CB Codes and Slang

CB Codes and Slang

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When you think of CB Codes and CB Slang the first thing that you probably think of is the movie Smokey and the Bandit (by the way the CB Slang ‘smokey’ originated from that movie) or the TV show Dukes of Hazzard. Or else you are thinking of the song, ‘
Convoy‘.

While growing up my mom and dad had a police scanner that picked up CB transmissions along with what the police were communicating about. It was fun to listen to that but unfortunately, my mom and dad were able to find out whenever I got a speeding ticket… I remember that my mom put up a list of what the codes mean on the scanner. Back then we didn’t have the internet so I was not sure how she compiled the list. She always managed to get things done though. Below is a list that I compiled by using our internet today and talking to truck drivers. Surprisingly, many of them were hard to track down and some of them had different definitions.

For example, a 10-14 means these different things:

If you do not know the lingo it is more than likely that any serious CB user will just ignore you. So if you want to join in the conversation or want to understand what they are saying then go ahead and read on!

Here is the list of CB Codes that you will hear on the air. Please note that some of these will have multiple meanings and the most popular ones are stated here.

CB Codes

10-1: Receiving Transmission Poorly
10-2: Receiving Transmission Well
10-3: Stop Transmitting
10-4: Okay, Message Received
10-5: Relay the Message
10-6: I’m Busy, Stand By
10-7: Out-of-Service
10-8: In-service
10-9: Repeat the Message
10-10: Transmission Completed, Standing By
10-11: Talking too Rapidly
10-12: Visitors Present … Quiet!
10-13: Advise the Weather and Road Conditions
10-14: Convoy or Escort
10-15: Prisoner in custody (police code)
10-16: Make the Pickup at…
10-17: Urgent Business
10-18: Anything for Us?
10-19: Nothing for You. Return to your Base.
10-20: What’s your Location?
10-21: Call by Telephone
10-22: Please Report in Person
10-23: Stand By
10-24: Completed Last Assignment
10-25: Can you Contact?
10-26: Disregard Last the Information
10-27: I am Moving to Channel…
10-28: Please Identify your Station
10-29: Time is up for Contact
10-30: Does not Conform to FCC rules
10-31: Crime in Progress (police code)
10-32: Checking the Radio
10-33: Emergency Traffic at this Station
10-34: Trouble at this Station, Help Needed
10-35: Confidential Information
10-36: The Correct Time is…
10-37: Wrecker Needed
10-38: Ambulance Needed
10-39: Your Message was Delivered
10-40: Silent Run. No light or siren. (police code)
10-41: Please Tune to Channel…
10-42: Traffic Accident
10-43: Traffic Jam
10-44: I Have a Message for You
10-45: Animal Carcass Located at …
10-46: Assist Motorist (police code)
10-47: Emergency Road Repair at … (police code)
10-48: Traffic Standard Repair at … (police code)
10-49: Traffic Light Out at … (police code)
10-50: Break Channel
10-51: Wrecker Needed (police code)
10-52: Ambulance Needed (police code)
10-53:  Road Blocked At ___ (police code)
10-54: Livestock on Highway (police code)
10-55: Intoxicated Driver (police code)
10-56: Intoxicated Pedestrian (police code)
10-57: Hit and Run (police code)
10-58: Direct Traffic (police code)
10-59: Convoy or Escort (police code)
10-60: What is the Next Message Number?
10-61: Personnel in Area (police code)
10-62: Unable to Copy (Receive Transmission), Please use the Phone
10-63: Net Directed to… (police code)
10-64: Net Clear (police code)
10-65: Awaiting your Next Message or Assignment
10-66: Message Cancellation
10-67: All Units Comply
10-68: Dispatch Information (police code)
10-69: Message Received (police code)
10-70: Fire at a Truck Stop
10-71: Proceed with the Transmission in Sequence
10-72: Report Progress on Fire (police code)
10-73: Speed Trap
10-74: Negative (police code)
10-75: You are Causing Interference (get off the airwaves!)
10-76: En Route___ (police code)
10-77: Negative contact
10-78: Need Assistance (police code)
10-79: Notify Coroner (police code)
10-80: Chase in Progress (police code)
10-81: Reserve hotel room for… (police code)
10-82: Reserve Lodging (police code)
10-83: Work School Crossing at ___ (police code)
10-84: My telephone number is…
10-85: My address is…
10-86: Officer or Operator on Duty (police code)
10-87: Pickup or Distribute Checks (police code)
10-88: Present Telephone Number of ___ (police code)
10-89: Radio Repairmen Needed (police code)
10-90: I have TVI (police code)
10-91: Talk Closer to the Microphone
10-92: Your Radio is out of Adjustment
10-93: Check my Frequency on this Channel
10-94: Please Give Me a Long Count
10-95: Please Transmit Dead Carrier for 5 Seconds
10-96: Mental Subject (police code)
10-97: Check or Test Signal (police code)
10-98: Prison or Jail Break (police code)
10-99: Mission completed, all units secure
10-100: Gotta go No. 1
10-200: Gotta go No. 2 or Police needed at…

