questionswho still uses a cb radio?


oh those were the days. Cross country road trips and a CB. My mom embarrassing the heck of the teenage me by talking the "lingo" to truckers or whoever she could connect with.

But actually, it was pretty cool. And a sort of on the road camaraderie of travelers looking out for each other.
If I had one, and went on a road trip I would use it. Just for fun. Might even get a good tip on a local restaurant in the next town .
So much better to find those gems then eat at the arches or their various clones.

Do they even sell them anymore ?


Truckers and on the road salespeople use them. Many truck stops sell them, I think Radio Shack has them in-store. Although I don't use one, I'm not driving the highway much. I rate them as v cool.


I used to have one, and my town had a very active CB community. But I haven't been on in a decade.


Not me, not since the late '70s. My handle was Crazy Horse. My best friend's handle was Sitting Bull. I guess we were studying Native Americans in Social Studies when we came up with those.


I remember as a kid going on long trips with my Dad (for his job) and he had one, though he didn't talk on it much, mainly listened to it for information from the other drivers. I could never understand a word they were saying, but he understood everything and would translate for me. I have about 3 of them now that were his, I don't use them but they alll still work too, I just can't part with them.


I've still got one around somewhere.

I do however have my mobile amateur radio wired up in my pickup (TM-D70 running 2/70 and APRS). It's come in handy in bad and good situations; the most recent time was a couple of years ago when some tornadoes came through our Dixie alley and took out power and even the antennas used by local first responders, who then turned to hams to use our communications networks.


CB, no. Amateur (ham) radio, yes. It's a lot of fun and there are some cool service activities as well. For instance, I'm on the list of people to call if something bad happens around here, and a couple of organizations I work with are on standby for deployment to the West, TX explosion site. Your local Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) group can tell you how to get set up.

73 de AF5DF, @KI4RXM.


Да, товарищ. Я до сих пор!


Yeah, parents had on that we used on road trips as well. I think we also had one on our boat.

And now that I think about it - I guess the CB radio handles are the precursor to the user IDs we use now.


Negatory here. Can't say more because I see a County Mountie up ahead. What's your twenty?


Lots of 4WD/off-road drivers use them to keep in contact with the group they're driving with. The groups i drive with make sure that those without a CB are sandwiched in the middle, surrounded by radios in case they get in trouble.
I've got one in my Jeep, one in my wife's Jeep, and I'll put one in my CJ-5 once it's drivable.


@jsfs: Do you still have to pass a moss code test to get a license?
My Dad gave the test in our basement.
When he died, his friend gave my dad's equipment to the boys club.
I still wish I kept the microphone e and the moss code key.

It is still the only way to get information at times in an emergency. Everyone is their own radio station. Many with power backup. Impossible to knock them all out.


@voxitage: Actually, most of them use 700/900MHz, with VHF as a backup (or vice versa). Some will use 6m as long-haul comm, but I'm pretty sure they're not supposed to use CB (about 10m). That doesn't mean they can't monitor it, though. Amateur radio is the backup to their backup in many areas. I haven't heard of anyone using CB for emergency management, but it could happen somewhere that the agencies and people I work with don't hear about.


@thedogma: Я думаю нет других Wooters знать русский или думаю, что это смешно. Или интересные недостаточно для того, чтобы использовать переводчика. Держать на грузоперевозки !


@dontwantaname: There is no CW requirement for a technician-level license in the US, that I know for sure. I still haven't gone out for my general, so I'm not sure whether they did away with it for the higher-level licenses or not.


10-4 good buddy! This question brought back some memories. I actually have a portable CB radio in a case in my SUV. I haven't used one in many, many years but I still remember my call letters. My handle was the Cutlass Kid (I drove an Olds 442 in high school). I can still see my friend's cars with those big whip antennas on the back. Fun times!