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Helping the cb revival along

Discussion in 'General CB Services Discussion' started by xm49north7, May 13, 2019.

  1. 443

    443 W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Every time I try to get someone new interested in CB around here, it turns into me teaching them about building their own antennas, and showing them my Ham station and they get more interested in becoming a ham. It used to be easy to get people into CB around here, we had a lot of old timers on the air that were on all the time, and new people popping up here and there, rag chews every night. Now all the old timers are passed away, the youngsters are more interested in hot rodding their diesel pickups and putting a bunch of lights on them, under them, and offset wheels and all that. The youngsters are just way too cool around here to get interested in CB. I miss the good ole days of rag chewing on the CB with a large group every day, never was into shooting skip, still am not. But I have DXCC on Amateur Bands, and that is 99% digital modes. Built and/or repaired all my own gear, antennas, radios, and amplifiers. I use my CB for work (Pilot Car). But nothing to do on it at home or when I am not at work. Just did my 10 year Renewal on my ham license.


     
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  2. Rwb

    Rwb Sr. Member

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    cb is much cheeper,install it in those pickups.
    And being a new ham operator too isnt bad.
    Tell em if shtf radios work when cellsare out so be great to operate radios
     
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  3. Slowmover

    Slowmover Supporting Member

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    Permanent antenna install on that pilot car?
    (Money where is mouth)

    As “performance” — all by itself — is of interest. This is not to take advantage of your well-said post. But to highlight how group competition is another angle.

    THE ATTITUDE TOWARDS “THINGS”.

    How manly is it to wear make-up? As that’s what tattoos and diesel pickup lifts or Kenworth chrome windshield visors are about: getting a boyfriend.

    A human male wanting to someday be husband and father
    partitions issues of trust with other males from family concerns (those of his father and brothers) as male energy is high-consumption. Expensive. Money NOT taken from his ability to contribute.

    At war, his ability to chew through mountains of material is legend.

    The faggotry of spending $$$$ to appear “cool” takes away from that of his extended family, not just his own desire to form a family. Young = should be able to work longer and harder than all others as recompense for his general ignorance.

    CB is daunting. Not
    just plug and play. Lack of energy doesn’t exist as an excuse.

    I’ve said it at least twice before that, the granny pilot car driver with a permanent-mount antenna OUT TALKS the faggotry of high dollar Star Gun antennas and chromed-case splatter-boxes hanging off the K-Whopper with 1,000 chicken lights.

    Only have to light the fire in one of them boys.

    I tell other drivers, “well, you’ll be driving into the middle of the latest Reginald Denny peaceful protest because you have a crap radio system and failed to use it and I’m gonna divert 100-miles north to continue my way home”.

    You got trapped and then turned on the CB. With no way out. (They gonna be shooting ducks in a barrel). I heard it 15-miles out AND EXITED.

    Which one of us is likelier to make it?”

    Put it in terms of war.

    Guns ain’t no good without bullets. Pickups no good without diesel.

    Both worthless without comms.
    (Read That Again).

    Where’s ammo re-supply?
    Who’s got diesel?
    Where’s the food?


    Kinda like spray-on jeans hanging ghetto-like off their rumps. Can’t carry tools or gear or even keep them on while running. Trousers have a big seat, huge sturdy pockets, a long-rise and fit near the waist. Mad Max weapons carrier you fit suspenders. (That bug-out bag is the FIRST thing you’ll lose).

    “Nope, don’t look cool”
    (Dead Man Walking).

    Things get bad most won’t make it. The difference will be about spirit between those who give up, and those who want to have some fun on the way out.

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    443 W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    LOL. Well I will totally make it, but I am old and fairly wise, and have a large skill set, raised on a farm, had to turn wrenches on my own junk to go anywhere, had to grow my own food, make my own money, and make my own deals. These kids these days skipped the part that I got from 5-18 years old. I went to college, worked in tech industry, ran a repair shop for 14 years after that, now I drive a Pilot Car, it's easy money for an old fart.

    As for antenna, I use a Wilson 1000 mag mount, but it stays on the truck, I never take it off. I use a Grant LT I bought from a CB Shop for $20 that didn't work and repaired it myself. I also have a TM-V71A in there for Ham use. I have a small amplifier in there for the CB, but I never use it when working, we are too close together, the other drivers would have to turn their RF Gains down or I sound all muffly to them. But it's in there in case I needed to get 5 miles ahead or something.
     
  5. Slowmover

    Slowmover Supporting Member

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    Testosterone flows highest in the fall.

    Have you lately touched up your rig systems radio-active paint?

    Checked things over, and in some fashion altered your use?

    We may all be guilty of believing a new piece of gear has improved our rig. Maybe it did. But the use changed somewhat thru greater confidence . . .

    . . and THAT was the difference passed over as unquantifiable: the operator’s state was the real change.

    In such, the radio rig seems better. Prove it.
    Not all can be quantified. There is such a thing as attraction


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  6. Handy Andy

    Handy Andy Do Your Research First, Then Decide...

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    Good point @Slowmover

    Sometimes the upgrade makes the radio that once looked appealing - now more cumbersome because you can't locate or adjust the controls like you had used with the previous one.

    I too, find myself going back to the more basic controls - and frustrated at the manufacturers for not paying attention to the needs of the individual - even front panel layouts and front panel mic jacks - all needed for todays vehicles which take the console acreage to the next level of complexity - right next to the touch screen that handles all the phone apps and travel logs...

    You lose the space you once had for the only tool you needed, for the tools everyone else thinks you need.
     
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    Slowmover Supporting Member

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    The super-secret modifications are between the ears of the operator.

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    freecell Well-Known Member

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    better on 10m than 11m..
     
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  9. TM86

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    But boy do they scream when you try to use the soldering iron in there.
     
  10. Slowmover

    Slowmover Supporting Member

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    Fixed that fer ya.

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  11. Shadetree Mechanic

    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    Recently had a coworker ask about the antenna on my truck. Turns out that he is interested in 11m DX that he has started to hear on his cb. He is looking to get a new radio, so we have had a lot to talk about. And of course, I showed him this forum. So hopefully he will become a member.
     
  12. Eldorado828

    Eldorado828 8-2-8 in the Lonestar State

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    Heck yeah, hopefully you'll lead him down the path to the DX and he'll follow the way.
     
  13. Slowmover

    Slowmover Supporting Member

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    If y’all’s commute is at the same times, both can give Sideband a workout.
     
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