U H F Radio

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 20:50
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G'Day
We will be taking the big trip north in May and are seeking advice on radio channels.
Is there any designated truck or caravan channels--or is it normal practice to display your call sign and channel on the back.
Happy motoring
T C
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Reply By: Member - Peter (York) - Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 21:14

Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 21:14
Hi Trucks use ch 40 , caravans seem to use ch 18 the most and a lot of 4WD groups in WA use ch 10 , not shore about up north for 4x4s groups
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Follow Up By: Wizzy - Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 21:27

Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 21:27
When I'm towing my caravan I always use UHF Channel 40 (Channel 29 when travelling the Pacific Highway). They're the best channels to use if you want information on road conditions, accidents, hazards or other things to beware of up ahead.

You may have to contend with some blue language.

Dennis
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Reply By: Member - Jiarna (SA) - Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 22:12

Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 22:12
When in the bush it's a good idea to set your UHF to scan, if it can. That way you will hear anyone calling up. If you get in trouble, find the local repeater channel and call on that for help.
Have a good trip.
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Follow Up By: Member - Nigel (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 22:28

Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 22:28
But make sure the uhf is set to duplex mode before trying to use a repeater
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Follow Up By: Member - Jiarna (SA) - Friday, Apr 23, 2004 at 09:13

Friday, Apr 23, 2004 at 09:13
Quite.

BTW your computer can't spell ignoramus LOL :-)))
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Follow Up By: Member - Nigel (QLD) - Friday, Apr 23, 2004 at 18:18

Friday, Apr 23, 2004 at 18:18
my computer can spell just fine thank you...

but I do suspect there may be a problem somewhere between the keyboard and the chair :)
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Reply By: Member - Nigel (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 22:31

Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 22:31
as already mentioned, channel 40 is the common highway channel, and many caravan organisations are pushing channel 18 for caravanners.

the recommended 4wd club channel is now 12, but it was 10 for many years and you'll still find it used as well.

Displaying a callsign/channel on the back of your rig is a good idea regardless - lets people know you are listening.
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Reply By: motherhen - Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 23:41

Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 23:41
Go with Ch 40 - the Truckies know what's happening. Display it - better have a road train driver let you know he's approaching fast from behind, than scare you by roaring past out of nowhere. Just don't let the kids listen in to they chit chat! Some of the caravanners display a different Ch (generally 18) - so you can switch over to speak to them if need be. Over and out
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Friday, Apr 23, 2004 at 11:11

Friday, Apr 23, 2004 at 11:11
If you have kids you can also spend $89 from dicksmith on 2 x handhelds (like uppy did) and the kids can use the little 2x handhelds when they are out playing in the bush (and you can listen in on your car uhf) and then you can set one of the handhelds to scan all channels while driving and leave you main UHF on 18, 40 or whatever you prefer.
Perfect example of how this works effectivley was when Uppy and I were in Dwellingup last weekend. We both had handhelds scanning. We were talking on our nominated channel and I heard some people loud and clear on channel 27. I slowed down and there they were around the corner on a very narrow track with trees on both side. We were then able to talk to them on their channel guiding them past while we were still talking on our channel. Works great.
Other option as mentioned on previous posts is to use group scan etc, this does work, but I don't feel it gives you the same flexibility, however others may disagree. For $89 with chargers and handsfree sets it's good value IMHO.
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Follow Up By: uppy - Friday, Apr 23, 2004 at 11:49

Friday, Apr 23, 2004 at 11:49
Yep,they are a great little set up at minium cost,Kids can talk to each other between cars on one channel.and use the cars uhf for real stuff,Jeff what is the dup button do??.Also are we having a beer tonite
regards uppy
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Friday, Apr 23, 2004 at 12:11

Friday, Apr 23, 2004 at 12:11
Dup, I showed you that on your GME didn't I? I think you were just too excited about having such an awsome install job you may not have been paying attention! ;-) hee hee.., man wood chips and silicone.... We'll just let everyone else wonder and worry about that one eh! The Dup button is for Duplex mode for when you are talking on repeaters. In Perth, channel 1 = Wanneroo, channel 3 = rollystone (or is it redcliffe I forget), channel 8 perth CBD, chanel 5 - emergency. If you want to be able to "access" these repeaters you need to ensure that when you select the repeater channel your rig has "dup" displayed. If not, hit the button and you're away!
Beer tonight sounds good, however little Michael just got back from kiwi land this morning/last night and I'm pretty sure Bec will want to go to her mums to catch up. Maybe we can sneak off to the pub for a bit or somthing..?
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Reply By: Member - Errol (York WA) - Friday, Apr 23, 2004 at 17:46

Friday, Apr 23, 2004 at 17:46
So where the big trip up north going to be ? The war office and i will be someware on the GGR end of may early june , take a look at the rig pic,s and keep an eye out for us and come say ga,day if you see us . Errol.
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Reply By: Member - Meggs - Friday, Apr 23, 2004 at 20:11

Friday, Apr 23, 2004 at 20:11
Terry I assume you have a caravan. I addition to channel posting on the back also post the channel on the top offside front of the van as vehicles going the other way can call you. I have seen a number of poptops come loose and there is no way to call the caravanner concerned. I Queensland use CH 40 as priority and scan the others if you wish.
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