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Old 05-17-2007, 08:39 PM   #29
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Gen.. you really can't go wrong with any of the cobra radio's they seem to have been around for along time I have a cobra model 29ltd classic I dont know if they still make that one but they have a replacement model I am sure. about 100.00 is a fair price range and the antenna about half that in my area that is good luck.....
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Old 05-17-2007, 09:12 PM   #30
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Our motorhome came with one, but trying to get another RVer to answer is like trying to get them to wave back. Must be the shiny aluminum that paralyzes the arm.
I always get most truckers to let me know how my towbar and dingy are doing. A lot of them want to know what kind of engine,transmission,etc.
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Old 05-17-2007, 09:51 PM   #31
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When I started this thread I was just starting to mess around with my cb. Now whenever I pull, I fire that baby up. The real time info the truckers relay is worth having a cb, and they always are interested in my AS! DG
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Old 05-17-2007, 10:00 PM   #32
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Remember the 70's flick Convoy? It was supposed to be Texas but was partly filmed in my home town of Estancia, New Mexico. I'm also looking for a copy. anybody got one?
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Old 05-17-2007, 10:55 PM   #33
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We caravan quite a bit and find the CB very useful. I am confused as to what channel AS'er's monitor. I was told at one of the International rally's it was "12", but I've never been able to raise anybody there when I meet another AS. I think most are monitoring 19 for traffic, etc. So, maybe I need to try and make contact there and then drop to another channel if their interested in visiting a little. I've never heard about "14" that some have mentioned, so guess I'll give that a try. For what I use it for, I think the CB still has a place.
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Old 05-17-2007, 11:30 PM   #34
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Can anybody tell me what is tuning the antena(sp) all about?
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Old 05-18-2007, 12:04 AM   #35
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Use Channel 14 to contact other Airstreamers on the road

The the 49th International Rally in Salem, Oregon
has posted the following information.
If folks are used to using Ch 14 at International then perhaps it makes sense to just use that channel everywhere. If a common channel is adopted, it would be possible to "give a call" to those we pass on the highways.

11. C B “CITIZEN BAND RADIO”
This can be very important. Its use at the International Rally
keeps you informed daily of changing rally news and weather. The
“CB” Rally Base Station is known as “Wally Byam Control”
(Channel 14) and is open for your inquiries or emergency calls.
They, as well as the Amateur Radio Club, assist caravans and
others approaching the rally grounds. For suggestions in purchasing
and installing a CB, ask a unit member. Many have one,
sometimes two, one in the car and one in the RV. When traveling
with others a CB becomes invaluable.
12. AMATEUR RADIO
This is another valuable group who assists in numerous ways
at the rally. If you are a “Ham Operator”, let this group know of your
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We caravan quite a bit and find the CB very useful. I am confused as to what channel AS'er's monitor. I was told at one of the International rally's it was "12", but I've never been able to raise anybody there when I meet another AS. I think most are monitoring 19 for traffic, etc. So, maybe I need to try and make contact there and then drop to another channel if their interested in visiting a little. I've never heard about "14" that some have mentioned, so guess I'll give that a try. For what I use it for, I think the CB still has a place.
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Old 05-18-2007, 06:46 AM   #36
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Can anybody tell me what is tuning the antena(sp) all about?
Tuning the antenna is matching its impedance at the desired operating frequency to that of the coaxial cable to minimize reflected power.

Typically, you adjust the antenna length on CB channel 19, which is near the center of the band, while monitoring a standing wave ratio (SWR) meter, either external or built-in to the radio. You adjust for minimum SWR while transmitting.

If you operate all over the band, you will want to check channels 1 and 40 to make sure they're low as well, even though they will be higher than that in the center of the band. Preferably, they'll be below 2.0:1.
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Old 05-18-2007, 06:54 AM   #37
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If folks are used to using Ch 14 at International then perhaps it makes sense to just use that channel everywhere. If a common channel is adopted, it would be possible to "give a call" to those we pass on the highways.
I have found this to be true in my travels around the country. We have tuned into channel 14 as we passed other Airstreamers and were able to say "hi"!
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Old 07-05-2007, 10:10 AM   #38
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As all know, every vehicle manufactor had an AM/FM/CB audio choice at one time. We also know the after-market folks had CB's for you if you had no factory AM/FM/CB unit already in your vehicle.

The cell phone only makes it possible to reach to the one you already know, home or office when on the Highways and bye-ways of the world. But, CB channel 14 lets you speak to other RV's on the road and CB channel 19 is still widely used everywhere.

If you have an Honda G-Wing SE, you have an OEM AM/FM/Tape Deck/CB on the bike and they teach the club members how to use the CB to ride in an safer manner ( if they are former H-D riders ).

I feel as if I'm speaking to the choir ...

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Old 07-05-2007, 10:50 AM   #39
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I still have my Cobra 29 with Telex power mike around here somewhere but it has not been mounted in my last two vehicles. I loved that unit but did now want to clutter up the inside compartment. I've mounted it under the seat and under the front dash in past vehicles but just can't decide where to put it in my '01 2500 hd. I have thought about going to the Cobra Mobile CB unit that Camping World sells but am not sure if it is any better than what I have. It would take up considerably less space than my Cobra 29.
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Old 07-05-2007, 11:12 AM   #40
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We still use an older Cobra CB mounted vertically on front of console in Excursion for road talk.. In CA and some other states channel 17 is used rather than channel 19 for over-the-road truck and traffic conversation.. It can also work with a handheld CB for parking duties..

For anyone uninterested in installing a box under dash or on console, CObra still makes remote unit ( Cobra 75WXST Remote CB & Weather Radio ) that has speaker and microphone and controls in handheld at end of cord, and entire radio is remote mounted under seat or in trunk/rear area. Costs a little over $100...

We find the trucking language too colorful at times, but it is helpful in bad weather or traffic messes. Never found another Airstream monitoring channel other than 19 or 17, though channel 14 useful at International Rally for Wally Control items... We still find lots of places on the highway where there is NO cell phone service, and that is reason to consider having CB as backup...
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Old 07-05-2007, 12:23 PM   #41
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Yep, that's the one I was looking at. The handset is not overly large and seems to be just the ticket if you don't want a big unit in the rig.
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Old 11-01-2007, 08:11 PM   #42
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This summer my wife and I were up in the mid-west where we did not have AT&T coverage. A CB radio would have been nice to have as a backup in case of an emergency. We found many areas where we had to be in the immediate area of a town or city o have coverage. I have been thinking of adding a CB for our next 3 month trip next year.
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