True Story, Wife and I who run team were sitting in the Vince Lombardi Service Plaza NJTP, listening to Channel 19, now you know the stereotype of people from NY/NJ, so my wife who is Dutch made a comment something to the effect of I wonder how long it will be before someone calls someone else a D-Bag, well not more than 10 minutes later a guy comes on and here we go.
Driver #1. Break 1 9 what does the GW look like today
Driver #2. WHAT DO YOU THINK IT LOOKS LIKE, IT LOOKS LIKE A F'NG BRIDGE YOU MORON!
and so Driver #1 and #2 decide to discuss each other in flattering ways and their wives and mother and then it came "D-Bag" got thrown around
we almost fell out of the truck laughing
I don't know if it's still the case, but CB Ch 15 was always used on I-5 from Northern Cal thru to LA.I drive down Interstate 5 in Northern California to the central coast several times a year. Sometimes to pass the time I will look at trucks to see how many have CB antennas. I would guess around 50 to 60%. Now how many have a CB radio hooked up to them would be anyone's guess.
When I’m tiring of the on-air stoopid some days I’ll take a page from the pilot cars (something we all used to do) and note “potential problems”.I live in the Chicago area. A month ago I drove to Atlanta for a wedding and last weekend I drove to northern Virginia for a family funeral service. On each trip I decided to take my CB to listen on the way. I have a President McKinley and a Larsen NMO27 mag-mount placed on the roof of our SUV. I would have to say that truckers absolutely still use CB radios and twice they made a huge difference in our avoiding serious problems ahead. On our way to Atlanta, a truck had caught fire at the bottom of the mountain on I-24 heading from Monteagle, TN toward Chattanooga. All east bound lanes were closed and we found out about it soon enough to exit on Rte. 41 and drive around it probably saving us a couple hours of sitting on the roadway. The second event occurred on our way home from VA. A car had just run into a very large deer on a state highway north of Columbus, OH. It apparently happened as a car was passing a truck and was witnessed by the truck’s driver. He then put out a call on his CB warning people of the severely damaged, stopped car in the left lane and to get into the right lane. I realized that this had happened only a about a mile ahead of us and sure enough, there was the severely damaged car with a dead deer lying right behind it on the road. Apparently the deer had rolled over the hood and top of the car. It looked totalled, but fortunately the car’s owner looked OK standing next to it using his cell phone. I could see that traffic was really beginning to line up behind it too so I was really glad to know to get into the right lane when I did. So, yes, truckers do still use their CB radios and I’m sure glad that they do.
I just started back this week in cb radios.I never hear any trucker chit-chat on Ch19, even with two different types of scanners monitoring. As a kid in the 70's, CB radios were cool!
Channel 19 is active in most areas in Texas; however, the more concentrated activity seems to be on interstates. IH 35 in Central Texas is a rather busy. I rarely hear any traffic from four-wheelers.
Agreed that it’s disappointingly rare to have a four-wheeler join in on AM-19. Trucking is an invisible world in plain sight.
It can be hard to interpret the tension (the lingo) if your jobs or career haven’t had an element of danger: be there on time or else!
Takes a few years to have become good at it. That weeds out a lot of folks. The crazies and the ex-cons are therefore in higher proportion. “Well, hell, I can always go back to truck driving”.
OTOH, someone spends time listening he’ll ken to the flow after awhile. Learn how to start a conversation with strangers. Get over the hump.