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I have an Icom IC-40S that I originally bought for much the same reason and later wanted to attach an external antenna, but couldn't find a suitable adapter in those days. I just had a look at one supplier's site and you can get a magnetic base that fits all standard handhelds with removeable antenna. The latest Icom IC-41W is probably the best handheld you can get and you can get attachments such as a battery eliminator to run directly off the vehicle cigarette plug. PM me if you want the suppliers details.

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Ray

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Yes u can but ull find it takes up just as much room and is awkward to use. Get a remote head UHF or the icon that has all controls in the mic and the unit goes under the dash

Cheers mate, im going to have a look on the weekend.

Everything was fine till I put a d/din head unit back in. :angry:

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I have a GME UHF that has a separate head unit and the control unit fits neatly under the console, with the power unit on the passenger side kick panel. It is a much more elegant solution than a handheld. Here's a photo of the unit attached to the bottom of the console (the mic normally hangs off the clip on the right of the head unit):

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Ray

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Hooking a 5 watt hand held to an external antenna would be the equivlant to a vehicle mounted radio - dependant on the rf adaptor having no loss.

Most of the little hand helds output at the most 2 watts some even less.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Thanks mike Ive decided on either the Icom ic440n http://www.icom-australia.com/products/uhf/uhfcb_ic-440.html

or the gme TX3540 http://www.gme.net.au/products/radio-communications/uhf-477mhz-cb-radios/TX3540

What are the pros and cons with either of these. Ive been looking at all the specs but I dont know what half of it means.

Cheers Mark

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I have the same as u twisty

Nice basic lil unit

Gottheshits the specs r very similar, the gme has a smaller mic which is nice, the icom has a bulky mic

Other than that not a hole lot of diff

Liability wise the icom would take the prize

The lil gmes have a problem of doing p.a modules

Especially if there is an antenna fault somewhere along the line

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Thanks mike and twisty.

I ve got a small gme now but can't fit it anywhere since other stuff has gone in, hence the remote head as suggested.

I will have another look tomorrow at the icom handpiece and go from there.

I've always had gme before but they have always been sold with the car before they have gotten too old. This one being unfitted as such will be staying with me for awhile even if the car goes. That's why I want something decent that will last.

Cheers Mark.

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This one being unfitted as such will be staying with me for awhile even if the car goes. That's why I want something decent that will last.

Mark ... for less than $200 why would you bother keeping it. It's a throw away item. I get that space is at a premium and this mini (NOT single din size, half the size, it's tiny) uhf of mine could be fitted in the sunglasses recess in the overhaed console easily. I even considered putting it in the centre console under the lid. my 2 cents.

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