As is always the case, there is no right answer.

MatGen, you are probably right in selecting CB for 20 mile range communication with your patrols. That is a great distance. HAM would be hard pressed to do that for the same cost, plus for now, you would need a HAM license.

I do not have any answers here, just one question. In regards of listening in for intel, what are the number of expected CB users in the area verses 2 Meter HAM users?

**The 2 Meter **is easy to calculate. It is (.002 X Your County Population) X (60%). The 60% is the percentage of HAMS with 2 Meter radios.

The

** CB **is harder to calculate. Start here:

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The best I can see is (11 million trucks / 300 million U.S. population) =

**0.36%** or 3 tenths of a percent, which is not far from the 2 Meter owners.

Therefore, If 100% of 18 wheelers use CB,

then 4% of your County Population have CBs.

** Note: ** I really question the logic in the above. I am not sure if truckers still use CB verses other modes. Do your own research. Make your own decisions. Then again, maybe you have already done so. But this is an interesting new angle. There was a post in the above link stating that the Feds no longer use CB licensing and so have lost count.