No CB. No Problem.

Discussion in 'CB Radio Forum' started by Grandiego, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. Grandiego

    Grandiego Medium Load Member

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    Thx. If I were to get a CB someday it would be something cheap. (My truck already has a terminal and antenna).
     
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  3. Grandiego

    Grandiego Medium Load Member

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    I don't have a laptop and am home for only a couple days at a time so sorry about the delay in response... There are a lot of things that a trucker can buy (laptop, cell phone, GPS, Satellite radio, mp3 player, TV, fridge, 12v cooler, cd player, etc... ...even a CB. To me, a CB rates toward the bottom. Over time I may buy a CB but a GPS would be something I'd splurge on before considering the CB which I am absolutely certain would irritate the hell out of me, almost as much as liberal and conservative talk radio do.
     
  4. dancnoone

    dancnoone "Village Idiot"

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    While it may be the last thing on your list. It is the very first thing on my list. Everything you named in your above list can be left home, and you will do just fine if you have a CB.

    When I first started...is was several changes of clothes, a bird dog, and a CB...that's all. Oh, and a map.

    The importance of having a CB and actually having it on, can not be stressed enough. Safety is a HUGE factor. I keep mine squelched back, turned down. And occasionally off. Until I hit traffic..then it's wide open.

    Yes... it can be annoying as hell. But it can save your life, more times than that cell phone ever will. Don't believe it ? Ask any of these guys that run US 93 between I-15 and Jackpot NV, "How large is the dead zone?" Especially in the dead of winter. Your QC is worthless, it could take hours for help to reach you. But a passing truck (that has a #### radio) can be stopped in minutes.
     
  5. Grandiego

    Grandiego Medium Load Member

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    If a passing truck can be stopped using a CB, why can't it be stopped the old fashioned way...getting out of your truck and waving your arms?
     
  6. bbkeo

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    Having a cb on can be annoying sometimes. But there are times I am grateful that I had mine on. One time was when I was heading down I-40 just east of Raliegh NC. it was raining really bad. I could barely see past the hood of my truck. I was cruising along and all of a sudden I heard a driver yell Swift two cars just wiped out in front of you back it down. If I wouldn't have had my radio on I would have slammed into them. Having that thing on saved me from seriously hurting someone.
     
  7. dancnoone

    dancnoone "Village Idiot"

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    It can. But I'd rather not take the chance of some extremely tired driver running about 75 mph splattering my ### across 100 feet of asphalt, in the dark.

    And what will you do if that passing truck doesn't pass? Instead it turns off about a 1/2 mile before it gets to you.

    Options are life. I value my life, therefore I provide for every option...good and bad. But then again, I'm the same guy that carries Sterno in my truck...for emergencies.
     
  8. Grandiego

    Grandiego Medium Load Member

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    Good point.
     
  9. dancnoone

    dancnoone "Village Idiot"

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    I can't tell you the number of times it has completely saved my ### and life.

    Kinda like a Visa card....everywhere, you want to be....and a lot more you don't ;)
     
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  10. CMoore2004

    CMoore2004 Road Train Member

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    On another note, he could've also been driving at a safe speed for the road conditions and there would've been no risk of hitting the car--even without advance notification over the CB.
     
  11. wsyrob

    wsyrob Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    True but I would want the notification anyway. I was in the no cb camp until I got one last week. Warned me if two wrecks ahead allowing me a mile or more to get stopped.

    The second one I was deadheading home after being out for 11 days. I had just enough time left on my 70 to make it. Hearing about the wreck 20 miles ahead I was able to stop for an extended lunch break and not have to break HOS rules to get home.
     
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