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Old 01-26-2006, 03:35 PM   #1
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Hi Folks -
I got an old 23 channel CB radio and antennae at no cost and was wondering if it's worth installing in the tug. I had a CB radio 30 years ago and enjoyed it. Is CB active at all these days? It would be a boon for checking traffic conditions when on the road. Do truckers still use channel 19? Feedback from any CB'ers out there would be appreciated. Thanks - Alec

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Old 01-26-2006, 04:07 PM   #2
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I use a CB in my pickup. There is still a lot of unfit language and silly stuff going on, but when on a busy highway with traffic jams, you get to know whats going on.
Don't forget that its only good for 3 to 5 mile reception, depending on location, hills, weather etc. Yes channel 19 is still the truckers choice.
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Old 01-26-2006, 05:05 PM   #3
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Thanks Harry! Alec
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Old 01-26-2006, 10:27 PM   #4
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It might cost less to buy a pair of GMRS/FRS handhelds with a 10 mile range than to install that old CB.
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Old 01-27-2006, 05:44 AM   #5
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10 miles with FRS only if the other radio is atop Mt. Ranier

Wife and I used to compute in separate cars along the same route for 15 miles until I had to exit. We used FRS. Tried 3 different brands and never achieved more than 1/2 mile from vehicle to vehicle on the freeway. If you lose sight of each other it's time for the cell phones. We still use FRS when we caravan and around a campsight. But FRS, just like CB, has its limits which are far greater than the manufacturers claim. Tom Trostel
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We never travel without the CB. When you see a developing problem, turn it on and go to the truckers ch 19 and you will hear the info of what's up.

Very celdom talk on the thing.

Family radio: The truckers don't use them however we take along a pair also to use when backing up so we can talk to each other. They cost almost nothing at a pawn shop.
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Old 01-27-2006, 11:43 AM   #7
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I had an old 23 channel sears, nice radio unless my buddies when to channel 24 on me Have one in the tug, will put one in the car once the insurance is done and we get another. Plan on installing one in the scamp, just have to pick up a FG antenna for a bumper mount configuration. I like traveling with them, you can get by with a magnet mount antenna, it will scratch the paint though, there are other options. I drilled a hole in my roof which gives the best results for signal with a high quality roof mounted antenna (antenna is as or more important then the radio sometimes). There is also a bracket mount to go in the lip of the trunk or hood and also a radio/CB antenna or glass mount antenna, but the signal quality suffers. Depending on your tug, there are many options, permanent or temporary installations, as I mentioned, the magnet mount is usually the easiest to mount, just ensure your SWR is set properly with any installation.
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Old 01-27-2006, 03:59 PM   #8
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I used to CB long time ago but now I am a HAM
mmmmmm some say that's my pesonality
CB is good especially in an emergncy!!!
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As an FYI, in the case of a NATIONAL EMERGENCY, a large number of communications are going to be going out over CBs, Hams, etc.
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Old 01-27-2006, 04:36 PM   #10
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I used to CB long time ago but now I am a HAM
mmmmmm some say that's my pesonality
CB is good especially in an emergncy!!!
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I am a HAM also, VA3STE, just have to get the wife to get her license. For now the CB is better then the FRS I find.
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Old 01-28-2006, 09:43 AM   #11
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KB1GNI here.

Go get your amateur radio license, Al. It's very easy, the test is only 35 multiple choice questions and you don't have to know any Morse code.
If you are interested I'm sure I could hook you up with someone in the area that would be glad to help.
I wish I had got my license long ago. I've found hams to be just about the freindliest, most helpful group of people I've run across.
Amateur radio has a far greater range than CB and the quality of the conversations you'll find there aren't even in the same league. No swearing or acting like an idiot, hams tend to police our own.

That said, I'll sometimes throw a CB in the car if I'm taking a road trip. Occasionally you can find some useful information between all the rest of the garbage that is all too common.
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We never travel without the CB. When you see a developing problem, turn it on and go to the truckers ch 19 and you will hear the info of what's up.

Very celdom talk on the thing.
My Dad has always had a CB in his car. He used to maintain the 2-way radios in the NY State Troopers Patrol cars, when the old (pre-1980's) AT&T had that contract. Mom never liked it.
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Old 01-28-2006, 05:21 PM   #13
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While the CB has greater range, I still prefer the better portability of Family Service Radios.
We also use our while traveling together on a rod run or cruise!
No need to mess with an antenna either
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Old 01-28-2006, 08:04 PM   #14
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10 miles with FRS only if the other radio is atop Mt. Ranier

Uh...Tom, the fine print says GMRS/FRS.........which is the way many inexpensive GMRS radios - you know - the longer range radio service units, are bundled.......
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