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CB Radios Today

Updated on March 29, 2009

CB Radios Today

CB Radios today are not anywhere near as popular as they were in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Back then there was constant conversation among people over the CB, and today there just isn’t. The only place I hear people talking on CB radios is on the highways where all the semi trucks have them. So yes, they are still in use, and still as much fun as they were back then, the only thing is not as many people use them.

Today, instead of using CB radios to communicate with friends from car-to-car, people use cell phones, eliminating the need for CBs. People today just don’t see the need for CB radios. Well, I do see their point in a lot of cases, but I just think they are so much fun to use with or without your friends on the other end of the conversation.

CBs are great for informing other people of bears taking pictures (police officers using radar guns) up the road a ways, and telling them to watch their speed. I hear things like this quite a bit while using my CB. More uses for the CB are asking questions like “What is the speed limit here,” “Where are you going and where did you come from,” and (my favorite) “Where is the closest Taco Bell?”

No, truckers are not the only ones who use CB radios. I know two people who have them in their cars, and they use them quite a bit. I have also seen other cars around where I live that have CB antennas on top of their cars or trucks. I’m not a trucker, and I have a CB radio!

Advances in Technology

CB radios come in either a mobile/base station and microphone combo that is usually installed in your car, or a handheld radio that has a rechargeable battery that you can take anywhere. I use the handheld CB in a car. The antennas come in various lengths, mounting options, and construction. To use the mobile CB radio, you have to buy an antenna to put on your cars roof (these usually use magnets to stay on) to get reception worthy of a good conversation. Handheld CB radios come with a rubber ducky antenna (a flexible rubber antenna), or they can be connected to the same type of antenna the mobile units use with an adapter. Many upgrades are also available, such as external speakers for more volume on the road, new microphones, long range antennas, etc.

Just like they used to, CB radios have 40 channels to choose from. Channel 19 is the most common for highway use, and channel 9 is used for emergencies, like reporting an accident or a fire. Some CB radios come with weather channels built in, so when you are driving, you can hear what the weather is like where you are going. My CB radio has 7 NOAA weather channels programmed into it.

CB Radios with Bluetooth

Yes it’s true. CB companies are keeping up with pop culture and putting Bluetooth into their CB radios. Famous CB manufacturer Cobra has designed a CB radio with Bluetooth (Cobra 29 LTD BT), with the idea of making cell phone calls while driving easier. It gives you the ability to talk on the phone with the push of a button. The Bluetooth CB radio allows you to sync your cell phone with the radio, so they work together. This radio also includes the noise-canceling microphone for a crisper, clearer conversation. Should’ve seen something like this coming sooner or later…

I wish more people would use CB radios.

10-4, Good Buddy,

Parker

Cobra CB Radio with Bluetooth
Cobra CB Radio with Bluetooth

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      Rich 

      4 years ago

      letz bring back 10-4

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      Colin Seward 

      6 years ago

      Nice job mate yes I love to use my CB's back then in the old days calling DX all around the place and having many great QSO's and getting QSL cards from everywhere. I have sold some of my favorite radios over the years but I still have more then 10 radios base and mobiles and I wont sell. I have moved into amateur radio but still listen around 35 lower for any signs of life. most people have gone to UHF and more now use the internet on their smart phones and tablets but I really wish people would get back on the CB radio bug and get into the fun days again. Anyway I'm always listening on 35 lower 27.355Mhz call me sometime. Colin Lima Alpha 115 Original member Lima Alpha Radio Club Australia. Cheers 73's and 88's

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      wwolfs 

      6 years ago

      Great information. I always use a CB with a weather station. My use is mostly for backups, weather and directions. I wasn't aware of using the bluetooth with Cobra for cellphones though. I'll have to check that feature out since with the new law for truck drivers we no longer are allowed cellphone use without a bluetooth.

      The Cobra has always been a great choice for a radio. Though the Galaxy and Stryker with their color display have become quite popular among truckers too. Nice hub on CB Radios.

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      Thomas 

      7 years ago

      I sure love those Galaxy and Cobra 148 CB radios, well I think CB would be more popular today if there were no cell phones or family radio and of course there is now a no-code ham license which allows communication on 28.300-28.500 SSB plus all the band above 10 meters ! CB is fun "if" there are decent people to talk to, and not a foul mouthed individual looking for trouble, which unfortunately happens once in a great while in some of our large metro areas .

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      nk 

      7 years ago

      awsome

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      parkerk393 

      8 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      10-4. Thanks for the comment.

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      blue transit 

      8 years ago

      i im blue transit on the cb i wish more people would come back on the air i would like to get a cb club up and running what idears can i get to do this and to get the message across so more people come back on the good old air ways good buddy

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      parkerk393 

      8 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      CB Radios rock! Haha! Glad you stopped by and said hello.

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      Place Kick 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Good information! I also was into CB and also ham. I just wrote a hub about it and then found your hub and so here I am! :)

    • parkerk393 profile imageAUTHOR

      parkerk393 

      9 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thanks! I was so happy to have a HubNugget nomination! Yes people still use them today. Not as much as what there used to be, but there's almost always someone talking on it.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      I didn't realize people still used CB radios. They were so much fun! That new Bluetooth feature looks very interesting. Great hub and congratulations on making HubNuggets!

    • parkerk393 profile imageAUTHOR

      parkerk393 

      9 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      You're welcome! Thanks I would be honored to be in your hub! That would be fantastic! Thank you for the warm welcome too. :)

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      KRC 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you Parker! I posted a note in the Forum yesterday that I'd like to write a hub featuring Texas-based hubbers like one Bristolboy did about UK-based hubbers. I see you're from Texas. I'd love to include you! By the way, welcome to HubPages!

    • parkerk393 profile imageAUTHOR

      parkerk393 

      9 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thanks that's a great story! I've actually read your hub about that! Great job by the way!

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      KRC 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

      Nice hub.....I met my first husband on the CB radio in the late 70s. I wrote a hub about it recently. Good luck this week on the HubNuggets!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Have you heard the good news? This hub is a HUBNUGGET nominee. Click this link https://hubpages.com/community/Hubber-Poll-March27... to find out. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

      And oh, here’s a friendly advice: Ask your family, friends, neighbors (basically all the people you know to vote for your hub). The more votes, the more chances of winning. Wouldn’t it be great to be part of the Hubpages newsletter? Get the word out and celebrate spring in a hubnugetty way. Enjoy…

      CB radios improvements sound really cool...way to go! Roger.

      10-4 parker

      Ripplemaker Michelle:-)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Have you heard the good news? This hub is a HUBNUGGET nominee. Click this link https://hubpages.com/community/Hubber-Poll-March27... to find out. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

      And oh, here’s a friendly advice: Ask your family, friends, neighbors (basically all the people you know to vote for your hub). The more votes, the more chances of winning. Wouldn’t it be great to be part of the Hubpages newsletter? Get the word out and celebrate spring in a hubnugetty way. Enjoy…

      Lots of love and light,

      Ripplemaker Michelle

      P.S. Roger, Roger...CB radios improvements sounds really cool. 10-4 Buddy...LOL

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