Programmable UHF with remote head for SES/RFS?

I'm looking for a new UHF to go in my 2008 Rodeo, preferably one with a slim relocatable head to slip in between the ashtray and the centre console.

I've just moved to rural NSW and I plan to sign up with the local SES and RFS, but I don't know at this stage what systems they use. My guess is that they probably just use public UHF channels, but I'm thinking I should get a unit that can be programmed with extra frequencies if it's ever necessary.

Beyond that I don't know much about UHFs and what's available, so I'd appreciate any recommendations!
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 08:57

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 08:57
Hi wortgames

I have no idea what the go is in NSW, but if it is like South Australia, they do not share public frequencies, but use the private GRN ( Government Radio Network ).

This network has been in place here in SA since our last Ash Wednesday Bushfire back in 1983, when there was a complete break down of the normal radio network, with hundreds of people all wanting to talk at once.

As for UHF radios, the new 80 channel units can be programmed to receive other frequencies, but not to talk on, as under the governments terms, you can only talk on the already available frequencies.



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Reply By: wombat100 - Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 10:21

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 10:21
Most RFS (and Police) use GRN digital network.
No suitable to program into your 'run of the mill' UHF radios.

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Reply By: Idler Chris - Vic - Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 11:02

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 11:02
Another option is something like a GME Tx3540 where all the controls are on the mike and the actual unit can be anywhere out of site, like under the dash. Much easier to install.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bigred13 - Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 16:01

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 16:01
Yes second that for the GME ,put it out of site and have only the mike where you need it ,all done from the handpiece
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 13:19

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 13:19
I would suggest you go and get the correct information from the SES/RFS units you wish to join.
The Qld SES used different freqs to the run of the mill 'UHF CB'.
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Reply By: Lost John - Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 at 09:14

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 at 09:14
From what I can see after a very quick look, the NSW SES & RFS use a digital trunked network, in which case a regular UHF won't be of any use.

If you want to listen in, you'll probably need a digital trunk tracking scanner (unless the agencies are using encrypted transmission, but that's probably unlikely for the RFS/SES etc, more likely for the Police & ambos).

Join up and get a feel for the radios used in each organisation, and the type of traffic - figure out if you actually want to listen in.
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Reply By: wortgames - Saturday, Dec 27, 2014 at 08:15

Saturday, Dec 27, 2014 at 08:15
Thanks everyone (and sorry for the delay!)

I need to get a UHF anyway, regardless of the volunteer stuff. I suppose I mostly didn't want to miss an opportunity and get the 'wrong' model if there is a 'right' one available.

I'm leaning towards the GME TX3520S, I'd prefer a proper head rather than just the handpiece display and controls.

Any reason to avoid this model?
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