Hand held UHF radio

Submitted: Monday, Aug 05, 2002 at 00:00
ThreadID: 1651 Views:4732 Replies:6 FollowUps:6
This Thread has been Archived
Does anyone know of a handheld uhf unit that i can run or charge off my cigarette lighter socket
Back Expand Un-Read 0 Moderator

Reply By: Matt - Monday, Aug 05, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Aug 05, 2002 at 00:00
My father in law has a uniden UHF handheld that he charges from the lighter socket.He has also had an adaptor made by a TV technition that allows him to run an external antenna on his vehicle. I cant remember the model no of his UHF but you should be able to find something on the net.
AnswerID: 5410

Reply By: Rod - Monday, Aug 05, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Aug 05, 2002 at 00:00
Try the Icom IC40
AnswerID: 5414

Reply By: Member - Nigel - Monday, Aug 05, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Aug 05, 2002 at 00:00
The Icom IC-40 is a good unit, or for something more upmarket the GME TX6000 will do everything and only requires one connection for both external antenna and charging...
AnswerID: 5419

Reply By: dave - Monday, Aug 05, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Aug 05, 2002 at 00:00
There is nothing upmarket about the tx6000, at least not when compared to the IC40. The IC40 is simply, the strongest, most durable, simple to use and program, and has superior performance to any other handheld. I know, i have six of them for work. We have tried all sorts of units (although i haven't tried Tait or Motorola) and the Icom is the best, it can be charged from 12 volt - only while not in use - or if you get the desktop charger for home it also runs off 12 volt.
AnswerID: 5422

Follow Up By: Member - Nigel - Tuesday, Aug 06, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Aug 06, 2002 at 00:00
I don't beleive the IC-40 has selcall, 3 scan modes, 21 extra receive channels, quiet mode or optional scrambler. Yes the IC-40 is simpler to use because it doesn't have all those extra features and yes the IC-40 is cheaper because it doesn't have all those features, and yes the IC-40 is the best in it's market segment, but the TX6000 is in a higher market segment (more features, higher price), hence the reference to upmarket.
0
FollowupID: 2337

Follow Up By: Dave - Tuesday, Aug 06, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Aug 06, 2002 at 00:00
The ic40 does however have the capacity for 20 send and recieve channels (or recieve only) as programmed by the dealer, assuming neccesary licenses. It does have CTCSS and silent mode, a huge range of accesories, (just look at an icom website for the depth of their range). And here's the ultimate test, take 1 IC40, now drop it. Take 1 tx6000, drop it also, you'll discover that only one of them can take the treatment. I admit that selcall would be really handy, but for my purposes durability and simplicity of use is the key, (and price). And if by three scan types you mean open, group and priority, then you will find that the IC40 does in fact have them.
Have a close look at the pit crews of a V8 race and see which radio they are using, admitedly on private channels.
I do like however that the tx6000 is an australian product, all of our car units are gme with gme aerials.
I tried to change to GME when two of our IC40s had a saltwater bath, i visited my communications specialist (who admitted that he would make more $$ out of the GME) and he strongly suggested that i stay with the icom, even pulling a broken gme off the shelf and demostrating to me the huge differences in consrtuction between the broken GME and my drowned Icom.
0
FollowupID: 2343

Follow Up By: Member - Nigel - Thursday, Aug 08, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Aug 08, 2002 at 00:00
Sorry - I didn't realise that the IC-40 had so many features - perhaps they should mention it in their advertising. I have seen the damage that can be done to a TX6000 if dropped, and I hope I never drop mine.

I don't agree that CTCSS silent mode is a replacement for Selcall and Quiet mode, and as I have 3 radios with Selcall I can't see any point in buying one without. Nethertheless the IC-40 is a much better radios than the similarly priced Unidens handhelds.
0
FollowupID: 2372

Follow Up By: Dave - Friday, Aug 09, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Aug 09, 2002 at 00:00
Nigel, mate... We all agree on that, and yes ICOM has relied far too much on their excellent commercial reputation in their marketing of the IC40s and IC40jr. Too busy building a unit for every grunt in the us army ispose.
0
FollowupID: 2383

Reply By: Alex - Tuesday, Aug 06, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Aug 06, 2002 at 00:00
how much is the IC 40 and how much for the charger?
AnswerID: 5434

Follow Up By: Rod - Tuesday, Aug 06, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Aug 06, 2002 at 00:00
Alex, Why don't you put your fingers to either the keyboard or phone and find out for yourself around your location.
0
FollowupID: 2338

Follow Up By: Member - Nigel - Tuesday, Aug 06, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Aug 06, 2002 at 00:00
The IC-40 would be over $400, no idea if it comes with a charger or that is extra. If you don't need the range then there is a huge range of cheaper sets that only put out 1/10th of the power (so they also use less batteries).
0
FollowupID: 2341

Reply By: Guy - Tuesday, Aug 06, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Aug 06, 2002 at 00:00
Alex, we only UHF we use is the Uniden UH-040R at $99 frombleepSmith. We have two in the 4WD.One for my wife and for me.
We use ONLY this model because it does NOT constantly reset to Channel 5 when turn the unit back on ( when it is on scan it will will come back on scan and not on channel 5 or other preset channel/function) and because it ONLY uses very little batteries. We used only 3 X AA in 30 days trip. No need of battery charger (thing of the past like the dynausors). I have at least 8 old hand held UHF and I could NOT believed it when I saw how little battery this UH-040R uses. The range from inside the cabine to an other vehicle in direct line of site with all the noise of the 4WD is about 2 km and 3 km if you bring it close to your ear. easy to hold it when you steering.
I do NOT know any UHF hand held which can beat this little unit in price and efficiency.
AnswerID: 5438

Sponsored Links

Popular Products (13)