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Ryan B.'s Comment
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Winter weather will be coming before too long, so I took advantage of a $20 discount on Uniden CBs at Pilot/Flying J, on top of having $28 in points saved to get a CB radio with weather bands. My statements on CBs are well known here. I am sharing this to show good faith that I am not completely refusing to acknowledge the validity of opinions expressed by other drivers. I asked company shop to connect it and they got right on it.

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Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Winter weather will be coming before too long, so I took advantage of a $20 discount on Uniden CBs at Pilot/Flying J, on top of having $28 in points saved to get a CB radio with weather bands. My statements on CBs are well known here. I am sharing this to show good faith that I am not completely refusing to acknowledge the validity of opinions expressed by other drivers. I asked company shop to connect it and they got right on it.

Good for you, Ryan!!

The gang shall be proud of ya ~ Tom says kudos ... decent unit, especially if you've gotten it peaked and tuned!

Not sure if the company shop does all that, but there are MANY great stops & shops in the vicinity that'll do that for a decent price. I'm sure those in the know on TT will chime in; but if you run the I'80 in PA, Bob's is one of the best, per the Tomster.

Best to ya, good sir.

~ Anne ~

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Ryan B.'s Comment
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Winter weather will be coming before too long, so I took advantage of a $20 discount on Uniden CBs at Pilot/Flying J, on top of having $28 in points saved to get a CB radio with weather bands. My statements on CBs are well known here. I am sharing this to show good faith that I am not completely refusing to acknowledge the validity of opinions expressed by other drivers. I asked company shop to connect it and they got right on it.

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Good for you, Ryan!!

The gang shall be proud of ya ~ Tom says kudos ... decent unit, especially if you've gotten it peaked and tuned!

Not sure if the company shop does all that, but there are MANY great stops & shops in the vicinity that'll do that for a decent price. I'm sure those in the know on TT will chime in; but if you run the I'80 in PA, Bob's is one of the best, per the Tomster.

Best to ya, good sir.

~ Anne ~

I admittedly don't know much about CBs in order to peak and tune. Way back many moons ago, I was a communication technician who repaired weather communication equipment in the Marine Corps. That was so long ago that I have forgotten much more than what I currently know. I understand the theory behind the operation of these radios, but practically speaking, I am as lost as anyone.

I found that place Bob's you mentioned. It's right where I-80 and US-322 come together in Strattanville, PA. On a 34 until tomorrow night, so it will be Monday at the earliest that I am able to make it by there, if I have a run going that direction.

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Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
BK's Comment
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Ryan, I hope you don’t mind, but I want to piggyback on your CB topic. I plan on getting a CB soon, but have never used one before.

I’d like to see comments about current CB etiquette for new users. A tutorial would help us new users.

Bill M.'s Comment
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Yep. Winter weather is the only reason I will soon be connecting mine. I have no use for them otherwise. The conversations I hear on the CB radio are rarely anything I would be interested in. The last time mine was connected was a few months ago when I was hauling at 79,920 lbs over some small rolling hills on route 20 on my way to Lancaster, NY. The driver behind me was hurling insults and foul language at me because I was traveling uphill fast enough for him. I turned off on route 77N to get away from him. He kept jacking his jaws, I think hoping someone would empathize with him, but nobody ever did. Anyway...safe trucking pout there. Bob's is a good place. I've known Bob's place long before I was in trucking, I've heard nothing but good things.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Ryan, I hope you don’t mind, but I want to piggyback on your CB topic. I plan on getting a CB soon, but have never used one before.

I’d like to see comments about current CB etiquette for new users. A tutorial would help us new users.

Plenty of room on this ride. The view is great. Have plenty of healthy snacks and sugar free drinks, too.

I have been thinking the same things. Like, how do I introduce myself when sending out my first transmission?

