 PM

We have one. Not much talking out there anymore but we've found some truckers still have them on and will respond if called. We also use it for talking between vehicles when traveling with friends.

Didn't bother with a permanent install. Went with the Midland 75-822 plugin and a mag mount antenna instead. We pull it out of the truck when we're not in a long RV trip.

And yes, we have cell phones and even a ham radio license, but the CBs still fit the bill for us.

YMMV.


Dud

OLEJOE 06-19-2020 08:57 PM

Iím putting one in mine for the long trips but not very many truckers use on a constant basis like they used to. If you hear about a traffic back up youíll hear a lot of them asking whatís going on up there and which lane do I need to be in. I just feel better having one.

mwdilday 06-19-2020 09:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stephndudb (Post 2348585)
We have one. Not much talking out there anymore but we've found some truckers still have them on and will respond if called. We also use it for talking between vehicles when traveling with friends.

Didn't bother with a permanent install. Went with the Midland 75-822 plugin and a mag mount antenna instead. We pull it out of the truck when we're not in a long RV trip.

And yes, we have cell phones and even a ham radio license, but the CBs still fit the bill for us.

YMMV.


Dud

Thanks. It would be a no brainer if I could use a magnetic mount. I have the late model Ford Super Duty with the aluminum body. Trying to figure out the antenna installation.

Iggy 06-19-2020 11:18 PM

Waste of money unless you are travelling with others who may have CB.
It's old school and not much on channel 19 except rude Rebel truckers who talk with a draw.
Save your money and buy a good GPS if you don't have one.

TowPro 06-20-2020 07:20 AM

I have a president bill radio. Small but works well with a magnet mount antenna. We turn it on when traffic stops. Plus it has weather radio.

DougW 06-20-2020 07:20 AM

The last few times I tried to use the CB all I heard was people of questionable intelligence talking like they had a mouth full of marbles and cursing every third word. Tossed the radio in the garbage.

jeff64 06-20-2020 07:27 AM

I still have a pair of Motorola at with the weather radio in them . They were kinda fun with grandkids at the cg. Thought they would be a help getting tt into site,but had to turn it off. You get where that's going I'm sure!

Chuck_S 06-20-2020 07:45 AM

In my personal experience CB is dead. At least where I've lived.

I bought a little Midland 75-822 hand held transceiver 3 or 4 years ago with a magnetic antenna for the roof of my Expedition. Tuned the antenna to the radio and drove for weeks on and near the Interstates rarely hearing traffic .

Out of curiosity I set my competent Uniden BCD536HP scanner to only monitor the CB frequency band and it sat on my desk for a couple of weeks. Same result -- sat largely mute at least the time I was in my office. This was only a couple of miles from I77 and the Ohio Turnpike in Metro Cleveland. Rarely hearing anything here in Richmond VA either.

The "Family" radio bands periodically have traffic and are more than adequate if driving in a group as we do in our lil' Honda S2000 roadster.

-- Chuck

cboss 06-20-2020 08:03 AM

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I still have a Cobra 75WX ST, but only turn it on when there is a traffic backup/accident. Because the truck is aluminum I use a through glass antenna.

Flybob 06-20-2020 08:20 AM

If you are traveling alone they will keep you awake with mindless chatter. If you are traveling with others ( especially children) the language can be rough. If you are looking for a way to communicate with someone traveling with you might be better off with a decent pair of FRS/GMRS radios.

camaro80 06-20-2020 09:21 AM

Three members of our family are licenced hams. Myself, my wife, and our oldest son (17yo). We've all put VHF/UHF radios in our vehicles. Can talk between each other, or hit local repeaters. Not a lot of other activity, but occasionally you'll get some chatter on the repeater or on the 2-meter calling frequency (146.52MHz), and in some cities I've heard some repeaters are actually pretty busy.

Iggy 06-20-2020 09:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Iggy (Post 2348631)
Waste of money unless you are travelling with others who may have CB.
It's old school and not much on channel 19 except rude Rebel truckers who talk with a draw.
Save your money and buy a good GPS if you don't have one.

Funny thing happened today.
I got a PM from someone here who I will not name that said he was insulted by my statement about Rebel truck drivers with a draw and wanted me to remove my statement. (Which I can't)
Obviously I didn't reply but if I did I would say the my statement was true being he sent me a message of the same.

