If you don't run with a CB on......

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by notarps4me, May 28, 2008.

  1. terrylamar

    terrylamar Road Train Member

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    One day is hardly enough of a sampling to base your decission on.

    Next time you may have enough of an early warning to find an alternate route. You won't if it is turned off.

    Unless it is over a hill, around a curve, in the fog or rain. You can never have enough warning.

    You never know what might happen enroute.

    In my experience you are wrong. Yeah, I get tired of all the child like behaviour I hear on the CB, that is usually around the truck stops about quiting time. Every once in a while you will get useful information. I find it worthwhile to suffer through the rest of the BS. Each to his own, though.
     
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  3. Lurchgs

    Lurchgs Road Train Member

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    Mule, Terrylamar

    Thanks...

    Nope - not had time to run cows. If my load moves, it means I didn't lock it down right. In a situation like that, yeah, I can see a radio being a BIG help. The BS in the trailer outweighs the BS on the radio, I think!

    I re-read my post, and realized that I wasn't clear. That was supposed to be once each day. And I had a CB in the car for years (had to do with search and rescue work). I didn't notice a difference between one day and the next, or one location and the next.

    I don't recall anything over the top - no fights or the like - but the idle chatter was enough to drive me nuts. Yeah, contact is important for some people. If it were to me, I'd stay home.

    Please note, I did accompany the alt route and early warning comments with smiley faces. They were at least partly tongue in cheek, as I vere definitely do recognize that a radio would stand me in good stead there. I'm personally not yet convinced that it's worth the crap.

    Enroute - true. But I was talking - as was the individual I was responding to - specifically about leaving a lot. If something happens between my getting in the cab and hitting the highway, what are the chances I won't know about it? (honest question here-not trying to be smart).

    (Further, I stop about every 2 hours, so the rig gets a lot of eye tracks during the course of the day :) )

    Yeah, the kiddies do hit the radios around the stops and at about quitting time. And I definitely don't need the radio to find a place to park. But for me, it's not just that. As mentioned above - I don't like non-stop idle chatter. It's as hard on my nerves as like, ohmygooood! It's just, like, so anooooooying!

    For the past 30 years of my life, my primary profession has been communications of one sort or another, and I developed a low tolerance for noise.

    yeah, I know it's not what CB is all about these days, but I'm still of the 'pass the info and get off the air' school.

    It might change. But I doubt it. I think I'm too set in my ways in this regard
     
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  4. dorf799

    dorf799 Bobtail Member

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    My cb is NEVER on unless stopped traffic or bad weather!!! why?? I can't stand to hear grown men whine and cry about the most stupid meaningless stuff. I finally learned and shut it off about 5 years ago.
     
  5. capnhector

    capnhector Light Load Member

    mine is down low so my xm mostly drowns it out but when i hear mm i turn it up or when i ask for the bears. or tell another driver there clear and come on over. i got a 29ltd with an antenna swr of 1.05
     
  6. notarps4me

    notarps4me Road Train Member

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    If I did not have mine on today I would still be sitting in traffic and not at home. Had my turn signal on to cut around louisville and someone hollered maverick that road is shut down they got 2 rollovers. Sure enough I stayed on 71 and looked over and all I seen was bears and wreckers. I can tune out the nonsense, by squelching, but info is priceless unless you like doing your restart in traffic.....:biggrin_2554:
     
  7. Cerberus

    Cerberus Medium Load Member

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    i see you have the cobra 29. i would like to suggest you upgrade to the cobra29ltdBT. it has blue tooth capabilities.
     
  8. wsyrob

    wsyrob Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Are you running this radio? I am about to get one for my company truck. I am a newbie and have been running without a cb for a couple of month. Being a newbie i really didn't think I needed another distraction. I don't use a phone while driving either. Looks like this radio negates the need for a phone headset which makes it a bargain when you add the cost of both. Seems safer not to wear a headset as well.

    Does it work well? I have heard a couple of callers on Sirius say they were on one and they sounded great on the radio.
     
  9. Cerberus

    Cerberus Medium Load Member

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    no i dont have one but am looking at it. i want somebody else to spend the mney to get one and tell me how well it works. so get one and tell us.
     
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  10. wsyrob

    wsyrob Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    I was listening to the technology show on Sirius 147 last week and a couple of drivers called in that had them. They loved it. Said there is a button on the mile that answers the phone. After that you just talk like a hands free device in a car. You don't have to key the mike and the audio of the call comes over the CB speaker.
     
  11. Cerberus

    Cerberus Medium Load Member

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    so you dont need to get a external speaker ? thank you for the info. the more i talk about this the more i want it. if i do get it i will have a tuned up 29ltd for sell
     
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