Hand held transceivers are useful for camping, trekking,
fishing and sporting events. The antenna is built into the
device and modern hand held transceivers now have numerous features.
Such features may include a rechargeable battery packs or
charging cradle, 12V car charger, headset, a squelch system which is used to
eliminate annoying background noise when there are no signals present, call
function, voice activated operation for hand-free use,
ear microphones and an
LCD screen that
displays modes of operation.
For caravanners, a CB radio handset for the passenger in addition to
the vehicle transceiver, is useful for communication when attempting to park
your van. It is courtesy to select another channel other than 18 or 40
on which to communicate whilst doing so.
A hand held portable UHF is also useful for a passenger to
instruct the driver of a 4WD in difficult off-road conditions or when
walking the road ahead of a tow vehicle and transmitting to someone towing a
caravan or camper trailer that road conditions or area ahead may not be
suitable or permit an area large enough to turn.
Low powered UHF CB two way radio – 2 klm range in open space
with no building interference
High powered UHF CB two way radio – 5 klm range in open space
with no building interference.
Some familiar brand names for hand held UHF radio
transceivers are GME, Uniden and Icom.
The GME TX675 is one of their latest in the line of compact
UHF 80 Channel Handheld radius. The TX675 has numerous features and it’s
circuit design incorporates a super sensitive receiver with front end
filtering and a powerful 2 Watt transmitter. If you are using solely for
close range communication the transmitter can be switched to 1 Watt to
increase the available talk time. The TX675 comes with a removable and
flexible antenna, desktop and 12V charger adaptor and 1600mAh Li-ion battery
(14 hours operation).