Handheld UHF

Submitted: Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 11:11
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I'm wanting to buy 2 x Handheld UHF radios. My wife and I will soon be driving 2 vehicles between Melbourne and Cairns and will be towing trailers so I need to be able to keep in touch. I've never had anything to do with UHF, and I expect that after the trip they will not get much use. Your thoughts on what to get would be appreciated.
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Terry
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 11:16

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 11:16
You can get a cheap pair from most large retailers, Dick Smith, Coles, Woolies and many others. These would do the job ads long as you stayed within 3k of each other.
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Reply By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 12:04

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 12:04
My sister and her Hubby moved from Melbourne to Perth.
carting their stuff in trailers. One trip.

They felt real safe talking on theirs.

It's a great idea.

Travel save.

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Reply By: Shaker - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 13:21

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 13:21
Uniden, $50.00 from Dick Smith ....... hard to beat!
Friend has a pair for a similar purpose & they are surprisingly good.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 13:22

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 13:22
Forgot to put $50.00 a pair!!!
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Reply By: dirtdodger - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 14:09

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 14:09
Check out Dick Smith and Jaycar online at
www.dse.com.au or www1.jaycar.com.au

They have various types to choose from.
Be aware that the cheapies have less range and "eat" AA batteries when transmitting.
For a little extra you can get rechargeable batteries and higher output. These types usually sit in their own recharge cradle which plugs into the cigarette lighter outlet.
Too easy for the better half who doesent have to decide which way to instal the batteries!!
Yep. they cost more........But you can always sell 'em when your trip is over.
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Reply By: Grumpybum - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 14:31

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 14:31
Buy the highest send/recieve wattage units that you can afford - it will give you more range and better reception. Rechargeable batts are good. Having a hand held set in the car without being plugged intop an external aerial will also limit you as the metal vehicle provides some shielding.

Regards John
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Reply By: Utemad - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 19:35

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 19:35
Do any of your mates have any?
You could always borrow them and post them back when you're done.

Otherwise any cheap units will do so long as you stay close to each other. Although you can get out of range very quickly however I assume you have mobile phones in that case. As in if one of you breaks down and the other drives on unknowingly.

The quality and power of the small units varies considerably as does the price.
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Reply By: Patrolman Pat - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 19:47

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 19:47
I've got a pair of Uniden 041s which i use for work, so the kids can keep in touch at camp etc, cost about $140 for the pair with charger, battery pack etc.. They are 1W and are good for 3-4 kms depending on conditions. The battery lasts for ages without a recharge and my g/f used them to talk to me on the in car UHF when we went away in two cars recently. She was quite impressed with them, great for organising toilet/coffee stops etc.
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Reply By: toecutter - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 01:39

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 01:39
UNIDEN 041'S are bullet proof , for under $100 buck's a pair you can't go past them. Use them in mining game no probs at all. GME have some cheaper not bad.
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