Hand Held CB's

Needing a hand held CB as can't fit an in car system. I am keen to have something that will work NT & Qld, have looked at the major brands GME ICOM Vertex. Can any one recommend one over the other, & were is the best place to purchase?
will be forever grateful thanks Graeme
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 14:24

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 14:24
Depends what sort of distance you want ...I have 2 GME hand helds 1 watt and find them great for around camp and you get about 10kms max out of them...try to get a pack that includes the chargers and batteries

Prestige communications are very good and have purchased from them before
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Follow Up By: Nashy3 - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 14:28

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 14:28
Thanks Need it just for on the tar, the ones I have looked at are the 5 watt so they should get the maximum distance? It seems that Prestige communications are out of WA & I am in NSW?
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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:03

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:03
They have an online system there and shipping is lightning fast
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Reply By: Topcat (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 14:45

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 14:45
Try Dick Smith. They have a variety of makes including their own brand 5 watt unit which looks good value for money. Do a Google & look at their online catalogue for current prices. Cheers.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 14:58

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 14:58
Nashy3,

You must be driving a Goggomobil Dart, if you can't fit a small GME unit somewhere on/under the dash of your vehicle.

Some blokes on EO have used velcro to mount the radio, in a convenient position. The "in car" UHF utilise a better external aerial, have a bigger speaker (usually), and you can fit a mike somewhere that is easy, & safe, to access.

Don't know anything about Vertex, but have used both GME & Icom for many years, mustering on large stations. Icom is probably a little more robust, and have rarely had to send one away to be repaired. Couple of stuffed batteries after some years service.

The GME can "hear" better than the Icom, but seem to need the doctor a few more times. This could be because we had more GME sets than Icom too.

Don't think you could go past either of these, but would suggest you spend extra, and get 5w sets.

Prestige's service will match anyone else's, even though they are in WA.

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Follow Up By: Nashy3 - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:28

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:28
Just a Jeep commander the guy here won't touch em!
thanks will take on board good info
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 08:35

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 08:35
remote head GME and or the model with everything on the mike
icom are good sets
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Reply By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:04

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:04
Hi Graeme


I own two 41s Icom Hanhelds,I've tried calling them numerous times but get a press 1 for sales,press 2 for this etc etc,all calls up to 7 lead nowhere and it disconnects you,well it did up till recently,will not try again...Now if a company like that is taking extra time off over Xmas put a bloody message up on a answering service...I emailed them a nasty email weeks ago with my mobile number and still no reply (what a surprise)...

Based on there after marked service i would steer clear....

My issue is the hand held is stock standard,no selcall,tone squelch etc..But every say 5 minutes it puts out a beep and when in convoy it gives people the bleep s because they get a sound like someone is mucking with the mike...

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Follow Up By: SteveL (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:19

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:19
The icom ic-41s has selcall and tone squelch,you just have top work out how to program it.Usually much easier if you have the programming software and a cable.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:29

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:29
,you just have top work out how to program it.Usually much easier if you have the programming software and a cable.


What are you trying to say Steve that after spending nearly $800 including covers etc for them i have to spend another $$$$$$ to programme the bloody thing to stop it beeping every five minutes...

Who wants that hassle off the shelf,I am sure you dont need all this with GME...



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Follow Up By: SteveL (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 18:03

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 18:03
I would never argue that Icoms are 'user friendly' if that was the main criteria I would go for a GME.The icom is basically an adapted commercial radio which means that features like CTCSS and Selcall aren't always easy to turn on and off in the field.
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Reply By: SteveL (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:10

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:10
I personally would go for the icom because of their toughness and the fact that spares (chargers,antennae and batteries) are readily available and fairly cheap.-Steve
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:24

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:24
Hi Steve


Just take into consideration they are NOT user friendly like the GME (take a long time to work out) You need the cradle in the car to charge off the cigarette lighter,No external Squelch knob,Gme shows selcall number on main screen,Icom does not etc etc..Now that i hav had six months using them would i buy anymore,the answer is NO

Your right they are tough and usually very clear not sure about spares being cheap though..


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Follow Up By: SteveL (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 18:11

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 18:11
The IC-41S is quite a new model,so spares are still expensive.I use older models such as IC-40s and IC-F40GS and GT commercial units.Plenty of good cheap spares available on eBay.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 01:13

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 01:13
Thanks for your replies Steve,any suggestions why my Icom sends out a beep ?????


Cheers
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Follow Up By: SteveL (WA) - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 11:59

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 11:59
Seems a bit unusual that it transmits a beep without you actually doing anything.I know they can transmit automatically while in the repeater scan mode, but that's the only thing I can think of.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 13:56

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 13:56
Thanks Steve for throwing upa suggestion hopefully i can get to the bottom of it ...It wont be through the help of Icom by the looks of it...Pathetic after sales service ...




Cheers
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Reply By: HappyCamper - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:18

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:18
G'day Graeme

Have you thought about fitting a remote head UHF? One of these will give 5 watts whereas a handheld is only 1 watt (less on some models).

