People Still Buy and Use CB Radios

When I was a kid you had to have an FCC license to operate a CB radio. I remember that channel 9 was the emergency frequency, and you could get in a lot of trouble using it wrongly. Channel 19 was the common channel used by truck drivers. You would hear traffic reports as well as warnings about speed traps and road hazards. Drivers would tell other drivers if lights were out on their rigs and more. When I recently got a job driving truck, I checked online for CD radio reviews. I was surprised to discover that Citizen Band radios were still in use by truck drivers.

It makes sense. It is an immediate method of short range communication. When you are on the road, you benefit by knowing the information available from a group of drivers on the road that are within a few miles of you. It is good to know about accidents up ahead or police who are using radar catching speeders. You can get info if a weigh station is currently open and even find out the best place to stop and eat that has room to park your rig. As you roll along, you can only reach out to people within a few miles or so around you. The information is always fresh and local without you having to change a thing.

Plus, you get to know certain people in certain areas. Locals with home base stations still are on the air, and they may make for some good conversation on another channel if you are driving and needing to talk to stay alert in the wee hours of the morning. I had thought the CB radios would have become dinosaurs like old black and white TVs, but that is not the case. They are still very popular.


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