Handheld or Vehicle-mounted

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 11:40
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I've just changed my vehicle and don't really want to damage the facia by fitting a vehicle-mounted UHF CB. What do others think of the 5W handheld UHF CBs currently on the market ? GME, Uniden, Icom or Digitalk?
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 12:18

Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 12:18
Why will fitting one damage the fascia? Anyway 5w in vehicle has a better range than 5w hand held. As far as which one - no question get the gme with leather pouch. I have bounced these things off rocks many a time and they are built to take it. In car is cheaper especially for the base model radios
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Follow Up By: Member - Brad G (SA) - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 01:10

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 01:10
Hi I have some experience with setting up mobile communications. My advice would be to go for the current GME 5W handheld, you will also need the 12v vehicle power supply / charger and a magnetic base GME segemented antenna. Use a reputable communications dealer, not a Dicks Smith type supermarket. The antenna will need a plug attached to the end of it which can be screwed into the removable anteena on the handheld. Use 3M adhesive velcro tape to solve your attachment problems. This is not the cheapest option on the market but what is you and your families life really worth?
Cheers Brad
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Also checkout the communiations page to the left and in particular the UHF CB Repeater list for the area you are traveling in.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brad G (SA) - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 01:34

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 01:34
Here's a pic of the fitment of my VHF Marine, 27Mhz Marine Scanner and UHF CB at the front. All mounted in an Outback Console. I ran the wires and antenna cables through the hood lining, simple to fit and no visable wires, only two small holes adjacent to sunvisors which will disappear if you remove the console.
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Reply By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 14:38

Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 14:38
G'day Tetley,

Was in a similar position with the Rodeo. Had a couple of cheapies that are OK for car to car, but batteries cost a lot and finding them when they fell off the seat was an issue.

I just recently bought a GME 3200 brand new, free delivery for $299. It is a tiny radio and fits very nicely on the side of the centre console, without affecting the passenger. Also got a decent RFI CD900 aerial for $75.00. Installed it was cheaper than the handheld solution and obviously much better range. Still have the little half watt jobbies for the kids to play with or whatever else.

Looked at the one with the remote head (3400), but I don't have anywhere for the head unit anyway and it was $100 dearer. This basic tiny GME unit does everything I want it to.

It will never go flat again and I always know where it is :)

Cheers,

Smocky.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 16:20

Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 16:20
A 5 watt vehicle mount have much greater range than the 5watt handheld purely because of the aerials.

My preference is to have both vehicle mounted radio and a cheapie handheld. Should be able to install it without fascia damage - at very worst, maybe 2 holes which are easily covered with plugs when selling.

If you do go vehiclemounted, then roof mounted aerials will transmit better than the bullbar mounted ones.

Cheers
Phil
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 17:16

Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 17:16
I have a small 3200 which is held on by 2 screws. Some velcro would answer your damage problem
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 18:53

Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 18:53
Funny you mention that Davoe,

When I traded the Playdo, it had a couple of spots of sticky velcro covering up small holes. Bit like the odd sticker hiding a ding.

Velcro holds almost everything I've added to the vehicle - great stuff.

Cheers
Phil
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Reply By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 19:00

Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 19:00
In my parents 80 series cruiser Ive mounted the UHF on top of the dash useing silicone as they didnt want holes in the interior either.Holds great but when you want to sell car or whatever,you can pull it off(so to speak!!!) with no marks.
As for brand ,I'd go for GME everytime.
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 22:57

Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 22:57
GME TX3400 with the remote face. You can mount the body remotely and the facia wherever you want. add a gutter, bonnet or a bullbar aerial mount and bingo no holes. Velcro will hold it in place.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

Cheers Dodg.

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Reply By: muzzgit (WA) - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 02:23

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 02:23
If your new bus has a centre console, why not look at mounting ur UHF at the back of it.

I have done this in my GU and my mate did the same in his 80 series. Its out of sight when looking thru the window, out of the sun, and the mic cable runs up thru the console where the hand brake is.
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