Do You Need A CB?

Discussion in 'CB Radio Forum' started by mike5511, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. Scottyboy

    Scottyboy Light Load Member

    Sure the use of the CB radio has changed since the 80's,when i started driving.The chatter now is sure different then it used to be.I always found it a big help-n hope ive helped other's,directions,avoiding boredom,smokey locations was a big one.Now a day's,seems folks are listening to music w/them things stuck in there ears.I used to listen to the sounds of the truck-motor,always had the CB on-could care less about the stereo.
    That cobra-bluetooth is sure handy when the phone call is important-just reach up n hit that little blue button,still have both hands to operate the rig.10-4 on that.
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  3. mike5511

    mike5511 Road Train Member

    May 15, 2011
    NW Arkansas
    You can read some of the comments here and fully understand why some people don't run a CB anymore. I'll keep mine, just in case. I still find it useful from time to time. And still run across some ol' skool types from time to time and have a good conversation. I hope those who don't deem them a good tool don't ever regret not having one. Sure it may only save you once in a career, but that once may be a live saver......or save somebody else's life.
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  4. TheDude1969

    TheDude1969 Heavy Load Member

    Jun 10, 2013
    Joliet, Il
    I know I'm beating a dead horse, trying to convince new drivers, and some old to at least leave the CB on low... But I swear a few more kicks and this horse will listen LOL

    I can't count how many times, my CB and another good driver has saved my arse, from what could be a career ending accident. Not to mention all the time I've saved getting around traffic, local info, or keeping yourself awake with conversation for that final 100 mile stretch.

    And I'm haunted by a few accidents that I tried to warn on-coming traffic about, without reply, and watch in my mirror for brake lights... none. I know for a fact in one of the accidents, that if the on-coming driver had his CB on, a now 24 yr old girl would still be alive.

    It pisses me off, that a slight turn of the RF gain, or squelch is too inconvenient for some. Even in the best road conditions, under the amber lights of city highways, and if your able to slow to 40mph in time... "bodies ejected still look like accident debris", was the claim the driver made to state troopers. I'm positive he is right, and sure he was a competent driver, I would have done the same and tried to straddle the debris/girl. But it so angers me that he had a tool that could have prevented this but chose to not be bothered by its noise, at the cost of the girls life, family's remorse, and forever on his conscience .
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  5. alghazi

    alghazi Road Train Member

    Aug 29, 2014
    But but but... if I turn on my CB I might hear something that offends me and that would make me sad.
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  6. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    Yeah we don't want you and others crying while driving, it is worse than texting and driving.
  7. HotRodConner12

    HotRodConner12 Bobtail Member

    Jan 3, 2017
    NW Georgia
    I believe all trucks should have a CB! If you don't like hearing BS or whatnot, you can always turn your volume down to a minimum. CB radios can be beneficial in letting other drivers know when to slow down for wrecks, and you can get/give directional help to others and such. It definitely doesn't hurt to have one, so if it could help you, why not? If you don't like hearing talk, just turn your volume down and your music up..
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  8. bored silly

    bored silly Road Train Member

    Jul 1, 2016
    why are you on this forum then... and do you think that those of us who run our radios all the time care about your opinion
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  9. 88 Alpha

    88 Alpha Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
    SouthEast Alabama
    I came here for the free cookies and decided to stay. Additionally, I don't think so highly of myself to believe my opinion matters any more than anyone else. I make a choice to stay out of the political sub-forum, there are a handful of folks on here that are on my ignore list, etc. I choose to keep my cb turned off because there is not an option to filter only what or who I want to hear, so I use the best options available...the off button. If/when it becomes mandatory, I will use every loophole available to continue to avoid using it.
  10. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    Florida Panhandle
    A lot of the plants and refineries I go to you need a radio for a call in. I don't like giving out my cell#.
    Sometimes I can drive from Jax Fl to Mobile Al and not hear a peep on the radio.
    Tried one night to get a drivers attention on I75, his trailer doors were open and swinging in the breeze. I think they stopped him at the chicken house south of Ocala.
  11. bored silly

    bored silly Road Train Member

    Jul 1, 2016
    like I said not seeing a reason for you to be on this forum then at all. never heard of you anyway it's to each is own ......
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