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Old 11-08-2018, 9:49 PM
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I for one would like to see it's popularity gain some momentum myself. As a retiree, I would like to be able to sit by my radio with a cup of coffee and chat with some new friends. I am thinking of getting my technicians license but the local HAMs don't seem to care so much for a ragchew these days. I got that information from a local Amateur club member recently. Even the ones I catch on my HT are only on in the mornings for just a little while. CB would be a whole lot more fun for me as I see it. No so formal. I do have SSB capabilities too.
Have you tried the smartphone app. "Online Walkie Talkie Pro"?
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Old 11-08-2018, 10:09 PM
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Have you tried the smartphone app. "Online Walkie Talkie Pro"?
Yes, I did try it for about ten minutes and I uninstalled it as I could not find a decent conversation to get involved with. A lot of the "channels" were showing as active but there was no one there. I looked at several others like it as well and found pretty much the same thing. It is a good concept but it just seemed to have a lot of junk going on. Thanks for the suggestion though.
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Old 11-08-2018, 10:50 PM
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Yes, I did try it for about ten minutes and I uninstalled it as I could not find a decent conversation to get involved with. A lot of the "channels" were showing as active but there was no one there. I looked at several others like it as well and found pretty much the same thing. It is a good concept but it just seemed to have a lot of junk going on. Thanks for the suggestion though.
I'm on there some times, CH19 ("LOCAL"), "Desert Raven." If I don't answer, it's probably because I had to go take a walk around my work, still recovering from a broken foot, or I'm in the bathroom, or I'm out delivering parts to the aircraft. If it's a slow night, I'm on it, or if one of my best friends text me early on in the day to meet up on it. I can't carry my phone on me outside of the office, especially use my phone inside the fence-line.
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:05 PM
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You've got to remember that CB is traditionally a short range radio service. While atmospheric conditions can greatly impact range, and those running much greater than legal power can get pretty far too, most of the users are only going to get a few miles at best.

Since the "average" user slaps in a cheap antenna that is rarely resonate, doesn't understand what a ground plane is, can't even spell SWR, and likely prefers "low profile" antennas, you really are looking at a few miles at the best.

Expecting to hear a lot of traffic on 1/40th of the channels at any given point in time in any given location is unrealistic.

I've driven all over the western US, and usually don't hear much traffic.

On major interstates in big cities, I've heard a bit of traffic. Usually truckers talking briefly. Occasional longer conversations.
Out in the middle of Colorado, I had a brief conversation with a couple in a moving truck for a few minutes, then range became an issue.
Sporadically, out of the blue, I've passed through areas where there's a lot of very localized traffic.
When the atmospheric conditions are right, I've heard traffic from all over.

Truth is, unless I was on my own, I kept the CB off. My wife and young son didn't need to hear some of the traffic on there. Just not appropriate for many people.
When "skip" is running, sometimes it just gets way too annoying to put up with. I can only stand to listen to some guy with crappy audio repeating the same thing over and over and over and over and over…..

CB is great if you are in need of a short range radio service and have someone specific to talk to.
It can be slightly more useful if you are willing to run more than the legal power.

Random contacts are bound by the limitations of the band, power and antenna, as well as the location, band conditions and wether or not someone else has their radio on.
As a tool for random/hobby type contacts, it's really dependent on the activity in your area.

