VHF radio hire

Submitted: Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 09:49
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Hello
I need to hire a VHF radio just for safety purposes for a 5 week trip to Innamincka, Strezlecki Track. Does anyone know where you can hire them in Brisbane. I know there is a guy on the Gold Coast.

Thanks.
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 09:56

Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 09:56
VHF ??? I think you mean HF..
Look up Jim's 4WD Accessory Hire- don't have the details here, but a Google search should fine him...
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 09:59

Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 09:59
Great minds think alike.......
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Reply By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 09:59

Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 09:59
Stick,

I don't think you actually mean VHF, more likely HF Radio.

The best place I know of is:

http://www.jimshire.aussiewide.com/

often found on this forum and located in that area of QLD and is knowledgeable and will give you great service. He personally uses the same type of equipment that he hires.

Cheers,

Mark

Hmmm...how about a kick-back, Jim.... ;-)
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Follow Up By: Stu050 - Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 13:36

Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 13:36
Agree on that...

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Reply By: Nav 8 - Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 09:59

Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 09:59
You will need a HF not VHF radio. A HF with RFDS or VKS 737 freq and the relevant licence. Nav.
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 15:08

Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 15:08
I would look at a sat phone for that purpose you aparantly can hire them although unless you are leaving the beaten track or have a secific need they are hardly essential
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Follow Up By: jeepthing - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 14:30

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 14:30
Satphones are not as reliable as what you may think. I was at Mt Augustus last year and there was some geologists there and each night when they would return from their day in the field they would walk around the resort trying to get a signal with much frustration at times.

In my view a HF radio is the best option if you send a call out on one of those someone will hear you, not so with a Satphone. And besides it won't cost the earth.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 19:03

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 19:03
The Globalstar satellites started failing a year ago and it will be many months before replacement satellites are in orbit.

The Iridium network is totally unrelated and no users have reported problems here.

You can even use Telstra SIM cards in an Iridium Phone, so you don't have to pay any monthly payments if you only want it for occasional satellite calls.
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Follow Up By: jeepthing - Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 09:24

Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 09:24
I haven't confirmed this but I was told that when you dial 000 on your mobile in a remote area your mobile defaults to a satelite.

Next time I go past a Telstra shop I'll go in and find out if this is true.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 09:55

Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 09:55
If you dial 000 or 112 and your phone cannot access the network that you are subscribed to, it will connect via ANY network it can access.

BUT if you have a GSM/3G phone, it will NOT connect via a NextG tower - it's techically impossible.

If your mobile phone cannot access a tower, IT WILL NOT GIVE YOU 000 ACCESS VIA A SATELLITE - it's technically impossible.

It's dangerous for people to think that their mobile phone will provide emergency communications anywhere in the world.

The ONLY phones which will give you communications when out of range of a land-based tower, are those that specifically have the satellite frequencies - which are totally different to the frequencies used for GSM-900, 3G-2100 or NextG-850 networks.
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Follow Up By: jeepthing - Friday, Feb 22, 2008 at 09:28

Friday, Feb 22, 2008 at 09:28
Thanks for that Mike R I didn't think it could work because of the frequencies and I did tell the persons who told me that. But they were pretty sure of themselveves, so I couldn't be bothered arguing with them further about it "they knew everything".

I'll continue to rely on my trusty HF and EPIRB.
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Reply By: Prattie - Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 18:04

Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 18:04
Hey when are you going ? I am going to do the same trip[ from Victoria in July - any body know of a place in south estern Victoria to hire the same radio for the same purpose??
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Follow Up By: stick - Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008 at 20:13

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008 at 20:13
Hi Prattie We're going 2June..camping at Coongie Lakes for some days ...longer if we like it. Then onto Lyndhurst to resupply, then to Arkaroola Wildlife Sanctuary..up to L Eyre...maybe take a flight over L Eyre or from wherever they leave from..thenhome along the Silver Hway to Bris. Dont know anyone in Vic who hires out radios
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Reply By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 20:01

Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 20:01
MMM VHF,maybe he is flying? These radio's are quite often used in Aircraft :)
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 19:05

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 19:05
When people post a question with so little information about what they're trying to achieve, it's hard to give helpful answers (especially when the poster is too rude to reply to the people who answer his question)
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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Friday, Feb 22, 2008 at 20:26

Friday, Feb 22, 2008 at 20:26
Mike

Thats a bit harsh - how do you know he/she isnt out of touch of his/her puter or maybe sick or maybe he/she only checks the messages occassionally.

To say he/she is '...too rude to reply ...." is drawing a long bow without knowing all the circumstances

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Follow Up By: stick - Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008 at 20:19

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008 at 20:19
Sorry Mike ..Im only an occasional user of the internet &check about once a week. I now know it,s HF and not UHF .Im staying on the beaten track but still supp I will need some form of contact with the world. I think I will hire a Hf with RFDS numbers on it. cheers
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