LEOs still monitor CB Ch 19?


charlie d
January 3, 2003, 09:02 PM
As I get older I worry more. My gun club is in the sticks in Pennsylvania. The times I go there is usually no one else there. I like it that way. I worry about hurting myself either with a gun or having one of my arthritic hips giving out.

I looked into getting a cell phone, but $20/month is the least expensive plan I've seen. I have no other use for one and that seems too expensive.

I already have a hand held CB unit and would like to know if Ch 19 (or whetever) is still monitored. I remember that when I first bought the unit around 15 years ago I accidentally hit the button that automatically tunes in the emergency channel. Immediately someone was on there telling me it was an emergency channel and to get off.


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Horny Toad
January 3, 2003, 09:07 PM
I still see signs every once in a while on various highways stating that the police monitor CB ch.9
You could always call your local PD and ask.

You could also check with this organization:


Horny Toad

January 3, 2003, 09:07 PM
emergency channel is channel 9

Channel 9 is allways monitored.

January 3, 2003, 09:09 PM
The CB emergency frequency is channel 9. Having said that, I believe that LEO monitor 19, too.

Several years ago, I was stuck in bumper to bumper traffic on a highway due to an accident. Several people were talking over the CB about cutting across the median and turning around. Some LEO came on the radio and mentioned that he had already ticketed others for doing it and warning everyone else not to do it.

January 3, 2003, 09:11 PM
One more thing--you may want to look into a larger antenna (perhaps a magnetic mount to your roof) for that handheld. I had a friend who used a handheld and it was only good for several car lengths.

charlie d
January 3, 2003, 09:26 PM
Thanks for the quick replies. I see that I had remembered wrong on the emergency channel. My Midland has a button for Ch 9. I guess 19 is the "truckers channel."

It's a pretty nice unit. Has a case for everything and a magnetic base so the antenna can also be used on the roof. Also will plug into the cigarette lighter hole. I was proud of myself. I've kept the batteries up to date. The ones in it are good 'till July 2004.

I guess it'll do fine for my use.

I wonder how mad they would get if I tested the emergency channel at the gun range? Something like, I say, "Testing emergency." and wait for 15 sec, then repeat if no answer.

Greg L
January 3, 2003, 09:27 PM
Most cell phones (even if not activated I think) will allow you to dial 911 (if charged :rolleyes: ). I'm constantly hearing ads for people to turn in their cell phones (when upgrading to a better phone) to woman's shelters for their use. I can't imagine them giving out phones either with lots of minutes on them or that don't work.

Try to find one that somebody doesn't want and keep it in the car for emergencies.


charlie d
January 3, 2003, 09:33 PM
Now THAT's something VERY interesting to look into.
Thanks Greg!

January 3, 2003, 09:33 PM
This link seems to confirm what GregL posted:

I haven't tried it though. Old cell phones are $1.00 yard sale items...they still work, just not with all latest features. Might be worth calling your local PD to check it out. I have found CB radio to be iffy at best, unless you're on the interstate.

January 3, 2003, 09:45 PM
Magnavox makes a cel phone that only calls 911. Cost $50 bucks or so, though. Garage sale ones are just as good if you can find them.

charlie d
January 3, 2003, 10:01 PM
Thanks Greg and Hammer,

I sent for one of these. I got it with the cigarette lighter charge option.


January 3, 2003, 10:15 PM
Charlie D., I'm a little late here but I have an old cell phone with car cig charger that you can have for free, if you reimburse me for the shipping.

PM if interested.

charlie d
January 3, 2003, 10:40 PM

Boy! this group and the internet are great. All the great ideas and now this.

I really appreciate the offer, but I already sent for one of the ones in the url above. With that I'm guaranteed it will also work for calling roadside assistance or any other place if I don't mind a high per minute charge.

Maybe there's a place near you that you can donate it to.

Thanks again and good shootin'

January 3, 2003, 10:46 PM
Good luck with your new phone, Charlie D. Sounds like a good deal.

I've been meaning to donate my old phone to one of those groups, but I've been to lazy to look for a local group that wants it. In fact I pretty much forgot I had it until I saw this thread. I'll keep my eye out for a donee.

January 3, 2003, 11:56 PM
channel 9 is reserved for emergency only, channel 19 is truckers chat line which is of interest to LEOs

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