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UHF Radios who uses them?

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by Clapper&Company, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    How many of you guys have UHF radios in your trucks?? I find there nicer then cell phones, cause you can here what every one has going on.

    Let me know.
  2. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    is that ham radio? I know it would be easier when you in the same location....
  3. topdj

    topdj Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    I use ham radios
    HF 2-30mhz have talked to anystate USA, europe, south africa from my truck while driving in westernt NY!

    or VHF 50-170 ish
    I just mod the radio and can talk in a unused area
    UHF is in the 440mhz range
  4. MarksTLC

    MarksTLC Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    Isn't there a license req. to use Ham radios? I don't recall. Maybe only for the base station?

    My memory is gone...:dizzy:
  5. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    Rigth you have to FCC lic. I'm not talking about ham, i'm talking about company UHF raidos
  6. topdj

    topdj Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    privet band UHF
    I have a lic for 440 uhf ham band

    your talking commercial UHF but if you need some range go with 100watt VHF commercial
    UHF dont have the range unless your using a repeater.

    you could try those 5 watt family radios
    just dont be saying your business name
    use them just when working a complex or parking lot
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2007
  7. dirt digger

    dirt digger Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    if thats the same as business band radios we use them...base station is at the shop (dispatch)...we get about a 40-50 mile radius with them...they work well except when you get down into some valleys and low lying areas, usually the same places you get no cell phone reception which really sucks when you start having jobsite/equipment problems
  8. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    We call ours 2-way radio's. We have around 24 of them, they are in every vehicle we own and they are very handy. We only pay a license fee for 4 radios, so the rest are free. Some of our radio's are 30 years old and still work fine and we find they are much easier to use then cell phones for the farm and plowing.
  9. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    we use UHF with a repeter, cost us $30 month, for the repeter. There the best thing for plowing, this will be our 2nd year using them, I dont know why we did get them sooner..

    I just wanted to see how many other guys use them. We have them in the trucks. Planing on putting one in the house, and one at dads place(also the shop). The answering service we use said we can put on there aswell, save a phone call.
  10. JRSlawn

    JRSlawn Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    I have been looking into uhf as well I am contemplating uhf or nextels. I like nextels because I can take it inside with me I guess I could get a handheld but it just keeps adding up. How have they been working for you Ronnie? Have you taked to steve latley?
  11. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    we've got about 6 mobile and 6 portable they are uhf or vhf i don't remember but the run off a repeater and can bounce for quite a few miles i think the farthes we've used them is eldorado springs MO to overland park KS which i think is about 50-75 mi i donno,

    they work o.k. but they are high i think we give about $400-500 for mobile and $500-600 for portable and then like $25 per month per radio they are the kenwood radio and i think they are TRUNKING radio also. we had the talkaround freq. put in ours and it is a lot easier than waiting for the beep to talk. we have had them for years but we use mostly cell's now and also use the little motorola talkabout's even though they are not "commercial use"

    hope this helps
  12. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    Trunking radios are sweet, i'm not to the point where I need trunking. UHF is find for me.

    Jeff, UHF vs Nextel, USF is better because you can hear what every one is saying.
  13. murphyslaw

    murphyslaw Senior Member
    Messages: 443

    I have been using commercial VHF and UHF, I have a comm FCC lic for the freq's I use and I am the only business allowed by the FCC to use those freq's in my area.

    I am also an Extra class Ham operator and have several ham radios in my truck.
  14. Lawn Care Plus

    Lawn Care Plus Senior Member
    Messages: 135

    This is a great thread as I have been thinking about these options as well. Particularly when the site is large and you want to get ahold of a worker or foreman.

    Exactly what handhelds are you all using, and what bases are you using?


  15. murphyslaw

    murphyslaw Senior Member
    Messages: 443

    for portables I use Motorola PR400's(uhf) there awesome, and I program them myself.
  16. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    Kenwood tk-380 and tk-880 i think i'll check if interested
  17. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    Vertex is what we use.
  18. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    my part time towing company is getting rid of the ones out of the trucks(bad idea) but i may pick them up their bill is $15 a radio a month....they can easily get us 40 miles give or take
  19. doh

    doh Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    They are VHF here, the local trucker's have 3 open use channels plus an option for an @ cost/ longer range than cellphone, radio phone channel.
  20. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,823

    I have some motorolla business 2 ways. They only get around our building or in our lots but not to far from our property. The nextel coverage around here is awful so we went with cingular push to talk. It takes forever to initiate the PTT. We're thinking of adding a truck next year and we are thinking of the advantages of nextels GPS.

    Do you guys rent the space on the repeaters?