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Old 07-15-2020, 08:21 PM   #1
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CB radios, who still uses them?

My 04 DSDP came with a CB radio but the mast antenna was missing on the outside. I've decided to get the antenna and see if it still works. That being said I was a CB user back in the early 70's when you had to purchase a license. When that stupid convoy song came out all of a sudden the airwaves got clogged with everyone wanting to be a cb jockey.

I haven't been on the air since the early 80's but since the radio is there I am going to make it work again. So, when travelling do you use a CB for communication with others? Is it worth the effort to try to use?

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Old 07-15-2020, 08:33 PM   #2
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I was that guy back in the early 70's myself. Now days a lot of the chatter on the highways is in spanish, or pretty raw. However, there can still be uses for instance when you are stuck in traffic, and trying to find out if it's better to get off or stay on the highway and ride it out. And some have built in weather alerts.

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Old 07-15-2020, 08:58 PM   #4
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I have a CB in the motorhome, but havent had it on for quite some time.
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Old 07-15-2020, 09:22 PM   #5
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Actually I miss mine. Driving alone frequently, I find it another form of safety and info if needed in an emergency.
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Old 07-15-2020, 09:22 PM   #6
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We’ve got a cool unit that has the radio incorporated into the mic. Just keep forgetting to turn it on!!! Gotta try it sometime. Outta sight outta mind I guess. Brings back memories!!!
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Old 07-15-2020, 10:11 PM   #7
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A breaker brake good buddy........you got your ears on?

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Old 07-16-2020, 05:20 AM   #8
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I'm an old fart - who like SargeW, had a CB back in the day.....

I had a CB installed in my motor home.....????? LOL

I turn it on when on the road - now and again I'll get a warning of stopped traffic, rarely a "Smokey Report", and some entertaining chatter during a stopped back up.

I get better info from running WAZE on my phone......

My hand held radio has a weather band also, which I like.

So go use your radio - no license needed anymore.

I still monitor channel 19, there is supposedly an RV channel - I monitored it when I first got the RV - nothing but static! LOL I don't even remember what the channel number was...

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I still use mine, primarily when traveling with another couple. I do listen in on the Interstate some times just to get an idea of what's ahead. There's not as much chatter these days as in the 70s, but there are still some truck driver's using the CB.
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Old 07-16-2020, 06:43 AM   #10
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I also use to talk a lot on the CB back in the day.... Bought a nice hand held and found that the chatter is pretty much gone....Cell phones I would think but just my 2..
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I had a CB in my first two coach's. Sometimes I would just listen for the entertainment value. I don't currently have one & don't plan on ever getting another one.
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Old 07-16-2020, 10:09 AM   #12
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I turn ours on after we are stuck in a big traffic jam.
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Old 07-16-2020, 12:20 PM   #13
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I had a CB in my truck and RV's back in the 70's and 80's. It was often good for traffic updates and to even ask truckers about things like where is the nearest Rest Stop. We eventually abandoned the CB as it we rarely used by truckers. Out west, the language changed from English to Spanish.

We switched many years ago to the handheld FRS radios for car to car use, but have even drifted away from those. It's just so much easier to text or call.

So the answer to your question, I would guess less than 1% of RVers and very few truckers still use a CB radio.

I gave away my CB radio and a couple of spare antennas.
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Old Fart here two with a CB in the '70s. I installed one on my previous coach and used it only off and on...got sick of the trucker foul language constantly.

New RV I have no plans to install one. WAZE will work as well as Google Maps and my Garmin GPS also has traffic. My HAM handheld has a weather channel as well as AM/FM and Public service frequencies so I am covered for the most part.

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