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Why won't anyone respond to me when I ask for a CB radio check?

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June 28, 2015 6:48AM


Maybe that result right there gives you the results of the radio check.

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June 16, 2015 7:44PM

A few reasons. For one, CB radio isn't as popular now as it was in the 70s. If you're talking to truckers (or trying to), asking for a radio check is typically a sign of a rookie, and they'd rather not be bothered with you. A lot of drivers keep their CBs off now, because there's a lot of "radio Rambo" nonsense going on, people acting childish on them, etc. You may not be on the correct channel.... 19 is typically used as a "default" in most of the US and Canada, while 17 tends to be popular in So. California. You might not have your radio in the right mode... if you have an 'export' radio, you might be on the wrong band, you might be in FM rather than AM, etc. You might also be in an area which is dead for CB traffic. You hear more chatter on the East Coast.. not so much in places like Colorado (believe me, I know what it's like trying to get someone to answer you in this state), rural areas of Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska, Montana, the Dakotas, etc.

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June 16, 2015 7:11PM

Your radio may not be transmitting well if at all.

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June 16, 2015 5:05PM

It is possible that your equipment is not working properly.
Verify your modulation by listening with another CB, for clear audio.
Your antenna may not be efficient. You are not transmitting very far.
There may be no one withing range of your signal.