What I've seen far too often is users will buy a fancy $150.00 radio, but then spend a whole $20.00 on a cheap magnetic mount antenna and expect it all to work like a $150 setup. People under estimate the importance of the antenna set up.
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Well I reinstalled it and the first thing that popped up was a bunch of idiots bickering and cussing up a storm. I hit the scan button and the next channel was the same. The last channel that was occupied was two guys picking a fight with each other over a girl. Sorry, but I don't see any entertainment value with those apps. I had rather turn down the squelch and scan 40 channels of static. Again, I uninstalled the app and I won't be looking for any others like it. I'm glad it works for you though.
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@mmckenna, yeah, you pretty much summed it up as it is today. At least I know that there are a few CB'ers in my area. I just have to figure out what their time slot is so I can see if I can join in.
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I'm on there some times, CH19 ("LOCAL"), "Desert Raven." If I don't answer, it's probably because I had to go take a walk around my work, still recovering from a broken foot, or I'm in the bathroom, or I'm out delivering parts to the aircraft. If it's a slow night, I'm on it, or if one of my best friends text me early on in the day to meet up on it. I can't carry my phone on me outside of the office, especially use my phone inside the fence-line.
I occasionally copy the mail on 19 in the evenings!
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Well I reinstalled it and the first thing that popped up was a bunch of idiots bickering and cussing up a storm. I hit the scan button and the next channel was the same. The last channel that was occupied was two guys picking a fight with each other over a girl. Sorry, but I don't see any entertainment value with those apps. I had rather turn down the squelch and scan 40 channels of static. Again, I uninstalled the app and I won't be looking for any others like it. I'm glad it works for you though.
So it's like driving by a large truck stop with the CB on after most of the truckers have pulled in for the night?
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:00 AM
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So it's like driving by a large truck stop with the CB on after most of the truckers have pulled in for the night?
Actually, the truckers would not be as foul mouthed as what I heard. I'm not a prude by any means but the conversations that I briefly listened to were off the scale with the language. The thing that amazed me most was that these morons have nothing better to do with their time. Now for those who have posted about the app here that use it in a sane manner, I can see the app's usefulness in that manner and if that was how it really was being used ALL of the time, then I would use it and even pay the monthly service fee of $5.99 but in my personal opinion, even the free version is not worth it's price.
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I've never been disappointed by CB because I'm not into it for the social / entertainment aspects. I've got more than enough outlets for that, as do most people nowadays: cell phones, satellite radios and TV, etc., and especially including right here on the Internet such as with this fine discussion forum.

Instead, I use CB radio strictly for the utilitarian aspect of receiving and giving information to and from other drivers on the highway in regards to things that can make the trip safer and quicker for everyone listening and talking on the channel: accidents, poor road conditions, bad weather, obstruction in the road, etc.

Numerous times in my travels I've been able to avoid traffic hold-ups and take alternate routes because of reports about problems up ahead, and I've returned the favor to other drivers in the same manner.

Because my wife doesn't want to hear the CB stuff when she's with me, which I can fully understand, I use a simple ear bud in one ear instead of a speaker in the cabin. With this little device plugged into the radio's 3.5mm external speaker port, I've learned to variously have the bud inserted into the ear canal when there's something important to hear, or to pull it part way out and rest it on the outside of my ear to monitor possible important information or reduce the effects of momentary loud RF interference, or to put it on my shoulder or in my lap when there is a lot of continuous interference that's too loud and irritating to tolerate, which includes not listening to the morons who want to dominate the band in some areas. By doing this, I have greatly reduced the need to manipulate the various controls on the radio including volume, squelch, and RF gain.

No, the CB is not my source of entertainment; it's my source of getting and giving road information that no other device can deliver right to me in real time at the spot where the action is happening and where it's most important for me to know.
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:27 PM
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I too used to travel a bit and I did have my Realistic TRC-465 radio in my vehicle for the same purposes. Since I do not travel as much I removed the radio and antenna and now have the radio in my "Man Cave" where I usually daily scan all 40 channels to see if there is any activity which is sparse. I don't have a good base antenna and I am using some of my late father in law's trucker equipment such as a 4 foot "Firestik" antenna which I mounted on a 15 foot pole outside. At least its not a magnetic CB antenna as was mentioned earlier. I cannot see putting any more money into the hobby at this point as I do not plan on installing a five element beam antenna and linear just to talk skip. It is what it is at the moment but I will play with the radios I have just for the fun of it for the time being.
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I listen to truckers on my HH CB radio on CH 19
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