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    Default Re: Show your Two Way radio and Arial setups

    Quote Originally Posted by Sheldon93 View Post
    I've noticed online and by the pictures posted so far that we have really cheap antenna. Is there no company in SA that makes decent antenna like the ones in AUS? Those won't snap at the first branch it sees.
    I wouldn't say so, the Zara range antennas are really good quality.
    I would like to see you snap one in the bush, not going to happen.

    I use them on farming and forestry equipment, they are good, believe me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Family_Dog View Post
    I think you meant to say the Aussie ones are UHF,


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    Default Re: Show your Two Way radio and Arial setups

    Ah ok my mistake. Iíve just seen a few 4x4s with half the antenna missing or itís been ripped out because it got caught in something. Not a fan of a long, thin piece of wire flapping about. Prefer the look of the thicker AUS ones. Disclaimer I donít own a vhf yet, still shopping around, but I have seen broken antenna and it seemed itís because itís very thin. But if you guys say itís indestructible then those Iíve seen must have been badly abused.
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    Default Re: Show your Two Way radio and Arial setups

    We use these antennas in heavy industrial open-cast Mining equipment, they do not simply break. In fact, you would be hard pressed to actually destroy one through normal use.


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    Cool Re: Show your Two Way radio and Arial setups

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    My little RTS unit works a treat and fits snugly in a place that seems like it was made for it.
    Nice, mine is done the same way in my 2.2 Ranger. https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...ilies/cool.png
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    Default Re: Show your Two Way radio and Arial setups

    Whatís the verdict on mounting it onto the steel bullbar? Itís pretty popular here in Aus (although it is UHF as opposed to SAís VHF).
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    Default Re: Show your Two Way radio and Arial setups

    Quote Originally Posted by Flip Marais View Post
    Whatís the verdict on mounting it onto the steel bullbar? Itís pretty popular here in Aus (although it is UHF as opposed to SAís VHF).
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    where to mount VHF or UHF antenna for ORRA channels does not really matter.
    it is more convenience question.
    you will talk to another vehicle in convoy not another town.

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    Default Re: Show your Two Way radio and Arial setups

    This is what i currently use - a dual band quad standby analog only handheld transceiver / portable two way radio.
    Mobile radio will hopefully be bought in near future, still searching for that special one.
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    Default Re: Show your Two Way radio and Arial setups

    Quote Originally Posted by renier_c View Post
    Normally you pick a channel and stay on that channel.
    It does happen sometime that you get closer to another group and they are on the same channel. And then you want to move to a different channel. But that doesnt happen a lot. I normally just ignore them. Listen to what they say. 5 min and you are out of range and you alone on the channel again
    What they said.
    Radio just lies under the seat. No drilling/cutting etc. It's never in the way. Never had to change channels.
    Antenna is stuck on roof with magnetic mount. Don't go fast enough for it to come loose. If it gets smacked by a branch, just put it back again - no damage.

    But now mostly use Bosvark with external antenna - actually very good for a small convoy, and no license issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer_A View Post
    This is what i currently use.
    Mobile will hopefully be in near future.
    HI where can I buy from these radios are these the ones working with Sim card or is it just digital

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    Default Re: Show your Two Way radio and Arial setups

    For the best efficiency of a VHF antenna it should have a metal base around it of at least a foot square. This improves the reflectivity of the antenna. A roof is obviously the best place but this location is vulnerable. Just know that pillar or bumper mounts will reduce your range compared to a roof mount.
    Another option for some Motorola radios is a face mount for the front of the radio where your controls are mounted. This is separated from the rest of the radio. The radio itself, now "blind", can then be mounted anywhere you want.
    VHF antennas must be tuned (cut) to your specific frequency.

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    Default Re: Show your Two Way radio and Arial setups

    Please indulge my ignorance .... in Southern Africa, are these radios using a universal freq range ... and if so, what is the freq range that one can use? I see some vehicles with 2 or 3 radios. I would be interested in a radio that will cover the concession holders freq's in Namibia and South Africa for vacation purposes only. I used radios abroad but these had to be licensed (Saudi).

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    Default Re: Show your Two Way radio and Arial setups

    Does anyone have Zello Ptt for 4x4 community pasword

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    Default Re: Show your Two Way radio and Arial setups

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy of Arabia View Post
    Please indulge my ignorance .... in Southern Africa, are these radios using a universal freq range ... and if so, what is the freq range that one can use? I see some vehicles with 2 or 3 radios. I would be interested in a radio that will cover the concession holders freq's in Namibia and South Africa for vacation purposes only. I used radios abroad but these had to be licensed (Saudi).

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    There are different bands allocated to different industries. The Orra freqs we mention stands for Off Road Radio Association and is "mostly" associated with the offroading community and part of the commercial freq band. Many other industries also however make use of them illegally like security and construction companies for example.

    You are probably referring to a radio that covers HF, VHF, UHF etc. There are radios like that, called dualbanders, or tribanders or even quadbanders. But you need to be licensed to own and operate them and you can own as many as you want. As far as VHF is concerned, they operate in the 144-147Mhz band which is reserved for radio amateurs in VHF. A small spectrum is also reserved for UHF and HF.

    When working with commercial freqs, the radio(s) used had to be licensed. Every single one of them.

    This I believe had now changed a year or three ago, and when dealing with commercial freqs, you can now also own as many radios as you want, as only you need to be licensed for the specific freq that was granted to you.

    This will work mostly the same in other countries bearing in mind that our licenses are not valid in any other countries. You have to apply for a license in that specific country in which you wish to have radio comms

    Did this answer some of your questions?
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    Default Re: Show your Two Way radio and Arial setups

    Well answered, Nico! I can just add that private Commercial User licences are limited to a 50km radius around the Licencees address, except for the roving VHF channels as used by ORRA and this forum, and of course HF which may be legally used anywhere within the borders of SA. One can always become a Ham and get an Amateur Radio operator's licence for cross-border communications.

    There are also UHF licence-free low-power portable radios that one may use anywhere within SA.


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    Default Re: Show your Two Way radio and Arial setups

    Quote Originally Posted by Family_Dog View Post
    Well answered, Nico! I can just add that private Commercial User licences are limited to a 50km radius around the Licencees address, except for the roving VHF channels as used by ORRA and this forum, and of course HF which may be legally used anywhere within the borders of SA. One can always become a Ham and get an Amateur Radio operator's licence for cross-border communications.

    There are also UHF licence-free low-power portable radios that one may use anywhere within SA.


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    Thanks Eric.

    I forgot about the 50km radius for private commercial freqs as well as the roving freqs.
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