HF Radio - Buy & Install in Sydney?

Hi all,

I want to buy a HF Radio but can't seem to find anyone in Sydney from where I can buy one and have it installed. Does anybody else know of somewhere?

The closest place I can find is up near Newscastle.

Cheers Paul.
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Reply By: blue one - Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 19:45

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 19:45
exploreaus,
It is a difficult problem you have. I have bought two HF sets one 2nd hand and one new. Buying the hardware and installing it is pretty easy for a auto elec or someone handy with tools.

The next hurdle you will encounter is getting a radio software profile which provides easy access to all the frequencies you want to have on your radio and not the frequencies the seller wants you to use for their self gain. I spent the better part of 10 months figuring this one out and trying different avenues to fix the problem.

In the end Peter James from Lara Electronics (VIC) provided the best solution. Just Google his web site for contact details. It can be done remote.

I was very close to selling the HF set due to poor performance and self interest of both commercial and not for profit groups pushing their own self interests.

Yep I am in NSW also.

Good Luck and if I can help let me know.

Cheers

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Reply By: Fatso - Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 20:03

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 20:03
Surely there would be heaps of places selling & installing HF radios in Sydney Paul. We have at least 3 in Cairns.
Have you tried looking in the yellow pages under radio technicians or communication technicians or radio installations.
With 3 million people there must be a fair number of seller & installers.
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Follow Up By: blue one - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 07:42

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 07:42
Fatso,
No Codan or Barrett reps in Sydney and Newcastle is very difficult to deal with.

Cheers
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Reply By: Michael46 - Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 21:08

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 21:08
You could try Andrews Communications at Greystanes

http://www.andrewscom.com.au/index.htm

Michael
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 22:05

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 22:05
Talk to the HF Radio Club, they will put you onto someone (I am not a member, so have no interest there), just trying to give you options.
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Follow Up By: blue one - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 07:44

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 07:44
Have fun with trying to get a profile that allows for other frequencies

Cheers
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Reply By: Allan B, Sunshine Coast, - Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 22:40

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 22:40
Paul, you could try one of these

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Follow Up By: Fatso - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 11:25

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 11:25
Onya Allan
The good old yellow pages.
I often reckon that for most of the handyman type construction projects I do the yellow pages beats the internet hands down.
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Reply By: The Landy - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 04:44

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 04:44
Hi

It is worth the trip up to Doug Taylor at Lake Macquarie Communications....

Cheers...
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Follow Up By: blue one - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 07:45

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 07:45
Have fun with trying to get a profile that allows for other frequencies

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Indigo Jones (QLD) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 08:45

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 08:45
Karera Communications at Hornsby are the authorised Codan service centre for Sydney, but i would agree with landy and go to lakecomms - they have a good reputation.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 11:10

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 11:10
Doug will give you what you want....
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 15:45

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 15:45
I've dealt with Doug @ Macquarie Communications..

Very professional and good to deal with
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Follow Up By: Mike DiD - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 16:03

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 16:03
Karera have closed their Hornsby site.
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Follow Up By: Dave & Shelley (NT) - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 16:25

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 16:25
Hi mate,

I had the same porblem up here in Darwin. I wanted a new NGT but couldn't find a dealer or fitter. I rang Lake Macquarie communications and they were able to sell me the unit and direct me to a prefered fitter (almost a sub contractor). All went very smoothly after the phonecall with Doug. Give him a ring, it wont hurt.

Cheers

Dave
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 10:02

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 10:02
Hiya Paul
How 'complicated' do you need a HF radio system??
What are your needs or requirements??
Do you want radio-telephone or GPS facilities??
What type/brand radio are you looking at??
I may be able to help you here.
Cheers
David
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Follow Up By: exploreaus - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 11:28

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 11:28
Just need a fairly easy to operate HF that can make radio-telephone calls.

Have no idea regards brand - local support at least :-)

Cheers Paul
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Reply By: Sawtybt - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 12:27

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 12:27
We live south of Coffs Harbour and drove to Newcastle to see Doug at Lake Macquarie Comms for our NGT purchase and install. Good to do business with and really knows his stuff.
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Reply By: blue one - Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 20:28

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 20:28
exploreaus,
If you want a HF set for a telephone you will need to have a couple of service suppliers as the additional bases help a lot depending on the ionosphere.

I have 2 service suppliers and I have always been able to use the phone when required.

I regard HF as the best form of comms in the outback.

Make sure you review pricing and coverage before you become a member. Then make sure those frequencies will be programmed into a user friendly profile on your set.

I have a Codan NGT which is a great unit and I can call the kids from anywhere in Aus.

Cheers
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