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Slowmover

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Posted: 04/06/19 11:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

twodownzero wrote:

SidecarFlip wrote:

I have one as well but mine s a Single Side Band 10 meter radio and CB combined. We use ours in conjunction with handheld units when camping in the forest to communicate. Not so much on the road. Hard to distill the gibberish from factual information.


It is not legal to transmit on the CB bands with a radio that is capable of transmitting outside of band. In other words, there is no legal radio that can transmit on the CB frequencies and the 10 meter amateur bands. All CB radios must be type accepted by the FCC; the radio you describe is obviously not.

I took the CB out of my truck because I don't have any interest in talking on it. I do have a CB in my offroad truck because other offroaders use it.



Find us an Amateur Radio without a MARS/CAP mod NOT performed. Seems stupid (IS stupid) to not be able to TX/RX on the one band with millions of radios actually in use.

We all appreciate Radio license holders to obey the rules. Even if only in word, and not deed.

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philh wrote:

And Waze will quickly report "Smokey's" location.


WAZE is only good for knowing where the cars will slow and jam up both lanes. 70-mph has always been fast enough as an upper limit. But today’s idjits think it’s a minimum to maintain.

Illegal to travel in Interstate left lane. Or block access from right lane EXCEPT during the limited range of a pass. Always fun to watch them when I signal I’m coming over. And do. (There is zero R.O.W. In left lane. That’s travel lane ONLY . . . why did you think we built 43k miles of two-lane roads. Only the stoopid think the left lane is the fast lane as there isn’t one).

What WAZE won’t do is tell you anything worth knowing. GARMIN GPS and a UNIDEN 885 with built-in scanner trumps it handily.

Part of the value of CB is knowing how to use it. WHAT questions to ask. WHEN to ask them. Etc. Plenty of us have them on, but aren’t roused to yakkity-yak all day. So just listening opens doors to usage.

Traffic coming to a standstill in a metro area? My question is always, “Hey, is this normal?” if I don’t hear any chatter. (It often IS a norm on that road at that time of day). The GARMIN shows me the length and estimated time of the backup, but knowing the REASON is helpful. As in, what lane to be in. Etc.

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1320Fastback wrote:

Just completed a 4,200 mile round trip and this is the first time I left the CB at home. With phones and app based maps with traffic it just didn't make the list of things to bring.

Our last trip of 2,000 miles I took it and didn't hear one call while it scanned the entire time!



Scan function is variable. Depends on how much RF Gain and Squelch you have dialed in. If you have any at all, your system is too low performance to use Scan.

I run 400-650/miles per day. There isn’t any such thing as no signal available. Sure, some areas more so than others.

I’ve added Digital Signal Processing to my CB (nearly eliminating QRM; an increasing problem world-wide) and there are times I can hear SO MANY VOICES I have to back off the receiving range of the radio. Separately, during atmospheric skip conditions it can be a handful to keep reception to the local area.

About the only days when reception is next to nothing is Sunday morning and until noon the day of a major holiday. That’s it.

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* This post was edited 04/06/19 12:23pm by Slowmover *

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I had one in the MH when I bought it so I kept it, I would not go out of my way to buy another one in a new MH. Having said that it is useful when coming into a traffic areas, the truckers usually know the best routes to avoid traffic delays. Usually the trucks coming from the opposite direction give you a good description of what is happening. I also use it when traveling in a group to communicate with fellow travelers. There were many areas out west and in Canada and Alaska where we had no cell phone service and the CB was very useful. The fellow I went to Alaska with was a full timer and he had been there several times before and he traveled ahead of me and gave me a blow by blow description like a tour guide which helped past the time of a long trip.

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As I have said. I've had cases where the CB alerted me to an accident or other obstruction and I was able to route around or otherwise avoid it (at least 3 times in all the years) as well as the odd long term chat while a group of us were all headed the same way.. I consider them well worth the cost.

Just one time avoiding a multi-hour traffic backup due to a fatal accident

Just one time avoiding a leaky radiator from rear ending someone on black ice

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I had a CB in my old tow vehicle and should install it in my new - just have not gotten around to researching the specifics where to mount, where to run the wire, where to mounnt antenna, etc.

Around here in GA, I've not found much traffic on CB in early mornings, but would sometimes pick up around lunch time. I believe many use SSB these days which mine didn't have.

There was the occasional foul language but most often, it was just 'normal' conversations - alot of local drivers and some OTR drivers. And, frequently, I'd pick up skip from all over - California, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Alabama, even picked up a one sided conversation from one of the islands in the Bahamas. Most times I couldn't talk back but could hear full conversations. The furthest conversation I had was with someone 30-40 miles as the crow flies (nice chat about trout fishing in north GA).

It was useful for traffic (specifically when it comes to identifying which lane was blocked). Most of the conversations I was involved was related to which exit had travel plazas or when was the best time to drive through Atlanta as to avoid the majority of the traffic.

I did have a couple conversations about where Cabela's was located when it first opened [emoticon]

For me, it was more of the joy of conversation and helpfulness then learning about accidents/speed traps.

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As noted, the CB has been very useful to me avoiding traffic hold-ups due to accidents, etc.

But even if I can't avoid the problem and I'm stuck in a long traffic jam waiting for the problem to be cleared, the CB chatter from other stuck truck drivers on Channel 19 is interesting to listen to, and it allows me to pass the time with much less aggravation.

A good example occurred a year or two ago when I found myself in one of those unavoidable traffic problems that turned the Interstate into a parking lot for a while. I was several miles behind the source of the problem, but it was very helpful listening to truckers on the CB who were up at the front of the line at the source of the problem. I sequentially learned from the guys in front a few miles ahead that:

there was a car and truck overturned in the northbound lane

police are on scene

there are injuries

looks like the truck is a haz-mat carrier with its cargo spread all about

ambulance is now on scene

a med-e-vac helicopter is arriving

the medics are busy

the med-e-vac and ambulance have departed with passengers

it will be awhile because of the haz-mat cleanup needed and accident investigation

state police have established a crossover lane in the medium to allow northbound to make a u-turn into southbound lanes

northbound traffic is now moving slowly to and through the u-turn

after you make the u-turn and are in the south-bound lanes, you'll see the Opelousas exit to US 190 a few miles down; make a right at the exit and another right on US 190, go a mile or two to the red light and take another right and stay on LA 182 and in a few miles it will intersect with I-49 northbound on the other side of the wreckage.

Besides this helpful information, there was a lot of truckers' banner going on, joking about the world in general and the situation in particular. One trucker broke into the banner, asked if anybody had any toilet paper; he said he needed it really bad. He was told to use pages from his Trucker's Atlas. I don't know if they were kidding. The guy making the request didn't say how it all came out for him.

Just another day in the life of a CBer riding on Channel 19 somewhere out there in the wild.

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