Purchase of a new UHF

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 at 13:32
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My ute i use to travel alone all across the NT requires a new UHF
Any one have any suggestions or recommendations on brands etc ?
Travel alone mostly on the highway, communication between caravans and trucks would come in Handy, was looking at the new 80ch units.

Cheers Matthew
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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 at 14:27

Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 at 14:27
Gday
If you go back to post 134239 and have a read it might be helpful.
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Follow Up By: veight - Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 at 17:04

Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 at 17:04
Thanks
I did read it before posting. It didn't really give me any suggestions if X brand is better then Y brand etc.
I might take my chance go into a store and see what i come out with.
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Reply By: RMD - Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 at 15:30

Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 at 15:30
veight
I think you have to look at 80 channel units, haven't seen any 40 channel for sale for quite a while.
I only have GME.
If you want range the aerial is better up on a roofrack or roof bracket so it transmits reasonably equal pattern both front and behind and further too.
Bull bar is convenient but not as effective. Some radios are deaf and don't transmit to the rear very well from BB.

Twice in recent years I have had cause to make contact for assistance for a crash and both times the higher aerial worked well. 45km to Oodnadatta,+ 70km to Nilpinna STN rptr. and from a QLD mountain range about 130km to Undarra Lava Tubes reception.

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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 at 18:45

Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 at 18:45
The general consensus when reading the many threads on this topic is that Icom is the best followed by GME
GME are a bit more user friendly though compared to two.

I can vouch for the excellent backup service from GME and they are an Aussie company although a number of their units are now made O/S.

Another good thing with GME is that they are probably the most stocked brand across Australia so you have a better chance of getting replacement parts if needed

No doubt others are happy with their brands as well
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Feb 12, 2017 at 09:47

Sunday, Feb 12, 2017 at 09:47
I've used Uniden for 20 years. I'd also recommend Icom based on friend's experiences. I've installed a couple of the latest Uniden 5060 lately - they are the remote units with all in one microphone. Very compact and get good volume and clarity out of the unit. The advert below has them at $273 including a elevated feed aerial . If you want a more robust aerial for the roof, consider the Uniden AT380.(One Uniden aerial I installed recently was Australian Made).
http://www.prestigecom.net.au/uniden-uh5060-s-80-channel-uhf-cb-radio-at870-6-5dbi-antenna
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Sunday, Feb 12, 2017 at 10:23

Sunday, Feb 12, 2017 at 10:23
I have never had a problem with Uniden either.
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Reply By: 9900Eagle - Sunday, Feb 12, 2017 at 13:53

Sunday, Feb 12, 2017 at 13:53
Have always used GME for many years. Except for hand piece problems which are normally operator abuse and aerials, I have never had one fail.
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Reply By: Member - peter_mc - Monday, Feb 13, 2017 at 13:26

Monday, Feb 13, 2017 at 13:26
There's a new Oricom one out which can listen on two channels at once - could be handy if you want to listen to both caravans & trucks.

Search for DTX4000 & DTX4200.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Monday, Feb 13, 2017 at 19:40

Monday, Feb 13, 2017 at 19:40
That's pretty cool - I like it.

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Follow Up By: Hilux fan - Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 20:10

Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 20:10
Quite a few of the newer radios have multi-channel scanning. One of the unidens can be set up with groups of linked radios and it wil auto-change frequencies if the one you are on is busy.
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Reply By: Hilux fan - Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 20:15

Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 20:15
Our CFA brigade recently bought a few of the Uniden UH5000PNP. These can be mounted on the windscreen with a suction mount and plugged into an accessory socket, with a magnetic base aerial for the roof. No wiring in required and the range we got during testing was pretty good (about 10-15km with lots of pine trees in between). Cheap (about $220) and simple to set up and use.

http://www.uniden.com.au/australia/p_uh5000pnp_index.asp
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