GME or Uniden

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 20:13
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I'm just wondering if anyone has any horror stories to offer to help the decision between buying GME (3200/3400) or Uniden (UH013/UH088) transceiver. I've checked out all the features between the comparable models and very similar, except for 2yr warranty on GME and 1yr on Uniden.
Any good references would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance..Keith
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Reply By: Member - Don (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 20:21

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 20:21
PerthGQ,
I have had the Uniden UH100 since it came out and never had a drama with it.It is good if you like the larger unit.The UH100 and UH088 are very similar.But hey
i think it comes down purely to personal choice.
Hoo Roo
Don
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Reply By: Phil P - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 20:26

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 20:26
Hi PerthGQ,

2 mates & I purchased the UH013 a year ago and had no problems. The Scanner feature is a bit of a gimmick !

Phil P
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Reply By: Rosco - Bris. - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 20:42

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 20:42
Similar units ... similar quality, GME may have an edge, but what the hell .................... buy Ozzie stuff.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 20:43

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 20:43
Keith,

Been using GME gear for over 20 years, and have never had a "dud". I don't doubt that Uniden are okay, but the few units we've had dealings with have poor audio/transmission quality (don't mean power here). Some of the helicopters that come here, have Unidens fitted, and clarity of their transmissions is often very poor, which makes it difficult to understand when using handhelds.

Have you looked at Icom?

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Follow Up By: Member - Bob L - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 21:18

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 21:18
Bob
A mate of mine had the same problem, the mic modulation was terrible since new and needed retuning to bring back to specs.
Cheers
Bob L
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Reply By: Member - Bob L - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 21:12

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 21:12
Keith,
GME (Standard Communications) are based in Sydney and manufacture all their UHF range at their Gladesville Premises (except for the TX610 Handheld).
They have very high manufacturing standards and are usually very close to printed specs.
Unidens by comparison are imported and do not appear to maintain as high a standard. In the past I have found many units are down on power (-20%).

It is doubtfull if this difference in power would be noticeable to the human ear but when a quality "MADE IN AUSTRALIA" unit is available at comparable price then ?

Also note the different shapes, the DIN sizes are ok but the TX3200 is a smaller unit if this is an installation requirement.

Both remote units are OK but avoid Unidens Dual UHF/CB or UHF/SCANNER models as the disadvantages outway the advantages.

Hope this helps

Bob L (TX3400 with AE4018K1 Antenna)

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Reply By: jiarna - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 22:08

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 22:08
I've only ever had GME units and never had a problem, except when some light-fingered mongrel broke into my LC and stole it. My brother on Eyre Peninsula has tried GME, Philips, Uniden, Icom, and a couple of others over the years and found that the GME stood up to the vibration in his tractor and header the best. Most 4WDs aren't as rough as that (hopefully) so that may not be a fair test.
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Reply By: Leroy - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 22:12

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 22:12
I have a GME and 4 other friends and I don't think any of us would buy anything else now. Good clarity and fantastic performance. I mate has a uiden and it sounds tinny when he transmits to me.

Leroy
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Reply By: PerthGQ - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 22:26

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 22:26
Thanks very much to everyone for the great responses. A great help and sincerely appreciated.
Safe driving and regards,
Keith
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 15:08

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 15:08
Had a UH011,threw it in the bin, was the biggest POS on earth.

Then went to a GME remote head, now got a GME3800 instead, 100 channels the works.

GME you will never go wrong.
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Reply By: David N. - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 13:22

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 13:22
Have owned both brands...
will only ever buy GME in future, for lots of reasons. No contest.
Cheers
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Reply By: Bryan - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 17:21

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 17:21
Hi keith,
I have the same GQ as you and have the GME 3400TX model. the radio unit I have mounted up under the dash where the immobiliser is, and the face panel is mounted on the small carpet strip below the gear stick. This is an excellent unit, I have had no problems with it. I have been using radios since i was a teenager, and have had many differnt units through the years.. The GME is definately a greta unit.

regards
Bryan..
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Reply By: PerthGQ - Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 20:15

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 20:15
Thanks again fellas. All the info is much appreciated.
It seeems GME is the go. Nice to give an Aussie company the flag for a change.
Regards to all,
Keith
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Follow Up By: Glenno - Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 03:23

Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 03:23
Plus their customer service is excellent. I called up to ask some questions about the unit, that I couldnt ifnd on their website. The receptionist put me straight through to one of the engineers who answered all of my questions.

Not too often you get that kind of service.

Cheers,

Glenno
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