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Unread 5th January 2018, 07:24 AM
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I've used Uniden off and on since the 80's, never had a problem with them.
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I can certainly recommend Gadget City. I have had the Oricom UHF300 mini for some years with a Uniden AT 870 antenna with both a 6.5 & 2.1 db whips for the flat and hills respectively. On Club trips I am usually put in the middle as the relay car as my set up transmits and receives better than a lot of the more expensive GME units. On Club trips I always get feedback as to how clear my transmissions are. I originally was going with GME and read a write up on the Oricom and decided to get it instead and have no regrets.
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When wiring the unit into the car I recommend wiring direct to the battery and not through the ignition. In the event of emergency i.e. lost keys the radio can be operated. I note the Toyota Land Cruiser Club make it mandatory for club vehicles to be wired this way. It is also convenient if you want to leave the radio on you don't have the keys in the ignition. Some people may argue that you'll flatten the battery, however these modern units use bugger all power.
I also run a hand held 2 watt Uniden which I use for recoveries or when I leave the vehicle and go for a walk. This is a very good unit.
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Maybe something like this would avoid the antenna being too high when in the city or going under a tree branch etc. Where required it seems you can just lie it down flat. There are 7 positions. Best of both worlds?

http://www.rhinorack.com.au/products...-bracket_43196
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If I had 2 antennas, switchable, I would use something like that for the roof but not for a single antenna as it would be a PIA to raise and lower it every time I used the car. Then I'd probably forget when it's up and damage the antenna
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Although my antenna has an elevated feed mounted on the Bullbar, due to where I live I almost always have the 2.1 db whip fitted so height is never an issue.
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I have decided that a UHF radio needs to be my next purchase. I'm going out with the club tomorrow and they have a batch of 5W hand held units that we can borrow for the day. I don't know whether to buy an in-dash unit with a head set so I can operate hands free or buy a 5 or 7 watt hand held with a built in gps so I can also use it outside the car or in the car with the head set.

Is anyone willing to give me an opinion?
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From memory 5 Watts is the legal maximum. Aerial is critical for range, and without an external aerial a hand held has much less range. And they have batteries that go flat. Not aware of any headsets, assuming you want some form of Vox? Either way, an in car I think is the better option. I recently bought a gme where only the microphone is visible and it has volume, channel display and selector etc on the microphone. Saves having to find a place in the dash to mount the radio, which can be mounted out of sight behind the dash
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The first link is for the radio I was considering but if 5 w is max then this is no good. The second link is for the headset. I am concerned about using a hand-held microphone while driving as it could easily be mistaken for a mobile phone and is just as dangerous.

What is the range I could expect from an in-dash unit compared with a hand held?

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/ABBR...ceBeautifyAB=0

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You'll get done using this radio in Australia, assuming they will allow it in. It's not being an in car unit that affects the range, just that they all use an external aerial. And as I said, the aerial is critical. Probably get at least twice the range with an in car compared to a hand held. Lots of variables with RF so other factors come into play. And the charger will be no good for you because it's US voltage- 110v. We have 240v, which would blow the charger immediately if plugged in. I don't know if their headset would work with another brand., but i doubt it. Suggest you look at the GME range. Good quality, Australian made with 5 year warranty
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