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Truckers Use CB Radios
April 21, 2021
Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS) had its hay day in the ‘70s, but truckers still use CB radios on a daily basis. In February 2021, Overdrive Magazine conducted a poll about CB radio usage. Their survey found that more than 50% of respondents use their CB radio every day for a variety of purposes. While the Internet hosts a plethora of resources, CB radio is a personal connection for truckers out on the road that has been around for decades.
CB Radio Basics
In 1945, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began regulating the CBRS as a personal radio service. Folks running small businesses had access to this two-way, short-distance form of voice communication. Truckers, electricians, plumbers, and more adapted to CB radio because it easily connected those out in the field with the people back at headquarters.
The Drive reports, “Unlike General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), ham radios, and others, CB Radios don’t require any special licensing through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate. Professional CB radio manufacturers have already built their products to FCC standards, so all you have to do is hook it up and enjoy it.” Such easy access, in addition to decreasing cost of radios, helped boost this mode of communication’s popularity.
CB Radio Craze
During the 1970s, the commercial trucking industry was greatly impacted by many changing conditions. The United States began decreasing domestic oil production even as demand increased. Then, an oil embargo that targeted the United States and other nations resulted in an oil shortage. During this time the National Maximum Speed limit law was put into place. One of the main goals of this legislation was to mitigate the fuel shortage. These changes pushed the trucker community to become even more thoughtful. Truckers banded together to share information like where to find fuel and the locations of speed traps via CB radio.
With widespread usage, channels became crowded and noisy. The FCC designated channels for specific types of information. We’re told that Channel 17 was previously used by truckers in the I-5 corridor. Currently, the two that most pertain to drivers include Channel 9, frequency 27.065, reserved for emergency communications or for traveler assistance and Channel 19, frequency 27.185, widely known as the trucker’s channel. To this day, Channel 19 is where drivers can obtain information about road construction, accidents, and speed traps.
It’s heartwarming to know that truckers use CB radios as they continue to offer road-safe communication while driving. If your radio needs a tune up or repair, the Jubitz Truck Service Center can assist. Our technicians are experts in everything from CB radio and ELD maintenance to oil changes and major mechanical repairs. Need service? Give us a call at (503) 289-9645.