UHF HANDLES????

Submitted: Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 12:17
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Hi everyone how you all going? I have been around but just haven't had much time to post of late. So this might seem like a dumb question but I really don't know how it works....
(fooled around with am cb's when I was a kid/teen but figure that might be a little different)
Obviously we have our uhf in the 4by. Dave who we have hooked into 4bying, will be fitting his in on the weekend (he was waiting for his roof console to be made).
Now say we want to contact each other yeh sure you could jump on ch10 or 11 and call for 'Dave in white landcruiser you got a copy?'
But really what is the better/professional way to go for handles? how do you decide on one yet not knowing someone else may have thought of the same?
At this point we haven't really had a need for one, but it is starting to get to needing one and I just don't really know what way to go about it.

Cheers everyone
Jo
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 12:19

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 12:19
>> is the better/professional way to go for handles

there isnt one...
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Follow Up By: Jo and Mark - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 12:44

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 12:44
You're funny truckster!!!!!
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Reply By: signman - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 12:25

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 12:25
on some conveys we've been on- we've used the first letters (or numbers) of the rego.
So if a rego. is ABC-123..you'd call Alpha Bravo Charlie etc..
Might seem a bit goofy..but it does work
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Follow Up By: Noel W (Qld) - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 12:36

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 12:36
Ditto.
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Reply By: 3.0turbob - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 12:26

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 12:26
Jo
Haven't used "handles" for years, (since teen and am/ssb CB). When on a club trip, just use our names on a pre-arranged channel. Same if just going away with a friend or two.

Rob
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 12:43

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 12:43
x 2
Even if you called Dave in Green GU - how many dave's in a green GU do you think will be on your channel?

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Follow Up By: Jo and Mark - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 12:50

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 12:50
The idea of the rego sounds good...

yeh true, but not necessarily talking about in convoy mode, say when vehicles are seperate travelling and you are wanting to call someone, or someone wanting to call you etc.
or am I sounding blonder by the minute and should shut up now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Reply By: Leroy - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 12:28

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 12:28
Selcall.

Leroy
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Reply By: Steve63 - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 13:52

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 13:52
Hi Jo,
Sadly, the culture and social aspect that surounded am/ssb 27Mhz CB's does not really exist with UHF. Just listen on the UHF band in any big town or city and you will notice the difference in about one second. That is about how long it takes before the f word is used. Most users don't know any of the 10 codes and most don't use any of the tricks that were requied to make yourself understood on 27MHz. Handles are mainly a thing of the past. About the only ones I have heard using handles recently are the dills who make other users life a misery. Probably so ACA does not confiscate there gear.

In small groups the quality of the signal is such you can often identify the transmitter by their voice. We often use first names or nicknames and a prearanged channel while traveling, switching where required. Regular users often congregate on certain channels at the same time each day rather than using the call channel even though there is one. This is only really possible because of the limited range of UHF. This casual approach on UHF makes the jump to HF a bit difficult as it is much more formal and stations like VKS usually insist that the rules and nicities are strictly adheared too (with good reason). In a lot of ways these stations try to educate there users to be responsible users and for the most part are very patient. Most regular 27MHz users I know didn't end up on UHF. They either went to amateur radio, groups like VKS or didn't bother any more.

Steve
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Reply By: Jo and Mark - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 14:03

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 14:03
thanks Steve.
Yeh well that is a point..... with the UHF you only have a certain km radius so you aren't necessarily going to be able to reach the person you want to (in reference to an everyday situation of trying to contact, not referring to 4wding/convoying situation).
Right... got it. Thanks everyone.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 14:06

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 14:06
Perhaps when you decide on your handle you could incorporate into your other idea on post no 35211 and also include what chanel you are on ,, just like you see all the caravans "monitoring CH18" .
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Follow Up By: Jo and Mark - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 14:20

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 14:20
Hey Alloy.
'Handle" sounds so old fashioned hey..don't know if there is a new name for it these days besides 'user name' on computers!!!

Yeh that is an idea, I have often seen vans with those stickers on.
You could maybe just use your whole rego number couldn't you?
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 16:19

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 16:19
Jo, as previously mentioned, It does not take long to recognise your travelling companions voice over the radio So if you knew me and we were to pass each other on the road and you knew I was on say Ch 10, all you would need to say is "Des have you got a copy" and if I am monitorying, all I'd need to reply with is "Go ahead Jo" and on with the conversation. Simple as that.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 18:22

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 18:22
Gee, everybody ignored Leroy's advice re Selcall and he's spot on.

You program the unique code of others UHF set's into yours (and vica versa) so that you have a "closed" group. When you press the Selcall button, only those programmed into your "group" will receive the call sound.

Of course, once you start speaking, you are on "open" channel and anyone can hear your conversation.
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Follow Up By: disco1942 - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 23:05

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 23:05
Thank goodness the old wanker language has died with the 27MHz band. If you want to appear to be a seasoned operator try using the “Q” code instead of the “10” - it has more relevance. If you are in convoy or know who you are calling then use personal names. If you are calling someone on the road then call using a short description of their vehicle, their current position and the direction of travel – eg “is the Finemore's pan teck south bound on the F3 near Tuggerah receiving?”

On the subject of bad language – There is an offence in the Radio Communications Act of “Alarm and affront.” However some years ago the police lost a similar case because a judge determined that an officer can not be offended by such language. A prosecution witness cannot be an inspector – be it radio or police officer. All the radio inspectors are still waiting (for the last fifteen years) for the first person who has been “alarmed and affronted” to guarantee they will appear in court as witness.

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Reply By: Member - Pezza (QLD) - Saturday, Jun 24, 2006 at 02:41

Saturday, Jun 24, 2006 at 02:41
Sooo, you mean to tell me that
" Hey Rubber Ducky, you got your ears on there big buddy? ten four over and out "
doesn't work anymore nowadays?
Mmmm, maybe thats why nobody is answering me.

Avagoodn
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