UHF radio

Submitted: Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 19:37
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Can anyone recommend a good UHF radio for a relatively newcomer to 4wd. My requirements are pretty basic; communication with other 4wd drivers when travelling, around the $400 including antenna and installtion, and reasonable warranty and service support. Have a Pajero NM and there are no free slots I can put a radio in, so something with a small footprint will be nice.
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Reply By: Member - Moggs - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 19:45

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 19:45
Frolian, try the GME TX3200 - small unit that is very easy to operate. You can get a 4wd package including cabling, aerial and radio from Prestige Communications in Perth. They offer great pricing and provide extremely professional service - I've had numerous dealings with them and cannot recommend them highly enough.

They canm be found at: www. prestigecom.net.au
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Follow Up By: Froilan - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 20:41

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 20:41
Moggs, thanks for the quick reply. However I forgot to mention that I am Sydney based. Will look around Sydney for the GME TX3200. Thanks again.
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Follow Up By: Member - Moggs - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 22:36

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 22:36
Frolian, I am Sydney based as well. I buy from Prestige Communications over the phone with a credit card. They ussually have my purchases on my doorstep in Normanhurst within 24 hours. Have a look at their website and give them a call.
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Follow Up By: Member - Moggs - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 22:37

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 22:37
Frolian, I am Sydney based as well. I buy from Prestige Communications over the phone with a credit card. They ussually have my purchases on my doorstep in Normanhurst within 24 hours. Have a look at their website and give them a call.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 21:34

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 21:34
Froilan, Try Andrews Communications in Sydney, they've been around for ever, think their prices would be competitive. The TX3200 is a really compact unit, but have a look at TX4400, it's the rolls royce of UHF, these days. Footprint is a little bigger than 3200, and about twice as thick, but has a really big display, useful in bad light conditions. Would strongly suggest Electrophone over Uniden, even if it is only for the better audio. We run 10 E'phones here, as well as numerous h'helds, and rarely have a problem with TX series in vehicles. Buy best aerial you can afford, POLAR are good, for their size. Bye...
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Reply By: Member - Motley - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 21:48

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 21:48
If it's a small footprint you are after Froilan, I'd recommend a GME TX3400. Agree with comments re quality of GME units and in addition, the 3400 has a removable head unit, so the only things visible on the dash/console are the mike and the head unit (about 4inches long, 3/4 inches high and 3/4 inches deep). We fitted the head unit to the front of the ash tray with a small aluminium bracket so that if we remove the unit there are absolutely no holes visible. A great radio and no space problems! have a look at

http://www.gme.net.au/land/tx3400_main.html
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Reply By: Truckster - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 23:13

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 23:13
Steer clear of Uniden......

Go with either the 32/3400 GME.
Moggs said it, Prestige Comms in perth is the place to deal with.....

Hard to beat their deals.
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Reply By: nugget - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 23:42

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 23:42
Agree with truckster. I have a uniden , 2 of my mates have GME . They both say can hear each other far better than me especially over long distances. Their sets in one location can reach a particular repeater that I can't. We all have the same aerials.
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Reply By: Member - Nigel - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 23:44

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 23:44
I see it's already been said, but I'll say it again...

GME is the way to go for the radio, I've tried the other brand and wasn't happy. The TX3200 model is the cheapest, but do look at the TX4400 just so you know what your missing out on.

POLAR antenna's are the best unless you spend over twice as much. Get the model with the spring - should cost around $100.
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Reply By: Froilan - Tuesday, Feb 18, 2003 at 07:55

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2003 at 07:55
Thanks to all for your suggestions. Looks like GME is it. Will contact the the Perth outlet and see what they can do for me.
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Reply By: sean - Tuesday, Feb 18, 2003 at 12:28

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2003 at 12:28
This months 4wd montly has a bonus back issue attahed that has a UHF CB shoot-out. ICOM and GME come out equal over the rest as far as range goes.

I have ICOM IC-40S handhelds that are also very good, not as good a range as in-car units, but more versatile. These are exceptionally robust and reliable radios.

Sean
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