RMWSierra 06-20-2020 12:15 PM

Have a handheld unit with weather band. Comes in handy when traffic slows or stops.

spsnider 06-20-2020 12:31 PM

Why a CB?
 
What is your intent? I used to play with them many years back (circa '80's) when they were popular(?) and a few years ago put a cheap one in my truck for grins... Anyway.. I rarely hear any one on it when I power it up... so for general "community chatter" you may be sorely disappointed. If you're looking for vehicle to vehicle comms with caravan friends - FRS/GMRS options may be a better fit. If you still prefer the ad hoc rag-chew monitoring and the potential for true utility/emergency comms (when a cell might not work) then a basic/Tech Ham license may be the ticket. The "no-code" test these days is really easy to pass, so it shouldn't be considered an obstacle. An analog vhf (2-meter) radio can be had for as cheap as a CB and does more. Even a low cost handi-talkie will outperform any CB option, and will not require a large antenna and associated cable issues...

Reverse_snowbird 06-20-2020 12:32 PM

I think they've been replaced by cell phones. They even have freeway cell phone pulloffs for truckers. Applications for weather, traffic, routing and roadside assistance are making the cb obsolete.
My Garmin is now relegated to the rv because my car has built in navigation.
The world it is changing......

JimMorrell 06-20-2020 01:05 PM

Almost no one uses CB radios anymore. I guess they prefer cell phones. I still use a CB when we are traveling long distances with other RV's.

DogMan635 06-20-2020 01:36 PM

I read many of the posts and like some I'm old school about the CB fixed inside a vehicle and don't see the real need for that style CB. However, with this virus, and all the possibilities on the roads, I can see the need for two small hand carry or pocket. The range I'm told is 3 to 5-miles. I'm no expert and I don't want to hear anyone with a limited vocabulary talking about GOD.

My wife and I are apart at times and the phone battery is a priority. But to and from each other. Some police still have CBs which I did not know. A good way to talk with one should you have the need.

I don't know anything about some of the other models spoken about and I do know Short waves you need a license to operate. But something anything could happen and you don't need a tower to work a CB.

clr 06-20-2020 01:41 PM

I have one installed in my truck. But I normally only turn it on, during the long trips on the interstate. I turn the squelch up high so the person calling has to be close for me to hear them.
I normally only talk on the CB when I see a safety problem. Mostly it is on so that a trucker can talk to me if he/she sees a problem on my rig.

25RockwoodinMO 06-20-2020 02:19 PM

Still useful at times, my ramblings
 
As previously mentioned, they come in handy if you're caught in a traffic jam. Many that remain silent under normal conditions come on air to see what's going on. I have found that it is useful when in unfamiliar areas. We have the Garmin RV770 and the in-dash navigation (SYNC-3) which is nice now that we can link one of our Android phones to it and display Google maps on the in-dash screen. Having real time close communications with others around you is helpful at times. I wish everyone had an FRS radio on channel 1 on the road, but most likely only some will have a CB on and monitoring channel 19.

We were traveling through Atlanta a few years ago and got caught up in some really heavy traffic. I got on channel 19 real quickly and received help from a nearby trucker who was familiar with the area. He gave us an alternate route to take that saved us a lot of time. We received his information just in time to take the suggested exit and continue on our way without sitting in bumper to bumper traffic. We have had several other similar experiences traveling that proved helpful to us. The bad language will be heard if you listen long enough, that's when we use the volume and/or the on/off switch. I am also a licensed Amateur Radio operator (Ham), and try to monitor the national simplex frequency (146.520) while traveling. Last year we took a trip (from Missouri) to the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon and Moab Utah and had the radios on the whole trip scanning 146.520 and channel 19 hearing almost nothing most of the trip. We have a 2017 F250 with the aluminum alloy body and I purchased the custom fender antenna mounting brackets. (Cometantenna.com #FO3ANTNCG for one side, can't recall the brand I used on the other side). I used one for the dual-band Kenwood D710A Ham radio and the other for a 11 meter/CB band antenna. I had the CB antenna hooked to a Midland 75-822, but didn't like it sliding around the console/dash area while driving (it's kept in the console now). Now I just monitor 19 from my Kenwood TS480HX Ham radio tuned to channel 19 -27.185 just to listen. I work for a wireless telecommunications company as a field engineer and I have a similar setup in my company truck. Channel 19 has helped me numerous times and I like having the option to turn it on when needed. 73, Chuck.

