GME TX6000 Handheld keep it or ditch it?

I have had unit for about 12 years, been a great radio that I haven't been able to kill. I use it as a second radio for back to vehicle, winching or other recovery also gets used from ATV.

Battery is now dead, rubberduck aerial is broken, and wires on the remote speaker mike are perished. Replacement items are available with a 1200 mAh NiMH battery total cost is about $180.

What I'm pondering is do I replace the whole thing and if so with what, or do I keep old reliable and just replace broken bits.

GME TX6200 with the same options comes in at $500+ I wonder if this is of the same qulity as the TX6000.

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Reply By: Rockape - Sunday, Jul 11, 2010 at 13:43

Sunday, Jul 11, 2010 at 13:43
I have a 6200 and I think it is about 5yrs old. It get used every week when I travel between Townsville and Mackay.

Quality is fine, I have had a couple of comments from trucks asking if I am using a handheld, they say it is a very clear transmission.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Jul 11, 2010 at 14:01

Sunday, Jul 11, 2010 at 14:01
What extra features are on the TX6200 that you would value? Probably none. The sensitivity of receivers has not increased much over the years so there will be no advantage there. $180 sounds better value than $500 to me.

Is the price you are looking at include a genuine GME battery of one from somewhere like the Battery Factory? There may be an extra saving by looking for an alternate battery supplier.
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Reply By: mikehzz - Sunday, Jul 11, 2010 at 14:56

Sunday, Jul 11, 2010 at 14:56
I've had a 6200 for about a year and the battery was pretty good to start with but now runs flat in an hour with little use. Disappointing, I was wondering which way to go myself. Mike
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Reply By: Joe n Mel - Sunday, Jul 11, 2010 at 16:52

Sunday, Jul 11, 2010 at 16:52
should get rid of it, i will give you my address so you can send it to me :-)
I will contact you in 5 years to tell you how good it still is and the new one you got will probally be shot already........
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Follow Up By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Sunday, Jul 11, 2010 at 17:41

Sunday, Jul 11, 2010 at 17:41 wouldn't be trying to tell me something by any chance would you?

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Follow Up By: Joe n Mel - Sunday, Jul 11, 2010 at 18:52

Sunday, Jul 11, 2010 at 18:52
oppppps forgot my address so you can send it :-)

(you would be mad to throw it, like a good woman, just cant buy batteries for them)
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Reply By: Charles Jenkinson - Monday, Jul 12, 2010 at 09:49

Monday, Jul 12, 2010 at 09:49
One thing I did with a couple of uniden radios with dead batteries (while waiting for a replacement) was to hook them up to a USB power supply. Mine had 6V batteries, and the 5V USB supply from a car 12-5V adaptor powers them very nicely.

Just a matter of cutting the USB cable in half, using a multimeter to locate the positive and ground, and then a quick wiring job to get the unit working again.

I now use this for travelling in convoys with people who don't have their own built in CB radio, and recently when my old GME permanent radio decided to give up the ghost (after nearly 25 years of service).

Might be useful if the voltages are corresponding, until you get a replacement battery.

I'd certainly replace the battery and other parts!

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Reply By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Monday, Jul 12, 2010 at 17:48

Monday, Jul 12, 2010 at 17:48
Thanks for the feedback. I'm keeping it (sorry Joe)

Have ordered new battery and aerial, I don't need it straight away so I won't need to do the USB thing great idea though.

Does anyone have any idea if you can get just the curly wire bit and the plug for the speaker/mike? The comms place said no not from GME.

The mike is fine it's just the rubber coating on the wire is perished (plastic looking rubber does that here) I've tried insultation and gaffer tape but that just makes a sticky mess from being handled.

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