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since there is talk of CB's..

Posted By: NEmery

since there is talk of CB's.. - June 10th 2019 2:57 pm

With the recent CB Radio talk, it started me thinking of what everybody else is running and how is it working for ya? We all know that the airwaves used to be full of CB'ers and that they were extremely useful, but do you have any good stories of how a CB has saved you RECENTLY?

I know a lot of people are running vintage radios, but the new stuff is pretty good. Also, the FCC has chilled a bit and the use of export radios like the galaxy and such are mostly ignored in private cars. go ahead and share what ya got, and how its working!

In my '79 chevy, my uncle or dad had installed (what was new at the time) a Cobra 19 Plus with a permanent mount antenna in the center of the roof... maybe a 36" whip with a filter or something. The old antenna wasn't receiving or transmitting, so I went to a Mag Mount Wilson 1000 with a 60" Whip. When the LCD on the Cobra quit working, I decided to upgrade radios. I was going to go the Export route or a Cobra 29, but I found a 'New in Box' RealistIc TRC-422 with the receipt in the box from 1979 for a very very good price. I then found an old SMOOTH 160 Amp (that I still know absolutely nothing about) and then scored a Wilson 5000 whip for $25. So that is my set up now. it serves its purpose and I can clearly send and receive transmissions for several miles on an average day in our wooded area.

My '91 Ford Conversion has some early 90's Realistic installed that was there when i purchased it. It is connected to a fiberglass mirror mounted antenna that sits only a few inches above the high top. works great as a clearance checker. HAHAHA. The radio is crap, to be honest, and the mic doesn't transmit well... But I still leave the radio on to monitor while I am traveling to listed for traffic issues.

I also have a modded Super Star 121 and Wilson 1000 that I kept in my off road/beach ford explorer. I sold the truck and ended up getting the radio back. it is still with a friend in NC and I am just waiting for him to send it back down. It will probably end up in the Ford to replace the garbage that's in there. it was a pretty nice set up on the OBX Beaches.

CB Frequencies are pretty dead to listen to these days. Its pretty sad. However, there seems to be people listening in on the freeways if you need them!

Here is a recent story of how my CB has helped me out:
A couple of years ago I was in Jacksonville, Florida for work and my wife had gotten us a beach house in the OBX. I wanted to get there ASAP, So I left Jax hauling ass to get home and get some things situated at home before continuing on to NC. I ran low on oil someplace close to mid Georgia, and topped it off with what I had in the van. I told myself I was going to stop and buy another gallon to keep back there just in case. Well, I got home and took care of stuff, packed, and went to leave. closed my Garage door and had something in the way and the door got jacked up. took me about an hour or so to fix. when I hit the road, I was running way behind, so I was hauling ass. it was around 11pm and I was somewhere on I 95 in NC when traffic necked to 1 lane and came to a stop! as soon as I slowed down, my pressure dropped to zero and i started ticking (Hydraulic lifters starving?)! I was MILES from anywhere and had forgotten to stop and grab oil! I panicked for a few, then decided to jump on the radio! I caught a break and explained my situation to the airwaves. within minutes, I had an 18 wheeler there with me donating a gallon of Rotella! The radio saved my ass!
Posted By: tuner4life

Re: since there is talk of CB's.. - June 10th 2019 6:35 pm

I'll be honest, mine is there more for novelty than actual use. My dad was big into them and I grew up around them. Always talking to truckers and whoever else on long trips. When cellphones and GPS emerged, CBs have kind of gone by the wayside. There is never anyone on anymore, but every now and then you come across someone interesting. Good times!


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Posted By: NEmery

Re: since there is talk of CB's.. - June 10th 2019 6:51 pm

Originally Posted by tuner4life
I'll be honest, mine is there more for novelty than actual use. My dad was big into them and I grew up around them. Always talking to truckers and whoever else on long trips. When cellphones and GPS emerged, CBs have kind of gone by the wayside. There is never anyone on anymore, but every now and then you come across someone interesting. Good times!


Cell Phones have killed the use of CB's man. all the truckers now are on their Blue tooth headsets these days (which you can get Bluetooth CBs now as well). once in a while you can catch some dudes talking skip from pretty far out, and that is pretty cool. I have a guy somewhat local to me (less than 10 miles as crow flies) that I hear on the radio all the time that is at a base station pushing a few hundred watts.
Posted By: Xplorer_Loco

Re: since there is talk of CB's.. - June 10th 2019 9:38 pm

We have now a CB radio installed, with NOAA weather channels. It comes in handy when on the go.
Sometimes I listen to Ch 19, or just switch around. If I am not mistaken, Ch 19 is the "common" freq, and 16 the "unofficial official" off-road channel (as 4x4, is 16 LOL). Emergency was what, 7, or 9?

When on long trips we keep it on Ch 19 for traffic jam information. In central IN we can hear plenty of people on the airwaves. Definitely a cool tool to have.

No special story so far, except when driving the van from OR to IN, midway, clearing some mountains, there was no cellphone reception for miles and miles. Gas was low, but got more than enough to get to the next gas station. Nevertheless we had a peace of mind that we had the CB, and actually could listen to some folks on it as well.

