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CB on the slab

Just to break the boredom on the slab. Anyone still use a cb
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Just to break the boredom on the slab. Anyone still use a cb
I use a Midland 75-822 which also has WX band. Simple, inexpensive and it works. About all you will hear is "foul mouth" truckers" though, not much going on, on CB anymore, although I am sure some areas are hotter than others. I keep mine in my pannier in case I want to use it. I use it mostly for receive not transmit I also use an external antenna and I can plug my head set into it. I use the same antenna base for my 440/220Mhz amateur radios. I think I paid $79.00 for the Midland from Amazon.com.
Not worth putting much time or $ into an expensive unit IMO

https://midlandusa.com/cb-radios/pro...5-822cb-radio/

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About the only use for CB is to listen to truckers warning about road problems or troopers. That's why about the only place to buy a CB anymore is a truck stop.

Ham radio can be more fun, it you're in repeater range (or riding with other hams), especially if it's one of the repeaters that link around the world. It's easy to get a ham license (pass 26 out of 35 questions on a simple written test).

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I'm also considering that Midland unit and was also wondering if it would be worth it for something different to listen to. I'm hoping to possibly hear of traffic jams and crashes enough ahead of time to get off the highway. I spent 3 hours in one spot on a VA interstate a few years back while they landed helicopters to airlift the injured out. I wasn't even close enough to see anything going on, I was like 5 miles back. I don't want a repeat of that if I can help it.

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depending on the state if you have an normal radio you can get info from.

http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions...Pages/HAR.aspx

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Re: CB on the slab

I was in a 4 hr jam on I 10. I travel 10 often and think a cb might have helped. On the midland I wonder if I can plug in a Bluetooth transmitter to link with a sena? Just need to listen not transmit. How well does the midland receive with the built in antenna?

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I use a CB on my K1200LT. It's good for checking in with truckers to learn about road conditions, etc. Also, my riding buddy has a Gold Wing with a CB so that is our bike-to-bike communications.

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I've never used the CB on my bike. Think I'll learn how to. Roger that.

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A CB came with my 03 LTE which i used a total of 6 or 7 times in 6 years. It helped in a traffic jam twice. Probably the most useful time was when I ran into two Gold Wing riders who helped tune it and then invited me to lunch for the best hamburgers in nawth Georgia. Turns out they were telling the truth. All the hassel of that CB was worth it for that find alone.



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Years ago I heard about Apple I-pod. Mine has about 6 days worth of music that I really enjoy, mostly blues, rock and roll and a little of a lot a wide variety.

Some people use sat radios.

CB would just give me a head ache; repeaters got boring very fast.

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My LT came with one that looks like one of those handheld jobbers. I think it's a Midland provided by the OEM, along with the remote mounted whip antenna. It rests in the oddments box, and I'm guessing it's meant to be used while pulled over. It might interface with the V.O.I.C.E. system, but I haven't gotten around to figuring it out. Can't have too many comm devices when out on the road.

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I use a CB on my K1200LT. It's good for checking in with truckers to learn about road conditions, etc. Also, my riding buddy has a Gold Wing with a CB so that is our bike-to-bike communications.

Ditto; I use it for bike-to-bike communication and if things get boring you can squalk with the truckers and catch the latest smokey reports!

The CB came with the bike when I bought it new in early 2004.

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Re: CB on the slab

With my old VTX group, we used them quite extensively. My wife and I both had the J&M on our bikes and when we'd take off for the weekend, we'd use them to communicate with each other. My 05 has one on it, but will be coming off very shortly (says BMW but looks like a J&M), probably this weekend. Never have used it, but I did plug in and it did seem to work fine. Probably going to post it up on the classified and see what I can get for it.

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