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Thread: 40 channel UHF radios are here to stay.

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    40 channel UHF radios are here to stay.

    I think someone in the ACMA realised it would be like trying to stop people recording live TV on a VCR


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    Didn't the same thing happen with 23 channel 27MHz CBs?

    18 channel came in initially as the "approved" sets when CB was legalised, and 23 channel sets had a limited timeframe. Then 40 channel sets were OKed and the 23's and 18's continued until they theoretically either died or owners upgraded. No doubt there are still many around today.
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    Yeah it was a bit of a cluster-**** for a while there. Originally 23ch radios were imported and used illegally. Then Australia came up with an 18ch allocation because, you know, that would fix the problem of people using 23ch radios. Then they adopted the yank 40 channels and had a moratorium on old radios assuming they would eventually die out anyway.
    It looks like this time around they didn't want to wait for the radios to slowly die out so the government was going to ban them in June after a couple of years transition period. Now they have probably realised that it's going to be a lot of work policing a band from interference when the CB band is full of QRM almost by definition anyway.
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    I've noticed over the last couple of days in my area that some of the newer UHF channels are being used as last night before shutting down my UHF i noticed some people talking on channel 46 in simplex mode bearing in mind there is no local UHF repeater for Mount Gambier hence why simplex mode is used more frequently down this way
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    I have heard a few users on the new channels in Launceston but mostly people seem to be sticking to the original 40 channels.
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