DIN sized UHF radio unit

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 at 12:54
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Hi guys,

I am currently looking to buy a UHF radio for my Simpson Desert trip etc. and I think to buy a DIN sized one, as I have a spare DIN slot in my overhead console. The two big brands that I am aware of are Uniden and GME and they both have one DIN sized UHF radio on the market:

Uniden 7750NB
http://www.uniden.com.au/australia/p_uh7750nb_index.asp
available around 275 - 300 AUD

sometimes available with the antenna AT770 (which I guess is not very good) like this
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/UNIDEN-UH7750NB-DIN-SIZE-UHF-RADIO-80-CHANNEL-ANTENNA-AT770-6-5DB-NEW-CB-5W-/290821626490?pt=AU_Electronics_Radio_Equipment&hash=item43b651da7a&_uhb=1

GME TX4600
http://www.gme.net.au/products/radio-communications/uhf-477mhz-cb-radios/TX4600
available around 380 AUD


So my question is whether the GME is a better unit or are they similar quality and just GME costs more? The second question of course would be what antenna you would recommend with the unit you recommend for around 500 AUD in total. Thus I tend towards the Uniden unit to get a decent antenna for around 200 AUD.

Any help and advice is appreciated.

Cheers

Philipp
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 at 13:26

Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 at 13:26
Hi Phillip

Go for the 100% Australian made, 5 year warranty GME, compared to the Chinese made
Uniden.

They are a very reliable top unit and is din size with a large front speaker. A good robust antenna to match up with the radio would be the AE4705.


Thats my two bobs worth anyway.



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Follow Up By: Shaker - Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 18:15

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 18:15
Like almost everything else, I think you find tha GME are made in China now!

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 18:24

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 18:24
Hi Shaker

You will find that raids I'd made right here in Sydney Australia, and not in China as you thought.




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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 at 13:35

Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 at 13:35
Two comments, being part of your question - GME is 'Aussie made' - and they have a reputation for performance and reliability. As for that wire antenna in one of your links - they are very prone to snapping off, where the wire emerges from the antenna base (flexing to and fro = metal fatigue at that point). Not to be dismissed though....if you wrap that junction point in quite a few layers of self amalgamating rubber tape, it will cushion the wire and absorb some of the flexing - I've used that method on an HF antenna - it'll probably outlast me !
A din size radio, with the controls in the microphone might be the best solution (if anybody makes one).
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Reply By: The Bantam - Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 at 12:28

Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 at 12:28
there is another reputable brand that is afforadable and that is ICOM.....still too rich for my money but plenty prepared to pay for the quality.

Personally Id go for the GME.

as for the aerials.

The best bang for bucks UHF aerial on the market is the gme AE4017K2....or a similar unit from another manufacturer......they all make one...there is a very good reason so many aerial companies make this aerial.

Get it mounted high and clear and it will outperform many aerials costing far more....particularly if they are mounted in a poor location like the bullbar.

forget mounting anything on the bulbar it is possibly one of the worst places to mount an aerial.
Forget big white sticks.....they perform no better and cost a hell of a lot more

get it up on the rack with a knockdown mount.

as for wire aerials breaking off.....this is an over stated problem.....my nephew has one on the bullbar ( worst place for vibration) of his navara ute and it has been there for over a decade..besides a replacement wire mast is cheap as chips.

If you realy are dead against a wire mast buy the exact same aerial built as a fiberglass whip...in GME that is an AE4018K1...other make a similar aerial.

There is a plethora of slighty different aerials that are electrically identical.
black, silver, wire mast, fibreglass mast, slightly lighter, slightly heavier, with and without spring lighter and heavier springs......but this elivated feed 6.5dbi aerial form remains the best bang for bucks and possibly THE most popular UHF aerial ever...for good reason.

regardless of the radio you buy..an extension speaker of decent size is worth the trouble and expense.....the speakers in the radios are pissy and do the sound and your ears no favours.

cheers
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Follow Up By: PGU - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 12:19

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 12:19
So if I would go for a bullbar mount then it would be the
GME AE4018K1

and if I somehow find a good way to mount it onto my Rhino roofrack with a foldable solution then it would be best to choose
AE4017K2

is that correct?

Cheers

Philipp
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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 12:26

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 12:26
more or less.

the folding solution is pretty simple.. a couple of angle brabnkets, a nut & bolt and a few washers.

Another solution is one of the 2dbi rubber dickies.....nowhere near the gain of the elivated feed units but very hard to kill.....very popular in earth moving.

mobile one , axis and oricom sell them.

cheers
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Reply By: Polaris - Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 14:21

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 14:21
Icom by a mile.
Commercial quality radio that has been detuned to 5W for UHF CB use.
We have 5 unit in base and mobile installations and are very happy with the performance.
There is a DIN mount kit available for easy to access in dash use.
Try here for Prestige Communications.
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Follow Up By: PGU - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 12:32

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 12:32
Ok so it comes down to the

GME TX4500S
http://www.gme.net.au/products/radio-communications/uhf-477mhz-cb-radios/TX4500S

available for around 380 AUD
or with GME AE4018K1 Antenna for around 450 AUD

AGAINST

Icom IC-400PRO
available for around 370 AUD plus DIN fit kit 30 AUD totals 400 AUD
plus an antenna like GME AE4018K1 for 75 AUD totals 475 AUD

In regards to the price it doesn't do a lot of difference.

Are there any independent reviews around or does it come down to taste and believes?

Cheers

Philipp
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Reply By: PGU - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 12:50

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 12:50
Is it possible to hook up the UHF radio units to your radio headunit thus using the speakers of the car?
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Follow Up By: Polaris - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 13:11

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 13:11
yes. But if you connect the radio ext spkr to your radio AUX input - you wont be able to listen for uhf calls and listen to the radio/cd at the same time.
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Follow Up By: PGU - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 13:45

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 13:45
good point :-/
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