plug and play

Submitted: Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 22:07
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Anybody had any experience with plug and play UHF's?

Something like this.

Take it in or out of car as needed. Or move to another.

Looking for a new set. Found this type, but also considering one of those small units where all the controls are on the mic.

Thanks for any comments
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 23:47

Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 23:47

Hired something similar many moons ago, worked fine In a convoy situation with a stubby aerial on a magnet base on the roof . Obviously you get better range with permanent aerial but was not an issue for me at that time. GME is a reputable brand used by lots of people. Only issue I can think of is that you will have a few cables running around which you don't have with a permanent install.

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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 23:52

Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 23:52
It looks just a standard TX3100 mounted on a stand similar to a navigator or phone unit and a very short antenna. The antenna is only 2.5" long so I don't have much faith in its efficiency.

You could make up the same sort of kit with any CB radio, just add a mounting and a power lead with a cigarette lighter plug.

I would be more inclined to use a portable radio with an external antenna mounted on the vehicle. That way you could have a radio to use elsewhere and a decent antenna for when you are on the road.
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Follow Up By: Ross M - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 09:25

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 09:25
One of my UHF's is a magnetic base aerial and either a GME handheld or TX3100 both powered from a ciggy lighter plug. Now they are offered as PLUG & PLAY.

WE know it as , Make Your Own and use. Been using it for 10 years with different radios.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 07:21

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 07:21
I agree with Peter.

Something like a GME TX6150 ($256 from Prestige Communications) and a magnetic base external aerial will give you the better result.

Have dealt with Prestige on a few occasions and their prices and quick dispatch are hard to beat.

GME TX6150 5 watt 80 channel CB Handheld Transceiver
GME Magnetic Base 6DB 900mm Antenna

Note: If mounting the magnetic base on the roof, you could choose a shorter antenna to screw on to the base. A 900mm one may be a bit long and unnecessary.


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Follow Up By: Winner W - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 08:42

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 08:42
I have a TMX 3100 plug and play. Love it,works fine, If I dont use it it fits in a small bag under seat. I dont even put the antenna on roof. Its base sits under the dash mat and the suction cap is strong to keep it on window and I use a hair elastic band to keep mic rattling around. This way I agree the range will be less but still good for many kilometers.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 09:23

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 09:23
In my view, a 5W handheld ticks more boxes than the P&P option....and prices have obviously come way down for the quality 'Oz made' GME unit*..... it even has both fast and slow 6100 40channel kit was way more than that years ago and it was a show special.
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Follow Up By: Winner W - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 12:59

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 12:59
I agree, if I had to buy now for the same price I would buy the handheld 5 w before the plug and play.
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