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Old 11-28-2020, 09:33 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I'm Ed, BlueSpark, KANB7743 (ok, 2 of the 3 names are from the 80s). I live in North Texas.

I recently bought and installed a CB in my new Class A. After posting about my new radio and antenna setup on the "what new thing did you do to your RV", it got a lot of replies from fellow radio operators....

I thought I'd create a thread here to continue the conversation, hear others stories, and share results on the resurgence of CB.

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I also installed the CB that I was given by the previous owners of our rig.

Not much talk around my hometown, but it was very entertaining when we crossed into Nevada on 93. A few miles before we came to Wells, the CB started receiving all kinds of "interesting" messages. "Free parking for big rigs, well stocked bar, free showers, etc, etc," for all customers to the various "Entertainment Establishments"
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I have not had a CB in a truck or RV since about 2007. Prior to that I had taken the test for amateur (ham) radio and now operate mostly HF bands. Ocassionally, I will get on the VHF/UHF bands.

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Way back when, we had a base station with the tri-beam antenna and CBs in all three of our vehicles.
Over time the language got so bad it would probably make the devil blush.
A handheld CB mike system came with our coach and, in the ten years of ownership, I have never turned it on.
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Our used MH came with a CB installed by the first owner. Its one with speaker and all controls in the hand held mic. Ive turned it on channel 19 and adjusted the squelch a couple times but not heard much conversation. I, like many of us, had a CB back in the 80s and it was great fun. I wish more RVers used their CBs as I think it would be interesting to converse with folks you see on the highways, other than a horn toot and wave.
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Well up in my neck of the woods good cell service is non existent.
This setup has been on our front porch for almost two decades lol.
We used to call it the redneck telephone network, however most neighbors have given up on theirs.
Yes, we have a regular network of CB'ers on the Olympic Peninsula, complete with Saturday night SSB check ins from Bellingham to Vancouver WA, and all points in between. Mountain Thunder Radio is alive and well.
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I installed a CB in my Renegade which is on the Freightliner M2 chassis and it was a real project as you can see....https://www.irv2.com/forums/f55/cb-radio-419406.html
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Old 11-29-2020, 08:14 AM   #8
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Had a CB years ago. Used mostly with a handheld while hunting.
Decided that FRS radios were more convenient for caravanning in close range.
Decided to look into better radios and discovered ham radio.
Installed 70cm/2m radio with APRS.
Probably more CB users out there but I only have room for one radio.
APRS is fun, family and friends can see where I'm at in real time.
Have made many contacts on the road on 146.52mHz, several for traffic conditions.
Ham radio on the road with 70cm/2m is not very busy.
I did talk to someone just last week while camping.
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I have used a CB since the 80, s started out using them on motorcycles, when we got or first RV, I installed one in the RV. It has helped several times on avoiding accident backups. I normally tune in to channels 17 or 19 to listing for any problems down the road. I belong to Gold Wing Road Riders Association and most use channel 1. I have not seen any information like that for RVers, sure would be nice if there was one so you could talk to them when going down the road.
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I put a 62-inch Wilson 1000 magnet-mount antenna on the roof of my old F250 when towing my trailer. It allows me to talk a number of miles with a small CB.

Having a CB along is well worth the trouble when the SHTF and traffic begins to build up due to a wreck or some such event ahead of you on the Interstates. Usually there's a trucker on Channel 19 to let you know what the problem is, which lane you should be in for getting through the bottleneck caused by a wreck and/or which alternative route you can take to avoid the problem altogether.

It doesn't always work that way, but it has saved me a lot of time and trouble through the years.
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If you are on a major trucking route, there often is a trucker or 2 talking about problems along the way. You just have to figure out if you are heading towards it, or away!
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I normally tune in to channels 17 or 19 to listing for any problems down the road. I belong to Gold Wing Road Riders Association and most use channel 1. I have not seen any information like that for RVers, sure would be nice if there was one so you could talk to them when going down the road.

I agree, it would be nice if there was a dedicated channel RVers used. Somebody pick a number and well spread the word on the forums and Facebook RV pages.
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I agree, it would be nice if there was a dedicated channel RVers used. Somebody pick a number and well spread the word on the forums and Facebook RV pages.

I found this...Looks like 13 is the one we should use, besides 19. Never heard of using separate channels for north south vs East west traffic.
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Got behind a big rig in the middle of the night in Wyoming 40 yrs ago and it stunk so bad I had to ring him up on the CB and ask him why He said he was hauling a load of hogs

I passed him! Was wondering about the fine mist hitting the windshield when behind him
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