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Old 10-07-2016, 11:35 AM   #1
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CB radio channel 9 for emergencies

Has anyone used the CB radio channel 9 to call for help for a medical emergency or a need for the police? What was the response?
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Once...about 15 years ago. The guys on the other hand apparently were pretty peev'ed that we dared interrupted their engaging conversation consisting of telling each other to F-off in new and creative ways.

CB is virtually dead these days for useful communications. The majority of it is the truckers being dirty with each other, and there's some limited usage out in the sticks from the 4x4 crowd for trail communications. But I'm not aware of any emergency services that still monitor, well, any channel on CB.

I'm a ham radio guy, and radio is my career. If it's a true medical or life/death situation, the radio is the last thing I'll go for. I still carry a satellite phone and SPOT locating beacon - SPOT SATELLITE MESSENGER :: HOME PAGE

The nice thing about those SPOT devices is that it will transmit GPS coordinates of your position, even if you're unable to speak. So you don't have to try to describe to the person on the other end of the line that you're 6..no wait...7...or maybe it was 3...turnoffs past the big rock...I mean tree..cliff...no, it was definitely a big rock!
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I would use 911 for medical emergencies.

Or one of these emergency # or * numbers listed by state and/or highway.

https://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MS...ts/SHP-319.pdf

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In today's technically advanced world of electronics, CB's are a thing of the past...........transmission, area dependent, is very short........
Trucker's still use them to just chat and occupy their long days on the road...... I don't think law enforcement even still have them or use them???? alls I see is cell buttons to use on the signs across our country.
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I was a commercial fisherman and once VHF radios became available CB went mostly away. Even on the ocean with as good range as you can get they only go a couple miles. VHF goes 70 miles pretty consistently and is a better choice as it is monitored by several agencies but nowhere near as good as a cell phone or spot device.
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I would use 911 for medical emergencies.
Or one of these emergency # or * numbers listed by state and/or highway.
https://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MS...ts/SHP-319.pdf
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What if you are in a place without a cell signal?
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I was a commercial fisherman and once VHF radios became available CB went mostly away. Even on the ocean with as good range as you can get they only go a couple miles. VHF goes 70 miles pretty consistently and is a better choice as it is monitored by several agencies but nowhere near as good as a cell phone or spot device.
Never heard of a VHF radio - tell me about it.
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What if you are in a place without a cell signal?
I would use the amateur radio frequencies. Exactly what is happening this week with hurricane Mathew.

In a true emergency I could go directly to the emergency frequencies for help. Communications, in an emergency, is legal on any frequency, even if one does not have a license.

If one anticipates a personal emergency, I would suggest not leave cellphone coverage.
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Never heard of a VHF radio - tell me about it.
Technically, VHF is the 30 to 300 MHz range which would include some of the ham frequencies as well as some police, fire, etc.. CB is in the upper part of the HF band (3-30 MHz). The frequencies affect the size of antenna needed and how the signals propagate.
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I was a commercial fisherman and once VHF radios became available CB went mostly away. Even on the ocean with as good range as you can get they only go a couple miles. VHF goes 70 miles pretty consistently and is a better choice as it is monitored by several agencies but nowhere near as good as a cell phone or spot device.
If you're talking about using a marine VHF radio, it's illegal to use marine frequencies on land unless communicating with a vessel.
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Years ago most State Police and other law enforcement agencies monitored channel 9, but with the advent of Cellular Phones, most don't monitor it any more. Due to the shrinking budgets most police and first responders cannot afford to purchase the equipment.
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What if you are in a place without a cell signal?

Even if you show no connection dial 911 anyway. ALL carriers monitor 911 and will answer. There are a lot of private carriers that companies out in the boonies have set up for their own use.

We were in Elk, California and had a breakdown. People with us had no signal on 3 major carriers including me on Verizon.

So I dialed 911 just for the heck of it and got connected to 911 and they sent help.

So dial it anyways, can't hurt.
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Even if you show no connection dial 911 anyway. ALL carriers monitor 911 and will answer. There are a lot of private carriers that companies out in the boonies have set up for their own use.

We were in Elk, California and had a breakdown. People with us had no signal on 3 major carriers including me on Verizon.

So I dialed 911 just for the heck of it and got connected to 911 and they sent help.

So dial it anyways, can't hurt.
That's excellent advice. Thank you.
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