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UHF 2 way radios

 

PGHQ 5W - 1W UHF radio capable of receiving FM broadcast

Made exclusively for Paragliding Headquarters to meet requirments for paragliding and hangliding.
More about UHF radios and communication HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The PGHQ UHF radio is a communication device designed for the specific use in paragliding and hanggliding. It has been custom-made for Paragliding Headquarters and it is ACMA approved for use with both CB and land UHF channels. It also can receive FM broacast - weather news music etc. It incorporates the latest technology in radiocommunication using the maximum legal 5W power. Besides of the standard simplex and duplex open CB channels it comes programmed with HGFA channels and all CB squelch-tone coded channels used by clubs in Australia. At customer’s request It can be dealer programmed with any custom UHF land channel (permission from the licenced channel owner required). For ease of use the channels are named and displayed alpha-numerically on a bright LCD screen. Operation of the radio has been simplified to bare bones - you don't have to be an expert to tune to a particular club channel - you just get the club name on the display. Special attention has been given to battery capacity and stand-by time (120 hours). You will also apreciate the small size and weight of the radio.
From April 2015 the new CPU also handles FM radio reception - you can listen to news weather forecast or music. You won't miss anything on UHF. The FM mutes if traffic apears on the UHF cahannel you are monitoring.
PGHQ radio comes as standard with an in-helmet headset plus finger-mounted PTT designed specifically for our use. One of the features is a separable cable for the PTT enabling you to leave it permanently inside the sleeve of your flying suit.

Also standard is mains and car charger. A special short antenna has been selected to reduce physical interference with other equipment.

Extra accessories are also available for reasonable price. They include car adaptor (battery eliminator), speaker-mike and waterproof pouch for those SIV courses. You can buy this radio with standard equipment from Paragliding Headquarters for $199.00 plus $17.00 postage (when applicable) with 2 year warranty. Small discounts for club bulk orders (over 10 pieces) available.
Please, order by email to info@paraglidingheadquarters.com.



 


Spare battery - $26.00
Spare headset $32.00

Optional accessories:

_______Battery eliminator - $18.00_____Speaker-mike $34.00 _____Waterproof pouch - $17.00________________________


Special channels (besides of all 80 CB open simplex and duplex channels) currently programmed in below. Please, contact me if you need any other.


Tip for mounting your new radio:



1) All pushbuttons at your fingertips and straight in front of your eyes.
2) In case of headset failure you can talk directly in the inbuilt mike without compromising control of your glider.
3) Ideal from the radio signal propagation perspective.
4) Not in the way of anything (if you are expecting problems during takeoff, you won't find any).
5) Easy to install and remove - do make sure you have a back-up lanyard (not supplied) attached as well.

Note: the photos show only the idea, details may vary from glider to glider. The parts used here are not included.

What are the alternatives?
1) A cheap import radio from E-Bay - it will probably work O. K., but you won't get the special accessories and ease of operation. More to the point; it will be illegaland you are risking severe penalties if caught. Not worth risking multi-thousand fine for the sake of saving a few bucks.

2) CB radio from Dick Smith, Jaycar etc. - probably not much cheaper. You won't get the special accessories and you won't be able to program HGFA or any other land channels to it including RX only. It is not likely to be 5 W either. You may find impossible to find or make finger-mounted PTT and headset for it and without it your bargain purchase may turn out to be virtually useless. Watch out for this catch.

3) Some "big brand" radio like Icom etc. - you will spend a fortune on the radio alone and another one on the accessories included with the PGHQ as standard. Nothing to show for the extra 100s of dollars except of the badge and an array of confusing features that you will never need.

More about choosing a radio HERE.

FAQ
Q1 - Can I assign squelch tone to a CB channel of my choice?
A - No. while this can be done by the user on most dedicated CB radios, it would cause problems in radio capable of handling land channels as well. The main catch is in compliance with ACMA rules and technical complexity. Such a radio would have to have 2 separate group of channels, where the user wouldn't be able to change CTCSS setting in the land channel group. With the 80 channels CB system you are not likely to need CTCSS coding with the exception of the preprogrammed club channels anyway. If you do need a particular one, it can be programmed for your chosen channels by dealer. Please, check the available channels before ordering and notify me if your favorite one is missing. I need to know the CB channel number and the squelch tone frequency (i.e. 79.4 Hz, 100 Hz), NOT the subchannel number (i.e. 12, 11). These are memory locations and vary depending on the brand of the radio, no use for me.

Q2 - Is the new 80 channels CB system compatible with the old, 40 channels one?
A - While the 40 channels system radios are not allowed to be sold anymore, they will be legal to use till 2017. So, you will have to cope with them for some time. These two systems can communicate with each other with only minor problems, typically the volume may be lower on one side or there can be some interference from a neighboring channel due to overlapping. As the wide channels in the old system allow for wide manufacturing tolerances, the extend of this problem can vary from radio to radio and may be especially prominent in illegally imported non ACMA compliant units. No much we can do about it. The precision of frequencies in PGHQ radio well exceeds the requirements set by Australian Standards.

Q3 - Why are the channels for Godfrey's Manilla repeaters programmed as RX only?
A - These are private channels and the owner has legal rights to them. Accessing them without his permission is a serious offence. As access to these channels is one of very few advantages Godfrey can offer with his Icom radios, you are unlikely to receive his approval to program them in any other brand. No need for hard feelings here, everybody protects his interests by all means available. Nobody can stop you listening on these channels though. The value of being able to transmit on them is minimal anyway. With a 5 W simplex radio you can communicate air to air easily over distances 200 plus kilometers. When you get on the ground, the repeaters will offer a distinct advantage only if Mt Borah is between the communicating stations. If you are really desperate, you can use the public CB ch. 3/33 repeater programmed in the PGHQ radio. It is not too busy and it will do about the same job.

Q5 - Is the PGHQ radio compatible with another brand headset (speaker-mike) I have installed in my helmet already?
A - Not likely. This system is compatible only with the current 2 pin Kenwood accessories. Anyway, taking in account the headset is included in the price, the only minor problem is the installation - dead simple anyway.