OffRoadExpress Forum on 2-Way Radios
Adminw2: what radios do you use?
do you use UHF CB radio? I'm wanting to buy one and currently have these:
do i just need to look for another one the same (UHF CB?) but higher wattage and vehicle powered? Thanks
Smurf: yep, you need a UHF base unit to work with those. AM CB is no use
Skid: dont piss around with weak handhelds dude, one of these is what you're after, you won't find it cheaper anywhere else................
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Electronics-ph ... 231126.htm
or the offroad aerial version like I recently bought.......
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Electronics-ph ... 559915.htm
Adminw2: Congratulations on your purchase.
Item details Item GME TX3100 5W PRS RADIO FREE OFFROAD ANTENNA BONUS
skid: Arrrg, I hate the fact that people call UHF radios CB's
Yet Wiki calls them a UHF CB, and a CB. It's actually more like this:
CB stands for Citizens Band which is an AM frequency 27MHz.
These are what the truckies use, they have a really awesome range,!!!!!
PRS radios are the little hand helds and tiny base sets that we all have these days. These all use UHF 477 MHz, which is obviously different from the citizens band (CB) frequency. The PRS radios have a very average range compared to the CB radios, but offer more channels, some form of privacy and repeater capability.
Someone else might put it in better words. I have both in my truck
Skid: DB is having his period again its been a month since his last outburst
Adminw2: Well thankyou for the clarification, maybe something on this could be put into an article in the tech library or similar? would help rage quit posts and n00bies like myself ??
T-Boon: Curious as to whats the difference between
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Electronics-ph ... 563782.htm
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Electronics-ph ... 559917.htm
Is it just the CB and UHF ? is one better than the other etc ?
Taz01: heres something to think over uhf (prs) is good for 1-3 ks in dense bush however if you have cb (26mhz) range is way more the main coms to have is uhf even a handheld cheapy is better than none ...all depends on how deep ya
pockets are but at some stage your best to go cab mount radio and later down the track id suggest a cb as well a few of us in welly use em,handy on road trips yap to the truckies for road conditions ahead get what you can afford and upgrade as funds allow..............
Albundy: yep, got both myself, wouldn't be without them. Got a heads up from a truckie the other day of cops on the highway going over to the coast. Al
DieselBoy: Yeah, we were heading down to Nat Park and got the heads up on a couple of speed camera's and crash from the truckies.
The AM CB has a HUGE range compared to the the 5w PRS. The PRS almost seems to be line of sight.
Swaney: Silly question for a radio techie.. are these illegal in NZ? (I assume they are as they work on the 400 - 469.995MHz range).
They are cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeap (like $100 for both)
I realise they wont commicate with other CB UHF's but for the front truck and rear truck to have one on a trip its a dirt cheap setup option.
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Adminw2: UHF CB is a class-licensed (meaning licence-free use for most users) citizen's band radio service authorised by the governments of Australia and New Zealand in the UHF 477 MHz
Other similar personal radio services used in other countries do not share the same band plan, power
output, channels etc. as UHF CB. It is usually illegal to use these systems in Australia and New Zealand
because they will interfere with other licensed services. Care must be taken with radios imported from
overseas to ensure they comply with local regulations.
Gimmemud: What those don't say is that you have to buy a licence to use them. There are a few repeaters over the country that those are used for for police, fire etc, and companies can also purchase licences for their own channels. You can legally listen to all the channels but are not allowed to transmit on them without a licence.
Adminw2: gotta say that my brand spanking TX3100 is AWESOME!
Patroler: I remember driving into the MaCaulay years ago at night, we already had a crew at the hut, but the guys who I was leading in could hear me talking on the uhf but they couldn't hear the others talking to me...this was just after crossing the MaCaulay towards Lillybank. Mines a 5w Uniden Sundowner.
Got the am as well but haven't used it for yonks. Can someone remind me what channel the truckies use???
Adminw2: -- in New Zealand The CB frequencies, modulation, and power limits are the same as the 26-27 MHz CB band in the USA and Australia.
The following frequencies have special uses in New Zealand:
Channel 5 European call (USB)
Channel 11 truckers' channel (AM)
Channel 15 AM calling
Channel 35 SSB calling
Badnuz: gezz reading that add for the HT radios i would expect a free set of Ginzu steak knives
Taz01: truckies use ch 11 and 08
ssb on mine talk to oz from lower hutt when skips running not bad on a 8ft whip......