CB radios are a useful tool to use when traveling and can also serve as an excellent diversion when on long trips. CB radios are primarily used by truck drivers for updates on traffic conditions and such. It is important to remember that using a CB radio, for work or play, requires a certain etiquette. Some channels are used specifically for emergencies or basic information.
Channel 9 on a CB radio is considered an emergency channel. This channel is used to contact emergency personnel and should not be used for any other purpose.
When using a CB Radio, you do not just start talking. You should ask permission to join or begin a conversation. This is done by saying "break" or "breaker" followed by the channel number that you are on. Channel 19 is the most common, basic information gathering channel. If you want to ask a question or report a traffic condition, you begin by saying "break one nine" and waiting for someone to answer with a phrase such as "go ahead, breaker."
To avoid "taking over" a channel with your conversation, you should switch to a less-used channel if you intend to hold an extended dialogue. Through use, you will find which channels are less frequented of the typical 40 band channels. Simply tell the person you are conversing with to switch to channel 4, for example.
Use common sense when speaking on a CB radio. These are public access channels. Avoid the use of profanity. Do not speak over others' conversations. It is important to remember that truck drivers are the most frequent CB users and that they have a culture of their own. Respect their jobs and their place on the road.
CB Radio Vs. 10 Meter Radio
The radio hobby enthusiast enjoys operating two-way radios. The most common radio is the low-power Citizen's Band (CB) radio because it can...
Proper Two-Way Radio Etiquette
Proper conduct on a two-way radio not only displays good manners, but may save someone's life. Enunciating poorly may confuse a listener...
How to Use a CB Radio System
Once you understand the basics, it's easy to use a CB radio system. The CB radio is a short range, two-way communication...
How to Use A SSB CB Radio Properly
What is a SSB CB radio? It is a higher power type of CB that can transmit farther. Here is how to...
How to Contact People on a Ham Radio
Learn tips on how to contact people on a ham radio in this free CB radio video.