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Old 04-17-2015, 01:34 PM   #43
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I do wish we had updated radio service to use on the road.

One can achieve 10-15 miles under decent conditions with CB and this covers immediate concerns. It's a bit more fun to have met on 19 (originally the hailing channel) and switch over to another and continue a conversation with another man driving in opposite directions long enough to capture details no map or website has available.

This takes more transmission and reception quality than a garden variety CB.

When it works, it works extremely well.
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Old 04-17-2015, 01:44 PM   #44
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I do wish we had updated radio service to use on the road.

One can achieve 10-15 miles under decent conditions with CB and this covers immediate concerns. It's a bit more fun to have met on 19 (originally the hailing channel) and switch over to another and continue a conversation with another man driving in opposite directions long enough to capture details no map or website has available.

This takes more transmission and reception quality than a garden variety CB.

When it works, it works extremely well.
Slowmover,

You know that VHF communications can exceed that distance....as long as there are no large hills that separate you from the other half of the conversation. There is less interference. However, I do concede that there are a limited number of users. My only wish is that more people were interested enough to look into it.

Here in Anchorage, I operate a repeater that covers the entire Anchorage area where one can use a handheld with 1 watt of power. It is also connected 24/7 to the internet, so any nodes that are connected can converse at any given time.

Like I mentioned before, with the advent of cheap Chinese radios getting into the hobby has become very inexpensive. *I'm only talking about VHF/UHF* Getting into HF requires a LOT more money in equipment and antennas.

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Old 04-17-2015, 02:12 PM   #45
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I have a ham license but no radio. What do you recommend for a hand held model?
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Old 04-17-2015, 02:18 PM   #46
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I use a Yaesu VX-8 or similar because it can handle water splash.

I have an older one with GPS add-on and APRS capability, a bunch of spare batteries, and a hand mike.

For the truck I have an FTM-350 and the AS has an FT-857 built in with a permanent mount VHF whip on it. External HF antennas are connected through connectors in the fridge side vent area.


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Old 04-17-2015, 02:23 PM   #47
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I don't trust the cheap Chinese handhelds--my VX-8 can and has taken a beating without issues.

A 50 watt VHF/UHF mobile radio with a good antenna in the TV, if I had no other radio, would be my first choice. More capability, better antenna, and close at hand with lots of battery power for emergency communications on the road.

I was Boeing's Huntington Beach radio officer supporting corporate emergent communications on HF.

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Old 04-17-2015, 03:00 PM   #48
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Buying a CB

There likely won't ever be a repeat of the CB craze no matter the radio type. Except with small groups who jointly decide to equip themselves with matching type.

I'll say that if CB grows on one and one can overlook boorishness on occasion, then out in parts of real America there is steady use of this tool. And not just by truck drivers.

Cities and suburbia are not its real habitat. In reference, one can listen on 19 with an earphonein the city mega regions and be appalled. I just laugh. It's truckers blowing off steam versus running over soccer daddy in his F150 on the way to the Airstream storage (ha!).
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I don't trust the cheap Chinese handhelds--my VX-8 can and has taken a beating without issues.

A 50 watt VHF/UHF mobile radio with a good antenna in the TV, if I had no other radio, would be my first choice. More capability, better antenna, and close at hand with lots of battery power for emergency communications on the road.

I was Boeing's Huntington Beach radio officer supporting corporate emergent communications on HF.

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I agree, I have had several different Kenwoods and Yaesu radios. I currently use the FTM350 in my "soccer daddy" F-150 that only travels in the not so real parts of America towing only my Airstream. It's a nice, small compact unit with a lot of capability. It's a good thing that when I get away from suburban Anchorage, AK. that most of the highway system (outside of Anchorage) is covered by nodes connected to the reflector allowing me to have all sorts of conversations all over the world. The only problem is that I don't have to put up with boorish behavior

That being said, a couple of years ago I got a cheap Chinese Wouxun KG-UV3D. It has been extremely durable. I'm still on it's original battery. I do a lot of hiking in the mountains behind my house and I toss it in my bag. It has been through all sorts of weather from downpours to -15F temps. I spent $80 on it. So I am not afraid of breaking it. For the price of one Yaesu, I can but 3 of these. There are even cheaper models of dubious quality.

For anyone just wanting to try it out, the cheap Chinese models can't be beat.

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Old 04-17-2015, 03:54 PM   #50
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In any case, the important thing is to have extra batteries and be able to operate the radio properly, including programming...

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Old 04-17-2015, 03:55 PM   #51
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Yes, WBCCI caravan's do use CB, which we did not have on a recent caravan we were on. 1st time we would need one in a great many years.
There must be an up to date alternate way to be in touch.


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Old 04-17-2015, 04:10 PM   #52
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Nothing quite as easy or convenient as radio....

CB is an ok standard radio type.

Most other variants are not as widespread, or don't have the range. I'm talking walkie talkie type personal radios like GMRS or whatever.

Even though CB irritates me from a Ham radio point of view, once and done, it does work and is common.

Rich (CB call KPR7883 forever ago when you did have a license from the FCC)

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This is ironic. I find myself trying to sell an iCom SSB I just took off the sailboat, and looking to buy a CB for the Ford. Isn't that like selling the Mercedes and buying a used Pinto?
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Old 08-17-2015, 03:32 PM   #54
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Yes, but sometimes all you need is a Pinto (as long as nobody rear-ends it) 😄


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This is ironic. I find myself trying to sell an iCom SSB I just took off the sailboat, and looking to buy a CB for the Ford. Isn't that like selling the Mercedes and buying a used Pinto?

Very few ever go to the trouble to set up a good CB rig. No wonder, IMO, it is perceived as awful. It can be surprisingly good given what it is. Time and some effort.


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We still use cb in our dedicated tow vehicle. NOAA all hazards radio, trucker info, and simple chit chat are invaluable to us!
I'm currently using the new digital Cobra 29. $89 on Amazon, less decent antenna!
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