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Old 03-12-2023, 03:56 PM   #29
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Have a CB in my jeep. Have used to comunicate to others in pack. Also used to get help when I was In an area with no cell signal. Its a handheld but would not leave home without it.
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Old 03-12-2023, 04:26 PM   #30
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This is my set up in my truck. The CB has got me around traffic more times than I can count. And I also use a Ham radio that has never helped me avoid traffic but it keeps me occupied on long drives. More truckers use the CB then you think.

Find a CB shop to Match the antenna most will only charge $15 it is worth it. Or check in your area for a Ham Radio club on of there members will be glad to help at no cost. If you lived near me I would be glad to do it I have set up Manet radio in vehicles, trucks, boats and even did a motorcycle. They do make a antenna with a built in ground plane and that would be easier then probably grounding to the frame.
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Old 03-12-2023, 06:17 PM   #31
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Since you have it, Id hook it up. The weather alert and ch 9 (cops still monitor) would be worth the cost of a cheap antenna. Easy enough to hook up. Some have a pa setting, which allows you to broadcast on an external speaker (more money), but can be fun.
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Old 03-12-2023, 06:43 PM   #32
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The last time I turned on a CB radio, I heard a lot of new words. All of them from the gutter and nothing you'd want to use in mixed company. The foul mouthed truckers seemed to be the only ones on the air.
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Old 03-12-2023, 07:07 PM   #33
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Agree with all that has been said. If you have one, then install it. A few installation pointer. Take the time and complete a full permanent install, a good ground helps. To avoid engine interferrence... ground directly to the battery. Get a good quality antenna , hopefully a permanent installation, a magnet mount could work, but remember antenna location counts, best center of the roof allowing the steel roof to act as a ground plane. As mentioned by others... Channel 13 is unofficial RV channel. We carry a Channel 13 sign on the back of our rig alerting that we are monitoring both 13 & 19. ENJOY...XM473679 going 10-7.
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Last time we were stopped on the freeway we asked the trucker next to us what was up and he says his company would not allow cbs in their trucks
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Old 03-14-2023, 09:02 AM   #35
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... his company would not allow cbs in their trucks
Fascinating. Anyone care to bet this same fella had a laptop and/or tablet in there? Along with a GPS and a cellphone with a headset all but surgically attached to his head like the other truckers?

It's killing me to know the reasoning behind "no CB's". IF he was telling the truth. But anyway...
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Old 03-14-2023, 10:07 AM   #36
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There is a compact CB radio unit installed in my coach by the previous owner, all controls on the mic. It works well, I turn it on to channel 19 when on those long stretches of high way or at a traffic back-up. Sometimes the chatter is amusing. Wayyyy back in 1975 I had a CB operators permit, they were required back then to be on the air. I wish I could remember my license number. I do remember my “call” sign.

And thank you GOG52 for the tip about ch 13 being the RV’s channel. I’ll monitor that channel when I get back on the road.

Who know? Maybe there will be a resurgence of CB’s in the future. Look around, teens are wearing tie dyed tees & bell bottoms, and listening to 60-70’s soft music. Hopefully the light blue leisure suits won’t be returning…..
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I had my rv cb monitor on 13 for years ( full timer ) and never heard a word from another rver. As a trucker before podcasts etc I used 19 to stay awake bsing with other truckers but most these days , have moved on.
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Old 03-15-2023, 02:47 PM   #38
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Well with all the bad weather lately I think their maybe a resurgence in the old tried and true communications. CB is that. I also monitor ch.13. I have a couple more of friends up in the north east and their wifi and cellular phones are spotty at best. He's using a handheld cb to keep in touch of an older couple. Just to keep an eye on them.
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