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Old 11-16-2003, 11:40 PM   #15
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Since I have now purchased my CB, I must ask, is there one or two best channels to monitor or keep on while driving?

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Old 11-17-2003, 03:27 AM   #16
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19 is the "truckers" channel, that is the one most people use when on the road. Some states monitor specific channels for high way emergencies. My understanding is that most if not all Air Stream Caravans use channel 14 and apparently quite a few monitor it when traveling. Channel 9 is considered the universal emergency channel. Which CB unit did you end up with? I am considering buying another unit, probably a hand held so I don't have to permanently mount it in my truck.


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Old 11-17-2003, 05:47 AM   #17
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CB is just legal rig purchased by my wife last Christmas -- but then I do run over 100 watts on my Ham rig <grin>..


(no, I do not have my Ham gear in the truck. Much too distracting to operate Ham radio and safely drive the Orange Monster. CB on the other hand, is no problem with distractions.

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Old 11-17-2003, 06:09 AM   #18
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Just for fun, a few years ago I picked up an external speaker that I mounted on the wheel well under the hood. $8 at Radio Shack. It is hooked in to the PA connection of the CB. I don't really have any use for it, but my son has had fun with it when stopped at a light. He makes strange noises and gets funny looks from people trying to figure out where it is coming from, in addition to practicing to become a tour guide at Busch Gardens. My favorite use for it is at the drive through of the fast food places. I intentionally garble my order very loud and confuse the order taker. Oh, and if it is raining and you don't want to open your window, just use the PA!

I suppose some practical uses would be if you needed to call for help, call out for a lost dog or child. Want to tell that $%#$@ driver in front of you what you think. (Good chance you will get shot or arrested though.)

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Old 11-17-2003, 07:28 AM   #19
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One in the cab, one in the AS,(I like the installation idea!) one hand held and one in the slide in for the kids when they are back there.
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Old 11-17-2003, 07:38 AM   #20
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I have the handheld Cobra which I like cause I can take it out & not worry about theft. However, the window mount antenna gave me less than impressive range. If you're caravanning close together it is probably fine. If you want to pull down signal from a few miles down the road then the performance is spotty. It also didn't help that Camping World installed the unit for me (along with the brake controller) and when I hit my first rain storm I turned on the wipers, the wiper hit the antenna & broke. So I had a poor functioning antenna and a non-functioning wiper. Pulled to the side of the road, pried the antenna off, took the right hand wiper and duct-taped it on the driver side wiper arm until I could find a replacement. There is a good website that compares antennas and CB units with some excellent advice on what to look for. You'll have to search, I can't remember the link. I'm going to install a hardwired mount on the front bumper or in the hood groove further back. I'll just unscrew the antenna when not in use.

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