Still working on my handle but … breaker, breaker … got your ears on? I’ll back it down and hope you copy, because I need some big ears as my chopped top isn’t doing it for me. Don’t want to go the big mama so I shot the breeze with DJ Cruise. He had some forty-fours before cutting loose.

Translation: Still working on my CB name but … I’d like to start a transmission on a channel … have you got your CB/UHF on? I’ll slow down and hope you get this, because I need a strong, clear signal as my short stubby aerial isn’t doing it for me. I don’t want to go to a big, very tall aerial, so I had a chat to Chris Blakemore. He had some kind remarks before signing off.

So … basically I needed some advise on boosting the signal on my portable UHF radio, maybe an external aerial, I went to Chris for some advise and here’s our conversation.

Installation was easy (even for me), Chris wanted to do it, but I just had to have a go, he could always fix it.
He did however remind me to run the cable through the firewall before attaching the connector, as if I needed reminding!
I found a suitable entry point prior to running the cable, jumped under, well … squeezed slowly into a position under the dash to check final positioning of cable and handset (hoping I could get out), planned my installation and away I went. I mounted the aerial on the front roo bar, using cable ties as I went, making sure no moving parts would be inhibited. Cable through the firewall on the drivers side and time for connection.
This is where my high tech knowledge worked a treat, I jumped on Google and found this …
https://www.gme.net.au/media/1707991/general-land-antenna-installation-instruction.pdf
How easy is that (again … even for me)! I attached the small converter cable Chris makes and all good … I thought.
Slight panic set in for a moment when I turned it on and tested. Is this where I use my CB lingo, breaker, breaker? Or would it turn out I was indeed a breaker, breaker and not connected things properly? I opted for “anyone available for a radio check?” No reply, what have I done! Settled down and realised I was in a corner of my carport, surrounded by metal and obstructions … onto the road I go.
Again “anyone available for a radio check?” and bugger me a guy in Crafers (Adelaide Hills) came back. Considering I live just 5km west of Adelaide and he was at a lot higher altitude than me, the 24km distance wasn’t a problem.

My job here is done!

Chat soon, over and out, Andrew Kennedy

The following channel information was found on UHF CB Australia web site http://uhfcb.com.au/Home.php
Note Channels 10, 18 & 40

 Channel: Frequency: Use: Channel Spacing:
 Channel  1
 476.4250
 Duplex – Repeater Output 12.5 KHz
 Channel  2
 476.4500
 Duplex – Repeater Output 12.5 KHz
 Channel  3
 476.4750
 Duplex – Repeater Output
12.5 KHz
 Channel  4
 476.5000
 Duplex – Repeater Output
12.5 KHz
 Channel  5
 476.5250
 Duplex – Repeater Output     (Emergency use only)
12.5 KHz
 Channel  6
 476.5500
 Duplex – Repeater Output
12.5 KHz
 Channel  7
 476.5750
 Duplex – Repeater Output
12.5 KHz
 Channel  8
 476.6000
 Duplex – Repeater Output
12.5 KHz
 Channel  9
 476.6250
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  10
 476.6500
 Simplex     4WD Drivers – Convoy, Clubs & National Parks
12.5 KHz
 Channel  11
 476.6750
 Simplex     Call Channel
12.5 KHz
 Channel  12
 476.7000
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  13
 476.7250
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  14
 476.7500
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  15
 476.7750
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  16
 476.8000
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  17
 476.8250
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  18
 476.8500
 Simplex     Caravan & Campers Convoy Channel
12.5 KHz
 Channel  19
 476.8750
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  20
 476.9000
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  21
 476.9250
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  22
 476.9500
 Data Only (No Voice – No Packet)
25 KHz
 Channel  23
 476.9750
 Data Only (No Voice – No Packet)
25 KHz
 Channel  24
 477.0000
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  25
 477.0250
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  26
 477.0500
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  27
 477.0750
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  28
 477.1000
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  29
 477.1250
 Simplex     Pacific Hwy (NSW) & Bruce Hwy (Qld) Road Channel
12.5 KHz
 Channel  30
 477.1500
 Simplex     UHF CB Broadcasts
12.5 KHz
 Channel  31
 477.1750
 Repeater Input
12.5 KHz
 Channel  32
 477.2000
 Repeater Input
12.5 KHz
 Channel  33
 477.2250
 Repeater Input
12.5 KHz
 Channel  34
 477.2500
 Repeater Input
12.5 KHz
 Channel  35
 477.2750
 Repeater Input (Emergency Use Only)
12.5 KHz
 Channel  36
 477.3000
 Repeater Input
12.5 KHz
 Channel  37
 477.3250
 Repeater Input
12.5 KHz
 Channel  38
 477.3500
 Repeater Input
12.5 KHz
 Channel  39
 477.3750
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  40
 477.4000
 Simplex     Highway Channel
12.5 KHz
 Channel  41
 476.4375
 Duplex – Repeater Output
12.5 KHz
 Channel  42
 476.4625
 Duplex – Repeater Output
12.5 KHz
 Channel  43
 476.4875
 Duplex – Repeater Output
12.5 KHz
 Channel  44
 476.5125
 Duplex – Repeater Output
12.5 KHz
 Channel  45
 476.5375
 Duplex – Repeater Output
12.5 KHz
 Channel  46
 476.5625
 Duplex – Repeater Output
12.5 KHz
 Channel  47
 476.5875
 Duplex – Repeater Output
12.5 KHz
 Channel  48
 476.6125
 Duplex – Repeater Output
12.5 KHz
 Channel  49
 476.6375
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  50
 476.6625
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  51
 476.6875
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  52
 476.7125
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  53
 476.7375
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  54
 476.7625
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  55
 476.7875
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  56
 476.8125
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  57
 476.8375
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  58
 476.8625
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  59
 476.8875
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  60
 476.9125
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  61
 
 Reserved for Future Expansion
 Channel  62
 
 Reserved for Future Expansion
 Channel  63
 
 Reserved for Future Expansion
 Channel  64
 477.0125
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  65
 477.0375
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  66
 477.0625
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  67
 477.0875
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  68
 477.1125
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  69
 477.1375
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  70
 477.1625
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  71
 477.1875
 Repeater Input
12.5 KHz
 Channel  72
 477.2125
 Repeater Input
12.5 KHz
 Channel  73
 477.2375
 Repeater Input
12.5 KHz
 Channel  74
 477.2625
 Repeater Input
12.5 KHz
 Channel  75
 477.2875
 Repeater Input
12.5 KHz
 Channel  76
 477.3125
 Repeater Input
12.5 KHz
 Channel  77
 477.3375
 Repeater Input
12.5 KHz
 Channel  78
 477.3625
 Repeater Input
12.5 KHz
 Channel  79
 477.3875
 Simplex
12.5 KHz
 Channel  80
 477.4125
 Simplex
12.5 KHz