Which UHF radio do i buy?

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 22:46
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Looking at buying a UHF radio just for talking to friends while driving on the beach etc. It dos'nt have to pick up foxtel or anything just do the job. Anyone know any good deals?
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Reply By: Martyn (WA) - Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 23:00

Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 23:00
John,
As usual depends on a lot of things, I've ot a GME TX 3400 remote head jobbie, simple to operate and with the remote head it doesn't take up to much dash space, easy to install, not the cheapest but I've found it to be reliable with good functionality and good reception, what more could you ask for..............Keep the shiny side up
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 23:23

Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 23:23
The TX 3400 good value for money. An extra 10 channels can be programed in to pick up emergency vehicles (police).

WayneAlways Out'N About
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Follow Up By: Rosco - Bris. - Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 08:06

Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 08:06
Wayne

I heard spmewhere these channels are or are about to be encripted/scrambled.

CheersFidei defensor

Rosco
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Follow Up By: navaraman - Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 14:46

Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 14:46
I had the SA Police channels put into my GME 3400 only to find they are scrambled and I can't receive them. Wasted a whole $15-00. The rtadio does everything else well and the service from prestigecommunications.com.au was good, apart from them not knowing aboput the encryption thingy in SA.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 15:42

Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 15:42
Yup, I had a 3400 now got a 3800 2ice as good 100 channels, 25watt an ITS ALL GOOD!! Remote head as well.

the 3400 is a stunning unit, bleep s all over UNIDEN IMHO.. threw my Uniden in the bin in the end.
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Follow Up By: Rosco - Bris. - Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 19:20

Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 19:20
Hey Truck

Would you hazard a guess as to what further range you get with the 25W unit ... say for both with identical conditions.

Just curious.

CheersFidei defensor

Rosco
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog Morgan (Geelong) - Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 19:35

Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 19:35
From 5 to 25 watts is an increase of just over 6db. That will get you another coupla K's down the road. BEAM ME UP SCOTTY


Hooroo
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog Morgan (Geelong) - Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 19:47

Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 19:47
I'm surprised they didn't know about the digital encryption in SA introduced Dec 2002, not exactly new is it. BEAM ME UP SCOTTY


Hooroo
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 20:18

Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 20:18
In NSW the police channels are still ok, for now.

Truckster, was interested in the 3800, so I rang GME. they said it had 140 channles and yes 25w.

This is a commercial unit mainly uesd by police, ambulance ect. Cost about $670 and a operating licence is required. With it you should be able to talk to me in Penrith.

Wayne

Always Out'N About
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 23:08

Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 23:08
Wayne,..
Nothing like $670 ;) Shhhhhhhhh......
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 23:17

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 23:17
Wayne, you should see some of the features of this thing!!!

program 1 channel to scan 3/6 freq, then it picks the strongest signal, and then some, 4 hours were playin with features and shiat.

all Vic cop channels, NSW ones to where I travel, Parks, RFS in my old shire.. :D that will be fun...

AWESOME...
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Reply By: Member - Des Lexik(SA) - Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 23:12

Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 23:12
The 3200 is also a great unit and cheaper too.I'd rather have my bum on a beach in Broome
Than be stuck here in this damn room.
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Reply By: Roachie - Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 23:25

Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 23:25
I have a Uniden and it's okay. If it ever blew up I'd probably go for a GME as they seem to be just that much more well designed.
I don't believe there is much if any, difference in their performance as far as distance of transmission etc.....that has more to do with antenna choice.
Just my opinion.
Cheers,
Roachie
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 23:25

Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 at 23:25
Have you considered a handheld? The $99 Uniden jobbies from Dick Smith (or similair) do a great job for short range (say less than 2km). Simply stick them in a universal mobile phone holder and you are away. We use these in the 4WD club for visitors and have no problems with them at all. Obviously don't have the range of a full size unit, but a good easy cheap way to start.

Cheers

MarkNissan 2003 GU 3.0TD
Windsor Rapid Offroad
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Reply By: Will - Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 00:03

Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 00:03
go for an entry level GME, nothing flash. handhelds are ok, bit of a pain when driving and you wont get much range with one.

Will.
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Reply By: Member - JEFF - Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 06:59

Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 06:59
G' day john

I have a UH 088 Uniden for 3 years with a bloody big antenna. My mate I usually go bush with has a GME 3400 remote head thing (with a bloody big antena) which cost about $150 more than mine. Neither of us can pick the difference ! ! ! Don't spend the money if you don't have to. Any Uniden will be fine for any thing you plan. a GME won't push out much further for all practical
purposes. Its really the antenna that makes the difference

Trust this helps

Jeff.
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 12:27

Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 12:27
Most radios in mine vehicles and hand helds are gme when you see the amount of dust, jolting etc being dropped (handhelds) as well as the constant use these radios take you will see where youre $150 goes
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 08:03

Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 08:03
GME UHF transcivers are Australian desinged and built.

This might help with the finial purchase. May be ebay for a good deal.Always Out'N About
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Reply By: ceredig - Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 11:48

Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 11:48
re: the remark about Uniden hand-held...
the $99 model has a posh head-set socket that you won't use, the $49 model is what you want.
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Reply By: DARREN - Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 14:34

Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 14:34
For good deal if you are happy to install yourself go to

http://www.prestigecom.net.au/

Search the archives, lots of happy comments about them
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Reply By: KiwiAngler - Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 17:07

Friday, Feb 27, 2004 at 17:07
For what you say you want them four "just for talking to friends while driving on the beach etc" then I reckon

http://www.dse.com.au/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/403eddb30c556cd2273fc0a87f9c074a/Product/View/D1773

Would be the way to go. And even if at a later date you decide to go to a more serious unit you still have 2 really good handhelds. I use the small handhelds when:
I am assisting in a tow...give the unit to the observer outside...when travelling and friends dont have radio.....in boat when I go fishing give handheld to friend in other boat...when bushwalking...give handheld to 'tail end charlie'...etc etc etc....hey it is ONLY $100 :-)
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