UHF Radio

Submitted: Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 19:07
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now that I have the brake lights sorted I'm still under incredible marital pressure to provide means for swmbo to talk whilst on the road.. HF radio is to expensive.. CDMA with a 6 dB antenna is also to expensive & may not work but what about a UHF radio... she could waffle on innanely for hours & hours and in an emergency I may just be able to raise help..... So my question is, based on the fact that most 4bys have a radio what type, brand setup etc would be best value for my hard earned dollar? Do I need a licence? and can my call sign be "red shadow" and swmbo will of course demand callsign "sybil"
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 19:18

Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 19:18
Hi Rick a UHF is a very good car to car radio and sybil will be able to waffle on to her hearts content, for around $300 you can get Electephone 3200 good small tidy unit, might need remote speaker depending on where its mounted, or for $100 more a 3400, similar unit, with a small remote head, great little radio.
No licenses are required just instal and shoot!
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Reply By: Cruiser88 - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 21:42

Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 21:42
From one Rick to another

Everone uses UHF including the major road users (Truckies) and all stations and properties. I have an Electrophone TX 3200 bit over $300 which is a great little unit. My advise is spend the money on a good aerial and coax cable, it doesn't matter how much you spend on the head unit if it can't send or receive the distance it's useless.
If the minister for war and finance is talking to someone else you can concentrate on driving.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 01:02

Monday, May 17, 2004 at 01:02
Where do you intend on using it?

UHF good for car to car..
but wouldnt risk my family in outback, or distance travel

And no you dont have a callsign on UHF...

YMMV
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 14:52

Monday, May 17, 2004 at 14:52
You can call yourself anything you like on UHF, however as said previously I wouldn't rely on it for emergencies. There are so many out there now that if you are not in a remote location chances are somone might hear you and help you out, however HF, sat phone or EPIRB are really the only options for remote saftey.
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Reply By: Savvas - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 16:54

Monday, May 17, 2004 at 16:54
I give up ... what's swmbo?
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 18:47

Monday, May 17, 2004 at 18:47
Savvas, click on Abbreviations just under here.
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Follow Up By: Rick Blaine - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 18:49

Monday, May 17, 2004 at 18:49
She Who Must Be Obeyed
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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 21:42

Monday, May 17, 2004 at 21:42
Rick, clear up some confusion would you please. Are you travelling with other vehicles? Are these the other vehicles your wife will be speaking with? Or will she just be speaking because it has become a daily habit? UHF is not really for this purpose.
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Follow Up By: Rick Blaine - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 21:47

Monday, May 17, 2004 at 21:47
We may be in company with other vehicles, and it would be nice to listen to the chat from other travellers. Yes my wife just likes the sound of her own voice.....and the sounde of hers sisters, cousins ,aunts etc....
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 22:21

Monday, May 17, 2004 at 22:21
Rick, are you taking the sisters, cousins and aunts with you? UHF is not the answer for you (unless they are travelling in the car in front or behind). Why not make a new itinerary sticking to CDMA routes - this is the only answer. Have you tried professional help?
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