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Old 11-03-2019, 11:22 PM   #1
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CB radio

What are most folks using for a CB radio in your travel rigs?

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Old 11-04-2019, 04:35 AM   #2
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Some truckers and rvers are using 10, or 2 meter ham transceivers. Not many CBs on the road unless your in a group.

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Old 11-04-2019, 04:56 AM   #3
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Yes - - CB is kind of "done"....

As an old timer - I have a CB in my rig, but I also lived through the 70s when CB was all the rage.

I have it now for a couple reasons - traffic alerts, and it has a weather radio feature. Although, I get better traffic and police reports from Waze.

Not sure what the truckers talk on now but CB talk traffic is very low. Chatter does pick up when stuck in traffic and if a large group of semi's are traveling in a pack.

Too bad - - back in the day chatter was entertaining most of the time.

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Old 11-04-2019, 05:03 AM   #4
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I've got a Galaxy DX-959 in my coach. It is turned on whenever we're in motion.

Contrary to what many say, there are still quite a few truckers using CB radios. They don't use it for day-to-day conversations though, so you won't hear as much chatter as there used to be. However, I've found that many truckers still keep them on and monitor channel 19. As soon as there is a slow down, accident, or other problem on the road there will be a sudden burst of activity.

More than once we've been saved by knowing that the highway was coming to a stop around the next curve or over the next hill top when I've heard someone yell "shut 'er down" (or something similar) over the CB.

One thing that I've noticed though, is that to be really useful you've got to be aware of what road you're driving on, what direction you're heading, and what mile marker is near you. That's often how the warnings are given.
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Old 11-04-2019, 06:39 AM   #5
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I have the Cobra 75 WX ST which is has the controls in the hand held microphone and a built in weather radio.
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Old 11-04-2019, 07:32 AM   #6
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We also have a Cobra 75 WX ST. I don't even bother turning it on until we are already stuck in traffic and then listen to the foul mouthed truckers complain.

When travelling in groups we use FRS 2 way radios.
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Old 11-04-2019, 07:42 AM   #7
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Still using my good ole Radio Shack One hander. Added a 2ft firestix and relearned how to tune SWR.
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A well tuned Galaxy DX 979F, 50' RG8X with a 5' firestick clamped to the ladder. No not an NGP, just a plain old firestick, move it up or down to get a perfect match, works very well.
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Cobra 29. Just the other day on a hilly hwy in MO. the CB alerted me of a slow down just past a curve which would have been a surprise and probably prevented a panic stop.
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Old 11-04-2019, 08:58 AM   #11
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Midland 75-822. We pair it with a magnetic mount outside antenna.
As mentioned by others, the interstate truckers are pretty much silent on the radio channel 19 if nothing is going on. That said, the radio was very helpful when traffic slow downs were encountered. We heard the most chatter near large towns where the locals were chatting about traffic off of the interstate.
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Will be getting a coach soon and am having a CB antenna pre-wire installed.Where do you guys mount your antenna on the RV (class a A rubber roof) ) and what do you suggest as a decent radio and antenna combo? Sideband yes or no, and where do you mount the radio, if not handheld, in the coach?

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Yeah, I am uneasy about the antenna install myself. I am thinking of finding out who installs them for police and ambulance and see if I can get it done professionally.
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Lots of variables on antenna installation. There are many made which are designed for use without a ground plane - they are suitable for installation on a motorhome which is largely made of non-metal substances (no metal skin on the roof, etc).

Also various options on the mounting itself, ranging from through the roof to side mount to mirror mount.

Having a radio shop install it would probably make sure that you got the right antenna and that the antenna is tuned properly. They have to be tuned to your radio and to the installation, and this must be done after the installation.

You can often find a good radio shop in a truck stop. Check with the truck stops in your local area. If they don't have a radio shop they'll know where the nearest good one is.

I would definitely be on hand while they are installing, and I would definitely go over all the details before they do anything. Radio shops know CBs and antennas and how to install them in trucks - they may or may not know about how to work on an RV without doing damage to the interior and/or the outside skins.

Also, whether you install yourself or have a shop do it, remember that the tip of the antenna must be under the max height limits. If you keep it to 13'-6" you should be good in most places. Some have higher limits, but you don't want to limit yourself to those states only.

If your antenna is over-height you probably won't encounter problems. That is, until you do. Aside from damage to the antenna striking a low bridge, if you are encounter a nit-picky trooper you can wind up with a hefty fine for being over height without a permit.

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