sandflags on the CSR-revisited

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 11:44
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Hi all a few weeks ago I asked if sandflags were required or if only scanning the UHF channels would be ok. Well having just returned from the CSR I would say both are a requirement and both have their problems, with the flags they survive longer being in the centre of the vehicle, the track has a LOT of over hanging trees & bushes and you have to be alert with your GPS /distance reading from the wells to accuratly position you on exactly which dune you/they are crossing in amongst all the general chatter & static but this all adds to the ADVENTURE doesnt it. cheers
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Reply By: cookie1 - Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 15:11

Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 15:11
I was there about 4 weeks ago, with all sand dune driving I get to the top & pause, put out a UHF broadcast such as 2 Cruisers heading north from Well # and wait for any response. Of course this doesn't work if some numpty hasn't got aUHF or is on a channel other than the required one such as 40 for the Canning.

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Follow Up By: Member - Magic (VIC) - Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 07:45

Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 07:45
Sorry, don't mean to seem ignorant, but how would someone know which is the required channel? I was under the impression that 40 was the truckies channel.
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Follow Up By: cookie1 - Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 08:04

Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 08:04
It is signposted at both Entrances, there does seem to be a bit of confusion as there information around that it is channel 10 but we quickly changed to 40 upon seeing the signs at the entrances.

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Colin
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Follow Up By: PJR (NSW) - Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 09:31

Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 09:31
That was lucky. We were all ready for ch 10.

People can also miss the call if they are on scan and the call is short.

Personally I prefer to sit on a channel and not scan. But each to his own. That way you won't get caught up listening to some conversation that you don't have the slightest interest in and miss a call.

A good practice for groups who want to chat on a different channel is for one member, usually one at the front, to put a handheld on the "call" channel. In this case 40. That way hopefully at least one member will hear any distress or warning etc call and still be able to be in the groups chats.

Thanks
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Follow Up By: Member - Magic (VIC) - Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 09:40

Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 09:40
Thanks for the info Colin. Will file it away for future reference.

J.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 09:57

Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 09:57
Sign Billiluna 2008....

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Follow Up By: PJR (NSW) - Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 10:00

Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 10:00
I hope I am not going to be shot for being OT.

What channell for the Simpson?
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Follow Up By: cookie1 - Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 14:02

Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 14:02
I believe Simpson is Channel 10, we typically have a handheld perched on top of the dash on scan - if another vehicle is close then the handheld will pick it up otherwise is stays quiet.

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Colin
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Follow Up By: PJR (NSW) - Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 14:20

Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 14:20
Thanks Cookie

We do the same.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 20:31

Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 20:31
Phil,

I'm a bit of a scanner myself. Having worked out bush for many years, it was sometimes handy to know what was going on around you, or one could hear road trains coming for some distance, when they were coming to the station with cattle.

Agree with you that scan will often cut part, or all a transmission off, but feel this would only be with Open Scan. If one uses Group Scan, by selecting it, if fitted, and programming any "interesting" channels into memory, then most times one can hear all. Barely lose more than a syllable or two.

Like yours & Colins suggestion of a hand held on the dash. They're sensitive enough to pick up signals well out, especially in these cooler months. Hadn't thought of that!!!

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Follow Up By: PJR (NSW) - Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 20:53

Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 20:53
I suppose that if I was a regular to a location I could sit down and spend some time setting up a selected scan. It's a simple thing but takes time. Time that I would rather spend enjoying the area. And then change it again when we get to Birdsville and again at Tibuburra. Endless isn't it.

And then the radio could still be caught listening to a chat that is not coming our way nor in the slightest bit interesting. And of course filled with expletives.

So which way do you go. Beats me. We are not in the habit of "chatting" on the radio so it's just as easy to leave it on the local "call" channel.

Five weeks to the Simpson. You little ripper!
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 21:12

Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 21:12
Hi

There are 80 uhf channels now so choosing which ones to leave out of the "scan" becomes harder and more time consuming, unless of course you still use a 40 channel unit in which case 40 are eliminated with no effort ...but at your own peril :)


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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 22:10

Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 22:10
OK Phil,

Enjoy the Simpson. Weather has been been almost perfect out this way lately.

Good point, Greg.

Almost makes purchase of an 80 ch UHF mandatory, if travelling in remote areas these days. Better check the Prestige website again.......!!!

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