UNIDEN UH076SX-NB 5 WATT UHF 80 CH READY RADIO

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Hi all.

I am considering purchasing the following UHF radio from Gadget City:


UNIDEN UH076SX-NB 5 WATT UHF 80 CH READY RADIO
UNIDEN UH076sx 5 WATT80 CHANNEL READYUHF RADIO 3 Year Uniden Australia Warranty 80CHANNEL READY HANDHELDRADIO Free express shipping Australia Wide NEW AUSTRALIAN MODEL Includes 1 x battery 1 x desktop charger 1 x speaker microphone ...$249.00

Has anyone had any experience with this product that they can report pls? I currently have two 2W GME's but they are a bit limited for range in hills country.

Cheers.e
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Reply By: member - mazcan - Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 12:45

Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 12:45
hi john
im wondering what can one do with the other 79 channels while your talking on the 80 th ???? wish i knew cheerswhy 80 isnt 40 more than enough???i guess there must be a reason for 80 ???
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Follow Up By: Charlie B2 - Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 13:27

Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 13:27
Hi mazcan,

You mean to say that ACMA gives us a choice when we want to buy a new UHF set? :-) I only wish!

My guess would be that there are quite a few businesses out there using UHF CB, rather than going commercial and thus incurring the various costs that would entail. On that basis, there would be people using the 40ch for business, competing with those who want to communicate for pleasure or safety reasons and in some locations (say) 200 potential users into 40 channels just don't go. OK, so allocating 80 channels is only going to halve the problem in the scenario I've postulated, but that has to be better than nothing.

Every time I think I've got it sussed, they insist on changing the rules on us - remember the 27 meg CB's we used to have?

Never mind, I'm still using 40ch UHF and will do so until it won't serve my purpose any longer - unless they pump a high-wattage carrier wave through every channel in the range, just to teach us a lesson.

Regards,


Charlie

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 13:32

Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 13:32
Don't know that radio myself, but my pair of 2W Unidens are quite sophisticated and so far very reliable (but then, so is my 5W GME 6200). I see Prestige Communications in WA are doing your targeted radio for the same deal. Only thought I have is that seeing the body of that 5W model is so compact, might the battery life be significantly less than other makes with a longer body ? Other than that possibility, it seems to have all the boxes well and truly ticked. At 3 years warranty, hard to go past.
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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 20:23

Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 20:23
Thanks Darian.

Good tip re battery life. I'm now also looking at GMEs.

Cheers.
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Reply By: toffytrailertrash - Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 14:04

Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 14:04
We used one our last trip from Melbourne/1770 return only because I couldn't get hold of a bracket for an external antenna for the Disco (no bull bar yet). A pretty good little unit but was very restricted incar. We used it on scan 18/40 most of the time and the reception was quite clear. I have just purchased a Uniden UH7760NB from Prestige Communications and as part of the package it comes with a AT870 antenna for $289.00 mainly for better distance and a more permanent fixture. It is always going to depend on what you want the unit to do, I think that the handhelds are all much the same and I don't think price has much to do with them, they are all 5 watts

Cheers
Merv
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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 20:25

Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 20:25
Thanks Merv.

Yes I should have specified use. I have an in-car GME 40 Ch which I won't be changing anytime soon. The handheld is for out of car use.

Cheers.
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Reply By: Ross M - Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 15:53

Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 15:53
Probably the Uniden is ok, I prefer GME and have two earlier TX6000 handhelds.
Can be used with a BNC adapter to an outside aerial if required for similar performance.
Just the handheld with a larger antennae than std can trigger and talk through repeaters at 100km distance over flat country.

One comment mentioned the case size. Yes, what is the battery charge life of what ever you buy. I have doubled the OE battery charge capacity to achieve a couple of days use instead of flat when you might need it most

GME for ME..
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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 20:26

Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 20:26
Many thanks Ross.

I am now researching GME's as well.

Cheers.
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Reply By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 at 19:21

Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 at 19:21
Hi John Baas,

Have you seen these

Wouxun KG UVD 1P

I have one and am over the moon with it. You can monitor some VHF stuff such as rural fire brigade with it and it is programable if needed

Cheers, Bruce.
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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 12:58

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 12:58
Hi Bruce.

Sorry to be so late with a response; been a bit busy...

Yes, the Wouxon's are impressive (a couple of the Club members have them) and I was thinking of one but I think I'd prefer an Oz warranty.

Cheers.

John.
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Reply By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 17:24

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 17:24
Hi John,
I used to think that way as well but fairdinkum, these things are so cheap compared to what is available locally in that same class of radio that I figured for me it was a no brainer.

A couple of weeks ago there were a few fires around here and I was kept informed by the Wouxun as I can pick up the fire brigade and Bush fire brigade on it as well as many others like forestry and SES.

I was put on to it by a ham operator mate who was put onto the Wouxun by a telecome guy he knew who is also a ham operator, so they must be good.

In fact I am so impressed that I am going to get another one but the next one will have the weather proof speaker mike as well as charger.

But, each to his own mate. I respect your opinion.

Cheers, Bruce.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 20:31

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 20:31
Bruce

I hope I,m not taking over the thread, but I,m also looking at hand helds at the moment and the wouxan looks good, but is it hard to programme it?

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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 at 18:00

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 at 18:00
Hi Boo BOO,
They are not hard to program once you have worked out the software.

I did not do mine but a friend who is a ham radio operator did it for me while I was looking over his shoulder. Seemed simple enough to me.

However, they come pre programmed with most of the frequencies you want anyway so there is no great need to program them unless you want to add some frequencies.

The beauty is, as far as I know, that you can program in the bush fire brigade and many other frequencies and leave out the transmit frequency so that it becomes a scanner only if you wish.

Cheers, Bruce.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 at 20:08

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 at 20:08
Thanks Bruce

But, I spoke to one of my sons last night and he has a near new Uniden 5w he doesn't use so he is giving it to me on a semi permenent loan.

Those Wouxan's still look like a good buy, don't they.

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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 at 09:46

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 at 09:46
Something else to consider...
The 80 channel units transmit on a narrower bandwidth (12.5Mhz) than the older 40 channel (25Mhz). This means that when recieving an 80 channel units transmission on a 40 channel unit the result is not very good. It sounds very quiet.. You can turn up the volume on the 40 channel to compensate but then when another 40 channel unit transmits it will be VERY LOUD....

So if you're not going to be upgrading your 40 channel unit anytime soon it may be better to get a 40 channel hand held.
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