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Old 01-05-2013, 11:35 PM   #1
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Do you use your CB radio?

I mean CB radios are cool and all, but are they really practical? Have you ever used them?

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Old 01-05-2013, 11:47 PM   #2
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I use the crap out of mine. I have a large full-featured unit mounted above my rear view. I use it on the trail to talk to other jeeps, I use the "weather on demand" quite frequently, and it's an excellent safety tool on my daily 120 mile trip to and from school on I-35. Truckers are a great source of information (and entertainment). I think a good quality CB is a necessary upgrade.

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CB's are great if they are tuned in & working right. I had one & used it all the time
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The people who have'em swear by'em. I have a cheaper hand-held one and all it does is interfere with my radio reception/streaming. I have it in my Jeep but I don't use it.

I've tried to get some "action" while on the freeways but normally it's just a bunch of dead air. It just seems as if nobody uses them anymore, not even truckers? I've tried turning it on just for entertainment along some pretty good truck routes like I-81 and I-95 and just don't get much at all.

I would agree, despite everything, it is a good tool to have. I think I paid like $35-$40 for mine, plus like $20 for an extended antenna or something...
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if you ever go on a jeep club trail ride, many require you to have a CB to communicate. I only use mine on the trails and have it hooked up to remove it when not in use. Cell phones aren't practical on trails b/c 1/2 the time there is no signal.

to answer your question, they are extremely practical if you actually take your jeep on the trails.
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if you ever go on a jeep club trail ride, many require you to have a CB to communicate. I only use mine on the trails and have it hooked up to remove it when not in use. Cell phones aren't practical on trails b/c 1/2 the time there is no signal.

to answer your question, they are extremely practical if you actually take your jeep on the trails.
I bought mine for a ride as it was suggested and we didn't really use them at all, save for once when we lost our trail leader at a "T."
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:24 AM   #7
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About the only time I use mine is on the trails.
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if you ever go on a jeep club trail ride, many require you to have a CB to communicate. I only use mine on the trails and have it hooked up to remove it when not in use. Cell phones aren't practical on trails b/c 1/2 the time there is no signal.

to answer your question, they are extremely practical if you actually take your jeep on the trails.
I couldn't have said it better myself.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:34 AM   #9
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I have one for trail rides. A great safety tool for keeping in touch with those way ahead or far behind. I have my power cord transformed with a cig lighter plug so I can remove easily.
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The people who have'em swear by'em. I have a cheaper hand-held one and all it does is interfere with my radio reception/streaming. I have it in my Jeep but I don't use it.

I've tried to get some "action" while on the freeways but normally it's just a bunch of dead air. It just seems as if nobody uses them anymore, not even truckers? I've tried turning it on just for entertainment along some pretty good truck routes like I-81 and I-95 and just don't get much at all.

I would agree, despite everything, it is a good tool to have. I think I paid like $35-$40 for mine, plus like $20 for an extended antenna or something...
Both of those highways are North-South... try channel 17 (usually N-S highways; 19 is usually E-W but used also in general) next time you are out and about and see if you catch some chatter.

Also, are you sure your squelch wasn't too high? It seems so weird to not hear a ton of chatter. Maybe its a geographical thing. The south is certainly alive on the CB!
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Both of those highways are North-South... try channel 17 (usually N-S highways; 19 is usually E-W but used also in general) next time you are out and about and see if you catch some chatter.

Also, are you sure your squelch wasn't too high? It seems so weird to not hear a ton of chatter. Maybe its a geographical thing. The south is certainly alive on the CB!
I'll give that a shot. I'm pretty sure the squelch wasn't set too high, because I could hear people speaking...every once in a great while.

...And what exactly is "squelch?"
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I am about to order the Uniden Bearcat 880, already ordered the Cooltech Ultramount for the antenna to mount to the license plate bracket, though I also ordered the Firestik ar-1a splitter so the antenna will do double duty as cb and fm antenna, then I can take the one off the fender and cover the hole with a trail rated badge. Hope it works as I expect it to.
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I am about to order the Uniden Bearcat 880, already ordered the Cooltech Ultramount for the antenna to mount to the license plate bracket, though I also ordered the Firestik ar-1a splitter so the antenna will do double duty as cb and fm antenna, then I can take the one off the fender and cover the hole with a trail rated badge. Hope it works as I expect it to.
I have that same CB unit, and I use the Cooltech Gatemount with a 4' Firefly. You should be pretty happy with the 880... all those features that seem excessive are actually VERY convenient. I was installed and up and running within 3 hours (and that includes fabricating an overhead mount!).

Enjoy it!
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I have that same CB unit, and I use the Cooltech Gatemount with a 4' Firefly. You should be pretty happy with the 880... all those features that seem excessive are actually VERY convenient. I was installed and up and running within 3 hours (and that includes fabricating an overhead mount!).

