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jamescook

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Posted: 11/06/13 03:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi,
next May, we want to start on a 4 months trip though the United States with our own RV (shipped from Germany).

Do you think is worth to have a CB or ham radio installed for this trip? (I would get a technician class license, if ham makes sense)

I'm talking about close range communication, like chatting while passing on a highway. I don't like big antennas on my small Sprinter Van. Getting in contact with other RVers and residents is our main focus for this trip, not visiting the touristical hightlights.

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you will encounter more RVs with CB's than with ham equipment so purely on that basis i'd opt for the CB since 1986. however, I can count on less than one hand the number of chats I've had with other RVs on CB. I've tried calling countless times on ch 19, 13 and other channels with nary a response. RVs traveling in the same direction we are, RVs on the side of the road with the blinkers going, even RVs with storage bay doors open or TV antennas up...nada. but...I have yakked with any number of truck drivers and the CB excels at getting real-time traffic information.

we're both hams and also have HF/VHF/UHF equipment in the RV. the ham equipment is great for passing time either while in motion or when parked at the campground. with the right equipment and antenna you can chat with folks in other states, other countries and other continents as you tool on down the road.

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Posted: 11/06/13 03:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm curious to see the replies. I just bought a new CB antenna to use with one of my old CBs. We will be traveling through some remote areas going out West. I'm also looking at a technician class ham license.

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Posted: 11/06/13 03:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

B.O. Plenty, go for your license! It's pretty easy and here is a site that will help you study:

Ham Exam

I encourage anyone with an interest to use this site as a practice test site!

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Unless the RVer you are going to attempt to communicate with is in your group, chances are: You'll never make contact with another RVer.
RVers just don't use the CBs anymore. As to the ham radio??? There is an even greater failure rate.
Haven't used my CB in over 6 years. Took two years to get it to sink in that nobody but truckers swearing to each other is the only thing you hear.


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Not necessarily rv' ers, but I have had many chats using 52 simplex on two meters.


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Are you wanting to connect to RV'rs for a reason other than to just chat? If not..then a CB..and as others have said, it's useless. If you are thinking for security reasons, it's a cel. If you are way out in the boonies and no cel, you'll have to actually talk to someone face to face.


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Posted: 11/06/13 05:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We traveled cross country and never contacted another CBer. I don't think its worth it.


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I use my VHF/UHF radio in my truck but I program it for repeaters for use enroute. No I have never made contact with other travelers but it is nice to have to pass time, I even use it campsites for local repeaters.

I encourage anyone to go for their license.

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Posted: 11/06/13 05:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

if you have an interest... get a license..

Cb since 1970, before truckers know what it was

.. Ham almost as long.. N8BSJ...

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