Best programmable radio 2017

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Best programmable radio 2017

Postby shane_saintsfc » 12 Oct 2017, 12:32

Hi Guys

Been a long time posting. I'm looking for 20+ UHF programmable radios for a hire market. I used to have Puxing 777 and 888k and these were ok albeit not as hard wearing as some others.

What is currently the best radio for your cash these days? Must be able to tune to 446 if needed and be programmable with software.

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Re: Best programmable radio 2017

Postby Admiral » 12 Oct 2017, 15:06

These are one of the best programmable analogue radios, they also do them in black.

https://www.apexradio.co.uk/product/motorola-gp340-ex/
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Re: Best programmable radio 2017

Postby shane_saintsfc » 13 Oct 2017, 08:21

Ok i'll rephrase.

Any good one's for under £100

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Re: Best programmable radio 2017

Postby thelad » 13 Oct 2017, 09:20

Good and under £100 for hire? Nothing that price would last very long on hire!
Uniden UBC120XLT
Uniden USC230E
Uniden UBC3500XLT
Binatone PMR MR500 x2
Magiksun TM-490 (BF-888) x3
Baofeng BF-888
TTI TSC 100R
Baofeng UVB5
Zastone D900
Icom IC-R6

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Re: Best programmable radio 2017

Postby shane_saintsfc » 13 Oct 2017, 10:12

If they're cheap though easy to replace broken ones :)

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Re: Best programmable radio 2017

Postby shane_saintsfc » 13 Oct 2017, 10:56

In all seriousness the Puxing 888 I had only broke because a car drove over it. Other than that is did last a good 2 years. Not bad for a cheap chinese import.

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Re: Best programmable radio 2017

Postby Scott_93 » 17 Oct 2017, 02:32

Seriously?!

First of all- Get a suppliers license and get them programmed onto suppliers frequencies.
Secondly- Don't even bother using chinese radios. They won't last long.

My suggestion is something like Icom F4002's or Motorola DP3400/GP340.

If you carry on down the 446 chinese radio path for hire you WILL get caught out and you WILL have an enforcement chat with an OfCom rep. Having spoken to many of the them over the last few years on events, they don't mess about. Nearly every big event has an OfCom rep with enforcement powers on site to sought out issues, when there's no issues, they have their AOR scanners running on 446/Baofeng channels and a keen eye for non-EMC compliant radios.

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Re: Best programmable radio 2017

Postby shane_saintsfc » 17 Oct 2017, 08:05

I have a suppliers licence. I only mentioned 446 for my own playing around at home.

Thanks for the recommendation. I'm only thinking some cheap ones will be fine for a small carnival etc. icom/motorolla better for more hard wearing events.

For example I've tested the baofeng 888 against the icom and no real major difference apart from the feel of the unit obviously feels cheaply made.


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