Hand held UHF

Submitted: Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 15:53
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The old man's UHF broke down in his car the other day, probably because it was as old as him.... Anyway, he bought a little hand held from Super Cheap here in Darwin the other day for $49. I thought he had done his money but aft6er taking it out and giving it a test I was plesantly surprised. I live approximately 2km from him in town as the crow flies, this thing was recieving my Tx clear as day (I have a 4400 in my veh) from there, his signal was obviously not as strong but I was still able to have a conversation. What am I getting at? Well for those who cannot affort the $400 plus for a UHF this I thought was a good deal for a small hand held which will suit vehicle to vehicle transmissions when out on those weekend outings.

Cheers

JohnH
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Reply By: petprass - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 16:28

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 16:28
Yes they are surprisingly good. I use a small ICOM IC40 Jr as a second unit to give to people in our convoys that do not have a radio and after using them for a few hours, they always wonder why you would bother to have a fixed unit. We have successfully transmitted over 10 kms but I wouldn't want to rely on it if my life depended on it.

Peter
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Reply By: pathfinder - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 17:18

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 17:18
the fixed units are 5 watt; the handhelds 0.5 watt. Even in open country such as around the Simpson, we found those vehicles with handhelds struggled and had to resort to morse code. They also need batteries, and as their batteries go flat, performance becomes even worse.
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Follow Up By: Groove - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 13:37

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 13:37
GME now have a 1 watt model for about $120 and Uniden Have a 2 watt model for about $140. Both 40 channels the 2 watt model has a selectable power level to save batteries when transmitting small distances.

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Reply By: diamond (bendigo) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 18:04

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 18:04
gday johnh.
i use one of them.
exelent if your just travaling as a group.
but wouldnt risk my life with them.
they chew through battaries a bit but you can buy in car chargers for about $12.—~‘¬‘¥•s’B
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Reply By: Member - Russell - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 20:11

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 20:11
their portability makes them useful when you have to get out of the truck and guide people up tracks etc, and they are good for visitors you take out who don't have a radio, but their range is a bit limited and they chew batteries. If I buy any more of them, it will be the GME 1 watt jobbie - a bit more expensive, but better performance too.Russell S
Prado RV6
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 22:01

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 22:01
I have an in-vehicle UHF (Uniden) and a hand held ... very handy as a pa system when I take and hook up my extension speaker.
JackAustralia - If you don't love it, leave!!!
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Reply By: Member - Alpaca (SA) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 22:21

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 22:21
Richard (D-ck)Smith's Electrical had a special out a couple of weeks ago selling a pair of Uniden 5watt hand held witout scan and duplex for $99. I thought that the price was a bargain.Alpaca
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog Morgan (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 22:58

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 22:58
They are half a watt. The deal is still on, 2 for $99Hooroo
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Follow Up By: petprass - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 12:27

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 12:27
Mad Dog,

The ICOM IC40 Jr is 500mW output. Is that half a watt? So is a watt 1000mW? I have been trying to work this out for ages.

Peter

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Follow Up By: Mad Dog Morgan (Vic) - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 12:43

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 12:43
Yep, you've got it right.Hooroo
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Reply By: Mick - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 23:12

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 23:12
Pick one that uses AA as opposed to some with AAA. I use 1800milliamp rechargeables from Jaycar in mine. They lasted 72 hours which included quite a bit of transmission. Converts to at least 7 days use while travelling.
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Reply By: Matt (W.A.) - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 08:50

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 08:50
Uniden do a hand held @ Watter (UH044) for $169 RRP! still cheaper than an in-car i Run a GME 3400 in Car and a Uniden Hand held for Out Side the Paj to give directions on track ect ect....Keep It On The Rough Stuff

Matt (W.A.)
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Reply By: BoneMan - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 10:36

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 10:36
I was tinking of getting the uniden UH044 - anyone have any experience with this model.

Cheers,
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Follow Up By: Member - Russell - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 15:42

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 15:42
Nup. One-eyed Australian made GME boy here.....Russell S
Prado RV6
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Follow Up By: Member - Nigel (QLD) - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 20:29

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 20:29
I had a uniden in-car UHF once...

The Uniden cheap handhelds are reasonable for the price, but for what they charge for the in-car ones (that need retuning at least every 2 years) you are better off with a real australian made UHF (GME)
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Reply By: Will - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 17:01

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 17:01
you can always pick up 25 watt or even 40 watt converted mobile UHF on ebay.....bear in mind though that the legal max output for a UHF CB is 5 watts.
those little 1 watt unidens, gmes etc are quite good for the price and very handy too.
Will.
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