GME TX 3340

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 20:22
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We are thinking about buying and installing a GME TX 3340 UHF radio . I would love any feedback on this unit , are they any good as we are heading for 1- 2years and want a good unit .
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Reply By: ken triton - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 20:35

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 20:35
Hi Deborah,
GME are great radios, they are made in Australia and they back up their products. Some models of the TX3340 can be upgraded to 80 channel but not all it does depend on the production date and serial number of the unit. The latest range of radios the TX35xxx series do have some features that are not in the TX3340
Hope this helps,
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Follow Up By: Deborah S - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 20:40

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 20:40
Hi Ken

The unit we were thinking of buying will have the 80 channels so after your advise it looks like we will be buying a good unit.

Thanks and regards
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Reply By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 20:57

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 20:57
Hi Deborah.

I run that unit and also a couple of GME handhelds. Never had a problem. And...following this Forum, other brands such as ICOM are also good.

The other thing you should consider is your arial. If it's going to be in a high vibration environment get a stiff stick :-)

And if it's range you want (and given you're thinking about a good unit) get a high gain job.

I thought initially that all I wanted was convoy comms, but on the CSR last year extended range was really useful in talking to other parties further along coming our way.

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Follow Up By: Member - Bucky - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 05:46

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 05:46
Was gunna get one of those 2.1 mt aerials, but decided not to in the end.
Wish I had had of lifted my UHF aerial, as I could not get as far out as a mate, whose was mounted high off his spare wheel carrier.. He could hear vehicles calling locations well before I could.

There is a safety factor in desert country, to let people know which direction you are heading, and roughly where you are.
On CSR 2 years ago, and yakked our heads off between vehicles
Believe me, people could hear us coming,, and as I said, we looked at that as a good safety factor, in dune or heavy scrub country.. ie around Well 30 ..and again coming down from 38, to 33

Other people said they knew where we were, but would not reply, because they feel they should never talk on Ch 40 ...because they should not bog down the call up channel... must be sone cort of "sacred chennel"


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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 11:22

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 11:22
Hi Bucky.

Re the vibs, it's not the height of the arial, just the stiffness. On my roo bar flexible arials get a hell of an harmonic up and quickly break. My arial would only be about a metre long.

Re the range, one of our party had a high gain ICOM arial and he was able to hear parties at least 2-3 kays further out than me, while the other vehicle was struggling to hear anyone more than three kays away because of his el cheapo whip.

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Follow Up By: Member - Bucky - Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 03:44

Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 03:44

I run a RFI aerial on my bullbar, and this one is a little beauty.

RFI aerial

Never an issue, although I figure that the only way to get 6.5db out of it is to roof mount it... Rest of the time it just chugs along, probably around 4.5-5db (but never been tested). But I did manage to pick up a mate at Pierre Springs, Well 6 on the Canning, from only about 1/2 way in fromGranite Peak Station, and that did surprise me.

I too tried running cheaper type aerials, and yes they break too, then the more expensive type, and they broke...

I can run the longer thick GME type aerial, with it's shorter brother, for local running around, but then they both rattle the bejesus out of my garage door, going in and out. And believe me at 3 or 4 am in the morning it's not good for SWMBO.

My Radio is an Icom 400 Pro, and has a couple of mods.
Apart from going nuts trying to figure it out when I first brought it, the radio is brilliant.

Cheers, and have a good one

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Follow Up By: Deborah S - Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 06:43

Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 06:43
Hi Bucky & JB

Thanks for the heads upon the aerials as well as I was wondering which one we should buy. Very hard to decide which is best as the sales staff in stores are helpful but at the end of the day just want to sell you their stock.

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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 21:37

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 21:37
They are a very good and reliable unit. I would buy again without hesitation
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Reply By: Member - Steve R (NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 15:56

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 15:56
I have one of these units and have been very happy. In particular I have it mounted up under the dash below the steering wheel so that its out of sight. Also installed is an extra speaker to ensure the volume is good. When I want to use it, I simply plug the hand set lead into a lead that comes from the main body.
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Follow Up By: Deborah S - Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 06:46

Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 06:46

Looks like we are purchasing the right unit for or trip , thanks for the feedback.

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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 02:30

Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 02:30
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