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Old 07 Apr 2005, 01:28 pm   #1 (permalink)
Big Kahuna
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Greets.

This is kinda/sorta off topic, but the usenet group on cb radio is
hellish with rants, off-topic junk, and flamewars. Too bad.

Anyway, I drive cross country twice a year in my 02 Camry. I was
thinking that it might be interesting this time (next month) to get a CB
radio to monitor and occasionally xmit.

I don't want a full blown dash install. But I don't want some Mickey
Mouse, plug it into the cig lighter and let it sit on the seat thing
either. Also, I know the antenna makes a huge difference in
performance. So...magnetic rooftop and run the cable out the (always
slightly open) window? Trunk magnetic mount? Bumper mount?

I've been away from this stuff for 20+ years so I'm clueless about
current products out there. Thanks in advance for suggestions.

N6OEF
Tom
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Old 10 Apr 2005, 01:15 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"Big Kahuna" <none@nothanks.com> wrote in message
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> Greets.
>
> This is kinda/sorta off topic, but the usenet group on cb radio is
> hellish with rants, off-topic junk, and flamewars. Too bad.
>
> Anyway, I drive cross country twice a year in my 02 Camry. I was
> thinking that it might be interesting this time (next month) to get a CB
> radio to monitor and occasionally xmit.
>
> I don't want a full blown dash install. But I don't want some Mickey
> Mouse, plug it into the cig lighter and let it sit on the seat thing
> either. Also, I know the antenna makes a huge difference in
> performance. So...magnetic rooftop and run the cable out the (always
> slightly open) window? Trunk magnetic mount? Bumper mount?
>
> I've been away from this stuff for 20+ years so I'm clueless about
> current products out there. Thanks in advance for suggestions.
>
> N6OEF
> Tom


Tom,
I see you have a US Ham license.
Why would you want CB .
There must be loads of 2 Mtr and 70 Cmt Repeaters as you cross the USA.
plus IRPL links.

de Johnny UK G3LIV.


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Old 11 Apr 2005, 11:23 am   #3 (permalink)
Big Kahuna
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In article <d3bqgb$i5$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk>, "JM" <johnny@melvin.com>
wrote:

> "Big Kahuna" <none@nothanks.com> wrote in message
> news:none-5C12B7.11283707042005@news.stanford.edu...
> > Greets.
> >
> > This is kinda/sorta off topic, but the usenet group on cb radio is
> > hellish with rants, off-topic junk, and flamewars. Too bad.
> >
> > Anyway, I drive cross country twice a year in my 02 Camry. I was
> > thinking that it might be interesting this time (next month) to get a CB
> > radio to monitor and occasionally xmit.
> >
> > I don't want a full blown dash install. But I don't want some Mickey
> > Mouse, plug it into the cig lighter and let it sit on the seat thing
> > either. Also, I know the antenna makes a huge difference in
> > performance. So...magnetic rooftop and run the cable out the (always
> > slightly open) window? Trunk magnetic mount? Bumper mount?
> >
> > I've been away from this stuff for 20+ years so I'm clueless about
> > current products out there. Thanks in advance for suggestions.
> >
> > N6OEF
> > Tom

>
> Tom,
> I see you have a US Ham license.
> Why would you want CB .
> There must be loads of 2 Mtr and 70 Cmt Repeaters as you cross the USA.
> plus IRPL links.
>
> de Johnny UK G3LIV.


Howdy.
Cause I just want road reports from truckers et al. I don't usually
monitor 2 meter anymore; many are PL'd and closed and I don't usually
hear a lot on the Interstate anyway. And, I'm not really a rag-chewer
type; I'm more of a lurker/auteur.

