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Old 07-12-2013, 11:09 PM   #1
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How Much do you use your CB?

I'm from Georgia soon going to Kansas with work. We don't have very many people here that use the CB's anymore, and I was wondering if we were the exception down here and I should get a CB or if it's more the rule with everyone having cells even though they aren't great in allot of off roading spots?

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Old 07-12-2013, 11:10 PM   #2
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On the trails, that's about it. and half of my guys don't have theirs yet.

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Old 07-12-2013, 11:27 PM   #3
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I know in the Knoxville offroad club that I will be partaking in in a year when I am out of dreaded Florida, requires them. If you will be offroading in mountains or places with little to no cell phone reception, they will be very handy to have. I just got one with NOAA weather and a PA as well so that I can get storm reports and yell at people in my way, so It has other uses. My whole set up cost $200 from Amazon. Cobra 29 lx, firestik mount, firefly fs antenna, firestik coax, pyle pa speaker, roadmaster 10' pa speaker cord.
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:41 PM   #4
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If you do any Highway driving to and from work they come in handy, I have a ball with mine when I'm stuck in traffic
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:44 PM   #5
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It's one of those things that costs very little to buy and install and its free to use. Plus as others have said on some trails you wont get any cell coverage.
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Mostly on trails but is useful on roads as well.
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I had one in my p/u for years. I did not talk on it much but when on the highway taking trips for work I would keep it on the trucker channel and they would call out what mile marker the cops were at. Saved me a few tickets I'm sure. I'm looking forward to getting mine installed in my Jeep. I miss it in my p/u sometimes. The guys I hope to be going off road with all use CB's on the trail.
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Only use mine on trails and long road trips. They're fun, everybody in my group has there own callsign.
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Old 07-14-2013, 12:30 AM   #9
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We have problems here in the mountains with cell service but I think the reason no one has a CB any more here even for offraoding use is people have just gotten to high fallutin and don't see their usefulness, I've been wanting one for years I just wouldn't have anyone to talk to on it
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Old 07-14-2013, 12:36 AM   #10
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I'm out in south padre island right now, had my cb on for 2 days now and nothing. I thought I'd hear something with all the vehicles that head north to the "trails". Nada. I'm contemplating returning it and using that money elsewhere.
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I know it's a whole different topic but can someone post anything regarding the better cb's to look at.
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I know it's a whole different topic but can someone post anything regarding the better cb's to look at.
Depends, what are you going to be doing with it? If you want to go all out for listening to ham radio guys and chat it up all the time, check out the Galaxy's. Most people are fine with a cobra or unidin. I got the Cobra 29 LX because it has 4 led colors, alarm, clock, PA out, and NOAA weather with weather alert only cost $104.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:06 PM   #13
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I hate to ask a rookie question, but how often are you guys on trails where there is no cell phone coverage? I would love to find a trail that goes beyond the reach of cell towers. I have read in some of the discussions here about clubs that require CB's before heading out on a ride. If there is cell phone coverage, why the CB's? The only thing I can guess, if all the Jeeps agree to monitor a certain freq, all someone has to do is open the channel and they are broadcasting to everyone at once which would be faster than calling each person individually. Is that the reason?
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:14 PM   #14
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The group here in Tampa use them all the time. Its just much easier to communicate just by the click of a button! It's not required but def makes it easier
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I hate to ask a rookie question, but how often are you guys on trails where there is no cell phone coverage? I would love to find a trail that goes beyond the reach of cell towers. I have read in some of the discussions here about clubs that require CB's before heading out on a ride. If there is cell phone coverage, why the CB's? The only thing I can guess, if all the Jeeps agree to monitor a certain freq, all someone has to do is open the channel and they are broadcasting to everyone at once which would be faster than calling each person individually. Is that the reason?
