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6992WHALER posted 01-25-2013 04:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for 6992WHALER   Send Email to 6992WHALER  
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.

David Pendleton posted 01-25-2013 06:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
With all the other alternatives available; VHF, FRS, GMR, HAM, I can't imagine anyone using CB anymore, except OTR drivers.
Chuck Tribolet posted 01-25-2013 07:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
David, you forgot cell phones. ;-)


6992WHALER posted 01-28-2013 01:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for 6992WHALER  Send Email to 6992WHALER     
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. ;)
jimp posted 01-28-2013 01:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimp  Send Email to jimp     
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)
David Pendleton posted 01-28-2013 06:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
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.

6992WHALER posted 01-28-2013 07:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for 6992WHALER  Send Email to 6992WHALER     
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.
I would assume when the VHF radios came down in price and the technology allowed more channels, that CBs were for the most part replaced by VHF.

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