UHF handhelds

Submitted: Monday, May 10, 2004 at 07:48
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I have the opportunity to purchse some cheap UHF handhelds here in the US. My concern is that they will not be compatable with the UHF radios we have at home. Can anyone tell me what the 40 channel frequencies are, or where to find the info. Everything I have found so far just tells me the channel numbers not the frequencies. Perhaps somone has already done this and can tell me by experience if they are compatable.


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Reply By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 08:55

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 08:55
Channel 1 is 476.425, channel 40 is 477.400, 25KHz steps between channels. My understanding is that you guys don't use these freqs.
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Follow Up By: jolls - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 11:09

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 11:09
Mad Dog,

Thanks, exactly what I was after. I'm actually one of you guys, serving in the US Army on exchange. I will check out their UHF hand helds, they have up to 8 mile range and are UHF. They require a licence over here and tend to use normal CB's with side band for vehicle comms. I'll report back, they are really cheap and may be a great way to communicate when out and about.


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Reply By: The Banjo - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 12:29

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 12:29
Check the power outputs (after the applicable frequencies as mentioned above).....
there are hoards of cheap UHF's about in various retail outlets but many of them are .5 and 1 watt - under trying circumstances, many of these are next to useless.
GME here in Oz, plus Uniden (and others) make handheld UHF's that go up to 5 watts .... check the models....depending on the brand/model they start around A$350 and go up to around A$500. While they all have low power mode, on high they would of course drain the batteries quickly - some have special reachargeables within - others take AA. There are some on eBay but the bids are getting too close to new for mine.
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Follow Up By: jolls - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 12:34

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 12:34

Thanks hepas for the advice. I will check it all out tomorrow once the stores open.


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Reply By: ian - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 14:23

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 14:23
I have U.S. UHF hand helds here. They don't talk to OZ UHF, and I knew that when I got 'em, but they talk to one another just fine. I have been told they are illegal in OZ.
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Reply By: Member - Bear - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 21:33

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 21:33

Could you please keep me informed of what you find out and what sort of cost etc.

I may even be interested myself. Its a pain when I send the kids out and they take one of my small hand helds and the swearing and garbage that these dicck heads carry on with has made me stop letting the kids use them. Meaqning they now leave the immediate camping area with no contact.

If they talk to each other with that sort of range it would be great for this reason alone.

Keep in touch

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Follow Up By: jolls - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 22:29

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 22:29

I have a couple of feelers out at the moment. Apparently some of the motorola handhelds can be programmed for our frequencies. On the other side of the house the talkabouts etc cost around $28-50 USD (around $37-67 AUD) a pair. They range from 1/2 to 2 watt and have up to 38 channels encoded channels. Great value for the money. I would prefer ones that I can use in conjunction with the vehicle radio; however, at the price a couple of these may just do the trick. I used them at Disneyworld and they worked a treat. I would prefer not to break any radio laws at home. I will keep you posted as to what I find out.


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Reply By: Member - Bear - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 23:00

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 23:00

Thanks mate - look forward to hearing from you.
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Follow Up By: jolls - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 07:26

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 07:26

The Motorolas don't talk on our frequencies and the cheap ones have only a 500mW transmit strength. Which would not be much use for anything more that Disneyland or a shopping centre. The dearer ones are around $139 (205 AUD) per pair and have a 2W output. They are cheaper than at home in Oz though for the 500mW versions at around $45 AUD a set, but they don't communicate with your vehicle mount, and I think that is what you are after. I don't return home until January; however, I'm happy to grab a set for you if you wish. I'll probably wait until I get home and fork out a couple of extra sheckles so that they will be able to communicate with the car.


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Reply By: Member - Bear - Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 09:54

Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 09:54
Thanks Craig for the info - I think I will also pay the extra AusDollars to be able to speak from the vehicle.

If only you could cut out all that crap and swearing that goes on in Sydney we could all use these units more often - I spose that in the bush we are
OK as the crap does'nt exist - Thank goodness!

Have a great trip.

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