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Marine CB Radios
|Author||Topic: Marine CB Radios|
posted 01-25-2013 04:34 PM ET (US)
Back in the 70s and 80s CB radios were used on boats.
We had a marine CB radio in one of our trucks. It was either made by Uniden or Standard Horizon.
Going on line today and doing a search for Marine CB radios I found nothing.
Are CB radios being used on boats anymore? I don't think they are being used in the Minneapolis MN area.
posted 01-25-2013 06:38 PM ET (US)
With all the other alternatives available; VHF, FRS, GMR, HAM, I can't imagine anyone using CB anymore, except OTR drivers.
posted 01-25-2013 07:59 PM ET (US)
David, you forgot cell phones. ;-)
posted 01-28-2013 01:17 PM ET (US)
With no one responding that they are using CB radios I think it is safe to say they have been replaced with new technology.
Or maybe the guys that are still using them do not use fancy technology like a computer either. ;)
posted 01-28-2013 01:39 PM ET (US)
Many isolated communities in SE Alaska use CB radios ashore and afloat for communications. It's cheap and everybody in the community has them. Cell coverage is spotty (sometimes you need to climb a high peak to get coverage)
posted 01-28-2013 06:28 PM ET (US)
Given the equipment that's available today, I'm not sure what the benefit would be to using CB radio in a marine environment.
CB radios are limited to 4-watts by law, whereas marine VHF is 25-watts.
Being able to communicate with a land-based station legally, I suppose might be one advantage. Having more channels to use might also be an advantage.
I considered installing my dual-band 2m/70cm radio on my boat, but I really couldn't come up with a good reason for doing so. That radio is 50/75-watts depending on the band.
posted 01-28-2013 07:56 PM ET (US)
In the 70s my father took his boat and family down to FL and crossed over to the Bahamas. He thought he should get a VHF radio for safety. No one but the tow boats had them in MN at the time. When he got to the Bahamas everyone was using CB radios, so much for his safety plan.
As I said in the first post, I remember when you could purchase a "Marine CB Radio". I cannot even find one on eBay today.
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