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Motorhome CB Radio   Introduction to CB Radio
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What Is CB?

CB radio is a public radio communications band, made legal in the UK in 1981 - designed for short range (less than 10 miles) communications, with no qualifications necessary to install or use the equipment.

The equipment is cheap to buy, easy to install (if you follow our guidance), and very easy to use, meaning CB radio is still the most practical way of a group of vehicles travelling together to keep in touch.

What Can CB Do For You?

The use of CB radio among motorhome owners is becoming more and more common - not that surprising, considering the many different advantages that having a CB can bring...

Picture : This helpful chap might save you hours of frustration by warning you of traffic jams ahead...

With a vehicle-to-vehicle range of 4-6 miles in average terrain (much more from high points) CB will allow easy communication with travelling companions and other road users you might meet along the way. It allows two or more vehicles travelling together to easily keep in touch, whether it be for chit chat between the vehicles, or co-ordinating stops and finding your way on unfamiliar roads.

With CB radio you can often get traffic reports on the major roads and motorways from truck drivers on the mobile "calling channel" (channel 19 on the UK band). Although the language on this channel can be a bit ripe - this can be an excellent reason in it's own right for having a CB.

A traffic report for the road 10 miles ahead of you is likely to come from someone on the opposite side of the carriageway who has just driven past the very stretch of road you want to know about! This is quicker and more accurate than relying on local radio or Trafficmaster and even gives you the chance to ask for information on alternative routes and for directions in unfamiliar towns.

If you travel in a group and are all on the same channel, what is said by one person is heard by all the others - you can easily pass information to everyone in the group - you can all discuss together where to stop next - who needs fuel, etc.

The companionship, enjoyment and social interaction of being able to all chat together and the possibilities for inter-vehicle quizzes, banter and the like are all part of what CB can give you.

We have customers who have purchased CB for their first trip away with an organised group who have other CB equipped vehicles, and they have arrived at the site, already friends with people they have just chatted with for hours, but not yet met. A perfect start for the novice and an excellent way of integrating new members and fostering a friendly atmosphere.

CB can be very easy to install, even on GRP or similarly constructed motorhomes - we show you how to make CB work properly later in this guide.

There are far fewer users compared to CB’s heyday - all the kids have gone and so have the vast majority of idiots and it’s fair to say that CB has “come of age” with the band populated with people like farmers, local businesses and people using it to enhance other interests - camping, off road driving, car club outings etc.

If you attend club meetings, events or shows - the practicality of having instant radio contact with your travelling companions means that organising and participating in trips away is so much easier - throughout the journey, even down to finding parking spaces when you get there - its all so much simpler with decent communications.

It’s no longer a problem if a red light splits the group in an unfamiliar busy town centre, or details of an unplanned stop or detour need to be hastily passed around. No more getting lost or separated from the group, or frantically waving that you need to stop for fuel, or to rest.

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Who Uses CB Nowadays?

The average "profile" of a CB user has changed drastically over the years... the advantages of CB are still as advantageous to road users as always - even more so with modern road conditions and traffic congestion, so more and more ordinary road users are being attracted back to CB - for it's practical uses.

This site is a good example of this - we primarily cater for the 4x4 & offroad fraternity, but we also have many customers who use CB every day on their farms, or have CB in their car for when they and their friends attend events, or just go out cruising together.

We have sections underway for those who use CB radio on their motorcycles, and CB is still commonly used in coastal areas and in some inland waterways.

These users are not using CB as it has been used in the past - they are getting real, practical benefits from it.

There are still the "bucketmouths" and wannabe DJ's out there, but they are very few - and for vehicles in close proximity of each other would not become a problem.


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