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Old 09-19-2014, 12:21 AM
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Re: Recommendations for a UHF CB Radio

I have a GME TX3345 mounted in the centre console cubby and it all tucks away out of sight. Controls are on the hand piece. Very happy with it - clear as a bell with no static at all. Aerial mounted on the front guard is OK - I can leave it on and still get in carparks but is it gets in the way of tree branches on narrow bush tracks.

And GME are an Australian company.

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Old 09-19-2014, 12:35 AM
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Re: Recommendations for a UHF CB Radio

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///SNIP/// the kids used to carry them around ///SNIP///
All toys have their place

Joking joking... a spare handheld is a handy thing.

Mark there's some reasonably priced TX6200's and the new TX6500 on eBay, and these will have excellent 5 Watt performance. Don't bail out on handheld if you think it may suit you best. I was always impressed with the old TX4200, especially when switched to 5W output. Check them out?

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Old 09-19-2014, 12:42 AM
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Re: Recommendations for a UHF CB Radio

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I have a GME TX3345 mounted in the centre console cubby and it all tucks away out of sight. Controls are on the hand piece. Very happy with it - clear as a bell with no static at all. Aerial mounted on the front guard is OK - I can leave it on and still get in carparks but is it gets in the way of tree branches on narrow bush tracks.

And GME are an Australian company.
Thanks GMWK2 having all the controls on the hand piece seems like a great idea.
Since I have not had a CB radio for many years (Had an old Uniden unit in one of my old Land Cruiser) So I have no real idea of what today's technology brings, therefore if you were to compare the unit you have to the TX3540S would you say that the added features are actually needed, worth having or just bling to get us to part with extra dollars?
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Re: Recommendations for a UHF CB Radio

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Thats still a big Antenna there nicjak, I was really hoping to get away with something a lot smaller if possible?

I realize the smaller the antenna the less range you will get.



Was even tossing up about just getting a hand held, now drilling, no mounting and no wiring







fwdjeep, I assume you mean something like the rear demister on rear screen which is beaded onto the glass which would be great if it got reasonable reception, or is it a little whip like the ones that come with the mobile phone car kits?


NO it a small stick on UHF antenna made by GME
Not as good as a huge whip antenna but adequate.



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Re: Recommendations for a UHF CB Radio

I have a GME 3540s with the all the controls on the handset. The main unit is mounted with velcro under the drivers seat and the handset lives in the center console until needed. Antenna is on a z bracket on the side fender. All works well and is hidden when not in use.
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Re: Recommendations for a UHF CB Radio

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All toys have their place

Joking joking... a spare handheld is a handy thing.

Mark there's some reasonably priced TX6200's and the new TX6500 on eBay, and these will have excellent 5 Watt performance. Don't bail out on handheld if you think it may suit you best. I was always impressed with the old TX4200, especially when switched to 5W output. Check them out?

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I hear what you are saying and for what I will probably use the radio for the hand held would be more than adequate, but now thinking about the what if's and would be better having something set up that will be able to reach help if ever the need arises. I like Nicjak's comment of keeping a hand help in the glove box for other and would also serve as a back up

So will probably look at a getting TX3345 or the TX3540S and a TX6500 as well

Now its just the smallest antenna that I can put on that will still give me pretty good performance
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therefore if you were to compare the unit you have to the TX3540S would you say that the added features are actually needed, worth having or just bling to get us to part with extra dollars?
Hmmm...I guess I had a certain price point in mind and was happy with the features of the unit I got. Like you I had a Pierce Simpson 20 years ago and I wanted to avoid all the dial twiddling (squelch, etc etc) from this old unit when I got the new GME. I can do without the ability to change the colour of the back light! The in built clarity circuitry really does work - as I said, clear as a bell. The tiny size of the unit is amazing considering the performance.

Pleased too that the GME is an Aussie product - their head office is a stones throw from home, so if anything goes wrong I know where they live.

I also have a twin pack set of hand helds - Uniden about $100 from Dick Smith I think. Work fine when in convoy and I've loaned them to friends who don't have a CB when on trips. Great for the kids to play with too.
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Re: Recommendations for a UHF CB Radio

Actually quiet amazing the distance you will get out of a set of these quality toys. Like above ive lent them out on road trips and they work upto and more than a couple of kms at times for well over 15hrs use. At around $50 a pairuploadfromtaptalk1411119205162.jpg
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I have a GME 3540 remote head as the box is tucked away out of site.uploadfromtaptalk1411119570404.jpg
as for the antenna it is more about the db rating, 3 is good for hilly, 9 is good for long distance, most people use a 6db one as it suits most purposes.
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Re: Recommendations for a UHF CB Radio

This is my setup



Like others I went for the GME ...TX3520 with remote head and with PTT

I know some like to do everything from the mic ... but the PTT is more "legal" than holding a mic and driving ... (same penalty as using a mobile?)

You can see the PTT button is mounted to the console but just double side tape it anywhere comfortable ( it comes with a steering wheel bracked mount too) To use the PTT ... just push and talk (additional mic for PTT is located in front of driver) or you can also use the standard mic which is also attached to the head unit for the passenger to use.

The PTT has two extra buttons ... can be set to ch up or ch down, or scan or prioriy channel.

I also purchased the GMT SPK45B Water Resistant Extension Speaker - this also fits perfectlt in the front console, in that space above the USB ports etc.

I chose two antenna ... a GME AE4013 2.1DBi UHF FLEXIBLE ANTENNA S0239 THREAD 477MHZ ANTENNA WHIP and a GME 477MHz Antenna Fold Down Stainless Steel 6dBi.

The 2.1DBi is great around the city and in the mountains ... the 6DBi is good for the inland roads. They both mount to the same SO239 base so they are easily interchangable. They are both ground independent (don't need to be in the middle of a metal ground (this is important and I would recommendt a GI antenna).

I mounted my antenna to my nudge bar ... the short 2.1 sticks up above the bonnet by about 250mm. The 6DBi can be folded down the run across the bar when not in use

I had to mount the radio under the driver's seat ... way back near the rear footwell because the wiring under the seat can catch on the radio if it is too far forward.

As for wiring ... I tapped into the cigarette lighter using double connectors

To do the wiring and Install you need to take the gear shift knob off, remove that panel, and then the facia around the screen and lastly take the front console out. Sounds difficult ,... just get yourself the plastic panel removal tools and you wont damage the panel edged (if you use a screw driver of a knifer you most certainly will). I used the interior panel removal guide available elsewhere on this site

Anyways ... If you PM me I will do a How To pictorial on the panels, wiring and wire paths.

Good luck

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Re: Recommendations for a UHF CB Radio

Coming from some experience in 440MHz Ham Radio ops:

High-gain antennas get their gain by squeezing the pattern toward the vehicle horizon. This probably isn't what you want on the trail.

Best antenna is going to be an antenna mounted thru a hole in the roof. Even a simple 1/4-wave mounted on the roof is often better than a fancy antenna mounted lower or on a magmount.

On-glass antennas are very convenient, and that's what I last ran on 440, but they don't perform all that well and some are pretty tough to match correctly.

Be careful about feedline loss.

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