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They laughed when I brought it up at work. Dad bought a used Cadillac back about Ď76 and it had a mobile radio. Me in my early teens built and elevated a set of 3-element beams and I loved to talk for miles. Itís been over 40 years, do people do that anymore?
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not so much but still some out there

friend of mine works at airport, he sees truckers fly with them all the time. the put a unit in a truck when they deliver it to the dealer and fly back with it. so still around in truckers world.

I stopped using one. not much action in my area.

have you thought about going ham? they have the no-morse-code license now for old guys like me.
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Doesn't every 18-wheeler in America have one and use them all the time?

Also, doesn't the Jeep 4x4 community usually have them in all their rigs?
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Doesn't every 18-wheeler in America have one and use them all the time?

Also, doesn't the Jeep 4x4 community usually have them in all their rigs?
You would be right on both accounts.

I still have one in my 79 Mustang that is at my uncle's farm. The car is barely mobile...but I'm determined to get it running! Many memories in that thing.

Anyway, some nights I like to go down there by myself, pull it out of the barn, sit under the stars, drink a couple beers and listen to the CB talk. I know it sounds lame, but it's so relaxing, and you feel like you're part of the universe.

Normal trucker chatter, but I can get the Whiprunner kids from a couple towns over, and some other random chitchat. Funny thing...when it's humid, foggy or occasionally even just a calm night, there's a skip and I get some non clear prattle that sounds like it's coming from a couple states away by the sound of some of the highways their talking about. I know that sounds crazy, but I believe it.

Anyway, sometimes I'd like to put one in my actual ride, but it would ruin the nostalgia of it. Know what I mean?

Ahhhh...thanks for the memory lane OP. Miss those days.
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Doesn't every 18-wheeler in America have one and use them all the time?

Also, doesn't the Jeep 4x4 community usually have them in all their rigs?
I drive a Wrangler and I have a CB, but I havenít heard any traffic in quite a while.
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i also have one in my jeep its quit till something happens then the truckers open up.and cross country theres some traffic.mostly just between others out 4 wheeling.
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here'a hint: nobody sang a song about them in about 40 years
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It's a niche communications tool. However, it's capable of running on 12 volt power, and thus is a fairly sustainable critter. If something happens to the cell phone towers, I'd expect it to come back as the younger ones discover it.
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I live not far from I81 in West Virginia. Many over the road truckers still monitor CH.19, but you find alot more of them with call signs and ham licenses operating on 2 meters both FM repaters and digital APRS. You will find many of the cross-country long haulers on 7.251, 7.255 and 7.258 LSB on 40 meters and a few on WINLINK.
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In my AO, most channels seem to be dominated by non-English language guys, as are the OTR driving jobs, so most folks use FRS, Ham, or cel.
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We have kept old Radio Shack one piece CBs in the SHTF kit in every car for decades. They hadn't been powered up for a long time until about three or four years ago my wife had foot surgery. For the first few days she needed help getting to the bathroom. I left one by the bed, and put one in the kitchen and another wherever else I thought I might be. We found a quiet channel and squelched 'em down. They made a pretty good intercom.

Now, we would just use Alexa.
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Remember how the "Cajun Navy" stepped up and helped handle the post-Hurricane Katrina crisis recently? The backbone of their field communications is CB radio.
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I run a powerful CB in my pickup. It's useful for finding out traffic conditions ect but not nearly as many truckers have their ears on now days so you often won't get a response but when things come to a stop many drivers turn their radios on and you can get some idea about what the holdup is.

Channel 19 for most things and is known as "Sesame Street" . Channel 6 for people playing around with overly modulated and echoed yabbering. Other channels are used for private conversations but in some areas out west channels 17 and 21 are sometimes used for general conversations.
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Also, doesn't the Jeep 4x4 community usually have them in all their rigs?
What I see at least in my part of the world everyone largely runs 2m radios. The CB's are pretty unreliable and when you get spread over some miles with obstacles radio transmissions are fairly non-existent with a CB. Even just using simplex and good antennas give great radio coverage. You will hear when someone breaks down on the trail vs. continuing on letting the group get really spread out trying to figure out how to handle the break. Other benefits of the 2M is the HT's most I travel with carry. When we get to camp folks always like to go hiking so it's a great way to keep in contact with the ones in camp.
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I run a powerful CB in my pickup. It's useful for finding out traffic conditions ect but not nearly as many truckers have their ears on now days so you often won't get a response but when things come to a stop many drivers turn their radios on and you can get some idea about what the holdup is.
Nowadays, I think WAZE is better than Channel 19 for traffic info.
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When skip is rolling, which isn't a lot lately due to solar minimum, there is a lot of skip talkers on 38lsb. So much so that a small legal 12 watt radio isn't going to barely break in, try going up one or down 2. Contrary to popular belief around here you will find that a lot of the big 100 watt + SSB stations are actually licensed Amateurs slumming it.
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Actually Sir Mix Alot (Claim to fame "Baby got back") did a couple of rap songs around 2011(?) about the Big Boys with the big toys, aka the Super Bowl Ch 6. Every once in a while during skip you can hear someone playing it on Ch 6. He also did "Women like Big Johnsons", (The old tube E.F. Johnsons are hard to come by and costly). It helped revive the big stations for a while.

A lot of people put down the big stations, but with the new times they aren't hurting anything and can be fun to listen to. So what if they wipe out the adjacent channels (2 on each side) across the U.S. when talking, with the downturn in usage there's plenty of other room out there and they're not harming anything, as long as they don't leave the band ( there's plenty of buffer (guard) against this very thing), the FCC does not care.
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Are you wanting to know if CB is a good comms option?

Yes, a good addition, as jungle Telegraph will be used in a shtf setting, so it's good to get a decent rig and antenna now so that you can have it, learn it and fire up if required...

is it the end all, no..

It's part of an overall commo plan, imho..mainly for listening and gathering intel, etc...

i have cb rigs, dormant, but ready to and be deployed if need be..

my main commo stuff is receivers, sdr kit, scanner and of course frs/gmrs/murs/ and various amateur band equipment...
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i also have one in my jeep its quit till something happens then the truckers open up.and cross country theres some traffic.mostly just between others out 4 wheeling.
The 4x4 club I'm in requires one. We use them on every club run for commo. You don't need a lot of range when you're just talking a few hundred yds from vehicle to vehicle, but you can almost always get the few miles back to camp as well unless you are down in a low area with a mountain between you.
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Good option for places there's no cell coverage (BFE).

Cheaper than ham

Option for trucks and LE to communicate when SHTF (or the median, stupid 4-wheeler, deer, armadillo, etc.). Lots easier than relaying via dispatcher, especially if cell service is not so good... SHTF on the highway most often where cell service is least good
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