If you look up a map off of Verizon Wireless, many mountainous regions do not have cell service (ie East Tenn). Also as you state, there is usually a channel selected prior to going on which channel to use to communicate to everyone. I have also heard of people being able to be warned by the NOAA if a major storm/tornado is in the area.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:07 AM   #16
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I have the Cobra 75 WX ST. With all of the controls in the mic, I don't have to worry about it "disappearing" I only hook it up for traveling or group rides.
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:02 AM   #17
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I am hoping to put one in this weekend.
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:26 PM   #18
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I use mine all the time on the highway back and forth to work but I think I use the pa more. Get a nice loud voice letting the person texting at a traffic light in front of you that the light is green. The typical response from them is the finger.
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:35 PM   #19
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CB on the trail is pretty critical, especially in larger groups. The more trips you go on the more you will realize it. One of the biggest reasons they are important is because they help keep everyone together. People can signal that they need a spotter, that they are stuck, or that they missed a turn. There are points that the bigger groups will spread out some...making a form of communication nice to have. There has been more than one occasion that our bigger groups would have someone miss a turn. It is easy to call over the CB for the turn. Also, a good tail gunner will alert the trail lead that everyone has made the correct turn (typically the tail gunner knows the trail as well as the trail lead). The second most popular use of the CB normally on trips is to help "spot." There have been many times I have been able to spot the rig in front of me (or behind me) without actually having to get out. There are times the obstacle isnt all that hard, but a driver may just not have seen something that is hanging him up...therefore, its easy to call over the CB with some spotting. Probably 90% of the trails I go on lose cell signal. Even if I had signal, it would be a PITA to have to CALL someone everytime I needed to talk to them...the CB is cheap and it is super helpful on the trail.
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:53 AM   #20
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I'm pretty much on pavement except for hunting but still wanted the CB. Since 2 weeks of having installed there hasn't been much on except the truckers (as far as I could tell) but I'm hoping to eventually find the local "jeepers" channel and maybe get to chat some. As was said before it's a cheap option to have and a radio with weather alerts is well worth it !
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:29 AM   #21
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Any good tips on where to place your CB in your Jeep?
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I got great help on here for mounting above the rearview mirror on the footmans loop. There is a great thread with pictures of different places people have chosen. I like it up there because it really is outa the way and hard for would be thieves to see and yet very functional and easy to get to for use.
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I built an overhead console based off of the tuffy console but didn't want to pay the 230+$. Mounts from the footman loop to the metal between the sound bar. Added some grab handles also and sprayed it with duplicolor spray in bed liner.
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:43 PM   #25
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CB on the trail is pretty critical, especially in larger groups. The more trips you go on the more you will realize it. One of the biggest reasons they are important is because they help keep everyone together. People can signal that they need a spotter, that they are stuck, or that they missed a turn. There are points that the bigger groups will spread out some...making a form of communication nice to have. There has been more than one occasion that our bigger groups would have someone miss a turn. It is easy to call over the CB for the turn. Also, a good tail gunner will alert the trail lead that everyone has made the correct turn (typically the tail gunner knows the trail as well as the trail lead). The second most popular use of the CB normally on trips is to help "spot." There have been many times I have been able to spot the rig in front of me (or behind me) without actually having to get out. There are times the obstacle isnt all that hard, but a driver may just not have seen something that is hanging him up...therefore, its easy to call over the CB with some spotting. Probably 90% of the trails I go on lose cell signal. Even if I had signal, it would be a PITA to have to CALL someone everytime I needed to talk to them...the CB is cheap and it is super helpful on the trail.
X2 exactly on all of that. I have a cellphone and a ham radio in addition to my CB. I would never even consider trying to communicate with others in my group via cellphone, that would just be impractical. Offroad, I use my CB 1000 times for everytime I use my ham radio. CBs are the communications technology of choice for offroading, aside from a few of my fellow hams who can't quite grasp the idea of using anything but their ham radios. As much as I love my ham radio, I'd remove it before I'd remove my CB for trail use if I had to make a choice.

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