UHF CB Rental

Submitted: Friday, May 05, 2017 at 14:35
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Hi,
I don't suppose anyone knows if there is a place that will rent handheld UHF CB radios for personal/travel use? The radios here in Canada are the wrong band, and everything I've found online in Oz so far has been for commercial rental.
Any info appreciated! Cheers! - Steve
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Reply By: Member-George (WA) - Friday, May 05, 2017 at 14:45

Friday, May 05, 2017 at 14:45
Hi Steve, your location in Oz would be helpful. Cheers
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Follow Up By: SteveCanuck - Friday, May 05, 2017 at 14:57

Friday, May 05, 2017 at 14:57
Good point. Pickup in/around Perth CBD, drop-off in Cairns.
If rental isn't available, advice on where to pick up an inexpensive (but still functional) unit in Perth would be much welcome.
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Follow Up By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Friday, May 05, 2017 at 16:23

Friday, May 05, 2017 at 16:23
Prestige Communications at Malaga (suburb of Perth) have everything CB and lots more - a good website to peruse - you may find something there (purchase wise).
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Friday, May 05, 2017 at 17:00

Friday, May 05, 2017 at 17:00
I hired one of these types
UHF

many years ago for about $20 a day for a long weekend.

that hirer is out of business.

For Perth to Cairns trip would be cheaper to buy new and you can always sell it at the end and get some money back.

or look for secondhand when you get here. Sure to be some on our sales site Gumtree.

Prestige Communications have excellent reputation

Cheers

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Friday, May 05, 2017 at 18:08

Friday, May 05, 2017 at 18:08
Yeah - they are reatively cheap (5W UHF handheld) - for a trip over a couple of weeks you may as well buy two...and then flog them off on Ebay/Gumtree.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, May 05, 2017 at 21:42

Friday, May 05, 2017 at 21:42
Hand helds will keep you in touch with traffic around you, and can be purchased cheaply. I suggest purchasing a pair when you arrive in Australia. The can be purchased from many sources, discount auto stores, hardware stores, and probably electronic stores. I was looking at a catalogue last night and hand held cold be purchased as low as $30 odd for a pair. Like mine, these took three AAA batteries. I find that batter than rechargeable built in batteries, because you can take spare batteries, particularly useful if using them on walks.

This is a 'specials' catalogue from Repco stores this month - look at the top left hand units. Look half way down page 12 on the left. Repco page 12

My 1 watt Unidens use the batteries up quite fast if being used for conversation all the time, but for occasional communication they last for ages.
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Reply By: SteveCanuck - Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 04:28

Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 04:28
Thanks for all the info everyone. Didn't realize they were so inexpensive, I'll look into buying one in Perth once I arrive.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rustygq - Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 08:06

Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 08:06
Go for a 5 watt model, generally they work much better than the lower wattage ones

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Follow Up By: wizzer73 - Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 11:12

Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 11:12
I'm another satisfied customer of prestige communications here in Perth.

Bought one of these

cyrstal 5W handheld

and it works great.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 14:05

Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 14:05
Yes, 5 watt units should give better coverage, but they only work in 'line of sight' so will not work at the bottom of dips in the road. Some can be used with an external antenna but mine can't. However we have used my 1 watt Unidens for communication between vehicles in convoy several kilometres apart successfully.

If you only want them to stay in touch with traffic around you, they will all do the job.
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Follow Up By: SteveCanuck - Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 14:35

Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 14:35
I'm really only planning on using it to monitor for oncoming traffic on remote roads, I'll be alone so won't need to chat with any other vehicles on a regular basis. It's really just in case if I need to announce myself in tight areas, around dunes, etc. I'll have a sat phone for proper communication and emergency.

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Follow Up By: wizzer73 - Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 14:49

Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 14:49
The crystal one i linked to can attach to an external aerial. Prestige sell the attachment.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 15:00

Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 15:00
Much needed Steve, and a small hand held will be OK. As you need one not two, you should be able to get a single 5 watt unit of a decent brand for little more than $100.

Mail order once you get here may not work for you and personal shopping be better, but just as an example, a single 5 watt Oricom here is $137. I have no personal experience of the brand Oricom. This is just one I saw because, having looked at UHFs, Facebook keeps throwing Gadget City adverts at me.
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Follow Up By: SteveCanuck - Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 15:26

Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 15:26
All great info! Prestige is close to where I'll be in Perth, or I could probably get something delivered to my hotel. Even if I don't get a chance to resell, $140 is reasonable for piece of mind - probably less than a rental would have been.

As usual, you are all fantastic with the help (even subjecting yourself to targeted Facebook ads on my behalf!) I can't wait to get back down there...

Thanks again!

Steve
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Follow Up By: Dean K3 - Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 18:14

Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 18:14
5 watt is maximum your allowed to transmit on for CB radio in australia no point going to commercial radio for your needs - scan mode good idea esp if your on tracks where anybody could be using any channel.

Road channel for oversize and road trains will be 40 and caravans might be on 18 after that apart from couple of data 21/22 coudl be any channel

Just remember its line of sight - many mine sites might use a CTCSS with UHF CB or digital system (TETRA/ APCO25 all commercial high tier) so if can possibly can hear them but they won't always be able to hear you esp if your calling for assistance
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