Do truckers use the CB anymore?

Discussion in 'CB Radio Forum' started by jmarc77, May 11, 2022.

  1. jmarc77

    jmarc77 Light Load Member

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    I'm still in the process of obtaining my CDL, but I do have a CB setup in pickup truck. I'm running a Cobra 25 with a Wilson 1000 on the roof. My SWR is around 1.1. I usually keep the radio set to ch. 19 but I rarely catch anyone on it. I'm in Western PA near a lot of major highways- I-70, I-79, I-76, US 22, US 422. And I frequent those highways but it seems other than an occasional work crew somewhere or the people babbling on ch. 6, I don't hear very much other than static. What gives? Is there really no one using CB out here?
     
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  3. Grumppy

    Grumppy Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Not unusual down here in the south on I-10 through I-40 for it to be quite sometimes.

    Count your blessings when they come.

    I hear about as much skip as I do trucker chatter.
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  4. The Crossword Trucker

    The Crossword Trucker Heavy Load Member

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    Not many folks use the CB anymore
    About the only time its active is in a traffic jam where everyone wants to know which lane to get in
     
  5. jmarc77

    jmarc77 Light Load Member

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    I suppose it's not a bad thing that I'm not constantly hearing people blabbing. Of the drivers I've talked to, many of them don't bother using the CB for that reason- too many people clogging up the airwaves talking nonsense and sounding like they are speaking in tongues.

    I know it's not very popular anymore, but I was surprised that it was almost completely dead.
     
  6. nredfor88

    nredfor88 Road Train Member

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    If you think there is no talk east of the Mississippi, just wait until you hear the dead airwaves west of it.
     
  7. Tall Mike

    Tall Mike Road Train Member

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    Not much talk on the radio anymore I don't even bother asking what's going on. A few of us old timers still have it on though.
     
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  8. tarmadilo

    tarmadilo Road Train Member

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    I turn mine on when there’s either traffic or bad weather. The rest of the time it seems like I’m only hearing local dump drivers or someone making some kind of fool of himself.
     
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  9. The Crossword Trucker

    The Crossword Trucker Heavy Load Member

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    This gets me to shut mine off all the time. In some places at least 50% of the chatter has to do with the status of some drivers undergarments. I dont judge , but I also dont care.
     
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  10. jmarc77

    jmarc77 Light Load Member

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    I had it on this morning going through town. I heard what sounded like some dump drivers caravaning through town and an occasional comment about the road conditions. More than I usually hear though.
     
  11. jmarc77

    jmarc77 Light Load Member

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    I'm genuinely curious what people get out of doing it. Is it fun for them to just be annoying?

    I also get a lot of interference from power lines and traffic lights in town to the point it's useless to even leave it on.
     
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