220/240v Vhf

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Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:35 pm

Howzit oom, do they offer an above voltage Base station VHF radio or only DC12v?

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Wed Jul 29, 2015 8:20 pm

Blerry youngster! I have no idea who this Oom is to whom you are referring. Image


But if you're referring to a two-way radio, they are all 12v DC but with a 220v power supply, they become Base Stations.


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Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:48 am

Stuart, perhaps Eric can give his thoughts as well, but my thinking is that if you're looking to set up a base station you might as well just get a second mobile unit with a small 220V-12V UPS as both power supply and back-up for power outages. The permissible output wattage is the same for mobile or base units, so you don't really gain anything there from a base unit, but you would probably get better comms if you erect a small mast for your base station. (A single pole will do - I have a mast that is 9 metres above the roof eave because I am in a low lying area and it works exceptionally well).
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Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:20 am

Andy, the power supplies that we supply can accommodate a 7A battery internally but all our power supplies have external connectors for a larger battery, so should power go off the radio reverts to battery power without the user even knowing it has. During standby, thwe radio consumes some 200-300mA, during receive anything from 500mA to 1A depending on volume setting, and during transmit anything from 4.5 ~ 7A, depending on the type of radio. The PSU's trickle charge a battery but are not designed to fully charge a flat battery.

Needless to say, an ICASA licence is required for a base station, the Hilux Club frequency is not licenced for Base station use.


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Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:37 am

Haha thanks Mnr Skeen :acute: :cooldude:

Ya that's what I know most guys do is a normal mobile but with a 12v inverter. That's kind of what I wanted to avoid. Currently I have my Mag antenna mounted to my house gutter attached to my portable 5w with zara 130 and I get awesome RECEPTION on that but broadcasting is sleg (naturally from the 5w) and a 25w to 25w would be leaps and bounds better

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