Uniden vs. GME UHF Radios?

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 13:09
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I am looking to buy a remote head UHF radio. Is there any reason to buy one brand over the other?
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Reply By: Davoe - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 13:27

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 13:27
most mines I have worked on use gme and they seem to handle the dust ok and work well
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 13:31

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 13:31
Shaker,

The audio in GME units seems to be better than Uniden, and the GME are Australian made and designed. Have rarely had a problem with them over 20 years.

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Reply By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 13:32

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 13:32
When it comes to radios there doesn't seem to be much argument that GME is the way to go.
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 13:56

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 13:56
Roger, GME is the way.
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Reply By: madcow - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 15:14

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 15:14
Getting the picture yet? :) buy australian
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Reply By: Shaker - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 15:25

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 15:25
Thank you for your responses!
madcow ........ I hear what you say about "buy Australian" , & I might add, agree wholeheartedly, but then most of us drive Japanese vehicles!
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 15:29

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 15:29
Is there an autralian 4x4 with live axels?

Leroy

PS do a search and you will find a squllion responses
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 18:24

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 18:24
I was probably being a bit smart .. but we say buy Australian, when it suits us, but we all got Japanese, Chinese, Korean TV's, DVD's VCR's etc.

Also it is interesting to note that in the past some GME radios have been rebadged Uniden!
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Follow Up By: Tuco69 - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 22:02

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 22:02
Leroy - yes the OKA is built in WA - live axles - and very popular in the tourism industry. Even second hand examples fetch top prices.
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Reply By: Member - Bob L - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 21:06

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 21:06
Shaker , who fed you that one? I doubt if GME have ever rebadged a UHF, not for the last 20 years anyway. The TX610 (1 watt handheld) is the only UHF unit presently sold not made by them at Gladesville in Australia.
GME (Standard Communications Pty Ltd) is still a family controlled "Australian"
company

Bob L
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 22:45

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 22:45
It was "fed" to me by a marine electronics electrician with many years experience with both GME & Uniden, it was probably a marine set to which he referring when I asked him the same question that I posed here.
As a matter of interest he is not too keen on either, says neither can hold a candle to Icom.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 12:15

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 12:15
And I'd say he has developed a typical "name" bias. Even it were so, do you really want to pay ICOM prices?

The GME TX3400 remote head unit has served me very well, as has the TX610 HH. I have no experience with Uniden so cannot make first-hand comparisons.
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Reply By: Utemad - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 22:40

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 22:40
I have worked in the radio industry and I say (and I personally own) GME.

Uniden is cheap crap and I guaruntee it will give you trouble sooner or later if not straight out of the box.

Utemad.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 23:58

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 23:58
GME ANYDAY!

threw my Uniden in the bin, UH 011, it had problems picking up anything.
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Reply By: Flash - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 16:13

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 16:13
GME
By a country mile, have had both BTW and the GME is streets ahead.
Cheers
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Reply By: Shaker - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 18:20

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 18:20
OK, OK, OK! .......... Sheesh!
I hear what you all have to say & will treat the advice with the respect that it deserves.
I ordered a GME TX-3400 today. Thank you, one & all.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 18:24

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 18:24
One last parting remark, I was surprised to see the GME uses what appears to be a domestic style telephone handset connection for the microphone, as opposed to the Uniden screw ring retained microphone plug, looked a bit dinky to me ....... did make me think twice!
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 19:45

Friday, Jun 25, 2004 at 19:45
Thats very common these days Shaker....even Icom use them.
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Reply By: zack - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 05:12

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 05:12
Hello Shaker,i would like to recommend GME. My apologies to any uniden owners out there,but i am only expressing an opinion.Am aware that everyones hearing is different, but to my sense of hearing the GME has superior receive audio and transmit modulation.Obviously one takes budget and finance factors into consideration.I currently use commercial landmobiles which i bought from reputable,licensed radio dealers.Anyway you know what they say, you go where your heart is and to each his own.Best of luck on whatever you decide upon be it a commercially specified Uhf or a conventional Uhf. Surmising that finances are not too much of an issue may i recommend the GME3800 commercial Uhf. I currently use an overseas produced model that for reasons of privacy can not specify the model designation.Sorry about rambling on but will now come to a conclusion. Suffice it to say, was thoroughly impressed by the GME3800 Uhf PMR.The design is sophisticated without being too ritzy glitzy, nice sleek profile ergonomic and a substanstial heat sink which i consider as important.Actually its a very compact unit and would be easy to install.Apparently its capable of 25watts rf which should meet your requirements.I am not sure what features are available in the programming of the commercial GME3800 , do not have any knowledge or have never had any experience with GME cloning software.With compliments Shaker as regards your final decision , hoping my assistance has been beneficial.Anticipating that your perusal of this message has induced an expression of surprised delight upon your countenance.Suffice it to say..A humungus big smile!!! P.S. as an afterthought. What is your reaction to my posting? Hoping i have submitted reasonably illustrious content.
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Reply By: Member - Gary W (VIC) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 08:38

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 08:38
I know this is an old thread so this post is more for those searching the archives.

We were out last weekend - I have a GME TX3400 My mate has a GME TX4400 and was 20ks away reasonably flat terrain by not in line of sight. He & I could talk to each other very clearly. Another mate was directly behind me with a Uniden (??) My mate 20ks away could not hear him nor could the guy behind me hear the guy 20k's away.

That confirmed to me that radios are not radios. Granted aerials and installation play a big part. So there might have been other factor at work. But on the face of it Uniden didn't cut the mustard.

Gaz
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