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Hello all....finally will have my first jeep, a jk, due in next week. Always wanted one and finally said " I'm buying a new toy ! " My question is.....for communication and help, if needed, when off of the asphalt, are there any particular channels that most jeep people seem to use the most. We all know truckers and channel 19 so just thought maybe there were certain channels that we seem to use and monitor the most. Thanks and looking forward to another " cha Ching " hobby.
 

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Hello all....finally will have my first jeep, a jk, due in next week. Always wanted one and finally said " I'm buying a new toy ! " My question is.....for communication and help, if needed, when off of the asphalt, are there any particular channels that most jeep people seem to use the most. We all know truckers and channel 19 so just thought maybe there were certain channels that we seem to use and monitor the most. Thanks and looking forward to another " cha Ching " hobby.
You might want to check with some local jeep clubs , most have a certain channel they use..
 

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Channel 9 is monitored for emergencies in many areas and should only be used for that purpose.

I've been on trail rides where channel 4 was used (4wd) and channel 16 (4x4) was used. At EJS, trails are assigned channels to use.

Often when with just a small group, a the clearest channel is selected.

In a genuine emergency, my first choice would be a cellphone if I were able to reach a tower.
 

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Don't go too far offroad without letting someone know where you're going or bringing a friend with another 4x4. A cb will not get you help if there's nobody around to hear it and most cb's transmit a mile or less in rough terrain. Don't rely on somebody randomly picking up your signal and coming to help you.
 

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cb radio channels

Thanks to all who replied. 1 mile huh? Must have had ham radio in the corner of my little brain. Local clubs and specific areas makes perfect sense so thanks again. Took delivery tonight and will check out communication area for tailgate mounted antenna routing. Want it to be clean..sealed..and factory looking.
 

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The best CB channel is the one that doesn't have a bunch of other people on it.

I never use 4 because there's always others on it. I tend to use 30+ to avoid other people.

Doesn't matter where you mount the radio as long as the antenna and coax are done right and tuned.
 

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The benefit of running a CB on trail is communicating with those you run with - especially in remote locations a CB is not much use for emergency type communications due to its limited range. Our local Jeep club usually runs on Chanel 4.

For peace of mind, I got a Spot. A satellite emergency device that so long as you can get a clear view of the sky can transmit emergency messages (or "I am ok just running late" messages so folks know you are ok) and track your location. There is currently a rebate going on with them as well.
 

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Most guys I know wheel on channel 4 or 10. A lot of cb's also have a scan feature so you can see who is talking where pretty easily.
 

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Don't be quick to get your self in trouble. Always research where you are going to go. I always Scout the area and turn around and come back another day and a little more prepared.
1. Water
2. Food
3. Extra Clothing and Sleeping Bag
4. Always ask your self if you think you can walk out if you get stuck. You would be surprised how far 2 miles walking is.
5. Shovel
6. Winch
7. Weather conditions, rain and wind cause flooding and them big rotting trees love to fall in the middle of the road. THE ONLY WAY OUT!
This year for some reason the trees are falling everywhere, so I'm just sticking close to civilization.
 

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True story on a benefit of CB. We had a run of about 30 rigs. Somewhere near the back of the line, a doggie had fallen out of a Jeep. It came through on the CB - looking for folks who had enough cell signal to call ahead to our destination and have a vet on standby. We needed to keep moving because time was important for the dog - instead of stopping all 30 rigs, all the folks running to the back of the line to see what was up would have taken precious time. This way everyone with CB knew and could stop where they were and try to get cell signal then roll again (do not underestimate the amount of time it takes 30 rigs worth of people to get out of their rig, walk to back of the line, spend time chatting, get back in their rigs....) Unfortunately about 5 minutes later came the call over CB to just slow the line as the vet would not be needed as the dog had passed on.... But had the dog survived, the time saved by using the CB could have made all the difference in the world.

Also when we ran in Sedona, I fell and broke my ankle. We had our trailmates guide us back to pavement, but had great CB reception until we were almost at the ER. We picked them up again on our way out on CB - they had waited for us nearby. We didnt have an opportunity to inspect our rig after the trail, and they wanted to be sure to escort us back home (about a 90ish minute drive). We kept CB contact the whole way back...just in case. Had something happened, we had about 4 or 5 rigs ready to pull over and assist as soon as the call came through.
 
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