Dsimes 06-20-2020 02:23 PM

We have a cobra 29XL in the truck. Mostly listen to channel 19 for accidents, occasionally talk to a few truckers.

bigtrailer 06-20-2020 02:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Iggy (Post 2348631)
Waste of money unless you are travelling with others who may have CB.
It's old school and not much on channel 19 except rude Rebel truckers who talk with a draw.
Save your money and buy a good GPS if you don't have one.

Well, normally I would just let this slide, but obviously we have some fellow RV people who think all of us are subhuman or uneducated. You may be interested that a lot of men and women out there are college graduates and are making a good living doing so. My "Drawl" obviously grinds on you, but not being a professional driver and understanding all of us did not grow up with a shirt and tie I assume that means I am not smart enough to be out there.
Just FYI, My last truck, and I owned 50 of them in my fleet, cost just for the cab $187,000 plus my specialized heavy haul trailer rated for 70 tons cost $234,000. Now your driving something weighing about 45 to maybe 50,000 pounds, have never been in a semi I bet, so does my speech really matter.? Oh, buy the way, there are a lot of professional drivers that are retired with RV's. I have over 4 million miles, not one ticket or accident in 55 years.... and you???
We normally try to run quiet during the day. Oh, I forgot, your in an RV lot or Wal Mart at night while we are working so you miss a lot of the comradery, the long nights driving in snow where a friendly driver will run with you for safety and dragging some mom and family from a burning car because we are a hundred miles from any town.
I went to college also, didn't make me any better or worse, but I realized sitting behind a desk with a boss dictating my future wasn't going to fly.
I wish all of you safe travels. We may sometime be there to assist you with a breakdown or medical emergency, and you will be darn glad some trucker with a "Drawl" stopped to lend a hand and call for help on his CB.
Bill Myers
Laveen, Arizona

awellis3 06-20-2020 02:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Iggy (Post 2348764)
Funny thing happened today.
I got a PM from someone here who I will not name that said he was insulted by my statement about Rebel truck drivers with a draw....

Well I reckon he was. Some down here in Dixie have "drawls" but not "draws." Well, we have draws, too, but our overalls cover them up.:roflblack:


Teach

kellydthompson 06-20-2020 03:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mwdilday (Post 2348590)
Thanks. It would be a no brainer if I could use a magnetic mount. I have the late model Ford Super Duty with the aluminum body. Trying to figure out the antenna installation.



Try this one.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TKYCXGJ...v_ov_lig_dp_it

Dsimes 06-20-2020 04:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mwdilday (Post 2348590)
Thanks. It would be a no brainer if I could use a magnetic mount. I have the late model Ford Super Duty with the aluminum body. Trying to figure out the antenna installation.

I have an 09 F250 Super Duty but I use a mount that fits in the bed pocket and then a 3 foot fiberglass antenna.

babock 06-20-2020 04:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Iggy (Post 2348764)
Funny thing happened today.
I got a PM from someone here who I will not name that said he was insulted by my statement about Rebel truck drivers with a draw and wanted me to remove my statement. (Which I can't)
Obviously I didn't reply but if I did I would say the my statement was true being he sent me a message of the same.

Maybe insulted because you spelled drawl wrong! :roflblack::roflblack::roflblack:
Regarding CB, I will just stick to cell phones.

Bob2019 06-20-2020 07:44 PM

Got a CB radio from my dad years ago and after a week, threw it out. The racist, ignorant people talking was enough for me. I'm sure there are many truckers out there that use this communication properly, but I did not see any reason to listen to constant "F" and "N" back and forth in their conversations.

kevin211 06-20-2020 10:12 PM

I run one, always turned on

A2pfunk 06-20-2020 11:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mwdilday (Post 2348590)
Thanks. It would be a no brainer if I could use a magnetic mount. I have the late model Ford Super Duty with the aluminum body. Trying to figure out the antenna installation.


Have you looked at a glass mount? Probably not the best if you are looking for crazy 50 mile range, but they get the job done. I had one in my truck up until about 9 years ago. I found it entertaining and often helpful in traffic backups. But 90% of the traffic we heard was ignorant and offensive. It takes more than a lot to bother me. But The Wife wasn't a fan and when we had kids it was definitely time to get rid of it.

