HF Radio or not?

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 07, 2004 at 10:33
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Hi all,

Umming and aahhhing about buying an HF Radio. Mainly thinking of it as a saftey item. We are planning a 3 month trip leaving in May from Melbourne across the Nulli to south western Aust then up the west coast stopping along the way. Broome and Cape Leveque then Gibb river road but perhaps not Mitchell falls. Kunnunara, Katherine, down through the centre and home. (You know the drum!) We went to get off the main roads a bit and will be towing a top quality camper. Taking our 6 and 9 yr old boys with us.
Never been to the west, so unsure how remote it will be. (I suppose it depends where you choose to go)
Anyway, I am interested in others opinions.

thanks

andrew
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Reply By: 10 Para- Saturday, Feb 07, 2004 at 11:14

Saturday, Feb 07, 2004 at 11:14
Did that trip or close to some 35 years ago with no radio and not much else at all but now carry one, and everything else, as you say its a saftey issue in those days we did not know what to expect and we were just travelling and working along the way, young and mad in those days.
Have fun
Going soon can't wait
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Feb 07, 2004 at 11:52

Saturday, Feb 07, 2004 at 11:52
Try the archives, this has been done 20-100 times in the past, some good threads.

my point, radio is cheap insurance for a kids life.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog Morgan (Geelong) - Saturday, Feb 07, 2004 at 12:07

Saturday, Feb 07, 2004 at 12:07
Yep, radio or satphone I wouldn't go anywhere out there with my kids without one....too many snakes BEAM ME UP SCOTTY


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Follow Up By: uther - Saturday, Feb 07, 2004 at 13:50

Saturday, Feb 07, 2004 at 13:50
didn't know they would keep snakes away...would have got one yonks ago...:)
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog Morgan (Geelong) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 11:40

Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 11:40
Yeah, keeps the snakes away no problems ,and by the way I have a bridge for sale, interested? :) BEAM ME UP SCOTTY


Hooroo
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Reply By: Member - Peter- Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 08:27

Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 08:27
Like others have mentioned we too travelled extensively with no HF 25 years ago, young and invincible etc. But when the kids came along we decided it was a bit irresponsible to take little kids into remote areas without one. It does seem a lot of money but the first time you have to use it in 'anger' to get medical assistance in a remote area (in our case Mt Beadell) for an 18 month old it has paid for itself.
Since having the radio we have used it on about 1/2 a dozen occasions to contact the RFDS or arrange vehicle assistance for us or others and would have been in trouble without it.
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Reply By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 12:00

Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 12:00
Andy, we had a HF fitted yesterday for the safety aspect & radphone contact home to keep intouch when bush. As others have said we have done trips not having one but rented sat phones that never work if you need them so i went HF as you can also get weather & road reports.Regards Bob
Where to next
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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 12:37

Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 12:37
Where you intend travelling are well used routes. Mobile GSM or CDMA services are throughout your intended route. Hire a Satphone if you wish. More likely than not if you have problems there will be passersby within the hour.

I have always had a HF Radio and have used it 3 times in 30 years of outback travel.

Cheers,Willem
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 20:05

Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 20:05
Howdy Willem.... I am no mathematician,,,, but i rekon we would be near Birdsville at the same time.... 7-8th May?.....___________________________________
Simpson trip 05/04 then turn left at Birdsville to Darwin via Lawn Hill etc
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 21:15

Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 21:15
G'day Voxson....yeah maybe......I'm tied up until about 25 April. Then I will head north....no set place in mind but would like to go to Coongie Lakes and see Lake Eyre on the way home. Still too many other things happening in 2004 but 2005 is going to be the year for travelling. All the trips I have had to postpone are going to be done including the Cape. Will probably be away 4 to 5 months...........

Cheers,
Willem
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Reply By: Crackles - Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 16:14

Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 16:14
Don't bother wasting your money. You really sound like you intend sticking to the basic 4x4 tourist route and at that time of year, you are only going to have to wait 10 or 20 minutes if that for someone to come along with enough radio gear to talk to the Mars explorer. If you were to be doing the Canning, some cross country desert work or driving off season well it would be worth it then.
If you are still paranoid and feel you must have your security blanket, buy a tested 2nd hand portable unit fitted with the VKS 737 frequency's and pack it in the back.
Sell for around $600. Craig..............
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Reply By: Crackles - Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 16:16

Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 16:16
Don't bother wasting your money. You really sound like you intend sticking to the basic 4x4 tourist route and at that time of year, you are only going to have to wait 10 or 20 minutes if that for someone to come along with enough radio gear to talk to the Mars explorer. If you were to be doing the Canning, some cross country desert work or driving off season well it would be worth it then.
If you are still paranoid and feel you must have your security blanket, buy a tested 2nd hand portable unit fitted with the VKS 737 frequency's and pack it in the back.
Sell for around $600. Craig..............
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Reply By: Member - Eskimo - Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 16:43

Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 16:43
I dont know a lot about this either!

dont know how far off the beaten track your wanting to go?
but if not would'nt a UHF be more than adequate. A lot of stations have or usualy set up a repeater for adjoining neighbours to use to get that "extra" distance when required.

If you had a portable epirb (you could take it with you when bushwalking) as a back up to UHF for remote areas then i reckon you'd be covered.

having said that HF sounds nice and one can alwyas listen to the side chat
a sat phone (hire?) also sounds nice!
mmmmm how much$$$$ can I find mmm?
Wow, am I cute! The extra long legs are built-in prevention against ducks disease. Great looks and a real goer. Doesnt waddle along like some.
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