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Hey,

We are going to be travelling in mid-south west USA and was planning on installing a mobile cb in my truck. Do truckers still use cb or have they gone to VHF like in Alberta and British Columbia in canada?

Just trying to decide what I should do.

Thanks
 

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There is nothing wrong with that setup...

About the only thing that could be done is to have a reputable tech check to ensure the radio is on frequency and that the receive is where it should be...
 

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Hey,

We are going to be travelling in mid-south west USA and was planning on installing a mobile cb in my truck. Do truckers still use cb or have they gone to VHF like in Alberta and British Columbia in canada?

Just trying to decide what I should do.

Thanks
As I am in Alberta what should I be listing to on the road?
 

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Here in Indiana CB is still very much alive with truckers, and with the local citizenry, at least the old bros in the hood. Still some usage with hunters too I believe. On the highways, "Sesame Street - 19" is still used all day every day. I monitor during rough weather and during big construction times to see about hazards ... Its become a standard part of my scanning pattern.
 

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Alive and kicking

I assure you CB is alive and kicking. Even the Canadian trucks that "have gone to VHF" have CB's if they come here to the states. Some people think it's a dying fad because there are dead days on the air. Trust me, when the snow flies or it's bad rain conditions... or traffic backs up in an accident, radios come to life and drivers are all a twitter with "What's going on up ahead?"
 

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I think these are the VHF channels that are frequently used in Alberta and British Columbia. Known as LADD channels:

Trucking/RCMP Interop Scanner Frequencies and Radio Frequency Reference


I had never herd of them! Thanks the scan list just got a bit longer.....

First. Herd should be heard. Second you may want to add the following frequencies for Alberta in addition to the LAD(short for Logging Administation) channels

153.050 Alberta Open 1
162.210 Alberta Open 2
163.050 Alberta Open 3
166.620 Alberta Open 4
168.120 Alberta Open 5
165.480 Alberta Open 6

These are all wide and still, and likely will always be +/-5KHz frequencies.

LAD 1 while used through out Alberta is not legal unless used as a road channel north of Edmonton, LAD 2 is not legal to use ANYWHERE in Alberta, but is used fairly regularly as a road channel, I know of at least 3 oil roads it is used on.


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I don't know, but I was told that truckers don't use cb anymore in those two provinces. That they use VHF now.

Not sure but likely CB is used in Alberta and BC but it does not have to typical range or audio quality that a 30w VHF radio will have. It is not used in the logging industry or oil patch though, those two industries only use VHF for radio controlled roads. CB may still be used by OTR truckers, but many also have VHF

Most of, if not all, the logging and oil patch activity in BC and Alberta is on VHF. In 6 years working in the oil patch, I have yet to see a resource road in Alberta that is on a CB channel. ALL radio controlled roads are on VHF now.

IC, Worksafe BC and the logging industry have come up with a whole bunch of VHF frequencies to use for logging/oil&gas. These frequencies have standardized names, and road signs, also the empty/loaded terminology has been changed as well.

IC has been working on moving LMR users from these frequencies, so that they will be used only for resource roads. There is a list of frequencies that were part of a pilot project in the BC database. But the finalized list will be different.

Users were questioned on their effectiveness, and changes have been made. I believe eventually these channels will be used through out BC.

All this came about after a fatality inquiry into a workplace death on a logging road.


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First. Herd should be heard. Second you may want to add the following frequencies for Alberta in addition to the LAD(short for Logging Administation) channels

153.050 Alberta Open 1
162.210 Alberta Open 2
163.050 Alberta Open 3
166.620 Alberta Open 4
168.120 Alberta Open 5
165.480 Alberta Open 6

These are all wide and still, and likely will always be +/-5KHz frequencies.

LAD 1 while used through out Alberta is not legal unless used as a road channel north of Edmonton, LAD 2 is not legal to use ANYWHERE in Alberta, but is used fairly regularly as a road channel, I know of at least 3 oil roads it is used on.


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To expand on that, LAD 1-4, and the 6 Alberta open frequencies are referred to IC as the 'basic ten' and can be added to a mobile LMR licence. Along with about 400+ road frequencies.
 

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Down here in Florida, the truckers still

use CBs. Not as many as was in the 70s and 80s, but still enough to get a road check and smokey report. (damn, can't believe I just typed that in "smokey". Makes me feel old, out dated, and nerdy! lol) Also, when the skips rollin' in, the cb crowd is pretty much wall to wall...
 

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CB is still alive, but as others have said, just not as popular as in decades past. If you have the time, space, and money to install a CB for your trip, I'd definitely do it.

Good luck on your trip.
 
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