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There were a couple years there when I lived in my truck, on the road for a month at a time, then when I took a couple days off, I stayed in cheap motels. Why rent an apartment and pay utilities if your never there? I stored my junk in my van and parked it on the company lot.

My radio was my line out to reality. In those days, no dish TV in the sleeper, no cell phones. There were two ways to escape, books or radio, in my case, both. While driving, it was my tool, bear reports, scale or road closings, seat covers worth looking at and chatting with the other guys in the convoy or even calling for help or checking in at the docks. While parked for down time, waiting to unload, or just boredom relief, it was good for skip or telling jokes around the truck stop.

When you've come up through that, the idea of why roger beeps or echo is just a non-question.
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There were a couple years there when I lived in my truck, on the road for a month at a time, then when I took a couple days off, I stayed in cheap motels. Why rent an apartment and pay utilities if your never there? I stored my junk in my van and parked it on the company lot.

My radio was my line out to reality. In those days, no dish TV in the sleeper, no cell phones. There were two ways to escape, books or radio, in my case, both. While driving, it was my tool, bear reports, scale or road closings, seat covers worth looking at and chatting with the other guys in the convoy or even calling for help or checking in at the docks. While parked for down time, waiting to unload, or just boredom relief, it was good for skip or telling jokes around the truck stop.

When you've come up through that, the idea of why roger beeps or echo is just a non-question.
Thanks for the heads up on the lifestyle.
I'm looking for a trucking job in east tn.
I'd prefer something regional. I carry a class 'B' cdl(concrete truck). I know I might have to get a class 'A' cdl.

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I wasn't complaining. It's what I loved to do. And did I tell you about the rolls of hundred dollar bills too big to sit on? It was enough to buy a houseboat and take a couple years of retirement and run the Mississippi and Ohio rivers and live in nice marinas while I unwound.
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Some hams are crusty old snots who hate everyone that does not run a full kw on 160.....Many hams have a huge elitist attitude...Radio is radio, be it 27mhz or 14mhz, its all a hobby.
Isn't that the truth...and not just on 160 either....there was an ass clown from Tennessee on 7.2000 MHz yesterday, call sign N9RSY...this idiot spent over 3 hrs. tying up the freq. to put down another ham (W1IT) who supposedly communicated a threat, so instead of being the bigger man and making a report, this inbred Tennessee hill jack proceeds to talking all kinds of smack, using profanity, making threats, bragging about running excess power to where no one else could come back to him, you name it. Then some little kid gets on and he proceeds to do a 180 and act all nice and innocent. LOL what a nut bag. Yeah sadly ham radio has fallen to the ranks of CB, but there's still some hope for now.

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There were a couple years there when I lived in my truck, on the road for a month at a time, then when I took a couple days off, I stayed in cheap motels. Why rent an apartment and pay utilities if your never there? I stored my junk in my van and parked it on the company lot.

My radio was my line out to reality. In those days, no dish TV in the sleeper, no cell phones. There were two ways to escape, books or radio, in my case, both. While driving, it was my tool, bear reports, scale or road closings, seat covers worth looking at and chatting with the other guys in the convoy or even calling for help or checking in at the docks. While parked for down time, waiting to unload, or just boredom relief, it was good for skip or telling jokes around the truck stop.

When you've come up through that, the idea of why roger beeps or echo is just a non-question.
I think the bottom line is, some people hate echo, others love it. Me, I don't mind a little bit of reverb, to where it sounds like you're talking in the center of an empty room. But I don't care for so much echo/reverb it sounds like you are talking from the bottom of a well, and I certainly don't like it when the echo makes it sound like you're stepping on your own transmission/repeating your own message like like like likethis this thisthis.

Double talker....no thanks. I have an Xtreme 2018 mic with that on it. I don't care for it. However I do like the sound of the Xtreme 2018 with the echo volume at 3.5 on the dial and the echo delay at 1.5 on the dial....it makes it sound like you're in the center of a big room....not too annoying and IMO intelligible. Although a few SSB folks gave me crap about it, the rest of them thought it sounded good.

Again my belief is echo exists as a "toy" for truckers, same reason why you can doll out your radio with bling bling knobs and blue meter lights, noise toys, Rebel flag face plates, roger beeps, and.....echo. Just a toy for truckers who spend long hrs. behind the wheel. In the old days, none of that existed for CB's.

Hell I have a few echo RF limited boards (and a few Workman roger beeps too) that I am trying to decide if I want to just sell outright,or install them in a radio and then sell the radio + board together. Maybe I'll install them in the two old Midlands I have, then hit up the nearest truck stop with them on and talking advertising them for sale....certainly some trucker will think I'm on some big radio....and he'll probably jump at the chance to buy them, especially since I probably wont ask much for them.

Now I'll tell you what I really like more than anything....the operator who has a radio that sounds like he's in a studio. Motormouth Maul, who sometimes gets on channel 6, has this...OMG sounds like a radio station on the air, and not some cheap CB....that's what I want.

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