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Posted: 03/08/19 07:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A CB radio was a requirement for a 30 day commercial caravan tour into Baja California that we signed onto.
I installed the CB in my truck. Wife broke her arm, trip was canceled.

It's a cheapie radio but works well. However, I have a magnetic base exterior antenna and I don't like it. I'm ready to remove the radio and forget about the whole thing.

(I did a nice clean install - exception is the antenna cable which snakes up from under the hood.)

Side note; there's a chance that we might do the Baja trip next year. (I have the itinerary from the caravan company.) Maybe the CB could be used then?
Is there much use for a CB on today's highways?


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When I'm on the road I have mine on more for road information ie accidents lane closures...... I turn it down as truckers don't always have the best language


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I tried one about 6 years ago but found the cussing to be too excessive for my family to listen to so I promptly removed it. If you get off the highway and people at the Baja event use the frequencies as they were intended, it maybe worth taking the radio.


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I bought a handheld portable eons ago, and use it once in a while for the aforementioned reason of road reports. Our GPS has traffic conditions, but not all areas are covered, so it does get some use on occasion. 10-4, copy that on the "caustic" language issue.


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It's useful for caravaning, not much else.

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You already have it, why not keep it. Should you need help someday, it may come in handy.
I have used mine twice in about 15 years. Once for a radio check and once to give a trucker directions to a truck wash facility.
And it has 4 channels of weather information. In case you get bored.??

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Posted: 03/08/19 10:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you decide to get one, keep the gain down. Don't go above an 8 1/2 or you'll blow their windows down. Also, don't be a ratchet jaw and if you're puttin the pedal to the metal you might just pass a Kojack with a Kodak. You copy good buddy?

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Sorry about the BDW's arm, may it heal up good as new without complications.





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I have two CB's (plus a handheld without batteries) in my RV. one on 13. El-cheapo short mag mount stuck on a bar in the basement (If you can not see me forget it) 13 is the "Good Sam" channel

one on 19. "NGP" Antenna mounted on teh "A" pillar set so the tip is about 1/2 INch higher then the next highest part of the RV.. (Bridge stick and antenna combined).

Years ago when the first radio was stuck in a Maxi van I heard of a tired semi that had rolled over on the black ice to take a nap. So I started backing down.. As a result I did not develop leaky radiator or dented fenders like the folks I ended up taking home (Their cars were totaled). Deputy had a nice warm "office" to write up the crash in as well (my van)

More recently two fatal accidents about 3 miles ahead.. I hit the turn signal and exit. Nice relaxing meal and night. continued on in the AM after it had been cleared... Others.. High blood pressure and an hours long traffic jam.

YES. worth it. BIG TIME.


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it's been 20 or so years since I've had a CB in my truck. I also had a magnet antenna and one day I had a noise I could not identify so took it into the chev garage for service. turns out it was the antenna on the roof that was making the noise so I took everything out and it's on the shelf somewhere around here. but like others the cussing was the main factor for removing mine.

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