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Thread: Approx 43 years late but catching up UPDATED

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada

    Approx 43 years late but catching up UPDATED

    So i did a little shopping today.

    Let me preface this by reminding ya all that i did not grow up in North America but watched from a far the happenings here.

    So for most of my life i have wanted to hear the truckers on the radio etc and today i finally had a bucket list item and childhood dream come true when i picked up a CB radio.
    Nothing special just a cheapie but it will serve its purpose. Scratch another one off the longggg list of catching up. Hope there are still guys out there to chat with.
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    Already have the antenna wired into car and mounted on roof with bracket. Did that before leaving home hoping to pick up this puppy at a flying j or pilot gas station but none I stopped at had stock of the one i wanted. Found this at a small local electronics repair shop and cheaper than even amazon. Went to a radio shack the other day and they had a single radio. Showed me just how popular cb is nowadays but it was not stopping me.

    All i have to do is hook up to the wires i have already fed through the firewall from the battery and connect the antenna.
    Will see how it goes tomorrow. Cant wait to hear the radio crackle again. Will remind me of my days back in signal corps.

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    Last edited by Rob Keeble; 11-01-2013 at 10:52 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    I used to use the CB a lot on the highway. Even if I wasn't talking, there was stuff to be learned by listening. I have no idea how active the airwaves are these days.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    I remember seeing an episode of Conan O'Brian, which had James Earl Jones (voice of Darth Vader) as his guest. Jones told the story of driving across the midwest back when CB's were popular. He went by the handle of "Darth" and would speak in the Darth Vader voice. He'd then stop in at the truck stops and talk to the other truckers in a high pitched voice and ask if anyone heard that guy "Darth" earlier in the evening.

    "Back in the days when CB radios were big, I used ‘Darth’ as my handle, and driving through Kansas or somewhere, going across country, I would freak people out. I stopped doing that."

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Breaker Breaker 19, Got yer ears on?
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    10-4 good buddy. make sure to keep the clean side up and the dirty side down.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Lakeport NY and/or the nearest hotel

    Approx 43 years late but catching up


  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Used to have them in all my vehicles. Wish I had known this itch you had, have a few in a cupboard in the shop. Would have given you one of them.

    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake. I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place!


  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    I grew up with them. My dad's construction co. couldn't survive without them. There would be jobsites spread out 100 miles apart or more and sometimes my brother and I would be the ones to relay messages. Most of the time it was my mom though. My dad's handle was "Sawdust" and going to the "big city" (Topeka, Manhattan, Licoln or Omaha) to pick up materials was a great time listening to all the traffic. We had a huge antenea on the house as well as at the shop and all the trucks had cb's as well.
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Lakeport NY and/or the nearest hotel
    I had a CB way back when I was a teenager. I was "the Lion Tamer" KBGJ-7305. years later I kept a CB in my van when I was a road photographer (traveling for a living, not photographing Roads...), When I was doing that job my handle was 'Mr Photographer', around that time was when the 'decline' started in the trucking industry which also caused the CB to become of less and less utility to the general public. Truckers still use it for road contact... usually when they're approaching a sea of red taillights ahead of them, which is pretty much what I'd use it for if I were out on the interstate again these days. Also, there are many times when a trucker will need a CB to contact the shipping office at a vendor they're picking up/dropping off at.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Oak Harbor Washington on Whidbey Island
    There may be a little more to hooking up your CB than your aware you have an SWR meter to match the cable & antenna to the radio? If not you may want to find someone that does to help you match them. KQG5341 out.
    "Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
    "If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart

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