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UHF Radios in Car: Necessary or Mandatory? We say both!

Off-roading or traversing the Australian outback is perhaps the best thing ever but it is not tolerant of being brash and stupid. And if you are someone for whom the wild gets too much to handle and you find yourself a tad bit off-route or even lost, then we recommend that you get a (crucially important for you) gadget called the UHF!

UHF radios are great to communicate over shorter ranges from your vehicle. Known as the Ultra High Frequency radios, these can be used to send messages over a distance of 30 Km. If you get a UHF repeater then you can send messages across even farther ranges of upto 100 Km. However, if you are not going to ultra remote places or destinations then the regular UHF radio is better than investing in an HF one.

UHF Radios

Ryda presents a great line of UHFs for cars. Whether you are going to be part of a convoy or will be off-roading with your buddies, these UHFs will come in handy to share information with your troop or even with rescue rangers in case an emergency arises. If you frequently make long distance travel plans or undertake road trips , then not having a UHF radio in car is like not having your phone when going to work! So here’s what you can use the UHF radios for:

1) Conveying information across a convoy – Share traffic information, road conditions or anything you think is worth sharing.
2) Asking for help – Just in case your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere (or what may appear nowhere to you), just whisk on the UHF and ask/ shout/ scream for help.
3) Highway Communications – If you are lost and need help, connect over different channels to see which is the nearest and who can guide you the best.
4) 4wdriving/ Truck driving and Camping/ Caravaning – If any of these things form part of your routine then don’t think twice about investing in a UHF!
5) Connecting with the law on the road – Channels 22 and 23 are established by the law and are useful for receiving data transmissions but not used for regular or two-way transmissions.

What kind of UHF should you invest in?

  • A compact UHF system with an antenna works really well. Definitely, get a UHF that enables connection with over 80 channels. Most of the UHFs feature 80- narrowband channels which are alright if you are not going really off the grid.
  • Some UHF models feature cordless speakers. If you are not a big fan of having the Tx output attached, then you can go in for a cordless speaker.
  • A compact UHF system is also a great investment as it takes less space and is ergonomically more congenial to use while driving.
  • See if you want one with displays and back-light and invest accordingly.
    For vehicles heavy or light, a 5 watt UHF will suffice
  • If radio-to-radio communication is not enough for you and you want to be completely sure that your message is transmitted across different channels, then we suggest you get a repeater.

If you are travelling the Australian or the New Zealand outbacks then the following information will come in very handy. Know which channels can come to your rescue when it is an emergency situation:

  • Channels 1 to 8 and 41 – 48 are repeater channels. Press the duplex button on your radio to use any available repeaters.
  • Channels 5 & 35 – emergency use only
    Channels 22 & 23 – data only
  • Channels 31 to 38 and 71 – 78 – are repeater inputs, do not use these channels for simple transmissions as you can interfere with conversations on channels 1 to 8 and 41 to 48.
  • UHF Citizens Band: 476–477 MHz
    Television broadcasting uses UHF channels between 503 and 694 MHz
    (source: Wikipedia)

Ryda brings to you a diverse range of UHF devices. Check them out and order one for yourself today!

Remember, when in the outback it’s not just enough to be safe, but also be fully prepared!

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