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I would imagine that GMRS and similar frequencies would be the ideal CB-radio replacement, for on the road chat and hazard reporting, etc. Has anyone found any particular frequencies our nations truck drivers are using ?

"Shout out" to them, who keep our stores stocked, goods delivered, and keep America running.

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Hello

I would imagine that GMRS and similar frequencies would be the ideal CB-radio replacement, for on the road chat and hazard reporting, etc. Has anyone found any particular frequencies our nations truck drivers are using ?

"Shout out" to them, who keep our stores stocked, goods delivered, and keep America running.

Thank you
If they have radios, they're usually CBs. There are a scant few who have ham radios. While I s'pose there may be some, I've never heard of a trucker on FRS or GMRS.
 

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CB is your best shot.

GMRS doesn't lend itself well to the random contacts sort of stuff. CTCSS/DCS squelch control used by many makes random contacts kind of difficult. I used GMRS for many years before I was able to get others in the family to get their ham licenses, never once did I hear truckers on GMRS.

Truckers don't use CB that much in some areas. I've done long distance trips and maybe heard truckers a handful of times. Still, it's common to see CB antennas on most trucks. They just don't talk much.
 

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I'd think smartphones have reduced the "need" for a lot of the chatter with application like Waze providing realtime road conditions and even radar traps... Not to mention another means of communicating with those they know.

I would imagine that most long haul truckers have CB radios, however.
 

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Here in Western Canada Lad 1 (154.1Mhz wideband) is the preferred channel for trucks to use.
CB isn't used much here.
 

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154.1Mhz in the usa is usually allocated to public safety users such as police, fire or ems
Correct. Makes me shake my head at my town. FAR north Idaho (20 miles from border), lots of trucks from Canada.

Guess the Bonners Ferry City Fire dispatch freq..... You got it, 154.100
 

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Ouch, I didn't know what it was used for in the US....

154.100Licensed mobiles. British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut only. Excluding Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley west of Hope, Vancouver Island south of Nanaimo, British Columbia, south of 53°30'00" latitude (i. e. south of Edmonton) and 100 km radius of Bonnyville, Alberta. (LAD-1)
Every time I look at it, they are expanding its area of use. I think that's in reaction to how many truckers simply ignore the rules and use it where ever they please...
 

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What about Polar Express Inc., on the show Ice Road Truckers? I thought I saw 160 MHz on a display on one of the radios? So just one freq for all of Canada, other than CB?
 

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Seems to me Polar Express is based out of Manitoba...?

Here is the complete listing of the common "open" frequencies. While several companies license them, no one company owns them nor controls them.

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Wide Area Frequencies for General Mobile–to–Mobile Operations

TX Frequency (MHz)RX Frequency (MHz)Frequency Conditions
153.050153.050Licensed mobiles. Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Nunavut only. Excluding a 90 km radius of Strathmore, Alberta.
154.100154.100Licensed mobiles. British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut only. Excluding Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley west of Hope, Vancouver Island south of Nanaimo, British Columbia, south of 53°30'00" latitude (i. e. south of Edmonton) and 100 km radius of Bonnyville, Alberta. (LAD-1)
154.325154.325Licensed mobiles. British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut only. Excluding Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley west of Hope and Vancouver Island south of Nanaimo, British Columbia (LAD-3)
158.940158.940Licensed mobiles. British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut only. (LAD-2)
162.210162.210Licensed mobiles, Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut only. Excluding a 50 km radius of Crossfield, Alberta.
163.050163.050Licensed mobiles. Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba only. Excluding north of 53°00'00" latitude and east of 104°00'00" longitude in Saskatchewan.
165.480165.480Licensed mobiles. Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba only.
166.620166.620Licensed mobiles. Alberta and Saskatchewan only. Excluding south of 50°00'00" latitude, a 50 km radius of Calgary, Alberta, a 50 km radius of Magrath, Alberta, a 110 km radius of Wiseton, Saskatchewan and a 110 km radius of Fillmore, Saskatchewan.
168.120168.120Licensed mobiles. Alberta only. Excluding a 50 km radius of Lake Louise, Alberta.
173.370173.370Licensed mobiles. British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut only. Excluding a 50 km radius of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and a 50 km radius of Margo, Saskatchewan. (LAD-4)
 

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You'll notice those frequencies are for Western Canada. I'm not sure what Eastern Canada uses...
 

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to be honest we only really use CB and with the advent of Smartphones and all the bad language, arguments, etc we rarely even use that anymore, 27.185Mhz AM is Channel 19 also known as Sesame Street that's the main frequency used, however, sometimes Shippers/Receivers will use another CB channel (out of the 40) to communicate with drivers for dock doors and such.

Back in the day, we used CB for everything, to warn us when scales (Chicken Coops) were open, where Bears (Cops) were, and to keep us awake having a chat, but now we have the internet and apps that tell us all that

example of an app we used showing the scale status
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You'll notice those frequencies are for Western Canada. I'm not sure what Eastern Canada uses...
In a lot of cases they use the same channels. Wasn't uncommon to hear trucks on 154.1 passing through town despite it belonging to the local fire department.
 
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