Media release 27 January 2011
Uniden introduces Australia’s first 77 Channel-Ready UHF CB radios As the government restructures Australia’s UHF-CB radio network, increasing its capacity from 40 to 77 channels, Uniden’s new Mini Compact Mobile UHF-CB Radio Series is the first ready for the changeover. In April or May 2011, 37 new channels will be added to the existing 40 channel network. The existing 40 channels will continue to operate at their current frequencies, but the width of each channel will be reduced from 25kHz (Wideband) width to 12.5kHz (Narrowband) width to allow for the additional channels*. With Uniden’s new Mini Compact Mobile UHF-CB Radio Series, users will be ready to access the extra channels as soon as the network is rolled out. Importantly, these radios remain compatible with the current 40 channel radios, allowing for trouble-free communication between newer and older radios. With more channels to choose from there will be less network congestion, allowing for faster and easier selection of a clear channel. Partnering the latest technology with great useability, the compact size of the Uniden UHF-CB Mini Compact Radio Series ensures it takes up minimal space and is able to be mounted anywhere - the console, dashboard, cabin roof and even under the seat. This makes it ideal for communicating in cars, four-wheel drives and caravans, as well as for commercial applications including use in trucks and farming equipment. Built specifically for Australian and New Zealand conditions, all radios in the new range have been tested to withstand the hottest Australian temperatures and are shock resistant for high performance across rugged terrain.
Complete with a large seven colour backlit LCD and keypad to match your vehicle dash-light colour, as well as a Flip LCD feature that allows users to flip the display for optional reverse mounting, the Uniden UHF-CB Mini Compact Radio provides the most clear to read and easy to operate system regardless of where the unit is mounted in the vehicle. With a powerful range of up to 18 kilometres, Uniden UHF-CB radios enable crystal clear communication between units using a UHF radio wave**. Unlike mobile phones, UHF radios do not rely on transmission towers so they can operate even in the most remote locations. Other features include: •
Five calling tones
Under and Over Voltage Alert
One touch instant channel recalling
Group Scan with Priority Channel Watch function to allow users to select the channels they wish to listen to in a group.
Open Scan function to scan all the channels in memory and lock onto active channels
All radios in the new Uniden UHF CB Mini Compact range include a three year warranty. * For more information see media backgrounder. Information on how to upgrade the new models to 77 channels will be released on the Uniden website and Uniden distributor websites once the ACMA Standard is published. ** Range may vary depending on environmental and / or topographical conditions. Uniden’s UHF-CB Mini Compact Mobile Radio Series is available now from leading electrical retailers. RRP from $279 UH7700NB Mini Compact UHF-CB Mobile Radio UH7760NB Mini Compact UHF-CB Mobile Radio with Remote LCD Speaker Microphone UH7700NB+1 Mini Compact UHF-CB Mobile Radio plus Handheld UHF-CB Radio UH7700NB+ANT Mini Compact UHF-CB Mobile Radio plus Antenna For customer enquiries: phone Uniden 1300 366 895 or see www.uniden.com.au
Media enquiries: for further information or images please contact: Corrina Anderson or Danielle Reckless Write Away Communication + Events T: (02) 9978 1400 E: [email protected]
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Media backgrounder The new UHF CB Network New narrowband network offers 37 new channels From April 2008 to April 2010, the ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) reviewed the arrangements for the radio frequency spectrum in the 400 MHz band, which incorporates the UHF CB band. As a result of the review the ACMA decided to restructure the UHF CB band, increasing its capacity from 40 to 80 channels, 77 of which are accessible. The existing 40 channels will continue to operate at their current frequencies, but the width of each channel will be reduced from 25kHz (Wideband) width to 12.5kHz (Narrowband) width which will then allow the additional 37 channels. The changes will impact the UHF CB networks across Australia and New Zealand, and all radios using the UHF-CB band will be affected, including handheld and mobile radios. As a result, users will soon see the terms ‘Wideband’ and ‘Narrowband’ being used to describe current radios and newer radios. Current radios that operate on 40 UHF-CB channels are Wideband radios and newer radios that will operate on the 77 UHF-CB channels are Narrowband radios. The ACMA have estimated a launch date about April or May 2011, from which new 77 channel Narrowband radios can be used. 40 channel wideband radios may continue to be used. In 2016, a 5 year period, the ACMA may consider revoking the Radio Communications Class License for Wideband UHF-CB radio use. Expansion to 77 Channels offers radio users greater efficiency within the band, with more channels to use and less congestion. FAQs: Radio dealers: Radio dealers will be able to sell the newer Channel 77 Narrowband radios when the ACMA Standard is released and approved. Currently dealers are allowed to sell Channel 77 Ready UHF CB Radios which can be easily upgraded through the flick of a switch once the standard is published. Dealers may continue to sell Wideband radios up to a certain date which the ACMA is yet to confirm. Use of Wideband radios once changes occur: No changes will occur with a current radio, you may continue to use your Wideband radio however the ACMA is considering revoking the user license for older radios in 5 years’ time. Communication between Wideband and Narrowband radios: Current Wideband radios are still able to communicate with the newer Narrowband radios. The position of channels 1-40 (within the band) will not change so both Wideband and Narrowband radios can be used to communicate with each other on the first 40 channels. However, only the Narrowband radios can communicate on additional channels 41 – 77.
AM-CB radio: There is no change to AM-CB radio. Does the expansion affect certain channels? The current repeater channels (01-08) and the guidelines for their use remain unchanged. However, 8 additional repeater channels (41-48) will become available with the channel expansion. The Telemetry Channels 22 & 23, Emergency Channels 05 & 35 and Calling Channel 11 and Road Channel 40, as well as the guidelines for their use remain unchanged and unaffected by the expansion. Media enquiries: for further information or images please contact: Corrina Anderson or Danielle Reckless Write Away Communication + Events T: (02) 9978 1400 E: [email protected]
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