I never thought to ask the offensive morons which side of the Mason Dixon Line they were from, though...

dalford 06-20-2020 11:45 PM

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Originally Posted by A2pfunk (Post 2349183)
Have you looked at a glass mount? Probably not the best if you are looking for crazy 50 mile range, but they get the job done. I had one in my truck up until about 9 years ago. I found it entertaining and often helpful in traffic backups. But 90% of the traffic we heard was ignorant and offensive. It takes more than a lot to bother me. But The Wife wasn't a fan and when we had kids it was definitely time to get rid of it.

I never thought to ask the offensive morons which side of the Mason Dixon Line they were from, though...

Do you think offensive morons are only on one side of the Mason Dixon Line? What side are you on?

A2pfunk 06-21-2020 12:05 AM

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Originally Posted by dalford (Post 2349189)
Do you think offensive morons are only on one side of the Mason Dixon Line? What side are you on?

:rolleyes:
No. That's why I never thought to ask.

dalford 06-21-2020 12:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by A2pfunk (Post 2349199)
:rolleyes:
No. That's why I never thought to ask.

Clever non answer. I guess I wondered what the Mason Dixon line had to do with the offensive morons or CB radios..;)

A2pfunk 06-21-2020 12:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dalford (Post 2349202)
Clever non answer. I guess I wondered what the Mason Dixon line had to do with the offensive morons or CB radios..;)

You asked a yes or no question. I answered it in the first word of my response to you. My post that you seem to have taken offense to was in reference to earlier responses (and subsequent responses to THAT) where folks were discussing "draw", "drawl", "Rebel truckers", and so on. Sorry if the reference was lost on you. I guess I don't always do my best work on Saturday night.

Have a wonderful evening!

dalford 06-21-2020 12:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by A2pfunk (Post 2349206)
You asked a yes or no question. I answered it in the first word of my response to you. My post that you seem to have taken offense to was in reference to earlier responses (and subsequent responses to THAT) where folks were discussing "draw", "drawl", "Rebel truckers", and so on. Sorry if the reference was lost on you. I guess I don't always do my best work on Saturday night.

Have a wonderful evening!

Got it....:trink39:

Boondock Saint 06-21-2020 01:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Iggy (Post 2348764)
Funny thing happened today.
I got a PM from someone here who I will not name that said he was insulted by my statement about Rebel truck drivers with a draw and wanted me to remove my statement. (Which I can't)
Obviously I didn't reply but if I did I would say the my statement was true being he sent me a message of the same.

I wouldn't withdraw it either, this is still USA and freedom of speech. Not everyone cares about the tender feelings of snowflakes and knuckle-dragging inbreds.

About installing a CB, I wouldn't do it. I've had one for years in my Wrangler, an expensive nice paperweight. You can get a cheap 2 meter handheld on Amazon for $40 that far exceeds the distance and frequency choices of a CB and use a magnetic antenna.

I primitive camp in areas where I don't expect to see any other people and CB has been virtually worthless. Around camps and on logging roads I get maybe a mile. I would never depend in it for any emergency, not even in town.

When on the highway I can find a hillbilly-free frequency but a lot of channels have some perpetual offensive chatter from half way across the country.


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Lifestylers 06-21-2020 08:20 AM

Don't use one for the reasons most stated above. Cell phone if needed. As far as weather, the cell phone alerts have worked for me, key point was near I think Baton Rouge year or so ago, approaching heavy weather, alert on phone went off. Report of Twister in our area, was spot on crossed the interstate about mile in front of us. Since then now have Sirrus weather app on navagation unit and shows current radar with wind speeds, storms, and storm tracks. Really is cool because shows entire state and gives you head up just how far and what you might run into or away from.

TowPro 06-21-2020 08:36 AM

Removed

Cyote61 06-22-2020 04:38 PM

My brother and I use C B when we travel together. Also most biker clubs still use them on group rides. We do also in our club. CB's can still serve a purpose for certain applications.

TowPro 06-23-2020 07:24 AM

the way CB is affected by the atmosphere, it can be made useless by all the noise created by "skip" or propagation.



There is another radio service called Multi-Use radio Service (MURS) (established in 2000) that works pretty well and could almost replace CB radio for group conversation. It works better than the FRS or GMRS because the frequency is lower (151Mhz area). You can get radios (BaoFeng) that can be programmed to cover this frequency on Amazon for pretty cheep.

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