Cb Radios And Box Truck Drivers

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Spider-Man's Comment
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I've been driving box trucks and non combos in southern Florida for almost 2 years now. And I've been thinking that before I start my class a school if get a handheld CB to use but I'm wondering. Would you big guys talk to us knowing we're not big trucks. I know there's a respect in trucking and everything but do you 18 wheelers talk to the "little guys" any advice would help.

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Michael's Comment
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Absolutely not, lol. Sure why wouldn't we talk to someone else on the cb. I've talked talked with some of the pickups hauling stuff and even a pickup truck where the driver was using a little hand held radio.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Absolutely we would. Personally I never saw the CB as a truckers only kinda thing and truckers in our society really don't have enough prestige to be turning their noses up at anyone. We'll take all the friends we can get and we're just happy to talk to someone that doesn't hate us!

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I would talk to box trucks, 4-wheelers, or base stations just the same. Didn't matter to me. I enjoyed the CB immensely. It's a shame there are always so many jerks on there trying to ruin it for everyone but it's still plenty of fun and incredibly useful anyhow. I used to enjoy finding someone to run with for a while. Switch it off of channel 19 onto one of the other stations, relax, and enjoy some good conversation.

Old School's Comment
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The citizen's band radio is something every truck driver should use for obvious safety reasons, but sadly it is becoming a thing that many people don't even have in their trucks anymore. With all the modern ways of communicating there is still no new method available that is as quickly available for a warning or a note of caution to the other drivers in a short radius of you when there is a disaster looming around the next bend in the road or blind spot. Just two days ago I tried to warn another driver who was passing me that he had a tire on his trailer that was really low, and he needed to pull over and check it out. No response - probably no radio in his truck! Ten or twelve miles down the road in the middle of nowhere in West Texas I see a big long gator in the road and not far from that is my C.B.-less friend parked on the side of the road, scratching his head and looking at his blown tire with a bewildered look on his face! The radio is a very handy tool that everyone should have in their truck. This isn't just an "old school" idea, it is a life saver at times.

I keep mine on most of the time now, but at first I kind of had to get accustomed to it. There's a learning curve involved because you can really come across as a funny sounding green horn if you are not careful - and everyone listening will know it. That's just part of the rites of passage to being a truck driver though!

Most of us would be glad to talk to anyone, in fact most truck drivers can "talk the hind leg off of a mule!"

I had a great little conversation with a little kid once who called himself "Professor X."

For those of you that might be interested, here's a couple of comical, yet informative links concerning the use of the C. B. Radio.

"Pappy's" article

A rookie reveals himself on the radio

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Scott M's Comment
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Oldschool- very helpful post. There's good and bad in the CB today and oftentimes the bad outweighs the good.

I pulled up your 3 links, and can see more positives with the CB. THANKS

The citizen's band radio is something every truck driver should use for obvious safety reasons, but sadly it is becoming a thing that many people don't even have in their trucks anymore. With all the modern ways of communicating there is still no new method available that is as quickly available for a warning or a note of caution to the other drivers in a short radius of you when there is a disaster looming around the next bend in the road or blind spot. Just two days ago I tried to warn another driver who was passing me that he had a tire on his trailer that was really low, and he needed to pull over and check it out. No response - probably no radio in his truck! Ten or twelve miles down the road in the middle of nowhere in West Texas I see a big long gator in the road and not far from that is my C.B.-less friend parked on the side of the road, scratching his head and looking at his blown tire with a bewildered look on his face! The radio is a very handy tool that everyone should have in their truck. This isn't just an "old school" idea, it is a life saver at times.

I keep mine on most of the time now, but at first I kind of had to get accustomed to it. There's a learning curve involved because you can really come across as a funny sounding green horn if you are not careful - and everyone listening will know it. That's just part of the rites of passage to being a truck driver though!

Most of us would be glad to talk to anyone, in fact most truck drivers can "talk the hind leg off of a mule!"

I had a great little conversation with a little kid once who called himself "Professor X."

For those of you that might be interested, here's a couple of comical, yet informative links concerning the use of the C. B. Radio.

"Pappy's" article

A rookie reveals himself on the radio

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Iris T.'s Comment
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The Galaxy DX 595 is the kind of radio I've always wanted. The radio works great out of the box, but there is room for improvement. I plan to send the radio to a tech to sharpen and tune the unit and make adjustments to the clarifier. I found this radio to be a professional piece of equipment and a bit much for a beginner like me, so I returned it for a cheaper model, the Uniden 980 SSB.

TCB's Comment
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I have no problem communicating with other cb’s no matter what vehicle it might be in. They might have some useful information, or perhaps I may share something that might prevent an accident or some inconvenience for someone. If your truck has a cb cubby, I would get a regular cb. A handheld just doesn’t get far out.

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