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Chuck S.'s Comment
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a few shippers and receivers use them, dot in california likes to yell at you in the scales, some truck stops use them when you are on their scales, it's handy when you need them. you will probably spend 100 bucks for a start up system, you can spend a lot more then that if you want.

you might want to get a hand held (portable) radio to start out with... might be all you would need tip ... don't put batteries in the hand held, just plug it into the cigarette lighter when you need to use it... good luck

Hey guys, Maybe a silly question but I've seen people talking about buying a CB - do trucks not come equipped w/ a CB? Or maybe people just like the upgraded / fancy ones? How important is getting a "good" one? Thoughts / advice on CB's? Thanks!

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

JoAnne EC's Comment
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Oh I will absolutely have one, I was just surprised to hear that they aren't installed in the truck! I appreciate everyone's input - keep it coming! =)

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Unfortunately they arent used as often or as they should be. the new cascadias dont even have the cubby hole for them, at least not the 2019 i was in.

Most of the time its old timers complaining about us "steering wheel holders who were trained on elogs and dont know nothin". but then they ask how to log something on those elogs lol.

its.handy in bad weather n accidents for detours and such. i have only been to one customer who required it because cell reception didnt work there. most just call u. i didnt hear my first trailer blowout and kept truckin along. another driver radioed me. again its unfortunate that most of the time it is negative banter. i get on there with my female voice and liven them up ohhhhh ahhh a woman! lol

Elog:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Elogs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dave Reid's Comment
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Schneider does not prohibit CBs. I don't know who told you that, but they are incorrect. Check with your supervisor.

Schneider *does* prohibit use of telephone while driving, but that's another matter.

I can't even have a CB confused.gif

I haven't gotten over this yet. rofl-1.gif

I mean I've seen a few other Schneider drivers with them but we aren't supposed to have one. But they have the hookups for them.

Kevin L.'s Comment
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I can tell you I see the cb as an integral part of trucking. Mine has saved me many times in the past year or so already. I don’t want to speak of particular companies but I can tell you I have talked with some drivers that that were not from a mega carrier company that said they were not allowed to operate a cb while operating the truck. Those companies indicate they see it as distracted driving. One in particular I was told about had inward facing cameras that were used to enforce this and other company rules. The concept of not being allowed to use cell phones without a headset is understandable to me. If the dot wants to be that tough they better outlaw 2way radios for business, ham ,municipal uses as well. In fact they should not allow any distracting messaging devices at all including eld devices with messaging or sound.

Today’s generation is all about their cellphones, game systems, tablets. The cb allows you to communicate with drivers near you without needing their phone number or social media I’d

Far as good cb or higher end ham radio modified for 11 meter (cb) goes the choice is yours the law says you can only transmit 4 watts on 11 meter band but you can find cb shops that will convert 10 meter ham radios to work on cb ant they can output hundreds of watts. More wattage gets you more distance when correctly paired with a decent antenna.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PlanB's Comment
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Those 10 meter radios that the cb shops modify to transmit on 11 meter (cb) bands are technically illegal but no one enforces it.

The only issue I have with those radios is sometimes the cb shop does a bad job and the radio blasts static all over the cb bands. Then they crank up the echo because they were told it makes your voice sounds "fuller."

When they key up the mic all you hear is inaudible echos and static follow by a religiously loud and annoying Roger beep.

The stock 4 watt radios work just fine. No reason to blast static 10 miles up the road.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PlanB's Comment
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They still have them .

They have a padded tray with velcro straps to secure the radio. Power and coaxial hookups are in the back of the tray.

You wouldn't notice it if there wasn't a radio sitting in it.

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Unfortunately they arent used as often or as they should be. the new cascadias dont even have the cubby hole for them, at least not the 2019 i was in.

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