Do you want to know what the CB Slang is for your location? This list compiles many cities in the United States and Canada for you to lookup.

United States Locations:

East Coast: Dirty Side
Midwest: Corn Patch
West Coast: Left Coast

Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama: B Town
Birmingham, Alabama: Magic City
Birmingham, Alabama: Smoke City
Huntsville, Alabama: Rocket City
Montgomery, Alabama: Monkey Town

Arizona

Flagstaff, Arizona: Flagtown
Flagstaff, Arizona
: The Flag
Little Rock, Arkansas: Rock City
Phoenix, Arizona
: Cactus Patch
Phoenix, Arizona: The Sticker Patch
Tucson, Arizona
: Big T

Arkansas

Arkansas: Hog Country
Forest City, Arkansas
: Bar City
Hope, Arkansas: Watermelon City
Hot Springs, Arkansas: Hot Water City
Little Rock, Arkansas: Rock City
Texarkana, Arkansas: T Town

California

California: Shaky
California: The Shaky Side
Anaheim, California: Disney Town
Hollywood, California
: Tinsel City
Los Angeles, California
: Lost Angels
Los Angeles, California: Shaky City
Los Angeles, California: Shaky Town
Sacramento, California
: Sack of Tomatoes
San Clemente, California: Tricky Dick’s
San Diego, California
: Dago
San Francisco, California: 
Bay City
San Fransisco, California: Frisco
San Francisco, California: Gay Bay
San Fransisco, California: Hill Town
San Fransisco, California: Shaky Town

Colorado

Denver, Colorado: Mile High

Florida

Florida: Alligator Alley
Florida: Bikini State
Florida: The Bikini
Miami, Florida: Bikini City
Miami, Florida: Little Cuba
Orlando, Florida: Mickey Mouse
Tampa, Florida: Cigar City

Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia: Big A
Atlanta, Georgia: Hotlanta
Atlanta, Georgia: Watermelon 500

Idaho

Boise, Idaho: Spud Town

Illinois

Champaign, Illinois: Bubble City
Champaign, Illinois: The Bubbly
Chicago, Illinois: Chi Town
Chicago, Illinois: Windy City

Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana: Circle City
Indianapolis, Indiana: Indy 500
South Bend, Indiana: Irish Town
South Bend, Indiana: The Irish

Iowa

Council Bluffs, Iowa: CB Town

Kansas

Topeka, Kansas: Railroad City
Wichita, Kansas
: Air Capital

Kentucky

Kentucky: Blue Grass State
Hopkinsville, Kentucky: H Town
Louisville, Kentucky: Derby City
Louisville, Kentucky: Derby Town

Louisiana

Baton Rouge, Louisiana: BR Town
Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Red Stick
New Orleans, Louisiana: Fat City
New Orleans, Louisiana: Crescent City
New Orleans, Louisiana
: Mardi Gras
New Orleans, Louisiana: Superdome City
Shreveport, Louisiana: Sport City
Shreveport, Louisiana: Sugar Town

Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts: Bean Town
Boston, Massachusetts: Village Town

Michigan

Detroit, Michigan: Motor City

Minnesota

Minneapolis and St.Paul, Minnesota: The Cities
Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota: Twin Cities

