ebay and uhf radios

Submitted: Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 14:36
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After reading other posts on purchases thru ebay I wanted to know has anyone tried purchasing motorola, kenwood or icom uhf radio's and are they any good?
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Reply By: Member - Toonfish - Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 16:25

Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 16:25
Icom is the ducks guts although dear.
i have been trying to get a decent good priced uhf on ebay for 4 weeks still to dear for most .
Try Prestige communications in Perth
Somebody help
ie - a uhf 90 combo went for more then the retail price recently.
keep looking i guess.1999 NISSAN NAVARA DUALCAB
DIESEL 3.2 & SPRINGY CARLTON TOY
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Follow Up By: bob - Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 16:41

Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 16:41
toonfish
agree on the icom, used them in the army on lcm8 and thought tey were vgood. Saw qty 2 icom u220-2 uhf for $51.00 starting bid but no mikes. Might be worth a further look
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 17:52

Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 17:52
You mean from the seller gazzzzaau ??

He has good feedback of 135, no complaints. I was leading his 25w Kenwood for aweek, but went more than I had.

the trick is to bid your highest willing to pay price first time. Dont keep outbidding the other bloke, then he outbids you. Its a game, and it only costs the winner more and more$$..

Just wait 1 min from the end of auction and then bid the most your willing to pay. Chances of getting out bid are not as much
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Reply By: Will - Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 18:02

Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 18:02
I've brought unidens, phillips, kenwood, and maxon through ebay all at good prices. Many of these were either commercial radios or not on uhf band but i had them converted. I think i've become a bit of a uhf junkie!
Will.
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Reply By: Mick - Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 20:55

Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 20:55
Go for the GME TX 3400 or TX4400. They are regarded as the market leaders. They work beautifully and they're made in Australia which is a bonus!!
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Follow Up By: stevesub - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 16:53

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 16:53
Got a TX4400 via this or another forum a few months ago (can't remeber which forum). Great radio, works well.
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Follow Up By: Murfa - Thursday, Aug 28, 2003 at 21:00

Thursday, Aug 28, 2003 at 21:00
I have the GME TX4400 fitted to my 4WD. Not as expensive as the Icom, but it's a fantastic little unit. I have have never had a problem with it, almost unbreakable, and clear as a bell. It's also Australian made, which is a bonus as well. But I can highly recomend this model, emaim me at Murfa_80@hotmail.com, I'll send you more info if your interested.
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Reply By: Mad Dog Morgan (Vic) - Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 22:06

Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 22:06
The only real way to check them for sensitivity, selectivity, power output etc is on a spectrum analyser or hunt down a review where this has already been done. I've had 2 radios from icom. One I recently sold on ebay only had one slight hiccup in 15yrs when the tx relay went south. The one I still have has had problems with the vfo knob and now the on/off switch is playing up. Generally they're up there with the leaders.Hooroo
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Reply By: Hatcher - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 11:57

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 11:57
I had often thought of buying sencond hand radio gear but isn't it easy to blow the output stage of a transmitter if someone was to transmit without a load/antenna present? Can anyone technical comment on this please?
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