Clay Vitis is a long haul truck driver who uses CB both in his daily work and as a fellow prepper. Clay is also a licensed HAM however he spends most of his time on the CB bands. He joins us today to discuss the ins and outs of CB radio communications for every day prepping.
Note to all HAMs, today’s show is NOT why CB is better than HAM or vice verse, it is about CB as a technology for preppers. We have a HAM radio episode planned with Expert Council Member Tim Glance scheduled in the future.
It is my belief that HAM and CB both have their places and HAM is far more specialized, making it practical for the specialist and not quite so practical for the guy that doesn’t turn a radio very often other than for specific events or while traveling.
Join Clay and I Today as we Discuss…
- Cheap CB Options
- How much do you need to spend on the equipment
- What brands or models offer a good value
- Base station, mobile or handheld
- The capabilities of lower end equipment
- Upper end cb options
- What constitutes a “good” cb
- Where are the best places to find upper end equipment
- Why upper end cb’s perhaps are not always the best “value”
- Upper and lower sideband and their practicality
- Antennas for CB Radios
- Antenna options for mobile and base station use
- The idea of “homebrewing” an antenna
- Creating stealth antennas
- Optional equipment
- Tuning meters
- Amplifiers (including legal/ethical issues )
- Fun with CB’s
- A cool game you can play with fellow breakers
- Learning the technology, community and geography at the same time
- Realize there is more to CB that the “one nine”
- Practicality of CB from a survival/prepper standpoint
- Ready to run “out of the box”
- Can be taken to specialized levels but not specialized
- Lots of users (especially during a disaster)
- Plug and play installation with portability
- Great for general travel info
Resources for Today’s Show
- Members Support Brigade
- TSP Gear Shop
- Join Our Forum
- Sawtooth Tactical – (sponsor of the day)
- Knife Kits – (sponsor of the day)
- The World of CB Radio – Book I mentioned on air
- Confessions of a Real CB Nut – The kindle edition is only a dollar and I found it a fascinating read about CB and its evolution along side armature radio. It explains a lot about the current issues with over amping and some other things. It is also a great look back at American before the internet, the 60s, 70s and 80s in particular. Life for a traveling working man in rural America, entrepreneurship, etc. Lastly, the kindle edition deffinitely has some real issues that must have happened during conversion of the old book. For instance it says “don’t” in every instance that should say “doesn’t”, but it doesn’t take away from the book if you just over look it, can’t speak for the text version.
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