Just wondering if we have any CB radio experts among us? In response to a few concerns regarding recent meets, I think it would potentially be a good thing safety-wise if we considered a bulk-buy of hand-held CB radios. Sometimes there are changes of plans mid-way through a cruise which can lead to all sorts of confusion. If used properly, this could be well worthwhile.
We would be looking at a E-Series large bulk-buy, and the units can be shipped interstate as needed. There would be no problem if any non-E-series FF members wanted in on this - the more the merrier.
The question is, what kind is a good value compromise?
Interested in all thoughts!
Jack Travis, E-Series Acting President
1989 Ford Fairmont Ghia turbo/GL replica (underway)
1994 Eunos 800M
1990 Ford Laser S
Probably the sets of Uniden hand held 2ways that Dick Smith and Tandy's use... they are good value, and very reliable... from memory, they were juss over the $100 for a pair... and they run on normal AA batteries, which makes life even easier
I'm down for it, but I've already got about 3 hand helds, only one is good though. I'm thinking of getting a proper car mounted one though. They're cheap and reliable.
Although the range is extremely limited with AM radios. They're alright in a straight line, but go between buildings and what not and you lose the signal very easiliy, especially with handhelds. I've been using them for years out in the bush.
UHF is definitely the way to go if you want good reception and clear sound, although they're a little more expensive.
I bought a pair of the Uniden UH-036 UHF handhelds from Megamart. Theyre good for a KM or so, theyre 0.5W, 40 Channel. At $99 for a pair, theyre pretty good value IMO.
As for meets, maybe we could try and swap more phone numbers at the beginning of a meet - every person present should have at least one other persons mobile number. That way people can always find the main group again.
I didnt bring my handheld to the last meet cause i didnt think anyone else would have one!
In my limited experiance, handhelds aren't very helpful. By the time you realize you're lost, you're beyond the 1-3km range that the handheld has, and you cannot contact the people you've lost any longer..
I guess they're ok for changing plans when you can all still see eachothers cars though.. And handy for radioing back about the upcomming speed camera
Also, I think the same laws apply with handhelds as mobiles, so theres a chance you could get fined for using one.
TQE, SWB, ATPS, Worst of the E-series.. and I wouldn't have it any other way
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