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Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:40 pm 
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I decided to spend a bit of cash on a new UHF CB for my EL Fairmont wagon.
Was looking around at GME, Uniden and also Oricom then settled on the Uniden UH7760NB
The retail for $349 but I got mine brand new including postage for $265.
I love the idea of the LCD display on the mic so I can hide the box and the only visible part will be the mic and the cord.
http://www.uniden.com.au/australia/p_uh7760nb_index.asp

For the aerial I settled on the GME AE4018K2. It's a lightweight aerial that will be perfect for the GME Z bracket that I will be using. It has a gain of 6.6 dBi and usually retails for around $115 but I got mine brand new for $99.
http://www.gme.net.au/products/antennas/land-477-mhz/AE4018K2

What UHF set ups have people got in their cars?

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Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:44 pm 
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http://www.uniden.com.au/australia/p_uh015sx_index.asp

i selted with this one but looking to update soon as for antenna i have a laser whip antenna.

i can sit in the car and listen to the trains

 

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Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:48 pm 
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jonathon wrote:
http://www.uniden.com.au/australia/p_uh015sx_index.asp

i selted with this one but looking to update soon as for antenna i have a laser whip antenna.

i can sit in the car and listen to the trains


I was considering one of those....Always liked the remote head. The scanner option is always a cool feature too. With mine I can program scanner frequencies into it too.
Looking forward to putting it in my car over the weekend when I get a bit of spare time.

 

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Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:43 pm 
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Had a bit of spare time this arvo so I installed the UHF and it looks extremely neat and tidy....Will take pics tomorrow morning.

 

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Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:01 pm 
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Here is the finished product...
Everything hidden away with just the mic and cord showing. The box is hidden just under the Alpine head unit. Power via the positive on the cigarette lighter, Earth via the head unit mounting bracket screw
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The GME aerial attached to a stainless steel GME Z bracket
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nice and neat...

 

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Why not opt for an on-glass antenna? Far more stealth, just looks like a mobile phone car kit.

Unless you're trying to beam 30km across open land - you're better off going with a low gain antenna.

 

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Waggin wrote:
Why not opt for an on-glass antenna? Far more stealth, just looks like a mobile phone car kit.

Unless you're trying to beam 30km across open land - you're better off going with a low gain antenna.


I did look into getting a glass mount aerial but I've seen first hand how poor their performance is so I opted for the GME aerial I have on the car now.

 

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It all depends if you're using the radio is built up areas or open spaces. I've had good experiences with unity gain antennas in the city.

 

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Is the speaker in the mike, box or both?
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nalane wrote:
Is the speaker in the mike, box or both?


It's in both.

 

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Waggin wrote:
It all depends if you're using the radio is built up areas or open spaces. I've had good experiences with unity gain antennas in the city.


My aerial and UHF combination have a range or around 18 K's. The glass mount aerials are great in cities and suburbs but out here where I am with the vast open flat spaces I found the aerial I have to be the best option.

 

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jonathon wrote:
http://www.uniden.com.au/australia/p_uh015sx_index.asp

i selted with this one but looking to update soon as for antenna i have a laser whip antenna.

i can sit in the car and listen to the trains


Up until recently, I had one of these. I never actually ended up using it as a remote face unit. Not a bad unit.
I am replacing it with an Icom IC-400 pro... to be programmed to 80 channel.

 

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Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:06 pm 
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a_total_tool wrote:
jonathon wrote:
http://www.uniden.com.au/australia/p_uh015sx_index.asp

i selted with this one but looking to update soon as for antenna i have a laser whip antenna.

i can sit in the car and listen to the trains


Up until recently, I had one of these. I never actually ended up using it as a remote face unit. Not a bad unit.
I am replacing it with an Icom IC-400 pro... to be programmed to 80 channel.


Most places will already have them upgraded to 80 channels straight out of the box. If not I believe you can contact Icom and they can direct you on how to expand it for free,

 

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jonathon wrote:
http://www.uniden.com.au/australia/p_uh015sx_index.asp

i selted with this one but looking to update soon as for antenna i have a laser whip antenna.

i can sit in the car and listen to the trains


Up until recently, I had one of these. I never actually ended up using it as a remote face unit. Not a bad unit.
I am replacing it with an Icom IC-400 pro... to be programmed to 80 channel.


Most places will already have them upgraded to 80 channels straight out of the box. If not I believe you can contact Icom and they can direct you on how to expand it for free,


The icom unit needs to be upgraded with the USB cable. I bought the cable off ebay and upgraded it myself.
I will not be able to confirm whether or not it was successful until I can get access to a UHF unit that was factory upgraded to 80 channel... this will be on the next FM sydney meet :wink:

 

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