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Old 01-21-2020, 02:42 PM   #201
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Re: Anyone running CB's in their truck these days?

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Gee, maybe I should take one of my old Johnson Messenger II Blackface tube radios and set it up for Mobile. I could use the one that was used for police back then. It would double as a heater. LOL
I have a Blackface rig myself. On long drives you can keep yourself awake by the sready buzz of the on-board oscillating inverter.
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Old 01-21-2020, 03:02 PM   #202
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I have a Blackface rig myself. On long drives you can keep yourself awake by the sready buzz of the on-board oscillating inverter.
Cool and we can swap transmit and receive crystals and mess everyone up. LOL
They really are still great radios. I have a 2M ham radio in my daily driver now and an HF radio in the house, but it all started with a Johnson blackface putting out 23W and then a linear amp. Fun times, good memories, just like the old trucks
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Old 01-21-2020, 06:38 PM   #203
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Even barefoot, the Johnson Messenger II put out 5 watts after the final. Then the FCC stepped in and mandated that CB transceivers should be at 5W in/3.5W out. But radios already sold were grandfathered in. Same with the Messenger I [Whitefaces], same circuits, simpler front -- 5 Xtals.
My Blackface once belonged to an aircraft engineer's son, whose Dad looked at it one evening, and tinkering overnight, rigged a bypass slideswitch on the side that cut out a limiting resistor and let the full output potential of 10W loose.
With a 1/4 wave whip and a solid Chevy steel frame for a ground, I never needed a linear.
I used to run a HyGain Hustler break-over mast with a loaded-coil short whip on top. Then the stub load coil broke. I tried a red Shakespeare stick, but the AZ Dept of Public Safety [Highway Patrol in these parts] pulled me over and said my antenna combo was at an illegal height. [>13'] I have a shorter stub now but I need to tune in the SWR for optimum output.
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Old 01-21-2020, 07:08 PM   #204
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I did not run the radio mobile. But I had a 5/8 wave antenna on my roof (Sigma 5/8) and running any power, was able to talk when I wanted. I was very courteous but when bullies got on the air, I would key up and have my say. LOL. I was young and stupid back then. It's a shame 10M is dead right now. It is very similar to 11M (CB) for skip when the conditions are right. Anyway, back to the original thread, my truck is pretty much unmolested, but if I can find a cheap radio from 1968, I just might put one in for funm
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Old 01-22-2020, 03:12 AM   #205
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I'm not running a museum truck. If a newer technology, like 40 Channels is usable, I'll have that. [8-Track always did suck. I prefer cassettes.]
I used to run a Radio Shack TRC-421 solid state radio mobil in the Orange Stepside with the previously-mentioned antenna configuration. I had a '67 K/10 Suburban and ran a solid state Messenger 4175 thru a fibreglas 1/4 wave whip on a ball mount on the passenger side rear. When I bought my '71 GMC Jimmy in 1995, I got a new SSB rig from Radio Shack, and some dual short whip ''rabbit ears'' to mount on the mirrors outboard. That never got installed. The dual stubs didn't fit my mirrors. I got a cell phone. The SSB went into storage, NIB, and was forgotten. A few years ago, I found it again and ran it temporarily in my '92 Subaru with a magnetic stubby. Not the same world I had left though.
I still have a 5/8 RS ground plane on my roof. I tried the SSB with it, but no intelligent life is out there anymore. Well, 'intelligence' is a relative thing in this context. It used to be teeming with semi-intelligent life, but they've gone extinct, I fear...
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Old 01-22-2020, 08:03 AM   #206
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Yes, the only think I hear when I turn on the CB now is the crazy guys down south running 50,000 watts! They are not the same. I don't hear truckers at all. Last road trip I was on, I set the 2M on scan and heard a lot of the truckers on there. They know where all the repeaters are along the way, use those. Also there is DMR and they use that with a hot spot. It's a different world for sure. I miss the simplicity. Probably turning into a grumpy old man which is why I love my truck!
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Old 12-26-2020, 07:23 PM   #207
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Re: The Official CB's in your truck thread.

This is too funny. I checked my email and saw you responded to my 15 x 8 wheel question. And then I went looking for CB radio threads and Google brought me here. I picked up a GM radio a few weeks back that finally arrived today.
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Wow that is nice
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Old 02-25-2021, 10:19 PM   #209
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Never really thought about truckers not using CB radios like they used to
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Old 02-26-2021, 12:09 AM   #210
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Re: Anyone running CB's in their truck these days?

Just re-read the whole thread from the very start. Still pretty cool with content and seems more folks are using CBs more than I had thought.

Happy Dan, if wanting a period correct CB for the late 60s I have one listed in 67-72 parts forum. I believe from 68 or 69. It is an old Amphenol 3 channel unit, definitely has that vintage look to it. It powers up but no idea if it actually works. It fulfills one requirement for you, it's cheap, LOL.

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Old 02-26-2021, 01:33 AM   #211
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Re: Anyone running CB's in their truck these days?

My truck is nowhere near done but, I'll be running my old man's Johnson Messenger 123A CB radio with a Johnson external speaker. It doesn't work and the mic cord is really stretched out hopefully someone can restore this one to working condition and, hopefully I can get the cord fixed so I don't have to hang my mic over the rear view mirror, like my old man did when it was in his 76 Ramcharger.
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Old 02-26-2021, 02:43 AM   #212
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Never really thought about truckers not using CB radios like they used to
I hear the young drivers are using Twitter and Snapchat [etc] and texting each other and/or their new GFs in the next town.

When ratchetjawing, you had the Mic in one hand, the wheel in the other, and eyes on the road.
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Old 02-26-2021, 08:19 AM   #213
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Just re-read the whole thread from the very start. Still pretty cool with content and seems more folks are using CBs more than I had thought.

Happy Dan, if wanting a period correct CB for the late 60s I have one listed in 67-72 parts forum. I believe from 68 or 69. It is an old Amphenol 3 channel unit, definitely has that vintage look to it. It powers up but no idea if it actually works. It fulfills one requirement for you, it's cheap, LOL.

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LOL, I like cheap. I'll take a look! Thanks. I actually have a modern CB in my 2012 ZL1. I take a lot of extended trips with my friend from NY and we it's still a great and easy way to communicate on the long drives we take. WE travel from the northeast (me from NH and he from Hudson Valley in NY) to Pittsburgh and other rides and like to have our own cars. It is still great for that. Easier and better than texting or calling.
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Old 02-26-2021, 10:01 PM   #214
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Re: Anyone running CB's in their truck these days?

Recently, I started wondering why I ever bothered installing a CB, Two days ago I remembered. Roads were glare Ice and traffic was just crawling. I turned on the CB; one car in the left ditch, a little further up a truck was stuck on the off ramp. I don't know if it helped anything, but at least I didn't have to wonder what was going on or how far it was backed up. CB is still useful.
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Old 02-26-2021, 10:05 PM   #215
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Still running them myself along with a scanner. CBs in my suburban, toyota and flatbed. Plus I run a hand held when I travel any distance in my subaru
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