Why my CB radio is on all the time, and why yours should be, too

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Voyager1968, Aug 13, 2016.

  1. dave26027

    dave26027 Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Dallas, Texas
    Good choices!
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  3. Voyager1968

    Voyager1968 Road Train Member

    Sep 11, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    But that was part of the "brotherhood" of trucking. We all looked out for one another. I still give out bear reports when I see them. I'm sure 80+% don't hear them, but, like I said, I'm old school, and that's how we rolled.
  4. uncleal13

    uncleal13 Road Train Member

    Apr 9, 2009
    Humboldt, Sk
    My new truck has that problem. This week I picked up a Wilson antenna and I'll be installing it this weekend.
    The CB has saved me a few times.
  5. Zeviander

    Zeviander Road Train Member

    Jan 23, 2015
    Winnipeg, MB, CA
    You guys are lucky. You at least get CB traffic.

    Aside from rolling by a truck stop and hearing the odd conversation, I only ever talk to empty airways (i.e. asking a driver if he is okay on the side of the road, or swerving between lanes) or drivers from my company if they are nearby.

    I must have been a truck driver in a previous life. I long for a two-stick transmission, all-mechanical motor, jakes through straight pipes and CB-traffic where you can barely get a word in edge-wise without a "breaker one-nine".
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  6. breadtrk

    breadtrk Heavy Load Member

    Oct 4, 2015
    Because those of us who are professionals want the steering wheelholder, no CB, texting idiots off the road?
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  7. Canned Spam

    Canned Spam Road Train Member

    Mar 8, 2010
    Couldn't pay me enough to listen that garbage again.
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  8. breadtrk

    breadtrk Heavy Load Member

    Oct 4, 2015
    It's OK, those of us who know how too, and when too, don't miss you new guys one #### bit.
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  9. ShooterK2

    ShooterK2 Road Train Member

    Dec 14, 2012
    "How 'bout that southbound bullwagon"

    "Yeah, come on"

    "I'm in this W9 ahead of ya. Gonna be making a right up here at the 33 junction. Come on around so I don't hold you up. I'll throw the jakes at it if I need to"

    "I sure appreciate it, hand"

    "Any time, brother."

    This happened last night. And happens all the time. If he hadn't had a radio on, I'd have had to make him stop while I made my turn on a hill, and I knew he was loaded as well. It wouldn't have been the end of the world, but it sure makes life easier when I can talk to the driver behind me and let him know what's about to happen. Get him around me a couple miles before my turn and it relieves a lot of stress, for both of us.

    Just one example. But my radio is always on, and gets used all the time. We gotta watch out for each other out here. We are not selfish children. We are truckers.

    Fortunately, in my neck of the woods, about 80% of trucks have their ears on. There's the occasional freight hauler that rolls thru with no radio, trying to keep up with "traffic" by constantly looking at his phone and keeping multiple apps updated while driving in these hills. That's the guy I worry about.

    This is farm and oilfield country. Trucks break down and lots of these 2-lanes have no shoulder to pull off on. You crest a hill and there's a 1-ton sitting in your lane with a blowout on his hay trailer and traffic coming at ya. Tough spot to be in. Sure would have been nice if I could have known ahead of time.
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  10. alghazi

    alghazi Road Train Member

    Aug 29, 2014
    The "no CB" idiots wouldn't hear the warning about the police, would they?
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  11. Salad

    Salad Medium Load Member

    Mar 1, 2015
    I'd rather sit in a backup the one time in 9000 a cb would save me the trouble versus listening to every billy bigrigger with their amped up radios trying to assuage their loneliness. Google maps can keep you abreast of most developments with a very quick response. Not to mention google maps isn't going to troll you, nor go on a racist diatribe. The cb is dying, and it's a good thing.
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