Anyone still use 27 mhz?

Submitted: Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 16:04
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Got given an old ssb hygainv cb. Not played with a cb for many years so installed with glee.

Is no one using anymore? Could only pick up Asian skip. Would I be better off chucking it and going uhf? Only really plan to use it for emergency backup and guess things have changed since my day.

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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 16:39

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 16:39
dont worry mate... i am from your era i rekon... nothing was like yacking on the ol scorpion home base with the swamper aerial....
but nowadays put in a uhf.... all the richardheads have migrated from 27meg to uhf anyway but uhf is handier in the bush when travelling in a group...
buy one with that new ctcss or whatever it is...it can get rid of the radio crapheads..._____________________________________________

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Reply By: ross - Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 16:47

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 16:47
I was looking into it myself.Apparently its died out in favour of the high fequencies. Uniden and another top name have ceased manufacture which is a shame ... Also the new ones only pick up those in line of sight at a distance of 30klms or so.I remember people being rescued after their distress call was picked up on the other side of the world,so its got to be good for something.Theyll come back one day.Dont throw it away I may need someone to chat to.
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Reply By: Michael - Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 16:59

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 16:59
Hi Deano, My 27meg ssb has been sitting on the dashboard for four years, its very hard to find anyone on except for the truckies, good for radar imfo from truckies but not much else. One day it may just get me out of a bind with ssb, whereas mobile phones and UHF probably wont. My wife reckons i keep it as a wheel chock in case of a tyre change. Cheers
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Reply By: Deano - Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 18:06

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 18:06
Thanks guys...so 30km range huh? Bugger.

Remember about 26 years ago up in Kalbarri WA a bloke fell off the rocks near Chinamans Hat. We fired up the CB as he had got swept back into the rocks and was pretty badly cut up. Got someone in Queensland with a base station to phone for the ambulance in Northampton and saved probably half hour on the trip up and a few pints of blood.

Well I'll keep it anyhow! :)

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Reply By: LP - Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 20:36

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 20:36
Hey Deano,
My 27mhz ssb set will always have a place in the 4x4.
Even though we are out of the 11 year cycle that allows for excellent "skip" which peaked in 2000/2001 you can still get a long distance contact in the right conditions. A mate of mine in Sydney was talking to a guy up in the Pilbara this morning !! You can still catch some DXers on Channel's 16, 35, and 38 depending on the time of day,.... so don't chuck out that old "set" just yet.
But also get a UHF to supplement the old 10 metre and have the best of both worlds !!!

Talk 2 ya on the airwaves

Regards

LP

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 22:31

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 22:31
Go UHF, way better... also more people use than 27meg.
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Reply By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 22:36

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 22:36
Remember...height is might ...when it comes to uhf communication.
how-ever in saying that when on the flats NE of Burra some 100 plus klm by road one can still hit the Burra repeater or others. ( dont know how far by the way the crow flies)

(But if one looks into repeater position the burra repeater is up high)Wow! am I cute
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Reply By: Groove - Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 23:02

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 23:02
27 mhz might out perform UHf when the conditions are right but you simply cant depend on the conditions being right when you need then to be. I have driving along the beach on Fraser island chatting to guys in NZ but it is very hit or miss.
Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Rick - Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 23:16

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 23:16
hiya deano,,,,dont use the ole 27 much any more,,,but its still there if i need it.
flick it on now and again to ssb and listen to the banter of all the older folk from all over the country,
keep it,,they do come in handy. coupla years whilst up around lake argyle,,,,got three flats in about 1km,,,,couldnt get anyone on uhf,,,the phone had no signal. so fired up the 27meg and got onto a bloke in NZ who rang a mate in town and he came out with a spare for me.
its worth the small amount of space they take up.

rickahh, the joys of the great outdoors!!!
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Friday, Oct 10, 2003 at 09:15

Friday, Oct 10, 2003 at 09:15
I find the UHF far more useful, but you can't beat the fun of driving along and chatting to people on the other side of the continent, or the world. Away from civilisation, and thunderstorm activity, reception was often remarkable. I can remember talking to people in the middle of the USA, and Europe. Conditions were extremely variable, and related to solar activity and sunspot cycle. I don't even pack the 27 Mhz CB anymore, but the HF could be made to work those bands at up to 100 watts in an emergency.Bob
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Follow Up By: Bazza - Friday, Oct 10, 2003 at 11:34

Friday, Oct 10, 2003 at 11:34
G'Day Bob,
You sound like an old 27meger ( correct me if I'm wrong ) like myself. Tell me, is it possible to "amp-up" UHF like the old 27meg. *NOT THAT I WOULD, OF COURSE! Just asking if it's possible and what the advantage would be, if any.
Regards,
Bazza.
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Follow Up By: Deano - Friday, Oct 10, 2003 at 17:01

Friday, Oct 10, 2003 at 17:01
Actually still got an old album of QSL cards from all over the place I forgot I still had!

US, Europe, Asia etc. Was great fun getting them in the post.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Saturday, Oct 11, 2003 at 09:14

Saturday, Oct 11, 2003 at 09:14
Bazza
I think you would probably need to fiddle around with a UHF amateur rig, either feeding the RF signal from the CB to the amplifier stage, or re-programming it to cover the CB frequencies. However, I doubt much would be gained in terms of range etc Bob
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Reply By: Member - Mal - Friday, Oct 10, 2003 at 09:52

Friday, Oct 10, 2003 at 09:52
27MHz is near the top of the HF band (which is 30 MHz). It therefore reflects off the ionesphere as well as travelling along the ground, thus the long range under the right conditions. The major benefit of UHF over 27MHz is that it is much clearer.

Just my 2MHz's worth.

Mal T.
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Reply By: wazza - Friday, Oct 10, 2003 at 12:28

Friday, Oct 10, 2003 at 12:28
Deano,

Now that everyone has moved up to UHF, then it is nice and peaceful back on 27mhz, so you and your mates could have a quiet conversation without trying to find a channel that is not cluttered.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bigbear - Friday, Oct 10, 2003 at 13:27

Friday, Oct 10, 2003 at 13:27
Hi Deamo
Our club uses 27meg for this very reason when we are out and about. Great for inter car sue in convoy. Seldom ever get anyone mixed up in our conversationsBush Bappo's 4WD Club
Get out there & have a look
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Reply By: floyd - Friday, Oct 10, 2003 at 17:21

Friday, Oct 10, 2003 at 17:21
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Follow Up By: Deano - Friday, Oct 10, 2003 at 18:35

Friday, Oct 10, 2003 at 18:35
Stop it Floyd...I'm gettin' all sentimental now. LOL
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Friday, Oct 10, 2003 at 21:54

Friday, Oct 10, 2003 at 21:54
CQDX CQDX this is Victor Bravo India 655 calling for a copy. ahhh memoriesLaterally Literal
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