What UHF radio

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 00:20
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Have a GME 4400 mounted in my vehicle, but am looking for a new radio to use as a base station. Thinking of another 4400, but have heard some good things about the new(ish) Icom IC400 Pro. Also have an Icom HH, which seems to be indestructable, but had problems with a GME HH. Open to suggestions please!!
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Reply By: Member - Pluto - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 12:02

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 12:02
I have seen but not used the Icoms IC400. It appears to be very robust and the auto squelch is better than anything else available at present. Talk to WACB, they have them on the shelf.Get out there & have Fun!!!
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 12:37

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 12:37
Hackie,

Don't know the Icom unit though we have a couple of similar units in a repeater here, and have never had a problem in 4 or 5 years. Have been using GME gear for 20 years, and I don't think you can beat them. Aussie made, to boot.

As for handhelds, we have 2 Icom IC40S, and in 5 years, have only needed one battery replaced, and one set went the Doctor. The Icoms don't "hear" as well as the GME TX6000, but as shown they are probably more robust. The TX6000 are a good set, but seem to need a battery every 12 months, and are regular visitors to the Doc. This could be related to who uses the radio, and the care/or lack of it.

The Icom and GME are the pick of UHF radios, the problems we have had are in direct relation to the work we do, mustering etc, so often the radios have to cushion the users fall, off bikes and horses.

By buying another 4400, you could swap them over if need be, between base and vehicle.

Hooroo...
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Follow Up By: Chris (W.A.) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 19:06

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 19:06
If they're the ones that you get the additional police channels (listen only) you can forget about that little convenience.

I know for a fact that W.A. police are changing all their radios so that scanners can no longer pick them up - this would apply to 4400 as well, but they're really really fun to listen to the other emergency services.
LOL.

Local bobby was telling me about it a short while ago.Nice southerly coastal fishing trip someday.
Chris
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Reply By: Lyds - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 17:46

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 17:46
the 4400 also gives you those extra channels.Cheers,
Stuart
- To err is human, to moo bovine -
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Reply By: Member - Nigel (QLD) - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 00:14

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 00:14
I'd go the GME for a base as they are a better radio.

The Icoms main benefit is that they are indestructible, but they aren't technically as refined as the GME - although still way better than Uniden
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Reply By: Mike - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 03:55

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 03:55
With the ICom IC 400 Pro, do you have to use a computer to put in the extra 88 channels or do you programme it like the GME 4400?
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Reply By: Dave from Fraser Coast 4WD Club - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 08:39

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 08:39
ICOM are the ducks guts.
But GME are excellent too.

We've got 7 IC40s and 5 IC40jr at work, only one of the jrs has needed repair, which was replaced under warranty (intermittent PTT). If used in a proper battery conditioner, the batteries last for years, (we've got batts that are 5 years old in IC40s and still going strong)

All of our vehicles however run GME TX3200 or 3400.
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Follow Up By: Member - Nigel (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 09:32

Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 09:32
isn't the IC40jr made by Kenwood?

I dropped my Kenwood into water - grabbed it out quick removed the batteries and left it on a towel to dry - still works perfectly 3 years later.
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Follow Up By: Dave from Fraser Coast 4WD Club - Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 11:14

Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 11:14
I don't know who manufatures them to be honest, butthey are certainly badged as ICOM and sold thru ICOM dealers.

They've now been replaced anyways, was speaking to the dealer during the week, I'm not sure of the specs of the new unit as we are not currently in the market.
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Reply By: Tuff60 - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 16:40

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 16:40
Go the ICOM, GME's are great too, but the ICOM is definately the "comercial" strengh unit, for UHF use it is only useing a fifth of its rated output(25watts). So tough even if there be a need you could beat somthing to death with it(yeti's and the like). Only one short fall with the ICOM, which is the destruction manual is seven shades of useless. And at the moment LAKECOM has them for the same price.
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Reply By: Hacksaw - Sunday, Jan 18, 2004 at 14:09

Sunday, Jan 18, 2004 at 14:09
Thanks to you all,
Mind you I still have no idea which way to go. There are plenty of pros and cons with both units. I might just have to stick a photo of each one on the dart board.

And for Dave, Re: the new Icom HH. They're available down here in Melbourne. They call them an IC4088S, with CTCSS, 1/4 wave fixed antenna (Should have kept the folding one), and still only run at 1/2 watt (Don't know why they didn't push that to at least 1watt, but I think it has something to do with other countries only allowing 1/2 watt on UHF)

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