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Thanks, I just hope the splitter doesnt cause me any issues, Ill be sure to save everything until I have it all installed and try it out for a few days. I ordered the 3ft Firefly since I just have the softtop and the 4ft would hit getting in and out of the garage, plus the wife doesn't like the idea of it sticking that far above the roofline.
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I only use mine on the trails or when I have to flip it on real quick and cuss a trucker out for swerving into my lane.
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The PA is also good for cussing people out on the road who dont have CB's... I really like the weather bands as well. I grew up around Loggers and truck drivers and if your in an area thats being logged a cb will save your life. You get a loaded log truck coming down hill on one lane gravel and you are very likely to end up in a ditch or ran over. Some Log truck drivers hate jeeps around here. Ive been run off the road on purpose a few times.lol. Most of them will be cool but ya never know who has a hangover and is just lookin for trouble. At least roll your window down so you can hear that big sucker coming at you..
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I only use mine on the trails or when I have to flip it on real quick and cuss a trucker out for swerving into my lane.
Good way to get yourself a brake-check or ran off the road again, don't ya think?

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The PA is also good for cussing people out on the road who dont have CB's... I really like the weather bands as well. I grew up around Loggers and truck drivers and if your in an area thats being logged a cb will save your life. You get a loaded log truck coming down hill on one lane gravel and you are very likely to end up in a ditch or ran over. Some Log truck drivers hate jeeps around here. Ive been run off the road on purpose a few times.lol. Most of them will be cool but ya never know who has a hangover and is just lookin for trouble. At least roll your window down so you can hear that big sucker coming at you..
Why would truck drivers hate Jeeps?
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...And what exactly is "squelch?"
Simply put, a filter.

More technically, it is a variable threshold which allows sounds through. For instance, the sun emits radiowaves. They are very strong at the very low end of the spectrum, so we don't use that, because you would hear them (as static). There are plenty of things that emit rf frequency both naturally and manmade. The squelch allows a variable setting to prevent the popping of static caused by false transmissions, only allowing signals above a particular strength through. Fancy radios (not cb) allow a digital squelch or coded squelch, inaudible to us, to be transmitted when the radio TXs. This tells other radios set to that tone to listen, a common feature found on radio repeaters to prevent them broadcasting false transmissions.
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Simply put, a filter.

More technically, it is a variable threshold which allows sounds through. For instance, the sun emits radiowaves. They are very strong at the very low end of the spectrum, so we don't use that, because you would hear them (as static). There are plenty of things that emit rf frequency both naturally and manmade. The squelch allows a variable setting to prevent the popping of static caused by false transmissions, only allowing signals above a particular strength through. Fancy radios (not cb) allow a digital squelch or coded squelch, inaudible to us, to be transmitted when the radio TXs. This tells other radios set to that tone to listen, a common feature found on radio repeaters to prevent them broadcasting false transmissions.
Thanks!

I just basically tune the squelch until I get a little static, otherwise I get silence (no volume).
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Turn it off (with the volume low), then slowly turn it up until the noise stops. That is where you want it. If you have someone who is "in and out", lowering it may make them readable, but will add static into the reception (which you will already have if that far off).
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Turn it off (with the volume low), then slowly turn it up until the noise stops. That is where you want it. If you have someone who is "in and out", lowering it may make them readable, but will add static into the reception (which you will already have if that far off).
What I was experiencing is just the opposite. I would have no noise at low volumes, but as I turned up the volume, I would get more noise. When I had no noise, I couldn't hear anyone speaking. It wasn't until I had some noise that I could actually hear people speaking.
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I just say volume down b/c the static is annoying.

With it off, static will be heard through your speaker. At a certain point in the squelch band, this noise will stop. Beyond that will keep clear transmissions from being heard, while beneath that will play static constantly.
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I just say volume down b/c the static is annoying.

With it off, static will be heard through your speaker. At a certain point in the squelch band, this noise will stop. Beyond that will keep clear transmissions from being heard, while beneath that will play static constantly.
I guess I'll just have to mess with it a bit, because I don't know the first thing about CB radios (obviously...). It's my first one and I just bought it for an offroad excursion; just kinda turned it on a few times since to see if I could get anything...
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Whoa Whoa, what? now your want to know how I use your CB radio? answer is don't have I'm on 2 MM band IE: VHF and UHF…
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Whoa Whoa, what? now your want to know how I use your CB radio? answer is don't have I'm on 2 MM band IE: VHF and UHF…
Lol. But 2M isn't VHF and UHF.... lol.

But yes, if you want distance, or neat conversations, go get a license and a 2 Meter rig. CB is cool for trail or highway use, but I do not have to be on either to make contacts.
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your problem isnt that no one wants to talk to you its that you have a little anteanna
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several guys in our club have those handeld ones to start then decide to upgrade. in the back of a 10 jeep line they cant hear anything and i can be 30 feet away and they cant transmit. if you want useable radio trans/receive you need an antenna thats minimum 3 feet.
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I bought mine for a ride as it was suggested and we didn't really use them at all, save for once when we lost our trail leader at a "T."
And we got the answer from using a cell phone. I called Derek, didn't use a CB.
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And we got the answer from using a cell phone. I called Derek, didn't use a CB.
Yeah, I think I recall you saying that, Deb. I thought Derek's name was "Nate."

Yeah, kinda felt like an ass afterwards, considering I think Nate was the guy all the way at the back of the line.

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