UHF radios

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 16:10
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Hi
I am looking for feedback on UHF radios - GME 3400 vs Uniden 013. Which is the better value in terms of reliablity and durability in the outback?
Many thanks
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Reply By: Shaker - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 17:02

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 17:02
Simple ..... GME
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Reply By: Allan Mac (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 17:08

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 17:08
GME 3400 no race
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 17:20

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 17:20
What they said, GME is THE go
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 18:53

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 18:53
Bonz

Got the program and the cable now. Can programs your when we next hook up

Crazie

PS. Go the GME
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 21:46

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 21:46
Great stuff Ads, memmes me your mobile and I'll gove you a call when i am next down with the 4b. Maybe two weeks.
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Reply By: Penguin (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 17:57

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 17:57
d - all of the above :-)
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Reply By: Dave from Fraser Coast 4WD Club - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 18:52

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 18:52
ICOM!

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Follow Up By: Tom57 - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 19:23

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 19:23
Thanks Dave
You say ICOM - this was my original first choice but was told it had less features than the GME and Uniden. Your feedback on the ICOM is welcomed as I haven't been able to find anyone who has one. My only limiting constraint is the room to mount a UHF radio - Own a new Pajero DiD with additional CD stacker in the space where a UHF would fit.
Many thanks
Tom57
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Follow Up By: Dave from Fraser Coast 4WD Club - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 20:28

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 20:28
I understand that the ICOM can be fitted with a remote head, but it is an optional extra (and not actually from the same model) but you'd now be talking serous $$.

I personally have a GME TX3400 in my troopy, a 3200 in my Jeep, and an Icom (soon to be permanently mounted) in the work troopy, it currently gets moved from hired vehicle to hired vehicle. We also use 3200s in other work vehicles.

The Icom wins hands down with call clarity (and it hasn't been fiddled with).

a downside to the Icom is the menu system, it is not a simple procedure to make changes to selcalls etc,

I guess thats the downside of having so many extra functions
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 16:52

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 16:52
Tom,

do you really need 190248012389420394809 features?

Most people have them, but never use them.

Roof console to fit it if space is an issue.

GME 3800 all the way...
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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 19:06

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 19:06
GME!!!!!!!!!
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 19:14

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 19:14
Well, this post has just left me with that nice, fuzzy feeling, the one you get when you find out you've done something right...

I've backed a few winners in my lifetime.

Bought a VHS, not a BETA

Bought Apples, not IBM's

Bought Fords, not Holdens

..... and ......

I got a GME 3400!!! ( not that I knew any different mind you, it was what they told me to get..)

How cool am I?

Wolfie

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Follow Up By: MrBitchi - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 10:41

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 10:41
"Bought Apples, not IBM's"

You call that a winner????
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Reply By: Member - Banjo (SA) - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 20:12

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 20:12
Well - I'm sure the big 3 (GME, Icom and Uniden) are all very good. Its seems that entry level for quality basic UHF is $300 - something with all the features that a CB / commercial user could want are around $450 tops. I recently upgraded to the Icom IC 400 Pro because it seemed to have the best list of features for my $400 even. You can get them at http://www.prestigecom.net.au for that, delivery free (with an antenna). I bought mine in Adelaide with an antenna for a "show special price" because Prestige refused to mix n match antennas in the deal (even though I was prepared to pay more $)....quite odd. It doesn't have the remote head option (like the GME 3400, but it can be upgraded any time to a 25W commercial radio (just a software config) and has a repeater scan function as well. With the other 80 RX channels and the selcall, the whole thing added up to more bang for the bucks. I believe there is no compromise against the other makes re quality - built in Japan.... all that said, I'm yet to give it a good run !
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Follow Up By: Member - Banjo (SA) - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 20:15

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 20:15
Meant to add - the GME 4400 is well featured if you want to stay Ozzie - has a good front display size too - easier to read than some. Good list of features.
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 08:08

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 08:08
what does one do with all the other channels now that the police are gone?
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Reply By: Davoe - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 20:47

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 20:47
no contest. at my previos workplace I had no problems comunicating with other vehicles until one. I asked him if he had a uniden I got a blank look so checked it out sure enough - you can always pick them just dont comunicate clearly
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Reply By: D-Jack - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 21:52

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 21:52
Mine works fine. Go the uniden because was a DIN fitting for a spare space. Never missed a beat in 5 years. Always gets out to where the others are getting to. I would say it would have more to do with installation, grounding and arial than GME vs Uniden
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Reply By: Dion - Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 22:22

Sunday, Mar 06, 2005 at 22:22
Uniden no longer fit to be used as an unit in a stable condition in the house. Through out a few Unidens after limited use mobile in cars/utes because of infiriour performance.
Now looks as if Uniden in house unit only (never been in vehicle) is going the same way, soon to be repalced with GME.

Cheers,

Dion.
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 07:28

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 07:28
Both would be good............I have Uniden........were similar prices but due to bad experiences with GME on the farm as well as the old sales pitch about them having more warranty work than any other brand(Sales pitch?) ended up with Uniden and have no gripes yet.
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Reply By: Swine Hunter - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 07:52

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 07:52
Hi,
Looking for a small form factor UHF with high output, lots of features, and easy to use?

Check out Alinco DR-430.
I have one, never let me down, excellent radio. Have used it in the Mt Isa region with 5dB antenna with huge success.

Cheers
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Reply By: outback epicurean - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 13:02

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 13:02
The main thing is to get one that works in deep hollows that are commonly found in pine forests. Otherwise, you might have trouble getting reception when the lead car goes out of site.
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Follow Up By: Tom57 - Saturday, Mar 12, 2005 at 15:07

Saturday, Mar 12, 2005 at 15:07
You have been watching tooo many Lord the Rings movies....
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Reply By: floyd - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 16:45

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 16:45
Have used Icom, Uniden, GME, Sawtron , Phillips and Tait. All work well and get out properly if installed and earther correctly.

Current warranty and service from Icom is not as good as GME. Have had faults that have taken years to sort out. Will not purchase again.

Uniden offer pretty good back up but the best is GME.

I have a TX 4400, 3800 and 7200 and have only had one problem between the 3 in 4 years of using GME. It was fixed by a dealer who had software. Most GME dealers will be set up with software and programming gear so if you have problems it most probably will not have to be sent away. I am not sure who else offers this service.

Software and cables can be purchased on line so you can do your own programming. If you just want a CB then go the standard 40 channel units. They all have DIN mounting nowdays.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 16:53

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 16:53
GME 3800 by a light year, then the 3600 then the 3400 :)
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