Mississippi

Mississippi: Magnolia State
Jackson, Mississippi
: Capital J

Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri: Bright Lights
St. Louis, Missouri
: Big Arch
St. Louis, Missouri: Gateway
St. Louis, Missouri
: Gateway City
St. Louis, Missouri: Golden Archway
St. Louis, Missouri: The Gateway

Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska: Big O

Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada: Dice City
Las Vegas, Nevada: Divorce City
Las Vegas, Nevada: Gambling Town
Las Vegas, Nevada: Lost Wages
Las Vegas, Nevada: Sin City
Pahrump, Nevada
: Art Bell Town
Rachel, Nevada: UFO Central Area 51

New Jersy

Clinton, New Jersey: Job Town

New York

New York: Empire State
Binghamton, New York: Bingo or Bingotown
Buffalo, New York: Queen City
Buffalo, New York
: The Nickel
New York, New York
: Dirty City
New York, New York
: The Apple
New York, New York: The Big Apple

North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina: Queen City
Goldsboro, North Carolina: Gold City
Raleigh, North Carolina: Capital City

Ohio

Ohio: Buckeye State
Akron, Ohio
: The Rubber
Akron, Ohio: Rubber City
Cincinnati, Ohio: Queen City
Cleveland, Ohio
: The Dirty
Cleveland, Ohio
: Mistake on the Lake
Cleveland, Ohio: Waterfront City

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: OKC
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Okie City 
Tulsa, Oklahoma
: Oil City
Tulsa, Oklahoma: T Town

Pennsylvania

Hershey, Pennsylvania: Chocolate Town
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
: Independence City
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
: The Friendly
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Philly
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Steel City
Scranton, Pennsylvania: Steam Town

Rhode Island

Rhode Island: Mini State

Tennessee

Chattanooga, Tennessee: Choo-Choo Town
Memphis, Tennessee
: Big M
Memphis, Tennessee: Fort God
Memphis, Tennessee: River City
Nashville, Tennessee: Crashville
Nashville, Tennessee
: Guitar Town
Nashville, Tennessee: Music City
Nashville, Tennessee: Nastyville
Nashville, Tennessee: Opryland
Knoxville, Tennessee: K Town

Texas

Amarillo, Texas: Armadillo
Austin, Texas: Bat City
Austin, Texas: Hippie Haven
Austin, Texas: Waterloo
Corpus Christi, Texas: Taco Town
Dallas, Texas: Big D
Dallas, Texas: Emerald City
Fort Worth, Texas: Cow Town
Houston, Texas
: H Town
Houston, Texas
: Space City
Houston, Texas
: The Astrodome
Houston, Texas: The Dome
Jacksonville, Texas: J Town
Lubbock, Texas: Big L
San Antonio, Texas: Alamo City
San Antonio, Texas: Chili Switch
San Antonio, Texas: Taco Town
San Antonio, Texas
: The Alamo
Texarkana, Texas: T Town
Wichita Falls, Texas: WF Town

Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah: Salty

Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C.: Little Apple
Washington, D.C.: Play Town
Washington, D.C.: Watergate City

West Virginia

West Virginia: The Hillbilly

Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Beer Town
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
: Beer City
Wisconsin
:  (On the way to): Badger Bound

Wyoming

Casper, Wyoming: Ghost Town
Cheyenne, Wyoming
: Cowboy City
Cheyenne, Wyoming: Rodeo Town

Canada Locations:

Calgary, Alberta: Cow Town
Montreal, Quebec: The Swamp
Regina, Saskatchewan: Rhymes with Fun
Toronto, Ontario: Hog Town
Toronto, Ontario: Tonto
Winnipeg, Manitoba: The Peg

“How many of these cities have you visited? Let us know in the comments and share to see how you rank!” Or if you know of another CB Slang term for a location not listed here please share it in the comments box below.

Here Are Some Popular CB Slang Terms Below.

