am/ssb, cb price too much?

Submitted: Monday, Nov 24, 2003 at 18:33
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Hi all,
I was just wondering about a am/ssb cb i was looking at. It's a Uniden Grant XL, new in box, with no cable or aerial. They want $125 for it. It would be just a backup because I always carry a mobile and have installed a GME tx3400.
Is this too much to pay? Or if anyone wants to get rid of a am/ssb let us know.
Any feedback would be great thanks.
Cheers,
Luke.
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Reply By: Leroy - Monday, Nov 24, 2003 at 19:45

Monday, Nov 24, 2003 at 19:45
Hi Mayso,

I wouldn't waste my time or money installing an AM unit. I have probably used mine once since installing it. No one really uses am these days. When I upgrade my vehicle shortly I won't be installing the AM unit.

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Mayso - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 00:01

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 00:01
Hey Leroy,
Yeah I know you don't use them much, I don't even use the uhf much. One of my mates has used one when his mobile and uhf were 'out of range' to get a guy we were meeting to bring another case of beer! If it's good enough for an emergency like that, it might come in use, at least peace of mind, for my family.
Cheers,
Luke.
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Reply By: Member - Bigbear - Monday, Nov 24, 2003 at 23:12

Monday, Nov 24, 2003 at 23:12
Hi Mayso

Our club uses AM units all the time and we are always looking around for 2nd hand units. I have been able to pick up a basic unit for as low as $8 the other day and just got a Uniden SSB, with cable antena and a SWAR mwter for $50.
Check you local papers and if in WA try the Quokka there is all sorts of stuff if you scout around abit.
CheersBush Bappo's 4WD Club
Get out there & have a look
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Follow Up By: Mayso - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 00:03

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 00:03
Yeah, I thought it might be a bit much, I might keep looking.
Thanks.
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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 11:30

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 11:30
Luke,

We bought an am unit when we were living in Darwin which was a few years ago now but believe it or not, at least half the club were still using am. Anyway, we haven't bothered re-installing the unit when we changed over 4WD's so I'd be interested in selling it. Email me at flatdog@westnet.com.au if you're interested.

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Reply By: Mal58 - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 12:45

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 12:45
Mayso,
While FWD'ers are moving to UHF for most car to car comms, the Uniden Grant XL has followers within the HF Radio world as a good unit to modify to get into the extended (ham radio licence) bands.
$125 for an original (unmodified) unit in good nick, is a good price.

Cheers,
Mal58
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 13:51

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003 at 13:51
You can use 27meg in lots of places UHF wont work.

I have both, adn for peace of mind yea its a good thing.

As someone else said though, I use it about 3% of the time I use UHF. Usually on club trips where someone has 27 and nobody else does, just for relaying messages really. Also good for talking to mates where others cant hear you!
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