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KK4JUG, I was wondering the same thing. I was going to answer his post with a smart#$@ post as "yes, we can talk over the CB channels". But didn't.
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Scanned the CB channels while on my trip down to NM this weekend. There was some traffic. It seemed that, at least this weekend, it was full of people who learned to talk watching the movie Convoy.
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I was just wondering, do truckers still actively use CB radios? Do most trucks still have these radios?
Friend lives near a truck stop. The truckers are chatting day and night!
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Scanned the CB channels while on my trip down to NM this weekend. There was some traffic. It seemed that, at least this weekend, it was full of people who learned to talk watching the movie Convoy.
I travel across the country on business. 11 meter activity has definitely picked up over the last year or so.
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And if you know Spanish. There's a lot of Mexican truckers in CA still actively use CB. If you are up by Bakersfield, CA, Ch 10 is always busy. But 'Mi Espanol es No Bueno'
Many illegals are using it on both sides of the border!!
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Many illegals are using it on both sides of the border!!
Yes there is especially when skip starts rolling, (it's not all illegals, most of it is from Mexico itself) in my location you'll hear a lot of the Mexican taxi cab companies. (Still want to learn Spanish, so I can talk to that one with the great sounding voice, lol) as it rolls in and rolls out.

In fact, just I was typing this I heard one of the Mexican wannabe broadcasters that use CB like a broadcast radio station. The skip has been in and out all afternoon. I kind of like the fact that the Mexican traffic is on each end of skip. Gives me a heads up to start paying attention or leave the channel.

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In fact, my receive contacts today were all over the board. (Rocky Mountain Radio, Cape Canaveral/Cocoa Beach, Washington/Oregon State, Northern Cal, and San Diego, just to name a few). San Diego is actually a rarity for my receive, it's easier to get Hawaii or Florida than 300 miles south when skip is rolling.

My transmit isn't enough to get out when the big boys start keying up but I enjoy just listening.

Yes, I am proud to be an Elephant, (Big Ears) beats being an Alligator (all mouth, no ears).

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KK4JUG, I was wondering the same thing. I was going to answer his post with a smart#$@ post as "yes, we can talk over the CB channels". But didn't.
Definitely, you can. Plus, with the decreased local traffic us 'Radio Bubba's' welcome the idea of 'the more the merrier.'

The only thing we ask is to leave your FCC rule quoting and 'Chicken Band' trash talk on your bands. Especially, if you are doing it while transmitting at Big Power thinking your Ham license legally allows you to do it.

Plus, I personally would appreciate it if you use the same rules and etiquette as others. Believe it or not, the remaining CB aficionados actually have an etiquette.

These are not your personal frequencies to come on so as not to clutter up Ham freqs or act like a child because someone will turn you in on your freqs.. On AM no sweat, just try to leave 11, 19 and 28 alone. Esp, Ch9 although there really isn't the monitoring like it used to be 20 years ago, but some of us still scan that freq since it is still considered the Emergency Channel.

But especially, on 38LSB (the unofficial SSB calling channel) when the skip is rolling, talking as if it's your personal channel isn't cool and then ***** about the beehive in your ear. Yes, I have 2 licensed Hams that come on and chit chat as the skip is rolling. Their High Power and 1 hour conversation, trashes any chance of me making a contact.

Plus, if you are doing stupid crap at unauthorized power out, don't use your Ham Call Sign. For that matter don't use it at all. It doesn't impress us.

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Be careful how you use the word "you" in your posts. I don't post malicious things about the CB band; as a matter of fact many of us don't. A lot of us got are start in the 11 meter band actually.
The statement you quoted me posting was taken out of text. I was referring to his question "How about Sound over CB?" What the ell else comes over the speaker of your radio?! "Sound" He didn't give any added info to explain what he was asking.
I got my start in CB back in '69, and never regretted it. To this day I still use 11 meters WITHOUT any amplifiers.
So, be careful of how you use "you".
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Be careful how you use the word "you" in your posts. I don't post malicious things about the CB band; as a matter of fact many of us don't. A lot of us got are start in the 11 meter band actually.
The statement you quoted me posting was taken out of text. I was referring to his question "How about Sound over CB?" What the ell else comes over the speaker of your radio?! "Sound" He didn't give any added info to explain what he was asking.
I got my start in CB back in '69, and never regretted it. To this day I still use 11 meters WITHOUT any amplifiers.
So, be careful of how you use "you".
And furthermore, I think he's in Tasmania so there's no telling what it means there. And, he hasn't come back to explain, either.
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Yeah, many times I've read his posts and scratch my head wondering just what he means! If he would stop and read what he's written before posting, he might see what we're getting at.
This just made me remember yesterday afternoon when I fired up the 11 meters. It seems that somebody opened the door to Central or South America. It came in at about 1:30is and lasted for about 30 to 45 seconds I'd guess. It was strong signals and then just as fast it was gone! Before and after, nothing of much. I have experienced that type of signals bounce in a long time.
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hey there's a few guys like me just getting into 11 meters. I'm still expanding my 'unlicensed' use of the 11 and in ssb, but mostly stay in 10 on AM. I had to use cb for work and got interested and have been on my journey of expansion. I moved into a galaxy the other year and now have a texas start 500 (somethingorother) amp on layaway at the radio shop I like to frequent. I'd like to eventually have an 11 meter base station at home. Sure ham interests me but I'm scrimping to buy my cb stuff, ham is way far out of my league financially

But most of the guys I talk too about cb at work here in the ohio valley and such are past enthusiasts who uninstalled their linears and big 102 inch whips within the last five years and here I am getting them installed.

I drive up 77 and 79 in wv and ohio and pa and I hear some chatter on 19. I like to listen for traffic tips and call any out that I come across. There's not tons of chatter but let the weather get bad and there's tons of informative radio traffic. But it is rare that I get to have actual conversations with people or help people out at length about conditions,etc...

if anyone else bumps this thread can anyone tell me the history of how channel 19 became the "official trucker channel"?
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