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Communication on trails What do you use to communicate on....

Poll: What do you use to communicate with others on trails? (65 member(s) have cast votes)

What do you use to communicate with others on trails?

  1. VHF Radio (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. CB Radio (55 votes [85.94%])

    Percentage of vote: 85.94%

  3. Ham Radio (2 votes [3.12%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.12%

  4. Walkie Talkies (3 votes [4.69%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.69%

  5. Nextels, ect... (4 votes [6.25%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.25%

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#31 User is offline   Jack H 

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Posted 05 October 2007 - 05:14 PM

Jerry,
I used the marine VHF radio on my boat, not on the road. There are VHF freqs that can be used in vehicles with the proper license.
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#32 User is offline   Smokey 

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 11:00 PM

Where does everyone mount their CB? I have a new 2007 JK 2 door. I have seen the overhead mounts, but is this the way to go? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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#33 User is offline   Jerry Bransford 

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Posted 08 October 2007 - 10:19 AM

Yep so far as I am concerned, overhead is the only way to go. Until you can get an overhead console to install your CB into, you can screw the mount to the center rollbar in the center and face the radio forward. That way it's near your ear so you can easily hear it and the microphone drops down so you can lay it in the center console's cup holder or in your lap. I ran mine like that for 8-9 years until I fabricated a small simple overhead console that works well to hold both my CB and ham radios.
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#34 User is offline   Jack H 

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Posted 08 October 2007 - 12:43 PM

I have my CB mounted in an overhead console made by Tuffy. I love it. I should have showed it to you on Friday night. I will show you on Wed at the meeting.
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Posted 09 October 2007 - 06:45 PM

View Post73_cj_project, on Oct 3 2007, 03:44 PM, said:

My Nextel works most everywhere I wheel. Ask Billy, I came to his rescue even though I was the one way out on Trail 3 in the middle of nowhere :D

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#36 User is offline   Smokey 

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 08:30 PM

What about antennas? I saw a nice one made by cooltech (http://www.cooltechl...let/Detail?no=1) that looks nice and is mounted out of the way. What are your thoughts?
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Posted 09 October 2007 - 08:55 PM

View Postsmokey, on Oct 9 2007, 09:30 PM, said:

What about antennas? I saw a nice one made by cooltech (http://www.cooltechl...let/Detail?no=1) that looks nice and is mounted out of the way. What are your thoughts?


I have one and will be installing it this weekend. I also picked up a quick disconect and a spring to keep it from snaping off when a branch catches it. I post a picture when I am done. There are also spare tire mounts available for the '07's.

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 10:06 PM

Pete,

Thanks for the response and I look forward to the pictures. How did you mount your CB? Also, have you installed one of the spare tire mounts? What size tire do you have on the tire mount?
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Posted 31 January 2009 - 09:39 PM

I just installed my cb afew weeks ago but will also carry the wakie talkie and my nextel. Can't go wrong there!



View PostJerry Bransford, on Oct 5 2007, 03:09 PM, said:

It's illegal to use marine VHF for this purpose. I have both a 2m ham radio and a CB in my Jeep and in all the offroading I've done, I probably use the ham radio less than 5% of the time I use the CB. CB is the standard radio for offroading so far as clubs and organized events go with ham radio, if used at all in the particular event, as a secondary radio. :2thumup:

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 12:03 PM

Right now I have a vhf 2 meter, and I also have an RCI-2950 10 meter that can monitor CB. But I am looking to install a CB defnitely, and I'll probably go to a dual band antenna and see if I can get it to tune for a GMRS unit too. That way I can get away with only 2 antennas.
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Posted 09 February 2009 - 03:12 PM

nothing like my nextel, im planning on getting a cb though
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Posted 16 March 2009 - 03:38 PM

If you were to spend about 10 hours reading the tech manual and take a few practice exams, you could pass your tech and get your first ham license. Most vhf / uhf transceivers are 50 watts or so. That is plenty of power. The license is free. The test cost about $14 or so. The radios are from $25 used in good shape to $150 to$400 or so for a new one. If you want to you can spend thousands....just not necessary to do so.

What I'm getting at, is with very little effort you can get your ham ticket and have the best communications available. Tech's now have a portion of the 10 meter band. CB is 11 meters and was a ham band decades ago. You can run up to 200 watts in a small portion of 10 meters and have communications around the world. I'll be honest and say right now that is nearly impossible due to the sun spot cycle The next cycle which is starting up now is supposed to be one of the best ever and even CB will have long communications if you don’t mind listening to a bunch of pricks running thousands of watts covering up everything on the CB frequencies. At the same time because of the sunspot strength, we as hams will love it while cell phones and other satellites can be adversely affected. Cell phones, etc… could be knocked out of commission at times. CB could also be a problem when on the trails once the sun spot cycle gets in high gear from the illegal high power stations.

If you guys want, I’ll be glad to run another class or you can spend $80 for the license and up to $200 or so for a GMRS radio....

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 07:36 AM

CB, but I do carry 1 or 2 family radios as well.
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Posted 18 May 2010 - 07:47 AM

I use hand signals...i only know one though. I always just used my cell phone.

Only the lead and tail need to communicate. I did a night ride where everybody had CBs and we would have been better off using the horns and yelling. Everybody talking at the same time and having a good time. That is until 10 of the 12 rigs got stuck at the same time. That was a long night.
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Posted 20 May 2010 - 01:51 PM

View Posttrailblazer, on May 18 2010, 08:47 AM, said:

Everybody talking at the same time and having a good time. That is until 10 of the 12 rigs got stuck at the same time. That was a long night.



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