CB radio (short for citizen's band radio) has been around for decades. Although it reached its cultural peak in the US during the 1970s, the Internet and cell phones have largely replaced CB radios.
Except with truck drivers. And with people who needed to communicate during the last several rounds of hurricanes. It turns out the inexpensive, easy to use CB radio still enjoys a devoted fan base. If you travel, or are looking for a great emergency backup line of communication, a CB radio could be the answer.
But what happens when you get on the highway, turn on your shiny new CB radio and begin to listen? If you hear what sounds like a foreign language, don't despair: It's CB radio slang.
CB radio users, particularly truckers, have developed an entire dictionary of terms and phrases to describe road conditions and traffic situations. If you were to pick up a CB microphone, and begin spouting these terms, you'd be branded the rankest amateur. But knowing some of these phrases could come in handy if you are trying to avoid congestion or the dreaded speed trap.
Traffic Related Terms
As truck drivers spend a lot of time on the road, a majority of CB slang has to do with highway patrols and police officers:
Motorcycle headsets let you hear what your GPS, radar detector and other devices are trying to tell you. Some can even be used for bike-to-bike communication.
The following steps can help solve or diagnose problems with your base, mobile, or handheld Citizen's Band radio. Keep in mind that this troubleshooting guide is designed for all types of CB radios, as well as both experts and beginners, so some steps may not apply to you.
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