uhf radio question

hi all 3 days to go till my adventure can i ask as in a novice with uhf radios what is the best channel to have it on when travelling
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Reply By: Member - John - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 09:17

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 09:17
Channel 40 is the truck channel, Channel 18 the caravan one. Turn it off when close to the cities as the foul language will astound you. Cheers, enjoy your trip. John
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 17:49

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 17:49
And channel 10 for 4WDers.
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 02:56

Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 02:56
I would say leave it turned on, as for the bad language the radio should have a squelch, turn it right on, that limits the recieving to a shorter distance thus if your boat trailer or Caravan has a flat tyre or or some other problem and someone calls you 100m behind to tell you you'll hear it....



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Reply By: Member Andys Aussie Adventure - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 09:24

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 09:24
Channel 40 will keep you in contact with most road info, and to let trucks(Road Trains) pass you.
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Reply By: Member - Bill B1 (NSW) - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 10:05

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 10:05
Hi,
I have an Oricom 050 and it has not missed a beat. It has as Scan feature which lets me monitor all channels. I can hear all traffic and then respond if necessary. Just a matter of looking to see what channel the traffic is coming in on, select that channel and go for it.

But, to talk to trucks to let them know, you know, they are there and what you are going to do (if anything) to let them through or to just talk to another caravan, use the channels mentioned elsewhere.

I have found that I do not use it much. Its an entertainment on some of those long driving stretches.

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Reply By: OREJAP - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 10:13

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 10:13
If travelling in a group or just another vehicle & depending where I am, I have my hand held on the predesignated travelling channel with friends & main radio on scan to pick up all other "Traffic" I find this very helpful in the high country when touring the tracks & also in the desert or in particular sand dune country.
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Reply By: Member Al (Sunshine Coast) - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 11:35

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 11:35
On this ExplorOz site is an article on UHF Communications (click here) which includes channel nominations and other info you may find useful.

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Reply By: Member - Alastair D (NSW) - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 12:09

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 12:09
When travelling with others we use channel 10 for between vehicle talk.

When in remote areas I usually have it on open scan which pickups up all channels. In more populated areas I either turn it off due to the mindless nonsense or have it on group scan which just monitors selected channels as per the guide mentioned above.

After the novelty has worn off you will find the off position is a good one unless you are in remote areas and should listen out for other traffic. Getting or giving info to trucks and other travellers can be useful but I think it is overdone and have seen some silly events when conversations get confused or malicious.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 19:30

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 19:30
Hi Broome Dreamer

Stick on 40 on most highways, and what ever other channel is nominated (eg 29 on Bruce Highway) and signed for other roads if different. Some roads in mining or logging areas specify a different channel, so choose these to keep in touch with their trucks. If just chatting, go to another channel to save blocking the main highway channel. If caravanners are travelling in convoy, they generally chat to each other on 18. Keep the chart with you so you don't use a dedicated data channel: UHF 80 channel chart. I have found scanning a waste of time.



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Reply By: broomedreamer - Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 07:09

Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 07:09
thanks everybody for their replys very helpful
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