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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-06-2012, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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B.C. Logging Road Safety - Radio?

Anyone have any ideas on where to obtain a radio to monitor logging truck traffic on logging roads in B.C.?

I travel to BC every year and the usual method is to follow a logging road truck down the logging trail if possible - - when he pulls over, so do we. This is problematic because we don't always find a truck to follow.

Thought a radio with the appropriate freqency may be the way to go. I heard a license may be required.

I'm interested in where to find a radio, what type to get, legality of, etc.

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Most towns in BC where there are logging roads have a radio shop business. Radio can usaully be rented from one of them with the appropriate chanels for the areas logging roads.

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If you're heading up north (Terrace), Tower Radio rents them

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E bay is your friend, programmable VHF radios range from 70 to 200 a pair.


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re Radio

Radio Licence for VHF is required in some areas[ie enforced]-you still need to know which truck is going which way-following is most fool proof way.
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Thanks everyone. Think I will look into the rental thing.

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Most logging companies post their radio frequency at the active logging sign at the start of their timber holding. You can monitor their call points with a programable radio. If they call ie: 7 km, empty, it means they're traveling into the woods; 7 km , loaded means they're coming out.
Best practise is to follow an empty in. Drivers are generally pretty good at warning drivers, especially if they know you're trying to go in safely. Whether with a radio or not, anticipate a truck approaching around every corner, and drive accordingly. Also, be aware that loaded trucks generally take their 1/2 of the road out of the middle....
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Something else thats important is the loaded truck will not want to get out on the outside shoulder so if you meet one take the outside and give him the inside side of road if its narrow. Just get over on outside and stop if narrow . The drivers will appreciate that. Lites on and usually once you meet one they will tell others where you are ,way you are going and force one to outside and they,ll probably add some swearing in front of the make and color of your vehicle. Used to haul logs for living and being put on outside loaded is bad feeling at any amount off speed,loads are heavy and high and shoulders are usually not well packed. At least on inside of road its built on solid earth and outside is on fill material. To follow one is safest as then they will call you as well so everone knows where you are but rough roads and dust and to keep up not always easy or fun. Use common sense,lite on, expect someone around corner and go slow. They for sure don,t want an accident either but give them the best side and all the room you can. Daryl
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