Do you know if long haul truckers still use C.B. radios to communicate with each other ? Or are they just outdated and they use other means?


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Walt O'Reagun Profile
Walt O'Reagun answered

Yes, they do.  It's still the best way to get news of traffic, speed traps, etc.

What else are they gonna do?  Program their cell phones with the thousands of other truck drivers on the road?  Lol  > Even if they could do that, they'd have to know who was driving which rig.  Rather than just giving a general call out.

Plus - there are no laws against using CBs while driving.  Because they are technically "emergency equipment", like HAM radios.

(Logging roads still have signs posting what CB channel to use, also.)

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Rooster Cogburn
Rooster Cogburn commented
Just haven't seen any around or any truckers using them.
Walt O'Reagun
Walt O'Reagun commented
If you check out some of the trucking shows, they commonly use them.

Cell phones with "walkie talkie" capability have replaced a few HQ-to-trucker communications. But trucker-to-trucker is still best served by CB radios. And there is at least one CB out there with Bluetooth capability - so they are slowly updating the technology.
Arthur Wright Profile
Arthur Wright answered

CBs are just as much in use today as ever but the language used on it today leaves a lot to be desired.  Other than the foul language, not much has really changed in the CB world my friend

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Rooster Cogburn
Rooster Cogburn commented
Just been years since I've seen one or used one.
Arthur Wright
Arthur Wright commented
I used mine all the time when I was working on the road before my accident 6 years ago. It did seem that there weren't as many but Truckers still use them and will talk to us but I think cell phones have cut into CB usage
Walt O'Reagun
Walt O'Reagun commented
A lot of people around here used to use handheld CB when hunting/hiking/camping. Then they went with GMRS and FRS radios. Now those have been replaced by cell phones.

There are also fewer people each year at the HAM convention locally. With the exception of the year all power and communications went down due to a storm - including cell towers and internet. (So HAM radio was the only communication out of the area. lol)

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