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Old 12-11-2010, 08:59 AM
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I had a Citizen's Band license many years ago. (Like 1968) I stopped using it in the mid 70's when I found that it was totally off the hook in my area. I couldn't leave channel 19 on in the car when traveling the highways with my wife because the language was too foul and obscene.
Years later I picked up a pretty decent 40 channel (Cobra) hand held. (No Single Side Band.) I would take it out from time to time just to see if it still worked. I would take it on trips because the Ohio Highway Patrol used to monitor it and it was before we all had cellphones.

Anyway, I was going through some old prep stuff and found it, dusted it off and put some batteries in it and fired it up. It seems to be working fine but I didn't hear any clear traffic on any of the channels. I did pick up something on one channel that sounded like SSB bleedover.

Sorry to make this so long, here is my question. Are many folks still using CB on the old 40 channel bands or is it all SSB now or maybe just a dead technology? The last time I turned it on, about five or six years ago, there was less traffic but at least there was some.

I have a bunch of FRS walkies and they all work fine for what I wanted them for, which is close communications (under a mile) but I am wondering if the CB is worth hanging on to or curb duty.
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Old 12-11-2010, 09:09 AM
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CB is the only thing that will work when SHTF. During the ice storm a few years ago we lost the state police radio, local PD, fire and rescue, cell phones, power, landlines.. etc.

CBs worked perfect. Great backup... and always will be
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Old 12-11-2010, 09:24 AM
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I would suggest keeping your C.B. A source of information in a crisis event. I use bubble pack FRS for down the block comm I don't want heard a mile away, C.B for 1-5 mile stuff.
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I couldn't leave channel 19 on in the car when traveling the highways with my wife because the language was too foul and obscene.
It hasn't changed a bit....

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CB is the only thing that will work when SHTF. During the ice storm a few years ago we lost the state police radio, local PD, fire and rescue, cell phones, power, landlines.. etc.
Actually emergency services fall back on amateur radio groups like RACES and ARES when their systems go down.
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I had 2 CB's " back in the day" in my former life. My first was a Cobra 19 , got it for $34 when I started driving truck after I quickly learned it was a requirement. My second was a Cobra 18 that I got for $70 . The second one had better range , better sound and a weather band. The super truckers would drop a few 100 on their " dash board decorators" and then leave them off all day so they could listen to their XM. The day one drivirs wud either not have them or wud be busy yapping on their cell phones. Thats when donuts and empty soda cans came in handy for getting attention.
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CB radios are still heavily used on all the major trucking routes. Most of the folks talking are still morons, they still cuss to pass the time, but they will still pass info about road conditions, etc.
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I'm thinking this thing must not be working anymore but I will take it to work in the next few days and see if I can pick anyone up, KQL8260 is 10-7.. thanks folks.
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I just turned mine on and found conversations on Ch 31, 28, 20, 18 14, 8, and superbowl ch. 6
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When cells are broken and down wouldnt you want a CB? It will still work when most everything else is broken...
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I gotta decent cb in my beat-around truck. I'll turn it on for the heck of it going to work some days, and it has NOAA weather channel on it, its usually halfway accurate
Old 12-11-2010, 10:32 PM
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the frs radios now are boasting 35 miles . CB radios are louzy hand helds , that low frequency needs a full wave antena and a ground plane. CB mobles are ok though .A lot of people use them in the home with 120/12 converters or simply battery chargers and a battery.
Though the FRS hand helds don't have external antena hook ups , the seem to work OK they are hi frequency 462 megs.
get an amature radion boo and learn how to make antennas, there are a lot of options besides the ones made commercially, and a little more stealthy.
Amature radio is best however and the test is not all that hard . fact is nothing works unless you are using it , and know what things are capable of in your own area. Yor family neds to be on bord as well practicing using the radios and knowing how to set frequncies,and sub audible tones .
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I still have my Cobra 148 GTL stored away, I haven't used it in years but I just can't get rid of it.
I remember in the pre-cell phone days my friends spent tons of money on boosters and other (illegal) accessories and they could talk for 100's of miles on a good night.

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I bought a usedf truck for hunting, home repair, yard work etc. It had a CB already in it. I have turned it on a few times and scaned through the ch. does not seem to be a great amount of radio traffic on it. I might not be using it correctly however.
Old 12-12-2010, 12:37 AM
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CB radio is alive and well buddy! Also, if we should ever have to communicate during an emergency, everyone else would do the same thing you did, and dig one out of the garage somewhere. Lots of people have them, or know someone that has one, so it's good to have around even if you aren't really using it.
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they are still used by jeep clubs in off road places but not as much as before because a lot are also running 2 meter ham rigs for longer range and better coverage. a 5 watt cb can never equal a 55 watt mobile ham sets performance.
Ham is far superior in all respects; I have stood on my front porch and hit a repeater 40 miles away with 5 watt hand held ham rig and talked to someone in phoniex from san diego,about 300 miles
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I have a CB radio as quite a few ppl I know and i think it is great idea to get one if you don't have one because they are sure to work when shtf.
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Every vehicle you own should have one, and you should have a base station at your home and BOL. All the truckers will be off the roads in 24 hours, and the goober sheeple will all be dead or enslaved. SSB will be THE place to handle things.

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CB's are alive and well, I don't travel without one.
Always had one and always will.
When Cell's are down the CB's and Ham's will be the way to go.
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I'd like to get a CB. I don't know much about them. Can you get handheld portable CBs (considering I'm not driving at the moment) ... and what are the requirements for a license? THANKS!
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I have a Uniden Pro520XL and used it often on the roads, I don't have a good spot for it in my HHR so I just purchased a handheld Midland 75-822 and plan on using it now.
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