Bill M.'s Comment
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Breaker one-nine, this is... (use your first name or your own call sign you make up), then say or ask what you want (I'm rolling east bound on 80, any word on what the road conditions look like between 107 and 116? When I wanted to say something to a specific driver around me, say I notice they have an inoperable tail light, I'll break in and say "hey there East bound Prime driver, you got your radio on?" If they answer, I'll tell them. IN this case, I don't say my name unless they ask me. You'll pick up real quick just by listening in on the radio everyday. But, it's usually quiet unless you're near a city or truck stops. Truck stops is where things get real interesting and where there is always a lot of chatter.

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Ryan, I hope you don’t mind, but I want to piggyback on your CB topic. I plan on getting a CB soon, but have never used one before.

I’d like to see comments about current CB etiquette for new users. A tutorial would help us new users.

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Plenty of room on this ride. The view is great. Have plenty of healthy snacks and sugar free drinks, too.

I have been thinking the same things. Like, how do I introduce myself when sending out my first transmission?

Turtle's Comment
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CB etiquette 101

1- This is not a trucker movie. Just talk normally. Leave the"10/4 Good Buddy" & " Smokey Bear" lingo back in the 70's where it belongs.

2- Be kind and respectful. The anonymity of a mic causes some people to turn into immature children. Don't be that person.

3- Nobody cares if it's your favorite song or Bible verse. Don't play it on the radio, we don't want to hear it.

4- If you are riding along with another truck and want to have a long conversation, take it to another channel. Leave 19 open for short, informative communications. The guy riding a mile behind you may want to continue monitoring the channel without listening to you two babble on.

5- If someone warns you and other drivers of a hazard / road delay, give them a quick thank you.

6- Warn others in kind.

7- Trust no one's story. The guy didn't really leave his wallet at home, the gold necklace he's selling for gas money isn't real, and the radio Rambo isn't really going to meet you in the parking lot to kick your ass. They're all trolling you.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Breaker one-nine, this is... (use your first name or your own call sign you make up), then say or ask what you want (I'm rolling east bound on 80, any word on what the road conditions look like between 107 and 116? When I wanted to say something to a specific driver around me, say I notice they have an inoperable tail light, I'll break in and say "hey there East bound Prime driver, you got your radio on?" If they answer, I'll tell them. IN this case, I don't say my name unless they ask me. You'll pick up real quick just by listening in on the radio everyday. But, it's usually quiet unless you're near a city or truck stops. Truck stops is where things get real interesting and where there is always a lot of chatter.

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Ryan, I hope you don’t mind, but I want to piggyback on your CB topic. I plan on getting a CB soon, but have never used one before.

I’d like to see comments about current CB etiquette for new users. A tutorial would help us new users.

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Plenty of room on this ride. The view is great. Have plenty of healthy snacks and sugar free drinks, too.

I have been thinking the same things. Like, how do I introduce myself when sending out my first transmission?

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Fantastic and much appreciated. Do you use "breaker 1-9" only for transmitting on channel 19? I do understand that this and channel 9 are the "emergency" channels. I suppose that is why a driver is most likely to receive a response to a transmission.

Bill M.'s Comment
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right on!

CB etiquette 101

1- This is not a trucker movie. Just talk normally. Leave the"10/4 Good Buddy" & " Smokey Bear" lingo back in the 70's where it belongs.

2- Be kind and respectful. The anonymity of a mic causes some people to turn into immature children. Don't be that person.

3- Nobody cares if it's your favorite song or Bible verse. Don't play it on the radio, we don't want to hear it.

4- If you are riding along with another truck and want to have a long conversation, take it to another channel. Leave 19 open for short, informative communications. The guy riding a mile behind you may want to continue monitoring the channel without listening to you two babble on.

5- If someone warns you and other drivers of a hazard / road delay, give them a quick thank you.

6- Warn others in kind.

7- Trust no one's story. The guy didn't really leave his wallet at home, the gold necklace he's selling for gas money isn't real, and the radio Rambo isn't really going to meet you in the parking lot to kick your ass. They're all trolling you.

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