Contacting Semi's

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 10:58
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This may be the dumbest question raised on this forum, but how do you contact a semi if you want to overtake it. I know the truckie channel is UHF 40, but do you ask using their rego number?

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Reply By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 11:31

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 11:31
Yeah rego num , direction going , and road you are on will usually worksWish i was still here / Gulf in July
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Reply By: Member - Chris - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 11:38

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 11:38
Glenn,
Living in the country when I come up behing one I usually just ask something like, "Truck, you on air". Sounds funny but in the isolated areas when there's no one else around they usually always respond.
On a busy road I'd probably say, "Breaker, to the semi approaching the XXX turnoff or landmark." Most of the time they have a fair idea if the vehicle behind them has UHF or not. The truck driver will notice the strength of the signal and guess that it's you.
If you know the make of the truck or company name ie. GIACCI I would refer to them as GIACCI truck.
There will be someone at the forum that has the correct radio club prodedure.
All the bestLove the bush.

Chris
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 11:40

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 11:40
Sorry, that's procedure and remember semi drivers usually interchange trailers and may not always remember their plate number.Love the bush.

Chris
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 11:43

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 11:43
Sorry that's procedure, and remember, semi drivers change their trailers so they won't always know their trailer plate number.Love the bush.

Chris
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Reply By: Truckster - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 13:19

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 13:19
Being from inside the cab for 8+ yrs best bet is call somethin distinguishing to the truck/trailer..

Copy the Pink Cab Over Kenworth with White Tautliner headin North on the Hume would be an idea.

or Copy in the Nth bound TOLLS B Double..

or Copy in the Car Carrier Southbound with fire coming out the back of the cab.. That would get attention..

dont bother with rego #'s most are too smashed when they quick hitch to worry about crap like Rego!

HTH...
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Follow Up By: Member - Rick - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 22:26

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 22:26
and just remember that alot of trucks that run around our cities do not have a uhf... the other thing to remember is that if you do slip out and give a quick flash with your lights...TURN OFF THE SPOTTIES FIRST...quickest way to p...ss us off..

rick
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Follow Up By: Marty and Sam - Thursday, Apr 10, 2003 at 01:32

Thursday, Apr 10, 2003 at 01:32
I agre with you truckster that is the easiest way to get our attention when on the road. But i must disagree with you on the last line maybee you are to smashed to worry about your rego i have been doing this for 13 odd years and i always know what rego is on the trailer i have just hooked up to, being a truckie yourself we do not need any more bad raps we get enough thrown at us as it is. Now i will get off my soap box.
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Follow Up By: Member - Truckster- Thursday, Apr 10, 2003 at 11:20

Thursday, Apr 10, 2003 at 11:20
I wont tell ya about a *few* blokes at a south aussie based red and white painted co, that used to come in, and after 1 hour ask what state they were in then ;)

Or the classic "wheres me truck Bloke?"
as someone else had moved it from the middle of the road where they had double parked it while trying to get into the yard...
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Reply By: Member - Mal - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 13:48

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 13:48
Glenn,
Another way is to stick your nose out, if it is safe to do so, so you can see his or her driver's side mirror, and ask if it is OK to pass. The truckie will immediately look in the mirror and because of the signal strength suspect it is him and give you a reply. This works well in remote areas but on busy highways where there may be trucks close together you really need to identify the truck.

Mal.T.
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Reply By: bruce.h - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 13:55

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 13:55
Glen
i hvae if icant raise them on the radio always flash my high beem & idicate, most if it is not safe will move to the outside of the lane to block you if it is clear they move over to let you see for your self hope this helps
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Reply By: PETER - Thursday, Apr 10, 2003 at 06:24

Thursday, Apr 10, 2003 at 06:24
G'day Glenn 40 is right most times but on the pacific highway ie beach road north of sydney trucks use 29 . i find the drivers all over australia great if you make your intentions clear ie letting them past or about to overtake. some chose not to reply but you can see the action happening ie moving over etc. would not roam our inland ways without my uhf and infact believe they should be in every vehicle - even a hand held is ggd enough you only need 2 k range regards peter
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Reply By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Thursday, Apr 10, 2003 at 13:20

Thursday, Apr 10, 2003 at 13:20
Thanks all for your advise and comments. Just Do It!


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