Police Related Terms:

Advertising: A marked police car its flashing lights on
Bear Bait: A speeding or erratic driver
Bear Bite/Invitation: Speeding ticket.
Bear’s Den/Bear Cave: Police station
Bear in the Air: Police officer in some form of aircraft (particularly helicopters).
Bear Trap: RADAR or speed Trap.
Bear with Ears: A police officer monitoring the CB airwaves
Checkpoint Charlie: Police checkpoint placed to look for intoxicated drivers, drivers with invalid licenses, etc
County Mounty: County cop
Driving Award: Speeding ticket
Evel Knievel: A motorcycle cop
Eye in The Sky: Police aircraft, airplane or helicopter
Fox in the Hen House: Unmarked police vehicle
Full-grown Bear: State police
Gumball Machine/Bubble Gum Machine: Police vehicle, especially one with the older-style, dome-shaped red rotating/strobe light commonly mounted on the roof of police cars.
Kojak with a Kodak: Cop with a radar gun
Baby Bear: Rookie police officer.
Mama Bear: Female Police Officer
Papa Bear: A male police officer.
Polar Bear: A white unmarked police vehicle
Protecting and Serving: A cop has someone pulled over
Quiz: Breathalyzer test
Smile and Comb Your Hair: Radar trap ahead, slow down
Smokey: A police officer
Starving the Bears: Driving the speed limit
Taco Stand: Border patrol check stations on the Mexico–United States border
Town Clown: Municipal police officer
Watch Your Donkey: Watch behind you, police are approaching
Yellowstone Bear: A cop who writes too many tickets

Traffic/Road-Related Terms:

$50 Lane: Passing lane
Alligator: A big piece of a blown truck tire in the road
Brake Check: Up ahead traffic is slow
Concrete Spaghetti: Cloverleaf interchange (Also, Twister)
Gator Guts: Pieces of a shredded tire in the road (See Alligator also)
Greasy Side Up: Truck that’s flipped over
Lane Lover: Vehicle who won’t leave a particular lane
Organ donor: motorcycle rider with no helmet
Starving the Bears: Driving the speed limit
Suicide Jockey: HazMat Hauler Explosives or Driver traveling with dangerous cargo
There are Two Miles of Ditches For Every Mile of Road: Reminder to drive safely
Twister: Cloverleaf interchange (Also, Concrete Spaghetti)
Willy Weaver: Intoxicated driver
Yo-Yo: Someone who speeds up and slows down

(Ahem) Oldest Professions Terms:

Lot Lizard: Truckstop prostitute (Working girl at a truck stop to put it nicely)
Pickle Park: Rest Area or Rest area is known for working girls
Sleeper Leaper
: Working girl (Prostitute)
Truck Stop Tommy: Pimp

All the CB Slang Terms:

