uhf radio

Submitted: Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 15:14
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I am looking for a UHF radio for my 4wd as we are planning a trip to Northern SA. I believe GME are good. Maybe the TX3200 or TX4400. Are these radios a good choice? and where in Adelaide would be the best place to buy one (new or used)? Is it a waste of time placing the antenna on your bull bar?
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Reply By: duncs - Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 15:55

Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 15:55
I have a GME TX 3200 which I am very happy with.

Made in Australia, at least when I bought mine they were, very reliable and simple to use.

I get good range out of small gutter mounted antennae

Hope this helps
Duncs
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Reply By: Dingley - Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 15:57

Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 15:57
Yep - GME is very good. Electric Bug are right into it - not sure about price - get some other quotes.... also Johnston Electronics at Elizabeth.
dpGet me outa these suburbs !
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Reply By: phil - Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 16:12

Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 16:12
The UNIDEN UH012 is very small but appears to have all normal facilities and 5watt output and scan. It was $269 at Agquip a few weeks ago.
Where you put the aerial depends on the type. On a bullbar it must be an elevated feed type to get the actual radiating part up high. Otherwise a magnetic mount on the roof works well but is more vulnerable.
Phil
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Follow Up By: wal30_au - Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 21:38

Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 21:38
I could not find Agquip. Is this business in SA?
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Reply By: ACH - Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 16:14

Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 16:14
Hi wal30_au,

I also have a TX3200 and they are a reliable, no-nonsense little rig which should suit your needs, particularly if matched with a decent antenna. Check out Prestige Comms at http://www.prestegecomms.net.au for arguably the best prices going round!!

Cheers
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Follow Up By: ACH - Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 16:17

Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 16:17
Whoops, scrap that URL!! Sould be www.prestigecom.net.au.

Sorry........
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 16:19

Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 16:19
Mount the antenna on the gutter.... Bullbar mounting is ok for cb (27meg) but uhf is height dependant...
If you ever see a motorola syntrx commercial uhf radio for sale... They are great because you can boost some of them up to 25watts output....
They are a bit of a dinosaur but they are unbreakable...
Thats just my 10c worth anyway...._____________________________________________

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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 19:41

Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 19:41
Theres a heap of 25w UHF on Ebay now, Im watchin one, I want it!

Remember over 5w is illegal
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 21:28

Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 21:28
Voxson,

Like the look of the new wagon, got plenty of fruit too. Just needs a trip or two, to Canning or Kimberley, to break it in.

hooroo...
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 23:12

Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 23:12
Yes Truckster... over 5 watts is illegal... i wouldnt think of it...
Hi Bob,, a trip to the Canning may be on the cards for next year and i hope it serves me well...*fingers crossed*_____________________________________________

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Follow Up By: Rojac - Friday, Sep 12, 2003 at 01:16

Friday, Sep 12, 2003 at 01:16
Stoopid question but why illegal over 5w.

Cheers

Rob
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog Morgan (Vic) - Saturday, Sep 13, 2003 at 13:29

Saturday, Sep 13, 2003 at 13:29
>Stoopid question but why illegal over 5w

The regulations state no more than 5 watts....don't ask me why..I dunno
My Best Mates
Hooroo
Ray
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Reply By: Member - Cocka - Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 21:23

Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 21:23
GME is dearer but the best of its type, clear crisp signals & good range. Check 4WD Monthly Accessoris Guide for comparrison guide. Aerial needs to be as high as you can get it for best reception but forget the gutter mount - they get ripped off by tree branches and carports.
Can't wait to rip out the Unidend I inherited in my wagon and put the GME in I saved from the last wagon.Carpe Diem
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 22:52

Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 22:52
My GME 3400 wee's on the Uniden i had before, that ended in the bin.

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Follow Up By: Member - Toonfish - Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 23:51

Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 23:51
hey cocka i know a nissan that can provide a good home for a uniden set if you were thinking of tossing it?

cheers

oh yeah e-bay sux
but i love it (e-bay that is )
and the other well??????1999 NISSAN NAVARA DUALCAB
DIESEL 3.2 & SPRINGY CARLTON TOY
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Reply By: whale - Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 23:05

Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 23:05
Have the tx 4400, excellcent as it sends the audio straight out at you. Try Tranceiver services at Parafield out did the bug by substantial dollars 18 months ago. For that matter out did everyone i tried.

enjoy the airwaves

whale
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Follow Up By: StephenF - Saturday, Sep 13, 2003 at 10:17

Saturday, Sep 13, 2003 at 10:17
Whale,

Did Transceiver Services fit the UHF and aerial as well? If so, what sort of job did they do?

Stephen.
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Follow Up By: whale - Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 14:40

Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 14:40
Sorry not to get back earlier just got back from a weekend of 4wd at peake. A friend just had an ariel system fitted and was impressed.

I fit all of my equipment myself so have no experience of there work but did watch them fitting some HF gear and they were doing a good job.

whale
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Follow Up By: whale - Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 14:44

Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 14:44
I forgot to sasy that I am running a TX 4400 linked to a 4700 ariel system. the ariel is mounted onto the bullbar on my old cruiser. others in my group have the same ariel mounted similar but with different radios and can't work out how i get the range and clarity.
Hope this helps.

Whale
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Reply By: Flash - Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 23:57

Thursday, Sep 11, 2003 at 23:57
The GME TX4400 is the ducks guts. Try Prestige electronics- on the net in Perth, they are nearly always about the best price. Mine took a whole 24 hours to arrive by courier to Brisbane.
http://www.prestigecom.net.au/
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Reply By: Martin - Friday, Sep 12, 2003 at 00:22

Friday, Sep 12, 2003 at 00:22
I have a TX 4400 and one significant advantage if the eyes aren't what they used to be is the size of the display. The TX3200 (the model below) will fit into a smaller space but also has a much smaller display.
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Reply By: Member-The Camel(Vic) - Friday, Sep 12, 2003 at 03:22

Friday, Sep 12, 2003 at 03:22
Another vote for the TX3200 use mine all the time no probs, just a note
that a ground independant antenna is best if your mounting on bullbar,
but not sure exactly why, hope this helps.
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Reply By: David N. - Saturday, Sep 13, 2003 at 07:15

Saturday, Sep 13, 2003 at 07:15
Also cast my vote for the GME TX4400- it's the best!
Bullbar mount works for me.
However, a GOOD roof mount antenna would give you slightly better range- but you're only talking a few percent as the height difference is not much- (it's not like you can put it on a 40 foot pole!) and then you have a problem every tree you pass under, garages, car parks etc.
Go for the package deal that Prestiege in Perth sell- you won't be disappointed.
Good Price, good gear, and quick delivery. IMHO
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Reply By: Jarrod - Saturday, Sep 13, 2003 at 12:08

Saturday, Sep 13, 2003 at 12:08
Wal30_au, I see no one has really helped you with the antenna question, to save typing it all out again, do a search on this forum, keywords "uhf antenna" or just UHF. hundreds of threads.

Jarrod.

P.s., bull bar is fine as long as your antenna is "ground independant " variety.
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