I just thought it would be fun to have something else to listen to on
long interstate road trips and CB seemed to be the way to go. I've been
driving I40 (and old Route 66) for 30+ years and I was amazed at how
much truck traffic was on the road when I went back in February. It
just continues to increase. Most rest stops where I pulled in at night
were *covered* with trucks as were lots of the "view-downhill" onramps.

tom
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Old 12 Apr 2005, 08:11 am   #4 (permalink)
Ken Peterson
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On Mon, 11 Apr 2005 09:23:26 -0700, Big Kahuna <none@nothanks.com>
wrote:

How about SSB? I recall back in the day when I had my CB that the
single side band had greater range. The question is, do truckers use
that on the highways like they did/do with channel 19 with CBs?

>In article <d3bqgb$i5$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk>, "JM" <johnny@melvin.com>
>wrote:
>
>> "Big Kahuna" <none@nothanks.com> wrote in message
>> news:none-5C12B7.11283707042005@news.stanford.edu...
>> > Greets.
>> >
>> > This is kinda/sorta off topic, but the usenet group on cb radio is
>> > hellish with rants, off-topic junk, and flamewars. Too bad.
>> >
>> > Anyway, I drive cross country twice a year in my 02 Camry. I was
>> > thinking that it might be interesting this time (next month) to get a CB
>> > radio to monitor and occasionally xmit.
>> >
>> > I don't want a full blown dash install. But I don't want some Mickey
>> > Mouse, plug it into the cig lighter and let it sit on the seat thing
>> > either. Also, I know the antenna makes a huge difference in
>> > performance. So...magnetic rooftop and run the cable out the (always
>> > slightly open) window? Trunk magnetic mount? Bumper mount?
>> >
>> > I've been away from this stuff for 20+ years so I'm clueless about
>> > current products out there. Thanks in advance for suggestions.
>> >
>> > N6OEF
>> > Tom

>>
>> Tom,
>> I see you have a US Ham license.
>> Why would you want CB .
>> There must be loads of 2 Mtr and 70 Cmt Repeaters as you cross the USA.
>> plus IRPL links.
>>
>> de Johnny UK G3LIV.

>
>Howdy.
>Cause I just want road reports from truckers et al. I don't usually
>monitor 2 meter anymore; many are PL'd and closed and I don't usually
>hear a lot on the Interstate anyway. And, I'm not really a rag-chewer
>type; I'm more of a lurker/auteur.
>
>I just thought it would be fun to have something else to listen to on
>long interstate road trips and CB seemed to be the way to go. I've been
>driving I40 (and old Route 66) for 30+ years and I was amazed at how
>much truck traffic was on the road when I went back in February. It
>just continues to increase. Most rest stops where I pulled in at night
>were *covered* with trucks as were lots of the "view-downhill" onramps.
>
>tom


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Old 17 Apr 2005, 08:22 am   #5 (permalink)
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Tom,
I use a radio by K40, and the antenna is also by K40 with a magnetic mount
on the roof. I pass the cable thru the rear door. The thick weather
stripping around the door forms a nice seal around the cable.

http://www.k40.com/Products/Antenna/...cbantenna.html

Looks like they have discontinued the radio.

--
Tony Marsillo
Nutmeg Repair
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"Big Kahuna" <none@nothanks.com> wrote in message
news:none-5C12B7.11283707042005@news.stanford.edu...
> Greets.
>
> This is kinda/sorta off topic, but the usenet group on cb radio is
> hellish with rants, off-topic junk, and flamewars. Too bad.
>
> Anyway, I drive cross country twice a year in my 02 Camry. I was
> thinking that it might be interesting this time (next month) to get a CB
> radio to monitor and occasionally xmit.
>
> I don't want a full blown dash install. But I don't want some Mickey
> Mouse, plug it into the cig lighter and let it sit on the seat thing
> either. Also, I know the antenna makes a huge difference in
> performance. So...magnetic rooftop and run the cable out the (always
> slightly open) window? Trunk magnetic mount? Bumper mount?
>
> I've been away from this stuff for 20+ years so I'm clueless about
> current products out there. Thanks in advance for suggestions.
>
> N6OEF
> Tom



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