CB talk terms and lingo....

Ok so I'm a very new Trucker's Girlfriend and I want to know about trucker talk on the CB. Can you give me a list of what some things are and what they mean? Such as What does "breaker1-9" mean and "10-4" and why they say "c'mon" at the end? What other terms and slang is used and what it means? What about CB names too? Why do they say "driver" instead of the truckers CB name?

Is it also true that you shouldn't give out your real name but only your CB name to protect your identity for certain reasons? Like I said I'm new to this so forgive my stupidity LOL! :D

My guy is too busy on the road to explain all this to me so can you help? :)

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Apr 29, 2009
You're right! :)
by: Anonymous

Hervey you are right LOL He asked where I learned the terms for the log book. LOL He said,

"Where u learn them from?"

I said from here and gave him the web address. I know his curiosity may just bring him here to stroll around. Never can have too many Truckers here right? LOL!

Apr 25, 2009
Truckers Girlfriend learning CB Talk
by: Hervy

Good for you for being more interested our hubby's profession.

Jimmy gave you a pretty good lesson. Hubby will be impressed by you when he gets home and you start throwing out that cb lingo on him.

(well, let's hope he's not going to panic wondering where you learned it from!)Lol.

here is some more of the cb talk, trucker terms and trucking lingo

Apr 22, 2009
C.B. Chit Chat.
by: Jimmy

How do, Truckers girlfriend. Before I forget, when you log on here, go to 'Ask a Trucker' and scroll down to a post about C.B. lingo.

But I'll add more. In the "old" days,C.B. radios (citizens band) were regulated by the FCC. You actually needed a license and were issued "call letters". You were suppose to start and end the conversation with your call letters. Then around the late '70,s, some trucking movies were made and trucking and the lifestyle got real popular. Remember "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Convoy"? On t.v. there was "Movin' on" and" B.J. and the Bear".

The use of C.B. radios exploded and the FCC just couldn't enforce the rules and quit requiring licenses. They also allowed 40 channels from the then 23 that were allowed.

I'm not sure how CH19 became the 'Truckers Channel' but it somehow did with one exception; Ca,Or,Wa.

In Ca from S.R. 46 north to the Canadian border, we use CH17. It's CH15 over the Grapevine and
CH19 in So.Ca. Not everyone knows this, so you will have guys on 19 and 17. S.R.46 is just No. of Bakersfield.

Using a C.B. is a free for all. A lot of shippers/consignees use it to communicate with the drivers to let them know their warehouse door is ready. They will be using a different channel.

A lot of Police agency use C.B.'s. I have been pulled over by the CHP in Ca via the C.B. I have seen the CHP in Ca notify the traffic that the road is open after having been closed for an accident or snow.

If you're driving a truck, you need a C.B. You can find out what is going on if there is a traffic delay. Most C.B.'s out of the box have about a 4-5 mile range. But everything has to be just right IE, the proper antenna and co-ax cable.

OK, lingo.

Assuming that someone is talking already on CH19, and you wanted to ask or broadcast some info, you would not just start talking, you would, in theory, ask for a break, such as 'Break 19' Not everyone does this. Some people have manners, some don't.

You will hear EVERYTHING on the C.B. A lot of it is disgusting and totally unnecessary. Remember, a lot of guys have their kids with them.

10-4 means OK/understand. If you're talking to a "voice" over the C.B., how can you address him/her by their 'handle' if you don't know it? That's why most guys say 'driver'. It's like saying "Dude" or "Man" or "Buddy".

In the old days, when you ended a sentence over the airwaves, you would say "over" or if you were trying to reach anyone, you would say "come-in". "Come-in" sort of became "C-Mon".

10-33 means accident,
10-9 means repeat yourself.
10-20 means location.

In this day and age, most formalities are long gone. You just talk normal, no need for slang.

One more thing about Cops. You will hear them referred to as 'County Mounties', The "DOT", 'Polar Bear', 'Full grown' 'Brown wrapper' 'Evil Knevil', 'Care Bear' and even some clown will see a road workers pick-up truck with amber roof lights and broadcast it as 'Bear'.


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