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communication

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by 2 shot, Dec 26, 2001.

  1. 2 shot

    2 shot Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I was just wondering how you guys
    communicate between trucks during a storm.
    Do you use dedicated radios , cell phones , CB's ?

    Any of your input will help

    Thanks, Chad
     
  2. plowjockey

    plowjockey PlowSite.com Sponsor
    Messages: 622

    As for my business we have CB's in the plow trucks as well as commercial band two-ways. On the "rolling office" end of things I also carry a cell phone.

    Bruce
     
  3. OBRYANMAINT

    OBRYANMAINT PlowSite.com Veteran
    from ohio
    Messages: 534

    the plan is to use cb's as much as possible but i tend to just use cell phones more
     
  4. G.Williams

    G.Williams Member
    Messages: 40

    Nextel 2 ways and cell phones.
     
  5. SLC1

    SLC1 Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    All of our trucks and our loader have mounted two way radios, we rent repeater space and also have a talk around channel for when we are in the same lot. They work great, we also have a few handhelds one for the office and one if we have a sub working or someone in the skid steer. A few of my drivers also have there own cell phones and i also have a cell phone. This all seems to work pretty good. Just my two cents
     
  6. bam

    bam Senior Member
    from .
    Messages: 201

    Nextel w/cell phone...if a client has a problem they can reach us in the field.
     
  7. J.Henderson

    J.Henderson Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    This is my first year, but I and a friend I will be plowing with (mtnbkn9 here onthe forrum) will be using cb's and cell phones.
     
  8. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    I had been using CBs in the gray band, but have upgraded to Nextel for a greater range.
     
  9. Hidles

    Hidles Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    Ill go to upper side band channells or in between channells, also have nextel 2 way with cell
     
  10. newtosnow

    newtosnow Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    CBs and cel phones
     
  11. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    Business Band Radio System. Everyone has a radio in the truck, or equipment. Shovelers have portables.

    Geoff
     
  12. 75

    75 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,382

    Since I'm a solo operator, cell phone for me.
     
  13. litle green guy

    litle green guy Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    we all have cell phones, me and a couple other guys also have cb's in our trucks but for the most part we use cell phones.
     
  14. 2 shot

    2 shot Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Thanks

    Thanks for the info , you're all really
    quick to answer anybody's questions
    nice to have this resource to fall
    back on !!!!!!


    Chad
     
  15. Got Grass?

    Got Grass? Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    Hey, any of us Buffao/Amherst people use CB's? What CH.? Have one in my truck but no one to talk to.
     
  16. BOSS Adam

    BOSS Adam Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    Nextels w/cell phones.
     
  17. Big Nate's Plowing

    Big Nate's Plowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    cell phones are too expensive
    we use 2 cb's and 250 watt line amps for communications from home to my truck to let me know about calls for service, we can reach each other anywhere within a 30 mile radius
     
  18. JD PLOWER

    JD PLOWER PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 751

    We used cb's for awhile but being in the city the interference was teribble with the buildings and the antenna's are too high for backing into underground garage's. So now its cell phones.
     
  19. cutntrim

    cutntrim PlowSite.com - Veteran
    Messages: 248

    We only have three trucks (4 if you include the guy who subs for me) and we use cell phones. My phones are on a package that includes unlimited evenings (after 6pm) and weekends so for plowing it doesn't cost too much.
     
  20. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    Business Band radios, aren't the cheapest thing out there, at 375 bucks for a installed unit, and a portable at 600. However once you get a system you will never want to leave it. Our system has 2 channels and a talk around frequency.

    Geoff