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Oricom UHF CB Handheld Radio 1W Twin Pack - PMR1290 $31.89 @ Repco (In-Store Only)


1 watt transmit power
Up to 7km range
Mirco USB jack for charging

I bought the last one at RockDale, NSW

Now in stock at:

Taren point, NSW
Woy Woy, NSW
Shellharbour, NSW
And maybe somewhere else.

Very good low end radios for that price. the pros side is the micro USB charge port

Twin Pack - PMR780BL also on clearance at $32.97

This is part of Boxing Day Sales for 2020

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  • These are good basic handsets.

    Also USB charging is not a con, it means you can charge anywhere on the field. It's also mini USB, not micro.

    • ooh, my bad. I made a big mistake between pros and cons, I am sure that is a micro usb port.

      • Yeah you're right on the micro, they must have updated the product since last year when I bought it.

  • -1

    Was tempted, although found these on eBay with a bunch of accessories and good reviews…

    2X Baofeng BF-888S 400-470MHz Two-way Radio Walkie Talkie + Handheld Speaker Mic for $48.75

    Decent review too:


    Mod Warning: "Non type approved radios are illegal for use on the citizens band."

    • +2

      Our uhf is 476/477mhz

      • +3

        Can the negger explain how LowRange is wrong?

        • This is why names should be attached to negs.

        • +1

          Lowrange isn't wrong. I've +1 to remove the neg. The Baofeng radios, as supplied, are illegal to use in Australia without a license, as only the defined amateur radio bands can be used without a license. The Baofeng radios also can't be adjusted to use the amateur radio bands.

          • @Russ: Um.. they can actually..
            Source - Am a ham with a Baofeng using it in the ham band.

            • @virtual81: They can what?

              • @mapax: They can be used on the ham bands.

                • @virtual81: So what did you do to go outside its specified programming range? And as you're using it outside the frequencies it was tuned to, did you test for spurii?

                  • @Russ: We're talking about amateur radio right?
                    Why would i need to go outside it's specified programming range?
                    There is a ham band from 430 - 450 MHz, well within the range of the mentioned device.

                    Re spurious emissions, hit and miss.
                    About 10 years ago Chinese radios were completely terrible regarding spurious emissions.
                    My daily driver, the Baofen KG-UV9D Plus is pretty good, but that's a ~$200+ radio.

                    For the Sub AUD$99 price point they are hit and miss, but on average are getting better.
                    Good chance that has to do with the FCC clamping down on their use in the US.

                    I have tossed out one radio, but it was ~ AUD$30… I'll put that one down to a bad experiment.

                    • @virtual81: **correction, Daily driver is a Wouxun KG-UV9D Plus.
                      Other misc radios are Baofeng, Puxing etc…
                      Also have or have had Yaesu, Icom, Kenwood, Motorola, etc..

                    • @virtual81:

                      There is a ham band from 430 - 450 MHz

                      We were talking about license-free amateur radio, i.e. the 477MHz UHF CB radio band.
                      Apologies for describing the UHF CB radio band as a "defined amateur radio band".

                      Using the 430MHz band requires a license from the ACMA:

                      If you follow the links, first year fee is $80, renewals are $55/year.

                      There is also license-free operation from 433.05–434.79MHz, under the terms of the "Low Interference Potential Devices Class License", but power is limited to 25mW, so using the Baofeng radios still requires a license.

                      • -2

                        @Russ: Not meaning to be rude Russ, but I get the vibe that you think you're trying to educate me.
                        Probably not a good idea until you clear up a few facts.

                        There is no such thing as 'Licence free Amateur radio', suggesting such is silly and ignorant.
                        CB is not amateur radio, not even close, and until now no one has ever called it such.
                        It is simply as the name suggests, the Citizens Band, or a band for Citizens to use.
                        It is not for experimentation, in fact such is discouraged, even illegal.
                        Hence the limitation of type approved commercially available transceivers
                        Also it is not licence free, whilst the user is not required to be assessed or hold a licence, there is still a licence.
                        Think of it like the ACMA is looking after it in a filing cabinet for you, and all other Aussies.

                        Yes, the 430MHz requires a licence.
                        I have held an amateur radio licence for 20 years.
                        The required certification to qualify for a licence is the AOCP or Amateur Operators Certificate of Proficiency.
                        Under this licence I can use any commercially manufactured radio, or providing I hold a standard level or high certification and matching licence i can build and use my own transmitter.

                        There are many LIPD bands, 433.92 is only one.
                        In addition to the power limitations there are also duty cycle limitations.
                        The specifics I don't recall, but it is essentially not for voice communications (possible exceptions).

                        I've been called out on this before, so before anyone tries any funny business here is the Citizens Band licence….

  • 1W and reaches 7km… anyone with real world experience with this? To me it seems a little optimistic even if in line of sight.

    • Not really possible at ground level but on a mountain or through a repeater you could manage it.

    • they must have tested it in space to achieve that.

    • +1

      7km @ 1W line of sight is easy, in fact 1W will go much further typically.
      1W indoors would be questionable weather or not it makes it 300m up the street.

      UHF is what it is.
      Don't expect much from it outside of line of .

  • I have a Uniden 5 W one and even that struggles at 5 km. Not sure how useful the 1w would be.

  • "Up to 7km range" was from the product description. I used my pair today at Sydney Olympic Park. Transmission range can be up to 1.2-1.5km without problem.

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