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Old July 25th, 2017, 12:19 PM
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Does anyone still use a CB Radio?

Okay, clearly its been a long time since I have been out with big groups. It use to be the CB was the 'defacto' communication method for groups on the trail.

Are people still using CB's for trail communication?

I know the benefits of 'real radios' like those in the Amateur/HAM radio categories. While clearly the choice for those going along ways from civilization, either alone, or in small groups, but they seem difficult to justify for what is usually fairly close range communications.

And there seems like alot of talk about FRS/GRMS Radios these days as well, with Vehicle mount GRMS promising to provide clearer, long range than the old CB. But if you are the only guy with one, what good is it?

Was just wondering the current state of popular communication, as I am replacing my broken CB Antenna mount..
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Old July 25th, 2017, 12:29 PM
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We use CBs in Uwharrie. FRS Handhelds never are as clear on the trail as my CB. I end up having both on since some have CBs and others FRS.
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Old July 25th, 2017, 12:33 PM
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I like cb because I carry an extra handheld with a nicad battery I can a) use while winching and b) hand to a truck without comms


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CBs are still what I use and predominantly, what I see others using as well.
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I use a CB on the trail but it seems like a group of Rovers stops on the trail every 5 to 10 minutes for a break down/beer/piss stop in between technical sections anyways. So I usually just get out of the truck and walk up to see what the heck the hold up is. On the Vermont Overland Trophy however, we used them quite a bit because we were moving pretty fast and navigating as well.
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Old July 25th, 2017, 02:51 PM
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Been using FRS a lot. But most of the time the vehicle I'm trying to talk to is right behind me or within easy eyeshot.

I did get my ham radio license, but have used it on the trail once. Was nice as once our group got a few miles apart from each other, but no issues with talking. I'm sure CB could do the same but the ham radio was very nice.
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Old July 25th, 2017, 03:22 PM
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I have about 20+ of these I use
for off roading and airsoft

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00RN...shL&ref=plSrch


This antenna works great if your in the Rover.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00XQ...6nL&ref=plSrch
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Old July 25th, 2017, 04:10 PM
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I have 2 of these : Cobra Electronics: C 75 WX ST CB Radio & CB Radio Reviews

Still use CB primarily but have used frs in the past.... but the batteries die or I lose them.



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Old July 25th, 2017, 06:09 PM
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NCLR went to HAM a number of years ago. That being said, I never felt the need to go out and get my license until about a year ago, but I still haven't bought myself a radio. Most of the time, someone will have a spare inexpensive radio to loan out on the trail. I still have my HH CB lying around, but doesn't get any use.
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Thought these Midland 'Dash Mount' GMRS Radios where a nice solution, but only if everyone else is running them. Supposedly better clarity and range than CBs, but again, if everyone is not using them how useful is it?

Available in models from 5 to 40 watts, they should get some range..

https://midlandusa.com/micromobile/

Article on Expedtion Portal about them..

https://expeditionportal.com/midland...-mount-radios/

But sounds like for now I am good with the old Uniden Cb that's already set-up..
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