$50 Lane: Passing lane
Advertising
: A marked police car its flashing lights on
Aircraft Carrier: Tractor/trailer carrying a disassembled aircraft, helicopter, or a small plane
Alligator: A big piece of a blown truck tire in the road
Alligator Station: A user who talks constantly and seldom listens (a comic reference to an alligator – all mouth and no ears)
Anchor Clanker: Boat trailer
Baby Bear: Rookie police officer.
Back Off the Hammer: Slow down
Backstroke: Return trip
Band-aid Buggy: Ambulance
Bear Bait: A speeding or erratic driver
Bear Bite/Invitation: Speeding ticket
Bear’s Den/Bear Cave: Police station
Bear in the Air: Police officer in some form of aircraft (particularly helicopters).
Bear with Ears: A police officer monitoring the CB airwaves
Bear Trap: RADAR or speed Trap.
Billy Big Rigger: Trucker with a big ego
Bone Box: Ambulance (also, Meat Wagon)
Boom Wagon: Truck carrying dangerous cargo (see also, Suicide Jockey)
Brake Check: Up ahead traffic is slow
Bubble Trouble: Problem with your tire
Bucket Mouth: Loud, obnoxious, or vulgar
Catch You on the Flip-Flop: Talk to you on the return trip
CB Rambo: A CB user who brags about his fighting prowess but won’t actually fight
Checkpoint Charlie: Police checkpoint placed to look for intoxicated drivers, drivers with invalid licenses, etc
Chew-n-Choke: Restaurant
Chicken Choker: Poultry truck
Chicken Coop: Weigh station/port of entry
Colorado Kool-Aid: Beer
Concrete Spaghetti: Cloverleaf interchange (Also, Twister)
County Mounty: County cop
Cowboy Cadillac: Pickup truck
Crotch Rocket: A very fast motorcycle
Dirty side: The East Coast
Double-Nickels: A 55 mph speed zone
Draggin’ Wagon: Tow truck
Dream Weaver: Weaving driver – sleepy or impaired
Driving Award: Speeding ticket
Drop the Hammer: Hit the accelerator and go for it
Dung Beetle: A Volkswagen Beetle with a male driver
Everybody’s Walking the Dog: All the CB channels are full
Evel Knievel: A motorcycle cop
Eye in The Sky: Police aircraft, airplane or helicopter
Flop Box: Motel room
Fox in the Hen House: Unmarked police vehicle
Front Door/Back Door: Front/rear of a truck
Full-grown Bear: State police
Gator Guts: Pieces of a shredded tire in the road (See Alligator also)
Got your ears on?: Do you Have your CB on?
Greasy Side Up: Truck that’s flipped over
Gumball Machine/Bubble Gum Machine: Police vehicle, especially one with the older-style, dome-shaped red rotating/strobe light commonly mounted on the roof of police cars.
Half Cheese: A short school bus
Hammer Down: Speed up
Harvey Wallbumper: Someone who drives recklessly
High-Speed Chicken Feed: Stay awake pills
Hippie Chippie: Female hitchhiker
Joke Book/Comic Book/Cheat Sheet: Logbook
Junk Buzzard: Bum
Kiddie Car: Schoolbus
Kojak with a Kodak: Cop with a radar gun
Land Yacht: Large mobile home or camper
Lane Lover: Vehicle who won’t leave a particular lane
Loot Limo: Armored car
Lot Lizard: Truckstop prostitute (Working girl at a truck stop to put it nicely)
Mama Bear: Female Police Officer
Meat Wagon: Ambulance
Motion Lotion: Fuel
Mud Ball: Donut
Nap Trap: Motel or Rest Area
Negatory: No
On the Floor and Looking For More: Accelerating to full speed
On Your Donkey: Behind you
Organ donor: motorcycle rider with no helmet
Outdoor TV: Drive-In Theatre
Parking Lot: Car Hauler
Papa Bear: A male police officer.
Pay the Water Bill: Use the restroom
Pickle Park: Rest Area or Rest area is known for working girls
Piggy Back: A truck towing another truck
Piggy Bank: An armored Car
Polar Bear: A white unmarked police vehicle
Portable Parking Lot: Semi hauling cars
Pregnant Roller Skate: Volkswagen Beetle
Protecting and Serving: A cop has someone pulled over
Quiz: Breathalyzer test
Rain Locker: Shower
Reefer: Refrigerated trailer
Salt Shaker: Snowplow
Salt Shaker: Highway department truck for spreading salt on the road
Skate Board: Flatbed Trailer
Sleeper Leaper: Working girl (Prostitute)
Smile and Comb Your Hair: Radar trap ahead, slow down
Smoke Detector: Radar detector
Smokey: A police officer
Starving the Bears: Driving the speed limit
Suicide Jockey: HazMat Hauler Explosives or Driver traveling with dangerous cargo
Taco Stand: Border patrol check stations on the Mexico–United States border
There are Two Miles of Ditches For Every Mile of Road: Reminder to drive safely
Thermos Bottle: Tanker truck
Tijuana Taxi: Tow truck
Toes On the Bumper: Driving at full-speed
Town Clown: Municipal police officer
Truck Stop Tommy: Pimp
Turd Hauler/Rolling Ranch: Livestock truck
Turkey Hearse: A truck with a load of turkeys headed for slaughter
Turtle Race: Two trucks side by side, one trying to pass the other; but both have speed-governors
Twister: Cloverleaf interchange (Also, Concrete Spaghetti)
Watch Your Donkey: Watch behind you, police are approaching
Warden: Wife
Weight Watcher: Weigh station worker
Wiggle Wagon: Truck pulling two or more trailers in tandem
Willy Weaver: Intoxicated driver
Yardstick: Mile marker
Yellowstone Bear: A cop who writes too many tickets
Yo-Yo: Someone who speeds up and slows down
Zipper: Painted lines on the road

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