Which UHF channel these days ??

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 at 08:50
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Hi, just getting back on the road after a considerable time of absence.
We only have a 40 channel UHF and was wondering if channel 18 (from memory) is still used for vehicle to vehicle communication along the highways ?

Many thanks,
Wayne & Julie

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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 at 09:25

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 at 09:25
Wayne / Julie, that is the channel for campers / caravans convoys.
Ch 40 is general hwy channel.

See this chart here for UHF channels list

Personally I would leave it on scan as people use all sorts of channels these days, if you want to try contacting a truck ahead, call up 40, a camper, try that or 18, etc.

Enjoy your renewed travels :)
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 at 09:30

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 at 09:30
If on Channel 40 be prepared for some language. Ear muffs on kids.
Regards Philip A
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 at 11:41

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 at 11:41
Based on my experience, the foul language is mostly heard near and in built up areas, particularly cities and larger country towns.
Out on the road most truckies are OK.
If you are traveling on the east coast, the truckie channel is 29
Generally speaking, good radio protocol is non existent. This is particularly wrt cluttering up the call channels with personal chatter totally unrelated to road conditions, using it as one would a private phone line.
Cheers
Andrew
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Reply By: Sigmund - Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 at 10:43

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 at 10:43
You'll also find sometimes that localities have signs indicating the channel that applies. Eg. state forests with current logging.
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Follow Up By: Dean K3 - Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 17:11

Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 17:11
If there is logging you wouldn't be allowed to enter the area as its classified as worksite same as mining leases.

Do accept as i have done this asked "permission" to gain access from senior supervisor for stage recce for car rallies.(Aust rally championship nannup WA) but typically if you just wanted to go for drive you'd be told to leave area.

Only places I have seen exclusive channel use is CSR (channel 40) and Bungle bungles have two uhf/vhf links allowing public to contact DPAW rangers in case of emergency situation.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 20:56

Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 20:56
SA Nat Parks are ch 10, important using this in places like Beachport - Robe and Canunda dunes areas, and of course the Simpson, and similar terrain through SA parks.
Most likely be handy with that at places like Port Lincoln Nat Pk, and Coffin Bay park.
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 at 11:30

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 at 11:30
Hey guys,

I too have the older 40 channel UHF. Works fine for me.

Personally we leave ours on Ch 40. I have tried 18 in quite a few locations around Oz without any success.
Yes it's the truckies channel and occasionally the language can be a little colourfull.
We have found that apart from assisting a truck to overtake, the advice from oncoming pilot vehicles warning about wide loads is very handy.
We generally either turn ours off or the volume right down around large towns to avoid having to listen to the limited vocabulary of the linguistically challenged.

Cheers
Pop
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 at 12:21

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 at 12:21
Sometimes it's Ch 40, sometimes it's 18, or 10, and 5 for emergencies then 1 - 8 in duplex mode to pick up repeaters. Sometimes a road specifies a particular channel, usually for logging.

Then there are any of the other 70 odd channels that people use now. I tend to use 28 when there are people with 40 channel units on a trip, or 68 otherwise.
You *could* use a Group Scan to capture many of the popular channels but that is a guess at best. Open Scanning has been too slow to work effectively in the past, especially now there are 80 channels to cover.

I have decided to upgrade my CB with the main feature being scan speed and flexibility. Some radios like the famous ICOM 410 Pro take up to 40 seconds to scan 80 channels. Most take 8 to 15 seconds.

Only the new GME XRS range met my requirements with 50 channels per second or about 1.5 seconds for all 80 channels. IMHO a fast scanning device on Open Scan is the only way to really monitor traffic in remote areas.
The XRS allows you to transmit on your chosen channel while scanning. When it stops on a channel, and you transmit, it changes to that channel. You can go back to your original channel with a press of one button. Nice. Someone has put some thought into that.

When on a Highway then 18 and 40 are usually the only ones you need on group scan. In the metro and urban areas OFF is the best setting.
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Reply By: 9900Eagle - Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 09:38

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 09:38
Just to add. Ch29 Sydney to Brisbane on the Pacific is the highway channel.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 12:46

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 12:46
Yes, all on that link list in the first reply . . . that is a very handy list to print and keep in the vehicle, I have it back to back 1 - 40 ch and 41 - 80 ch laminated up under the sunvisor storage, great to quickly check for any of those off limit channels when you are looking to switch somewhere quieter with a group.
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Follow Up By: 9900Eagle - Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 13:58

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 13:58
Sorry, Les didn't see your list.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 14:14

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 14:14
You're right mate, easy to miss links sometimes.
Hope that is handy for anyone keen on setting up a little cheat sheet to keep on hand.
I just copy / pasted it to word and sized up to print 2 columns A4, split, back to back, laminate.
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Reply By: Shaker - Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 20:43

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 20:43
Sadly I rarely turn mine on any more, can't stand the bogan language & kids chatter.

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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 23:22

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 23:22
Must admit, I rarely hear foul language unless it is in the big cities and towns. Most of the heavy/long distant truck drivers are normally quite polite - and I guess they appreciate knowing what others are doing around them.

I don't mind hearing kids on the radio - at least they are learning how to use it for when there is an emergency - that's how my childerbeasts learnt.

Same goes with "Ethel" telling "Sylvia" ' oh look at the funny sheep on the right!' Sometimes the conversations are positively hilarious.

Good thing is, most of the "annoyances" are only temporary. You driving in one direction, them in the other. Most caravaners travel at a speed which allows overtaking and distance to quickly be put between you.

I also use the squelch settings to get rid of "noise" if I don't want to hear it.

Easiest thing is not to respond if someone is using foil or abusive language - the trolls lose interest if you don't feed them.

Cheers

Anthony
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 08:13

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 08:13
Funny thing is, now I don't use it, I don't miss it. The only time I even turn it on now is if I'm travelling with others.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 08:35

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 08:35
Ditto Shaker.
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