hand held radios

Submitted: Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 12:12
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Hi Guys ,Im looking a 2 small uniden hand helds from Dick Smiths to use as a truck to truck com.This would be a stand in until we can afford the TX3200. Also the kids can use them when we are camping so they dont get lose.Is this a good idea or am i throwing away 100$.thanks
regards uppy
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Reply By: uppy - Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 12:15

Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 12:15
Also Jeff (wa) can you ring me ,i can not get you on your moblie thanks
regards uppy
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Reply By: colgout - Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 12:16

Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 12:16
It is a very useful gdget, use it for reversing trailer, instruction for deep rout wheel placement, gardening at backyeard..... the application is endless. And the price has dropped a lot, you can pay $98 for 2 uniden one and they are tiny (as tiny as handphone). You will not regret the $100 spent. Go for it.....
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 12:30

Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 12:30
Check out the wattage on the smaller cheaper ones.. sometimes they have a range of about 1 car length :(

Ended up buying a second hand 5 watter off Ebay, $469 retail $100 off ebay! Needed a new battery $70, and Im laughin.
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Reply By: myfourby - Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 12:38

Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 12:38
These are great radios as long as you are not relying on them for transmission over more than 500m as they only have an output of .5w.

I bought one for giving to other 4x4s that dont have a radio on a trip - it works a treat. I've also adapted mine so I can use it on my trail bike. I bought the external mic/speaker and then got some bud headphones to plug into the ext mic/speaker - this setup also works well when riding with 4x4s.

I have used some of these units in the snow also - however they really dont like getting wet! - so when I got mine - I bought the optional leather case to help stop moisture and dust.

Also - the model I bought (from Dick Smith) has a built in battery charger - so I bought 3 AA recharcgable batteries and just plug it into the cigarette lighter to give it some charge. Not that I need it - they're great on batteries - can get a good 2 days or more before it needs charging!

Overall it cost me almost another $80 for the accessories - but I love it... its been great! Having said that - I'd love a 5w unit instead but cant find one for that price!

-myfourby
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Reply By: Member - Jeffrey - Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 12:43

Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 12:43
Hi Uppy
I have the uniden pair and they are great but have limitations for truck to truck overs as long as your not more than about 2to3 k's apart there great.generally line of sight sort of thing,..for the money a deal but remember you get what pay for.
All The Best In Health And Wealth
Jeffrey (AKA JD)
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 13:06

Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 13:06
They are excellent, we use them for work (adjustung cameras etc) we have just upgraded to the new 2 watt version (look exact the same) and can get all the way accross a suburb no worries. Bloody good.
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 13:52

Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 13:52
Have used then on site in mines, the gme version is heaps better than the uniden, but costs about $130 or so each. If mainly for the kids, i saw some no-namers for $70 a pair in the junk mail yesterday..
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 14:42

Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 14:42
for $130 you might as well get the 2Watt version of the uniden and $140. Nothing wrong with those little Unidens, my old 5 watter Uniden is not real fantastic compared to GME, but the little ones are excelent.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew O - Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 14:08

Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 14:08
Uppy,
They are on special at Kmart at the moment (ends today) for $89.
Cheers
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Reply By: robb - Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 16:12

Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 16:12
I have a GME 1 watt handheld... Its great, tiny and works a treat... I think I paid $109 for it...

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Waynepd (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 04, 2004 at 21:00

Sunday, Apr 04, 2004 at 21:00
I agree with Robb, I have the GME TX610, cost about $108 from prestigecom, delivered to my door. It works brilliantly with handsfree vox capability too.

The 1 Watt power gives pretty good range over open ground but it does shorten considerably in the scrub.

Depending what you plan to use them for, the unidens may suit you better for the price but the old saying is "You only get what you pay for". If reliability and coverage is your aim, spend the extra and go the GME, if you only want to be guided over obstacles, use them car-to-car or line up the caravan, the uniden will probably be adequate.
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Reply By: Dave from Fraser Coast 4WD Club - Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 16:27

Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 16:27
bought, for work, yesterday, a twin pack of uniden 1 watters, with rechargeable batts and desktop charger for $197, so far, seem okay

We also have the little t(.5watt) win pack jobbies and they are good performers for what they are.

-Of course for the serious stuff we have Icom IC40s, but they are in a field all of their own!!
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Reply By: Bitsumishin - Mike A (WA) - Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 18:45

Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 18:45
Uppy, I have a couple of these 0.5watt models (Uniden OH36). Perfect for talking people over difficult 4x4 terrain, they work pretty well but if I had my time again, I'd choose ones that could be recharged. These things seem to have a battery life of about half an hour if the war office likes to talk like mine. I tried rechargeables in them but they only seem to last 5-10 minutes. Depends how much talking you do I suppose. You're welcome to borrow mine for a weekend if you want to see if they are value for money before you buy.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 20:57

Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 20:57
Uppy,

We have 3 of the Uniden's around here, and they are much better than I thought they would be. Judging by Uniden's 5 watt gear, that is. We can "crack" our repeater which is 30 kms away, but can usually only talk through the r'peater during cooler months. Don't use them much, and the alkaline batteries last for months.

For $100/pair, I'd buy 4. Go for it...
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Reply By: Member - Toonfish - Saturday, Apr 03, 2004 at 00:56

Saturday, Apr 03, 2004 at 00:56
have used 2 types of uniden . 5 watt and work well for car to car
i brought one as a pack for me and the brother then got one of the newer scan 2 pack ones .
i am selling the uniden uh37 .5 watt with scan and 1-8 duplex for $40 if you want just one?

cheers
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Follow Up By: uppy - Saturday, Apr 03, 2004 at 10:33

Saturday, Apr 03, 2004 at 10:33
Thanks Toonfish ,for the offer ,but i need 2 handhelds
regards uppy
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Saturday, Apr 03, 2004 at 06:50

Saturday, Apr 03, 2004 at 06:50
I have 2 off the hand helds.They work fine and as you say the kids can use them when on a walk we do this.
The only thing I can recomend is buy the ones with the aa batereies and not the aaa batereirs as the aaa are harder to get out side of the cities.
Just about any store will carry AAs.

Just a few thoughts
Eric

www.capeyorkconnections.com.au
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Reply By: Mark - Saturday, Apr 03, 2004 at 08:50

Saturday, Apr 03, 2004 at 08:50
The cheap $98 ($89) for two Unidens are great value & we bought 2 sets. Only thing is no where to plug external charger so have to fiddle around changing batteries every time they need charging (every day normally).
Cheers
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Reply By: uppy - Saturday, Apr 03, 2004 at 10:29

Saturday, Apr 03, 2004 at 10:29
Thanks for the replies guys We are going to buy a set today when we go for a drive with Jeff M regards uppy
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Reply By: prado_95 - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 19:06

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 19:06
Just be aware that most units using AAA bateries are rather thirsty on power consumption. Those batteries are also harder to get in remote places (hey - would it fail any other place), and usually more expensive.

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