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    CB 27MHz AM Handhelds/Walkie-Talkies

    Hi All!
    Wondering who supplies in Australia or from US an approved (or at least ‘approvable’) CB (not marine) 27MHz 40ch AM handheld? I’m in a more remote location and want a decent rugged one for my son (and I!) to play on without him getting on UHF and annoying everyone! But I want a solid 1Km range, and a bit ‘rugged’, so none of that kid rubbish - they are lucky to go 50m. I can see a few US options (Midland etc.) - must be 4 watt maximum. Odd that most seem to be really retro technology, but I guess the money is in vhf/uhf. Also must have a flexible antenna, not a telescopic rubbish one. Anyone know of any? Also uninterested in illegal FRS etc. from US. Want to pay about 100-150au.
    I’m pretty into radios, don’t need to hear about UHF etc., got heaps of them and HF.
    Thanks for advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by davros View Post
    Hi All!
    Wondering who supplies in Australia or from US an approved (or at least ‘approvable’) CB (not marine) 27MHz 40ch AM handheld? I’m in a more remote location and want a decent rugged one for my son (and I!) to play on without him getting on UHF and annoying everyone! But I want a solid 1Km range, and a bit ‘rugged’, so none of that kid rubbish - they are lucky to go 50m. I can see a few US options (Midland etc.) - must be 4 watt maximum. Odd that most seem to be really retro technology, but I guess the money is in vhf/uhf. Also must have a flexible antenna, not a telescopic rubbish one. Anyone know of any? Also uninterested in illegal FRS etc. from US. Want to pay about 100-150au.
    I’m pretty into radios, don’t need to hear about UHF etc., got heaps of them and HF.
    Thanks for advice!
    The trouble with the old 27 MHz band, and the reason why they went for UHF, was the tendency for the channel to pickup all the noise on skip (ionospheric reflection) which drowned out local signals. Having said that, there's no reason why you can't use them, just be aware of the limitations. The better the antenna, the better the unit will work. It should be OK at the moment as we're in a sunspot minimum but it will get pretty noisy in about 3 years' time. You might look at noise reduction on your vehicle, too, as the old 27 MHz CB was also prone to picking up car ignition, switched-mode power supplies, fluorescent lights, you name it.
    I think Jaycar still has them, but might depend on the store.
    Really old ones are probably 'had-it' as the filter capacitors tend to die after about a decade of use.

    Cheers...

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    Yep, got that- but I’m after a handheld. I can see plenty of car options and currently run a President Grant SSB set to catch skip. But just want an AM handheld for my young fella and I to muck about with...
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    The craziest skip I ever got:
    Before I was into radios, I dropped into a hifi shop in Newman WA and got a Uniden Sundowner 40ch UHF, and a 27MHz top load antenna (yep, sales person knew diddly and so did I!). But it was ‘the biggest antenna’!
    I hitched it up to the top bar of my soft-top Landy and drove up a nearby hill.
    Hearing voices, I asked them where they were, and they were hoons on a freeway in Perth, 1200km away! Their transmissions faded as they told me it was BS that I was in Newman, and their mates commented in disbelief. Needless to say, I was impressed with my new radio, which never got the same range again!
    I’ve heard it’s called ‘tunnelling’. So odd, looking back!
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    Ive used the Midland 75-822 for 15 years. It works well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red90 View Post
    Ive used the Midland 75-822 for 15 years. It works well.
    Righto! Was having a look at one of those. Couple of questions - are they water resistant and do you know any Australian supplier?
    Cheers,
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    The radio body seems built to be water resistant. The battery pack not so much. I doubt they are approved for Australia so would not have local suppliers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davros View Post
    Yep, got that- but I’m after a handheld. I can see plenty of car options and currently run a President Grant SSB set to catch skip. But just want an AM handheld for my young fella and I to muck about with...
    Uniden do the Pro401HH, and whilst I don't know anyone over here selling it, Amazon will ship:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N43KM5S/

    They've also got a couple of Cobra's and a Midland, but all double the price of the Uniden.
    Jeff

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    Have a browse here. I've bought about a dozen different UHF radios from this mob for our volunteer group. They're reliable and the prices are good. The entire choice is vast.

    409shop,walkie-talkie,Handheld Transceiver Radio

    There are some options here as well. Pay attention to minimum purchase values. 27mhz Cb Radio, 27mhz Cb Radio Suppliers and Manufacturers at Alibaba.com
    Don.

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    With UHF’s being 80CH, I don’t reckon you’ll be annoying too many punters.

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