UHF radios

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 24, 2004 at 13:44
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Gday everyone, hope this long weekend finds you all well.
I am in the market for a new UHF and would like some idea as to which way to go.
Only looking for a basic 40 channel, no scanning police channels reqd etc.
Thanks for your input in advance
Andrew
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Reply By: Leroy - Saturday, Apr 24, 2004 at 14:21

Saturday, Apr 24, 2004 at 14:21
I don't think you can go past GME3200 then. Maybe able to get something cheaper but I have a 4400 and like the tone of the sound compared to a uiden.

Leroy
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Apr 24, 2004 at 14:51

Saturday, Apr 24, 2004 at 14:51
Dozer, Theres lots on the forum about UHF's, I have a GME and couldnt be happier, went with the 3400 with the remote head and did a really goodd deat at the 4b show last yr, the 3200 is a good unit also and theyre all Oz made
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Follow Up By: Member - DOZER- Saturday, Apr 24, 2004 at 18:14

Saturday, Apr 24, 2004 at 18:14
Hi Bonz
My last radio was a 3400, and i loved it, saved me alot of waiting in queues at accident sites, aswell as opened my eyes at how bad this world can get at times.... but its time to have a look at whats new and better. I hear the police are going digital soon in the big cities, then again, funding for that might be a sticking point for a few years yet....
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Reply By: Member - Bob L - Saturday, Apr 24, 2004 at 20:57

Saturday, Apr 24, 2004 at 20:57
Dozer,
Sounds like you need a GME TX3200.
It has all the features (or lack of) and is Australian made with 2 years warranty.
I can get you one from work for $329.00 postage paid if your interested.

Cheers
Bob L

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Follow Up By: Tuco69 - Saturday, Apr 24, 2004 at 21:41

Saturday, Apr 24, 2004 at 21:41
The TX3200 is $299 including free express air freight from:
http://www.prestigecom.net.au/

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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Apr 24, 2004 at 23:18

Saturday, Apr 24, 2004 at 23:18
GO with the GME TX3800 and never look back! :D 100 ch, the works...
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Follow Up By: robb - Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 00:35

Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 00:35
The 3800 is a nice radio, that said, most commercial radios are a good choice i think, I like the extra power (yes I know its illegal) and the better build quality of a commercial radio... I have a Phillips 8020... Old but tough
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Follow Up By: Tuco69 - Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 16:46

Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 16:46
Hey Truckster, not sure what you paid for your TX3800, but I recently picked up two Icom Ic-F221 from the US for US$276 each. 128 channel and 45 Watts!

Have a look at:

http://www.icomamerica.com/land_mobile/mobileuhf/icf221main.asp
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Follow Up By: Vojta - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 21:40

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 21:40
hi tuco69

have a couple of questions about the icom unit.

1. does it have variable power settings or does it always transmit at 45watts.

2. if you don't mind me asking where did you get it for US$276.

Thankyou,

Vojta.
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Follow Up By: Tuco69 - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 11:34

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 11:34
Hi Vojta,

1. The F221 has 6 'assignable' buttons. If one of these is programmed as 'H/L' then it can be used to switch between 5 / 25 / 45 Watts. If not, then the power is whatever has been set on the individual frequencies. You need the Icom software and also cloning cable to do this yourself.

2. The F221 is available from a number of outlets in the US. Just a couple are:

http://www.actioncommunications.com/merchant/merchant.mv?

http://store.yahoo.com/nsiradio1/

Have a look at details and specifications on the Icom america site at:

http://www.icomamerica.com/land_mobile/mobileuhf/icf221main.asp

You will be able to download pdf's on brochure, specifications as well as instruction and service manuals from Icom.

With the current exchange rate, these radios come in under the AU$500 threshold, and no duty will be payable (if you buy one at a time).

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Follow Up By: Vojta - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 21:37

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 21:37
Hi Tuco69,

I've spent the last week having a closer look at the unit trying to dig up anything on the web, and looks like i'll be ordering one later in the week.

How have you found using it and operating all the various features. Reading thru the manuals I noticed two things which may be of a nuisance more then anything;

Firstly the squelch seems to only be adjusted by pressing a whole series of buttons and then it will still change the setting for that particular channel. Is this really an issue when it comes to using using the radio or is there some other way of changing the squelch settings,

Secondly, you are unable to transmit on a chanel if it is 'busy', have you noticed this at all, and does this occur too often for your liking or is it not noticeable.

Finally, do you have an aerial that covers the full 440-490Mhz spectrum, if yes what sort is it and how much did it cost.

Thankyou, much appreciate your assistance, first hand is always best.

Cheers,

Vojta.
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Follow Up By: Tuco69 - Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 21:14

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 21:14
Hi Vojta,

The F221 does not have many of the features that the IC 400Pro has. Eg - it can not talk the selcall that other Ozzie UHF's do. It only has 6 programable buttons - where the 400Pro also has a 'function' menue.

I have had no problem setting the squelch on my 2 radios. Simply hold the up and down buttons while turning the radio power on. This will put you in the 'set mode'. I have found that the factory squelch settings are just about spot on. Both of mine are different. All radios are factory tuned and settings are different for both radios.

It wil TX any time I key the mic. If I want to TX over the top of someone - with 45W it is easy!

As I live in hilly country - rainforest - I use a half wave colinear on both base and mobile - very happy with the performance. Have used 6 and 9 dB gain aerials in the past and found that the small colinear works much better except over water or in flat open country - where the gain aerials are better. Have also used a pair of stacked 18 element yagis on a rotator - great base to base - useless to mobiles - too narrow a window.

These small colinear aerials are fairly broadband and swr 1.3:1 on our company channels 455 mHz and 464 mHz as well as UHF CB 476/477 mHz. I havent tried any others.

Tuco
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Reply By: uppy - Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 00:34

Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 00:34
Hi Dozer, Im not a radio whizz but Ive got a GME 3200 ,it has 40 channels, and is easy to use and dosent cost a arm and leg to buy .If you dont need all the bells go for it
regards uppy
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Reply By: Pluto - Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 08:14

Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 08:14
Dozer,

I also have the TX3200 and have been very happy with its performance. Occasionally I would prefer it to have both open and group scanning features, but it really isn't an important limitation.

The TX3400 does have this feature, but any unit you see on the shelf is getting to be around 2 years old, as they have stopped production.

Another unit that has my attention, is the Icom IC-400Pro. Audio clarity is excellent and the auto-squelch is supposed to be supperior to the GME units. However it does include all of the fruit that you aren't interested in.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob L - Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 11:47

Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 11:47
Pluto
You must have your wires crossed, the TX3400 is a current model and as a matter of fact I'm waiting for another production run to complete back orders.

Cheers
Bob L
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Follow Up By: Pluto - Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 06:19

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004 at 06:19
I obtained that info from a retailer that I have no reason to disbelieve.
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 20:09

Sunday, Apr 25, 2004 at 20:09
Thanks everyone
Im learning some good stuff here, the commercial radios are powered up a bit hey? That sounds useful, (and expensive)
I didnt know the 3200 had no group scan, thats a pity, i used that feature alot in the 3400. That said, i used little else, and blundered my way through its features, having to have a read of the manual every now and then, because i found it too complicated to drive.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 00:47

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 00:47
Hey Andrew. Check this out REALLY CHEAP..

Hello all,
Up for sale is a Philips PRM8030 25watt UHF CB + Police RX
For pictures, more information, and contact details and price.

Please visit http://home.iprimus.com.au/james_buster/forsale.htm

Thankyou,
James

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