While I agree that cellphones are the new way of communication you can only call one receiver, and that is if you have reception. With CB you always have reception and transmission, and almost too many peeps on it :P Like NEmery´s experience, somebody got the message that had a solution and willing to help out. Or call AA/Geico/Progressive or whoever and wait 20hours to get the truck coming... just to ask you what you need, and then to head off to get it for you... after another 20 hours... (Ok, they are pretty good and quick, but point made LOL)
Posted By: lukester

Re: since there is talk of CB's.. - June 11th 2019 4:05 am

We run CBs in all our vans. Uniden (PC78LTD) - 50th Anniversary in Black Magic. Cobra 29ltd in Serenity and the Outcast . All running fiberglass mirror mount antennas. The Astro has a compact Midland with a 4foot center load magnet antenna.
Posted By: NEmery

Re: since there is talk of CB's.. - June 11th 2019 1:11 pm

Originally Posted by lukester
We run CBs in all our vans. Uniden (PC78LTD) - 50th Anniversary in Black Magic. Cobra 29ltd in Serenity and the Outcast . All running fiberglass mirror mount antennas. The Astro has a compact Midland with a 4foot center load magnet antenna.


Originally Posted by Xplorer_Loco
If I am not mistaken, Ch 19 is the "common" freq, and 16 the "unofficial official" off-road channel (as 4x4, is 16 LOL). Emergency was what, 7, or 9?



Luke, y'all are running channel 2 down there, right? I think Brian said Green Demon is running on 2.


I know a lot of Jeep & Off roaders around here on the east coast use 4. I would run 4 on the OBX beaches as well and catch a lot of conversation.

It used to be that 19 was for N-S traffic, and 21 was for E-W....or maybe it was the other way around.... and 19 became primary. 9 was Emergency, but I am not even sure if they still monitor it. Lots of Spanish speaking on there now. Channel 6 is always 'AUUUUUU-DIO, AUUUUUU-DIO' HAHAHAHA. i know channels 22-28 get a lot of chatter from people jumping off the more frequently used bands.
Posted By: lukester

Re: since there is talk of CB's.. - June 12th 2019 2:09 am

When we are truckin together we normally run channel 2. If not we are on 19
Posted By: NEmery

Re: since there is talk of CB's.. - June 12th 2019 11:56 am

Originally Posted by lukester
When we are truckin together we normally run channel 2. If not we are on 19




Exactly how I run. I am on 19 unless i am with a group. i do channel skip a lot when its quiet, though, just to see if there is anybody on another channel. hahaha
Posted By: Vanereal_Disease

Re: since there is talk of CB's.. - June 14th 2019 5:26 am

I used to drive dump trucks locally and regionally in Kentucky/Indiana. My radio was a Galaxy 959 that had been “peaked and tweaked” by a local chrome shop. He even added the Fart report on it for me. I always had fun on it at work hauling with my friends. Channel 19 always kept us knowing where the bears were hiding and where the traffic jams were.

I ended up installing a Cobra in my van and with two fiberglass antennas mounted, I could nap in my van at home and listen for the dispatch office just over a mile away at the sandpit.
Posted By: BigTime

Re: since there is talk of CB's.. - June 14th 2019 9:14 am

at home i run a pierce/simpson bengal base/with a 5/8 ringo aerial,ive had it since new, mid 70s by memory was "one with the lot back then" those were good day's
Posted By: newkirkinc1

Re: since there is talk of CB's.. - June 15th 2019 12:43 pm

We still use ours on every van run we go to with the 2 vans we take.
Posted By: Dyno_Dave

Re: since there is talk of CB's.. - July 21st 2019 1:11 am

While prepping for a recent trip...

My 1997 Express

...I was rummaging through the attic looking for a tote, and came across this one, with 2 of my old CBs in it.

The Royce was mine.

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This was my great uncles. I guess he liked this unit, because he kept it in a padded, lockable carrying case.

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Posted By: CatFish

Re: since there is talk of CB's.. - July 21st 2019 2:40 am

Dave, is the battery outta that Turner? The 175 batteries were bad to corrode over time.
That slide mount the Midland is on is a classic piece also.
Say, if you decide to toss them out, let me know..... grin
Posted By: Dyno_Dave

Re: since there is talk of CB's.. - August 08th 2019 10:02 pm

Hey Catfish. yes, I checked it for that. No batteries.
Posted By: Astrocreep66

Re: since there is talk of CB's.. - August 08th 2019 10:17 pm

You know I love cb radios,I just put a new cb in my Astro but what chaps me is you can't even get a radio check anymore, I guess it ain't the same as 40 years ago. 😁
Posted By: Dyno_Dave

Re: since there is talk of CB's.. - August 08th 2019 10:18 pm

Sadly no.

We need a Vannin' convoy!
Posted By: Astrocreep66

Re: since there is talk of CB's.. - August 08th 2019 10:23 pm

I have some CW McCall on 8 track too..lol. My twin brother and me went out to my dad's station wagon back in 75 and was cussing people out, a dude in a Lincoln continental pull up and confiscated the radio..lol dad got it back but we lost our radio privilege..
Posted By: Astrocreep66

Re: since there is talk of CB's.. - August 08th 2019 10:23 pm

Over and out
Posted By: Astrocreep66

Re: since there is talk of CB's.. - August 08th 2019 10:28 pm

Bought my son a cobra25 classic for Christmas to put in his e150 so hopefully we will be talking on the way to GSVR 15 in September, so if anyone falls in we will start a convoy.
Posted By: NEmery

Re: since there is talk of CB's.. - August 09th 2019 12:59 pm

Originally Posted by Astrocreep66
Bought my son a cobra25 classic for Christmas to put in his e150 so hopefully we will be talking on the way to GSVR 15 in September, so if anyone falls in we will start a convoy.



I am planning to be at GSVR as long as money permits.
Posted By: Astrocreep66

Re: since there is talk of CB's.. - August 09th 2019 1:10 pm

My van, sons van and your van would make a Convoy..😃
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