Hand held radio

Hi - a major Adelaide retailer of these units recommends a Uniden UH078.
I want a powerful unit - this is 5W. It comes with a 12v car charger and a second battery at $479.00 For this I get one radio!

I want to use this for monitoring traffic whilst travelling and for my wife and I to carry with us when we leave our (fairly remote) campsite for a hike.

2 radios would be good - if I go off on my own my wife could have one back at camp to allow us to keep in touch.

If we are out walking together we could (possibly) call for assisitance in the event of one of us twisting an ankle etc etc etc. I do realise that these radios are limited and that sat phones and HF etc are better - I've discounted those.

Any comments on these units from users would be welcome.

[I can attach an external aerial to this model when in the car thus extending its effective range]

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Reply By: River Swaggie - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 15:44

Monday, May 02, 2011 at 15:44
Hiya Geo

If i was paying that amount i would definitely go this way Icomhttp://www.prestigecom.net.au/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_34&products_id=532 I hav two of these and they are great,I use one incar connected with external 6.5 RFI exteral aerial...

Dont let anyone tell you because they are handhelds that they WILL NOT transmit as well as an incar unit...They will with an external aerial,they are 5 watts and can be upgradable to the new 80 channel format when its introduced...Ive had better reception with just the handheld itself compared to another incar units....


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Reply By: DoubleJ - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 15:51

Monday, May 02, 2011 at 15:51
We use Uniden UHO49SX when we're travelling. We talk to truckies and other travellers very easily. We also use them in the bush: hubby takes one with him, I usually stay near vehicle with the other one to stay in contact. Don't think they were very expensive.
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Reply By: john & fi - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 16:22

Monday, May 02, 2011 at 16:22
Hi Geo,

We bought referbished UNIDEN UH076SX 5W handheld ($180) and refurbished UH400SX ($160) of Ebay. Did have a few minor problems with the handheld battery but we have been happy with our purchase.


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Reply By: Member - Tezza Qld - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 16:24

Monday, May 02, 2011 at 16:24
Tell Him He's Dreaming

UHO78 is an older model radio which we retailed for $275
I'ts replacement is UHO76sxnb which is 80 chanel programmable when the extra channels become becomes available. These are 5 Watt waterproof unit that retail around $260.00

These radios have all the features of the incar units and can be charged on 12 volt. If the 12 volt lead is not incorparated in the package go to Dick Smiths.
These units charge through the cradle so this is what you need to mount if leaving incar. They can also be fitted with an external aerial

There was a mob called Electrc Bug I think in Adelaide who could be a good source of information. If shopping online try Prestige Communications.

No affiliation Blah Blah Blah

Cheers Teza
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 07:12

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 07:12
As an aside, 5W is as powerful as any UHF CB is allowed to be, by law.

OKA196 Moyorhome.
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Reply By: anglepole - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 11:04

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 11:04

Why would you pay $480 for an old radio. ( maybe you meant this price was for 2 )

80 (77) Channels is coming about June 2011

Buy the sx version, a search on the net will find them around the $280 mark.
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Reply By: AdlelaideGeorge - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 18:47

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 18:47
OK - I've bought:

1x Icom IC-41S and

1x GME TX670

plus aerial and some other gear.

The Icom says 40+ channels so I hope the Electric Bug haven't stiffed me!

The Icom will be used most and the GME only for my wife if I go off alone and leave her at the campsite with the GME while I take the Icom with me.

Quite frankly I don't really care much if it doesn't have 5000 channels and built in driving gloves and Light Force halogens-we're not that kind of off-roaders. I just want a powerful radio that might (possibly) get us help in the event of something untoward happening.
Is there anyone in Adelaide could take an hour to show us how to work the damn thing?????

Thanks a lot for all the great replies.

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Follow Up By: Member - Tezza Qld - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 19:56

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 19:56

You have bought quality gear that will last you for many years.
I have several Icom radios and have found them super reliable.

Cheers Teza
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Follow Up By: River Swaggie - Wednesday, May 04, 2011 at 17:22

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 at 17:22
Good one George !
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Reply By: Mike DiD - Sunday, May 08, 2011 at 17:04

Sunday, May 08, 2011 at 17:04
EVERY 40 channel CB will be much cheaper in a few months time.

Once 77 Channel radios are legal to sell, every 40 channel radio will be a superseded model overnight.

This explains why 40 channel CBs are on sale everywhere.
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