CB Radio

Submitted: Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 05:50
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G'day boys, the Old Dog here, just wondering if anyone could give me some good advise on CB radios. I need a good reliable, tough unit but have no idea what to get. My old mate told me once, "the poor man always pays twice" so I don't want the cheapest (unless it's really good) and I don't have the cash for the one with all the bells and whistles, I just want good and reliable.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Reply By: Mr Pointyhead - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 06:18

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 06:18
ICOM 400 Pro

http://www.icom-australia.com/products/uhf/uhfcb_ic-400pro.html
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Follow Up By: Old dog - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 15:07

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 15:07
Thanks mate sounds like I've got the good oil.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 07:34

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 07:34
You would do no harm but to look at the GME range of UHF CB radios.
These are Australian made and supported.

Depending on what your exact requirements are in the way of space in the vehicle there is a midel to suit.
The one with less bells and whistles is the TX3100 which is available for $248.
One with a removable head to enable more flexible mounting situations is the TX3520 available for $375.

Both prices above are from Prestige Communications who are a reliable vendor with prices hard to beat.

If your preference is for a handheld unit, they have them too.

5 Watt units are the normal power range and make sure whatever you buy is an 80 channel unit as the 40 channel ones are being phased out.

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Follow Up By: IronMan - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 08:28

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 08:28
x2 for Prestige Communications. Check them out either by Google or on EvilBay. Good equipment and great delivery price and service.

Now at the risk of telling you how to suck eggs, UHF is the current way to go. 27MHz is DEAD. Not illegal or anything, just nobody uses it anymore. Sadly mobile phones and the interwebz have killed the fun we all used to have on our CB's.

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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 08:41

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 08:41
Bill is on the mark. The TX3520 if you can and then the TX3100.

May I also suggest that you get them to do the installation. But if you are an excellent solderer then you may want to save the cost. Just remember that the antenna coax soldering is not to be treated lightly. Clean and perfect is best. That's where a lot of mobile and DIY installations have trouble.

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Follow Up By: Old dog - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 15:10

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 15:10
Thanks heaps Bill, sounds like all our brothers agree, so the "I's" have it.
Prestige Communication, and a TX 3100 or bigger.
I knew you guys would put me on the right track.
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Follow Up By: Mr Pointyhead - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 15:29

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 15:29
x3 for Prestige.

I have received stuff overnight to central Victoria from them in the past ...

BTW, I do not buy GME after what they did to their customers during the 80 channel cutover. Selling people non-upgradable radio's right up until the cutover was announced was IMHO very poor service.

Most other manufactures released their radios to upgradeable models well before the 80 channel cutover was announced .


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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 16:55

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 16:55
Most of the recent GME radio's to my knowledge, were user upgradable. If they were no user upgradable, they could be done by a repair agent. Mine was 3 years old and was not but 3 years is fairly old. Michael
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 18:24

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 18:24
My TX3220 was purchased in early 2010. It was not upgradable and I would still buy GME. Maybe either the TX3520 or the TX3100

Phil
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 18:32

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 18:32
GME radios that can be upgraded

They are a good long lasting unit.

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 10:26

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 10:26
Old Dog,

I'd agree with Bill & others about Electrophone equipment. Good gear.

I prefer the TX4500(din mount) radio, as it fits in dash of a Landcruiser, if you have one, and depending on the model, and has a big display. However, they have a lot of "stuff" that most of us wouldn't use, so one of the smaller units might be the go.

Also agree on Prestige Communications, good prices and excellent service.

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Follow Up By: Old dog - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 15:34

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 15:34
Thanks Bob, I really appreciate the help, I am a complete novice.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 17:42

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 17:42
If you did decide to go with Prestige, Old Dog, they often have specials on their website.

Get the UHF and an aerial, at a good price. Might be the way to go?

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Follow Up By: Old dog - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 21:32

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 21:32
You boys are on the ball, I'll watch out for the specials and see what happens. Thanks fellas.
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Follow Up By: allein m - Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 14:54

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 14:54
I bought a UH089NB Uniden here in Broken hill and it is a compack type and finds in my dash try perfectly and I paid $220
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Follow Up By: Old dog - Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 18:35

Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 18:35
G'day fellas, just letting you know I ended up phoning the "Prestige" boys and got a good deal with the TX3500, it was only $30 more than the 3100 and he told me that on really bad roads the 3500 is tougher. Got a good deal on a 6db fiber glass aerial. So thanks again for your help.

Now I have another question; how do you get the radio aerial out of the guard on my Troopy. When I bought it the aerial was snapped off so when I got the UHF I lashed out and got the little woman a good stereo and another aerial (I'd like to listen to the news from time to time) but I can't see how to do it. Any hints??
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