Rules Of The Road – CB Style
CB radios would be the most prominent method in which trucking companies stay in touch using their trucks on the highway. Truck drivers rely on by doing this of communication not just for his or her livelihood, but additionally to pass through time on individuals lonely streets within the dead of evening.
However, with CB radios come a couple of recommendations in addition to alerts for usage. Previously, the airwaves were supervised faithfully, but as more CB customers, in trucks and passenger automobiles, hit the streets, that task grew to become close to impossible. So, the Golden Rule is applicable somewhat to CB usage. You treat others about the airwaves as you wish to become treated.
Save time before you speak. Wouldn’t everybody take advantage of these tips? Seriously, truck drivers and trucking companies aren’t the sole ones which use CB radios. Lots of people make use of the CB airwaves every single day from cops and peace owners towards the normal, person with average skills. Which means even children might be listening. So be careful about your words and steer clear of excessive or foul language. That which you have to say is an expression on not just you, however the trucking company you represent.
Don’t get taken for any ride. You will find many people about the airwaves plus some possess a dozen sob tales to suit the conversation at hands. Others possess a really “great deal” on some merchandise and will you be interested? Then you will find individuals that are looking to satisfy you somewhere to “get to understand you best.” Be cautious about individuals situations, because generally, there’s trouble. Make use of your good sense and don’t believe all you hear.
Make use of the CB radio sensibly. CB radios are helpful tools for truck drivers, vacationers and trucking companies. If you notice any sort of accident on the highway, the CB may be used to alert the correct government bodies just in case someone needs medical assistance. Truck drivers take advantage of reported traffic problems by changing their path to avoid any delays. CB radios also have stored many truck motorists awake on the highway too.
Typically, you need to worry no more than yourself if this involves the CB radio – the Golden Rule and all sorts of that! Go for what it’s – an opportune tool that’s needed that you should continue with your work. Keep in mind that you simply represent your trucking company available on the highway, so be aware of this each time you apply the CB radio.
Base Station CB Antennas
Continuing with our research into the CB craze of the mid 70s we’ll take a look at what were considered the elite antennas when it came to having a CB setup. While the truckers may have ruled the roads and channel 19, it was the everyday hobbyist who ruled the airwaves from his home, and rule they did.
If you were on CB and really wanted to impress people with your booming voice over the airwaves you had no choice but to set up a base unit. Not only were the units themselves powerful but the antennas that people put up on their roof tops could have given some rival TV stations a run for their money.
Choosing a CB antenna for your base station was not easy. There were plenty to choose from and they all had their pluses and minuses.
One of the most powerful, yet most frustrating was the ever popular Moon Raker. This was a beam antenna that looked very similar to TV antennas, most having 3 elements mounted on an 11 meter base. These were called regular Moon Rakers. However, there were beam antennas that had up to six elements on them. They were referred to as a Moon Raker 6. These things were huge. The problem with them was that they were directional antennas. What this means is that depending on what direction your antenna was pointing that was where you got your best reception and transmission. So if you were speaking to somebody who was south of you and your antenna was pointing north you had to turn the antenna 180 degrees in order to get a decent reception. This got to be a pain after a while. The plus side was that these antennas were so powerful they could cut through anything once you had your target zeroed in.
Another popular base antenna was what was called the “Big Stick”. This was really just a very long fiberglass antenna. They were usually about 10 to 15 feet long. They weren’t as powerful as the Moon Raker but they transmitted and received equally well in all directions and therefore were great all purpose base antennas especially if you were in a centrally located area where you had a number of people you could speak to in all directions. Also, Big Sticks were relatively cheap next to a Moon Raker that sold for a couple of hundred dollars. A Big Stick was about $70.
For people who didn’t have a very large budget, there were base station antennas made that quite honestly were not much more powerful than their mobile counterparts. When you take the lack of power of these antennas into account against their price tag of about $50, it made much more sense to go with a Big Stick.
The biggest problem with all of these antennas, especially in the old days, was that they were constantly interfering with TV receptions. Today with cable, things are not quite as bad.
Even though CB isn’t as popular with homeowners as it was 30 years ago, you can still see these bad boys on roof tops if you look close enough. Just make sure you stop the car first before taking a look.