uhf portable

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hi there
am thinking seriously about a buying a uhf at last - but a bit of a dh re uhf etc
would not mind one that is reasonably portable to use both in the patrol and then in the boats from time to time - both in the 3.75 m tinny when off on a 4 wd trip
and also in the 4.5 m quinnie when out and about and hoping to catch a fish or three when out of town a bit
any such uhf suitable for dual 4wd and marine use -
suggestions re models and where and what to buy most welcome
and before someone says do a search of the archives - i have
see you and my thanks greg
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 13:59

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 13:59
Greg,

The hand held UHF are usually dearer than the in vehicle unit.

You can get some cheap hand held units but they are only 1 watt and you have a range of about as far as you can throw them.

I don't think that there is a combine marine band UHF combo. Might try a marine shop.

UHF are available form 4wd shops or paces like Dick Smith.

I have had a good run with the GME range but the other brands out there are also good.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 16:28

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 16:28
Is the range of the cheapies really that bad Wayne or are you using a hyperbole. Testing a cheap .5 watt digitalk handheld this morn I was able to communciate 1.9 k's from my ute tx4400 to the daughter playing Batman in front of the pc with the Digitalk. That was 1.9 K's as the crow goes. I thought that was quite good in a built up area.
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 19:29

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 19:29
My tests indicate the little handhelds are OK too Ray - horses for courses but a km or two is not unreasonable - lot's more from the top of a hill.

Mike Harding
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 14:02

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 14:02
They don't make a special UHF for marine use but i will stand corrected on this but I'm sure you can buy a cover for them for use in boats so they don't get wet . other than that you will just have to adapt ie do the same wiring and antennae installations in each craft/car

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Reply By: Member - Andy Q (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 14:55

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 14:55
G'day gregr, We recently bought two handhelds, GME Electrophone TX610's. We live in the lower mountains of North East, Vic and have no trouble within a 5km radius, and that's in the hills and through bush. Out in the open we can get 10 to 20 km apart.
If you want these particular UHF's go direct to the GME Electrophone web site, we paid $96 each included were batteries(rechargeable), car charger, wall charger. They are 1 watt.
Hope this helps
andy
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Follow Up By: gregr - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 16:06

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 16:06
thanks guys for the info
did not think there was a combo unit suitable for 4x4 and marine use but thought id ask anyway - a cover for occassional marine use sounds good
and the hand led GME's may be the way to go as i will be only a very occassional part time user
see you and regards greg
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 16:54

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 16:54
Andy - is it possible to plug an outside mounted aerial to the 610 i.e. does the aerial unscrew and have some sort of standard fitting for coaxial cable?. Do you know if there is there much to be gained by using a bigger external aerial on the 610?
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Follow Up By: Member - Andy Q (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 20:09

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 20:09
G'day The Explorer, sorry about the delay, there are no adaptions for an outside aerial, no you can't unscrew the standard aerial, well I mean I have tried but it would break if I tried any harder. sorry!
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 20:15

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 20:15
Ok Thanks
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Reply By: Kiwi Kia - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 16:06

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 16:06
Uniden make a marine version. UHF are excellent, don't believe those that say otherwise, the fact is you get what you pay for. A lot of the very cheap ones are only 1/4 watt. I did have a 5 watt portable but now use a smaller 2 watt and an in vehicle 5 watt.

Range is limited to about 5 km when line of sight or unlimited if close to a chain of repeaters.
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Reply By: hazo - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 23:32

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 23:32
Greg, Have a look at the Icom 40s handheld, superb unit made to military specs,made to last! Got high and low power 1/2w and 5w output and aerial unscrews for adapting to external type. I've had mine 5 years now and just had to buy new battery pack. but otherwise faultless. I have tx3200 in the cruiser but always take the handheld too. Only down side bit pricey, but hey you get what you pay for.
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Reply By: Darian (SA) - Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 18:59

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 18:59
For what it is worth Greg, I've just a bought a GMETX6200 hand held UHF. Of the 5 watt handhelds commonly available in Oz, this has the best list of features. Beats the revered Icom range too. Quite sophisiticated in its capability - very sensitive on scan - hears everything going down in the region - transmission will be a bit of a compromise with the standard short antenna, but a longer one is available for extra $. I intend to use mine for bushwalking, or back to the in-car UHF when only one of us is out walking the bush. I don't recall seeing any Marine/UHF combos marketed. Seems Prestige Communications in Perth have the best consistent pricing in Oz (on-line shop) - I bought mine here in Adelaide at the camping show - they had the same price as prestige but included a fast charger system too.

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Follow Up By: Arkay - Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 19:25

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 19:25
IMHO Darren is right. I have had a GME TX6000 (the model before the current TX6200) for many years. It is a bit bulkier than some of the baby sets BECAUSE it has a much bigger capacity battery - will last all day on listen and a little transmit, and are very reliable. These GME models (6000, 6200) are very robust, have full set of features, and cost a fair bit more than the baby sets, but don't take my word for it ask any farmer what he uses on his motor bike/ute/tractor/at the pig shed/etc...............
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Reply By: Darian (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 09:09

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 09:09
Forgot to say - plastic Zip bags (Glad) from the supermarket make provide effective and cheap waterproofing for any hand held devices - you can see, speak and hear through them no worries.
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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 21:42

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 21:42
Dick Smith Powerhouse will have a special (16 to 26 March ) on combination 1 watt UHF CB Handheld plus GPS with Redlight, Speed and Blackspot warning - GP205.

If you have friend with a similar unit or an Incar GPS105, the screen will show the distance and direction to the other unit.

They're normally around $300 - on special for $217. Cat No = D2761

Mike
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