UHF Handheld antenna question

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 04, 2009 at 21:14
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Have a GME TX6100 5 watt handheld UHF radio - for travelling away from home will the inbuilt antenna be adequate or do I need to fit another exterior antenna to vehicle?
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 07:25

Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 07:25
It will be fine as is but if you can park it where the aerial can see plenty of sky it will be better then below the window line.

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 09:23

Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 09:23
At times, in the car, I use our 5W GME6200 with the stumpy antenna and it has a very good reach - more than adequate for local area comms while mobile.
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Reply By: Member - Ros-Ross H (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 09:28

Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 09:28
Thanks for reassurance and tips!
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Reply By: DIO - Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 09:38

Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 09:38
Just be aware that using a hand held radio inside the cabin may interfere with some electronics of the vehicle. An external antennae is best and safest.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 09:55

Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 09:55
Hi DIO,

Have you actually experienced this ?
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Follow Up By: Member - Ros-Ross H (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 10:09

Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 10:09
Hi Dio,
We wouldn't want that in the middle of nowhere! Haven't experienced any problems in our everyday vehicle. If we give it a try in the troopy will any interference show up immediately? Neither of us are clued up on all this electronic stuff so trying to keep things simple! Imagine we will want handheld turned on in the vehicle for communication with other vehicles if needed.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 10:20

Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 10:20
I would not worry about Ross, I have never heard of anyone ever having any trouble and use several different handhelds all the time.

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Reply By: Member - Rodney B- Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 12:26

Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 12:26
Ross
I use my GME 5 watter in the 80 series all the time with no problems and the troopy is built like the proverbial outhouse (electronically speaking) so will give you no problems. Range with the handheld does get limited to almost line of site depending on the terrrain but is generally good enough with normal convoy separation. External antenna will increase the range but is generally not needed.


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Follow Up By: murranji3 - Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 18:54

Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 at 18:54
Very interested in this topic..Can I use an externall ariel ie with an magnetic base with the 6100..Would save me permanent fitting and be available to use in another vehicle..Also would need to power from cig. lighter Thanks for your help
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