UHF radio, 40 channel

Submitted: Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 19:28
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I'm off again on another desert trip in August for four weeks. One of the vehicles that intending to travelling with us does not have a UHF radio and will not be coming without one if you get my drift!!

I was wondering if anyone has an old 40 channel UHF for sale or perhaps is interested in a trade of a 40 channel AM/SSB? (Super Panther) Basically I'm only trying to achieve communication between vehicles so it doesn't need to be a late model unit, just basic functionality is all that is required. A hand held unit is not a desired option.

I am in the Melbourne area and if you have an old unit no longer required can you send me your email address and I will contact you. Thanks in anticipation.

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Reply By: Jeff (Beddo) - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 19:32

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 19:32
Cannot help with an old unit but with the latest released hand helds they have just doubled the output so they are heaps better. Still only cost around $100 - $120. Cheers, Beddo
Surf KZN185
<- Yengo NP, Central Coast NSW
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Reply By: Jack - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 19:41

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 19:41
You (or your mate) can get good hand helds now for around $99. Dick Smith has Unidens on special right now for $99, and I have one which I loaned to a mate who came up with me to Fraser Island, and it worked a charm. If you don't like Uniden there are other similarly priced alternatives.
Jack
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Reply By: Kev - (Cairns,QLD) - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 20:20

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 20:20
A hand held normaly would be a good idea but for 4 weeks travel you will have to find one that is 12v rechargable and not have to replace the batterys all the time.

I was thinking of buying a hand held also and was leaning towards the new GME 610 (1 watt) for $126 (also have the GME 4400).

It can be anoying if someone does'nt have a UHF even on a day trip, your mate has 2 months to get one and would be crazy to not do so for such a trip !

Kev.
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Follow Up By: Member - Leigh- Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 20:39

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 20:39
Thanks Kevin and others who have been kind enough to reply so far. I don't expect my mate to go out and buy a similar radio to mine (TX3400) but something that can be fed from the vehicle 12V supply I feel is preferable and perhaps more convenient. I will nevertheless have a look at a handheld, as suggested, from Dick Smith's however someone must have an old unit in the shed which is no longer required!!??
Am I being too optimistic?
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Follow Up By: Kev - (Cairns,QLD) - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 21:00

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 21:00
Maybe check out a second hand store, forget Cash Convertors as they are a rip off. A while back i saw a set of old Uniden hand helds there and they where priced $620. LOL

My brother picked up a Uniden sundowner (UH088 i think) for $120 at the local pawnbroker.
Good condition but not as clear over a distance as my GME.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 10:57

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 10:57
Leigh, if looking at hand-held, I'd strongly recommend the TX610 (I have one to go with the TX3400). Apart from being 1 watt instead of 0.5 watt, and only about $130, it also has voice activation so can be used in-car hands free. I tried it on a recent trip and it does work.Talk is cheap ...
Rohan (Sydney)
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 11:01

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 11:01
BTW, I picked up my TX3400 (in excellent condition) on eBay for $285 including 3 aerials. Compared the cost of a few tank-dulls of gas and many 4x4 bits, a UHF is cheap.Talk is cheap ...
Rohan (Sydney)
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 20:47

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 20:47
Leigh,

Handheods are a pain in the bum, in a vehicle. GME TX3200 are less than $300, and are quite adequate. Can always sell it after the trip, though I doubt he would, after seeing how veratile they are.

Weather is magic up here at present, enjoy the desert. Going to be -2 in the Alice tomorrow!!! Hooroo...

PS I don't want to sell my old set, we've had it over 20 years. Like one of the family...

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Reply By: Member - Martyn (WA) - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 20:58

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 20:58
Leigh,
Two bits of bad news I'm in Perth and I don't have a spare UHF, sorry. I got my first UHF radio from Cash Convertors, you get a bit of a warranty and you can pick them up really cheap, a bit of bargaining also works wonders. We have a local paper here in the West called the Quokka paper here, free to advertise you must have something similar in Melbourne, usually something in there, again cheap.Keep the shiny side up
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 21:29

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 21:29
I know one of my mates has an older radio for sale which was working just fine before he took it out to put in a radio which i sold him....
I sold him a motorola industrial radio because it hides under the seat with just the mike exposed which has all the controls on it... (just thought i would say all that so you can see why he took it out)...
The radio for sale is a Uniden Sundowner... I dont know if they are good or bad,,, maybe someone here can clarify and he wants $120 for it..._____________________________________________
Countin the days till July 4th. *Cape York Trip*
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Follow Up By: Kev - (Cairns,QLD) - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 21:48

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 21:48
I would'nt say its as good as the GME for range and clear sound but for around $100 it would be ok, new are about $240 i think.
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 21:53

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 21:53
Cheers Kev..._____________________________________________
Countin the days till July 4th. *Cape York Trip*
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Reply By: relaxed (Fraser Coast-QLD) - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 21:55

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 21:55
Leigh,
I'd just like to back up what Bob Y wrote about buying one and then selling it after the trip. Prestige Communications are the cheapest supplier of uhf in Aust. I've only just recently bought a gme tx3200 from these people with 6db uniden aerial for $358 delivered to my door in 48hrs of ordering. I've been down the road of trying to buy 2nd hand from places like e-bay but by the end of auction they are not that much cheaper than new. To give you an idea, I bid on a uniden uho13 with aerial, these units can be bought for around $409, the sucessful bidder paid $371 + $15 postage and handling + no guarntee. So a tx3200 package would surely get around the $280 and therefore costing your mate about $70. You won't buy 2nd hand for that.
Just my thought
Relaxed.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 10:10

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 10:10
You say you dont expect your mate to buy a radio like yours, well if its life and death out there, whats $300-450?

Would be easier and cheaper for you to get a 27meg.. can get them for dirt now.
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Follow Up By: Member - Leigh- Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 14:44

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 14:44
Thanks Truckster, I'm familiar with this logic having applied it successfully with the wife to justify other purchases. Has worked a charm so far! Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Leigh- Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 14:40

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 14:40
Thank you everyone for your views and suggestions...they have been appreciated. I will put the various suggestions to my mate and perhaps also transfer the burden of choice to his shoulders. He is unlikely to do another trip of this magnitude and being frugal with his money is unlikely to take a choice many of us would consider logical. Thanks again...& Cheers!
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 19:59

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 19:59
From Trader on this site.
Would be cheapest option.....

Uniden 510Xl
Am CB, no antenna,40 channel

Price: $50
State: VIC City: Geelong Suburb: Lara
Name: srowlandson
Phone: +61419304176
Email: Send Enquiry
Submitted: 02 Jun 2003

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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 20:03

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 20:03
or from lcool.org

FOR SALE 19/02/03
Radio's
1 x GME TX4000 UHF in exc. cond. $280
1 x Uniden UH011 UHF in exc. cond. $180
1 x GME TX870 SSB 27MHz CB with pretuned antennae in exc. cond. $160
1 x Barret SB250 HF fully progammable with up to 400 channels in exc. cond. $750
Contact Shane Walker: shane59@bigpond.com
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