best radio for remote areas?

Submitted: Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 16:25
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I have all my safety gear including UHF radio. I now need to get a radio to provide some news and radio-talk and maybe a little music during our stop times - dusk to dawn, 14 hours every day is a long time - in the deserts and remote tracks. I've seen a little SW radio on Ebay for an amazing $8 - made in China of course. Others I have seen for $100 and I'm not sure if either of them will get me what I want.
Any ideas anyone?
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Reply By: dedabato (SA) - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 16:40

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 16:40
G-Day Van D,
I have one of those little beauty from E-Bay "Ultratek-UT-M9804"
and it works fantastic in many areas where I didn't have any reception what so ever before. It does have 8 short wave options and for the money I paid for it "fantastic little performer"
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Regards
dedabato
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Reply By: Stu & "Bob" - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 17:00

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 17:00
If you have a late model HF radio, (highly advisable for remote travel) they are capable of receiving shortwave radio from 250Khz to 30Mhz.

The ebay radios will be only as good as their antenna.

My .02


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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 18:00

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 18:00
Don't fall into the trap of believing that the UHF is satisfactory to fill the bill of "safety gear". UHF is a great radio for convoy work, but seriously limited for anything else if you are really remote (repeaters notwithstanding of course).
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 18:28

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 18:28
Yeah...Like Roachie said....dont consider a UHF as safety gear!
Hf yes but not UHF.
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Follow Up By: Member - Olcoolone (S.A) - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 19:01

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 19:01
I agree 110% with Roachie and Hairy.

Regards Richard
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 20:07

Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 20:07
Take a look at this thread I posted a couple of weeks ago:

Good radio

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, May 12, 2008 at 08:15

Monday, May 12, 2008 at 08:15
Mike,
My mate bought a DE1103 and it arrived last week. I'm taking it bush for the next couple of weeks, so will compare it to the Barrett for listening to VKS.

Cheers
phil
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Reply By: Member - Van D (NSW) - Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 13:50

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 13:50
Thank you one and all.....you are a mine of experience and good advice. I have just ordered a DEGEN DE 1130. It should do the job. When I return in 12 weeks I shall report on its features. Thank you again....Van
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