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Old 08-07-2011, 02:05 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I was wondering if anyone still uses CB radios. In the 70s they were really popular. I recently came across all my old CB stuff and thought about hooking it all back up. Or sell it..Hmmm...
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:06 PM
 
Location: South Side
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I was wondering this too? But not as a hobby, but because I see truck drivers talking on cell phones all the time. Does that mean they don't communicate thru the radio anymore? Or do they use those walkie talkie things?
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:07 PM
 
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They are very much still being used, only truckers, and foul mouthed base stations for the most part...but ya they are still in use.
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:11 PM
 
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I was wondering if anyone still uses CB radios. In the 70s they were really popular. I recently came across all my old CB stuff and thought about hooking it all back up. Or sell it..Hmmm...

Hook it up!!

KCOMM,Inc., The Ham Store
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:09 PM
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Location: San Antonio, TX
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A lot of Jeepers and offroaders use them for short-distance comms, with the new lower-powered radios that don't require a license you can get a mile or so depending on the terrain. antenna height, etc.

I have one in my Jeep, but to be honest I usually end up using my cell phone when I can get reception.
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:08 PM
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Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Use it routinely on my Harley, primarily to communicate w/other bikes and truckers when we're goin' cross-country.
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:14 PM
 
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I love to listen to them on long drives. Although not as popular as years past....their still great for finding out where the cops are sitting, where accidents are, and sometimes listen in on some great conversations.....some of these truckers are very savvy in politics and world issues
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:49 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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They are probably the most reliable form of communication we have. Cell phones have made them almost obsolete. But if we should ever lose the power grid and/or the cell phone infrastructure. Ham radios would be all we have left as far as electronic communication.
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:57 PM
 
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My family used to be big into CB radios back in the 70s. Back then CBs used to be like the internet is today, as far as popularity goes. Flash forward to about 3 years ago. We were taking a road trip down to Orlando to go to Disney World. I bought a CB radio and put it in my van for the trip. I was really surprised by a couple of things. First there was practically no one, but what seemed to be truckers, talking on the CB. Second, people were using foul language on the air, which was a big no no back in "the day".
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:30 PM
 
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Default Oh Yeah, C.B. radio,

There is nothing quite like them for the open road. For getting around Traffic jams in the cities, all night tire shops, radar traps and other emergencies, day or night the info is always there.
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I love to listen to them on long drives. Although not as popular as years past....their still great for finding out where the cops are sitting, where accidents are, and sometimes listen in on some great conversations.....some of these truckers are very savvy in politics and world issues
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