How To Use A Cb Radio?

Can you use a CB radio as a police scanner?

From the manufacturer.

The BearTracker 885 does what no other CB Radio can do: It can keep you up-to-date with current public safety activity anywhere in the US and Canada* by scanning for police, fire, ambulance, and/or DOT radio traffic.

No need to worry about changing scanner programming as you drive.

What CB channel should I use?

Any authorized CB radio frequency is open to all, but some have agreed-upon special purposes. For instance, channel 9 is for emergency use, and channel 19 is used by truckers to report on traffic conditions. Channel 19 is at the middle of the bands, thus has the best antenna efficiency.

How do I get my CB radio to work?

CB Antenna Tuning Instructions

  • The first thing you need to do is find a suitable location to park your vehicle.
  • The next step is to hook up the SWR meter.
  • Now you are ready to measure the SWR on a few different channels.
  • Set the switch on the SWR meter to “FWD.”
  • Turn the radio to channel 1.
  • Key the microphone (depress the button and hold it).

What is the range of a CB radio?

WHAT RANGE WILL A CB RADIO GIVE ME? A – “Generally Speaking”, range for a mobile CB Radio could be anywhere from 1 or 2 miles, to even 20 to 25 Miles or more, depending on the terrain, type of antennas used, & other factors.

What radio channel do police use?

Any authorized CB radio frequency is open to all, but some have agreed-upon special purposes. For instance, channel 9 is for emergency use, and channel 19 is used by truckers to report on traffic conditions. Channel 19 is at the middle of the bands, thus has the best antenna efficiency.

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Can you listen in to police radio?

Listening in to police radio is technically legal. However, many law enforcement organizations have begun encrypting their transmissions to keep them from being public.

What does 42 mean in trucker talk?

CB Radio Code & Lingo: What’s Your 20?, 10 Codes, Trucker Talk

CB Terminology Meaning or Translation
FM An AM/FM radio.
42 Yes, or OK.
Four-Letter Word Nobody wants to stop at the weigh station- that is why “OPEN” is considered a four-letter word in the trucking industry. When the weigh station is open.

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What is the most popular CB channel?

Channel 19

Why do truckers use channel 19?

Most truckers use the unofficial channel 19 (27.185 MHz) to communicate. This channel offers highway traffic information from truckers and other drivers. Channel 9 (27.065 MHz) is an emergency-communication channel. It’s monitored by local officials, federal agencies, and first responders.

How do you tell if your CB antenna is grounded properly?

An easy way to test your antenna’s ground is check continuity between the CB antenna mount and your vehicle ground, because if the antenna mount is well grounded, so is your antenna. To test for continuity of electrical signal, you will need to touch the probes for your multi-meter in two locations.

How do I know if my CB antenna is bad?

Testing for a Defective CB Antenna

  1. Using your multimeter, touch one of the probes to the metallic end of the antenna. For fiberglass antennas, this will usually be the tunable tip on the antenna’s end.
  2. Touch the other probe to the metallic threads at the end of the antenna.
  3. As you maintain contact with both probes, measure the circuit’s resistance.

Does SWR affect reception?

Simplified answer: There is no relationship between SWR and receive performance. SWR is a measure of the impedance mismatch between your antenna and transceiver. Whether transmitting or receiving, a higher SWR correlates with a less efficient coupling of energy between the transceiver and antenna.