I have a GME TX3400 and on the casing of the main radio unit I stuck the prickly side of some 50mm velcro which grabs the floor carpet and stays under my seat. If I need to remove it at all it's quick and easy.

Best place to purchase? well my favourite shop is eBay as the local dealers weren't interested. Maybe yours are better? Having said that, I swapped a 27Mhz GE for the UHF. I have had a great run from GME (GE) over the last 25+ yrs, had one Uniden that wasn't anywhere near the same output, so don't hesitate buying GME these days.

Hope this helps?
Bronwyn ;-)
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Follow Up By: Nashy3 - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:33

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:33
Excuse my ignorance but what is a remote head UHF?
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 16:34

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 16:34
A remote head is where the front comes off like a removable face car stereo. A Uniden UH015 is one model
You put the body under your seat and mount the front which is about 8ins long 1 1/2 ins high and about 3/4 in thick.

I have mine mounted just under the ash tray in the cruiser and made a little bracket for the microphone for that and the HF that is up against the trans hump.
Pic attached You can see the head of the UHF in front of the gear lever above the blue remote in the little tray THe mic is above the yellow HF one

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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 08:41

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 08:41
also this this model GME
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dis one



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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:20

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:20
We use Uniden hand helds; cheap but seem clear and effective. Obviously not as good as a built in one with external antenna, but when travelling, sound is clear for a few kilometres between vehicles, except for deep dips of course, where even built ins with the external antenna can be out of range. When i worked at a shop, they used the same model Unidens to communicate around the shop, although clarity from the under-storey through a concrete floor was not good. Mine use 3 X AAA batteries (i keep a stack of rechargeables), but same type also comes in 'charge from its own cradle' from mains power. I got mine years ago from eBay, but most places such as Retravision stores stock them.

Hand held is fine if you just want to talk to a travelling companion in 'line of sight'. Built is is much better.

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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:36

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:36
Personally, I try and get devices that take AA or AAA batteries. Then you can recharge or swap between camera, UHF, torch etc. If you get a proprietary battery pack then you are forever hoping that when you need a new one they will still be available.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:51

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:51
I totally agree with Kiwi Kia

Just about all our stuff takes AA or AAA batteries (all cameras, GPS for hand held, 2ways, LED torches and lamps). I purchase on this as a priority. My battery charger takes both and can charge in the caravan on the inverter (or on mains), as well as in the car from cig lighter (much slower).

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Reply By: HGMonaro - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 16:46

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 16:46
I believe some handhelds have connections for external aerials, so you can have a handheld for conveinence (take it out of the car with you if desired) and the aerial for good transmission/reception.
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Follow Up By: OzTroopy - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 17:16

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 17:16
Yes .... Jaycar sells these type for about $170.00.

Only a 3w output but with a vehicle antennae it will have a much better range than a 5w stumpy operating inside the vehicle.

Lots of addons for them too.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 21:08

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 21:08
Hiya HG

Yes that is how i use my Icom's,I use the other for out of the vehichle,But if we decide to walk other direction's,or i go fishing they can be kept on the persons...

Its connected to an external RFI CD900 Aerial


Cheers

Oh yeah sorry about the dust i havnt blown it out from recent trip !



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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 18:30

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 18:30
Nashy,

I was down at G & C Communications in Cranbourne having my HF and a GME 3200 UHF fitted last week. I saw a fairly largish handheld that mounted into a cradle in the vehicle giving it recharge facility and connection to an external antenna. It had a clip on microphone for in vehicle work as well. I cannot remember the brand sorry but it was one of the well known brands. I run three Uniden UH039P handhelds which are small and only 1.5 watts or thereabouts. The beauty of them is they have a battery pack which if it dies, can be replaced with 4 x AAA batteries. I had one sitting in with the Canadians on my last trip for vehicle to vehicle and we would often get up to 5-10 km range depending on conditions (then other times we only got line of sight so...).

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Follow Up By: Nashy3 - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 20:34

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 20:34
Thank you will take a trip down to the local and check them out.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 20:48

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 20:48
Hiya Micko

Yep Graeme can be very helpful when he is not busy !


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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 23:20

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 23:20
Warfer,

He's always busy...but a good bloke none the less.

Cheers Mick

P.S. Start putting in a few blogs regarding your trips. Good photos fella. M.
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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 10:12

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 10:12
Have a look at the Going 4WD website

http://www.going4wd.com/

There's an interview with Graham about a compact 5 watt HH.

Jim.

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Reply By: Member - Ed. C. (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 21:33

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 21:33
Another very good dealer with an on-line presence, very competetive prices (will generally match or beat Prestige Com's prices), and free express postage is

Contact Communications

He also has a large listing on ebay, with starting prices often well below list....

No affiliation, yada yada.................................



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Follow Up By: Nashy3 - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 09:30

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 09:30
Sorry this guy is NOT cheap, checked out the website.....
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Reply By: Member No 1- Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 08:39

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 08:39
if you do go hand held get a Lapel michrophone.
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