Best UHF & VHF Radios

VHF and UHF radios can be indispensable in situations where you need to communicate to others beyond shouting distance, such as at a work site, in a convoy, or when you’re simply enjoying the great outdoors. Read our guide to know the different features of both. Continue reading...

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Oricom UHF360

Oricom UHF360 🏆 2024

4.7  (247)
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Cha R
Cha RVIC
 
Oricom UHF305

Oricom UHF305 🏆 2024

4.6  (130)
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Lucas.H
Lucas.H
 
Oricom UHF305Love the oricom range of UHF. I have 3 in-car units and 2 handhelds. And the after-care support I've had has been quick and easy to deal with. Show details ·  1
Oricom UHF025 Compact

Oricom UHF025 Compact

4.5  (100)
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Mark Hope
Mark Hope
  Fair Incentive Verified
Cb radioNice unit works well it was a fair price and fast delivery Show reply
Oricom UHF310

Oricom UHF310

4.5  (47)
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Peter
PeterVIC
 
Wonderful ServiceThe service I’ve received has always been very helpful, prompt and friendly. When seeking support for any issues I’ve had, the service was excellent.
The UHF310 suits my needs. Show details ·  1
Oricom UHF390

Oricom UHF390

4.4  (37)
Patrick
PatrickQLD
 
Thank you!I really happy with Oricom, my unit had a fault and Janet, was very suopotive and nice to talk to. Oricom have replave my faulty unit FOC. Thats customer service! Show details ·  1
Oricom DTX4200

Oricom DTX4200

4.5  (30)
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Adrian L
Adrian LVIC
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Oricom UHF182X

Oricom UHF182X

4.8  (20)
Grahame F.
Grahame F.7 posts
 
Oricom 182X UHFMy GME UHF stopped working so I purchased the Oricom 182X I made the correct decision to buy one fantastic radio all of the functions work as stated by Oricom it is a better UHF then my GME was I highly recommend this UHF. Show details ·  1
Oricom UHF028

Oricom UHF028

4.5  (26)
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Cornelius
CorneliusVIC
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nice to use simple clear screenupon receiving my Oricom UHF028 fits nicely into my home as i use as home base it nice light clear dial the sound is clear as very happy with it Show details ·  1
Oricom DTX600

Oricom DTX600

4.5  (22)
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John
JohnSA
 
Oricom UHF2500

Oricom UHF2500

4.3  (26)
Bruce.
Bruce.
  Verified
Oricom DTX4000

Oricom DTX4000

4.1  (28)
Clive
CliveQLD
 
We bought this uhf radio for our 4wdWe bought this radio for our 4wd and it works really good haven’t had a problem with it until now. The problem is with the cord for the microphone where the outer part of the cord has perished. I phoned oricom and a replacement has been sent out the lady I spoke to was very helpful and sorted out the problem I would like to say thank you Show details ·  1
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Deano
DeanoWA10 posts
 
Would not be on the water without this brilliant safety device (MX500 VHF Marine Radio)What an easy to use vhf radio. Nice and compact with the benefit of being waterproof. A very reliable and robust radio indeed. Highly recommend especially suited for KAYAK Fishers. Additionally, after sales team at Oricom are outstanding. 10/10 for customer service. Show details ·  1
GME TX3100

GME TX3100

4.1  (9)
Big Mac T.
Big Mac T.QLD
  TX3100DP
Oricom UHF030

Oricom UHF030

5.0  (5)
Betathan Akikupthabum
Betathan AkikupthabumWA
  Verified
Bought 2. Price very good, on sale $99 each. Can't fault that ! :)Nice little unit. Easy to operate and read. Some of us have dicky shoulders and need reading glasses so it is fine. Rotary controls always preferable compared to touch buttons or screens. Not used much. Got them in case 2 cars travel together. Love the customer service and the 5 year warranty. Awsome :) Show details ·  1
GME TX6155

GME TX6155

4.2  (6)
Ray
Ray24 posts
 
GME WALKIE TALKIE and Car unitGreat unit I own a few I got a hard wired one fitted in my car and 3 GME 1 watt and 1 5 Watt, used these units in a rally and very impressed. Infact my work bought 12 GME 2 watt units. Very highly recommended. Show details
Oricom ANU1100

Oricom ANU1100

4.4  (5)
Gary S
Gary Ssydney4 posts
  Verified
Oricom
Oricom   DM   
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Hi there, we are sorry to hear of your experience and would ask that you give our locally based Oricom Support a call on 02 4574 8888 Mon-Fri 8am-6pm AEDT, as the team will be able to assist. All the best, Oricom.

Crystal M DB477E

Crystal M DB477E

5.0  (4)
Clinton O.
Clinton O.WA25 posts
  Verified
Justin
Justin2 posts
 
I've had no issues until now!!!I own a Oricom uhf 380 mpk and purchased this in 2020 and today 2023 it keeps switching off when I turn it on I rang the support team (Janet) lovely lady no questions ask sent out replacement unit wow what a fantastic after sales service I will definitely purchase there products from now. Show details ·  1
Oricom ANU1200

Oricom ANU1200

5.0  (3)
Peter P.
Peter P.QLD
 
GME TX6500S

GME TX6500S

3.0  (7)
Stephen Hinder
Stephen HinderSA93 posts
 
Digitech DC1065

Digitech DC1065

2.1  (16)
Ed
EdQLD9 posts
 
GME TX3350

GME TX3350

4.0  (4)
Goneftn
GoneftnNSW12 posts
 
GME TX6160

GME TX6160

4.3  (3)
Col Mack
Col MackNSW6 posts
 
BaoFeng UV-5RE

BaoFeng UV-5RE

5.0  (2)
Edwin
Edwin15 posts
 
Good productA good product. I bought one to join a group of people. It comes with some accessories. Price is fair.i am not happy with the delivery because australia post never delivered to home. Have to pick it up.
GME TX3120S

GME TX3120S

3.7  (3)
Wheezey23
Wheezey233 posts
 
Kenwood TK-3310

Kenwood TK-3310

4.5  (2)
brian
brian3,656 posts
 
Oricom UHF395

Oricom UHF395

4.5  (2)
Josh
JoshWA
 
Small, simple, easy to useEasy to use, small, light, easy access for the menu. All straight forward. Show details ·  1
GME TX6600S

GME TX6600S

3.3  (3)
plastesine5
plastesine589 posts
 
In the long run not worth itDon't even bother
At first everything will smooth operations then The cheap Chinese manufactured will start playing Up. The knobs plus transmission tab will fall off after that the rechargeable battery cell pack will start losing charge . Would recommend against purchasing the quickly and cheaply made plastic garbage Show details
Uniden UH515DLX-2

Uniden UH515DLX-2

3.3  (3)
Overdog52
Overdog523 posts
  Verified
Tiny but PowerfulI bought these radios as a test of the brand and was pleasantly surprised by their performance. I had planned to buy a pair of 5W for use in national parks etc, but these little 1.5W radios work so well I don’t think I will. They do exactly what they say on the box. Which is rare. Would happily recommend them to anyone.

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Uniden UH076SX

Uniden UH076SX

1.9  (8)
Sean W
Sean WNSW30 posts
  UH076SX-2NB-TP
Uniden
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Someone holding a two-way radio (or walkie-talkie).

What are UHF and VHF radios?

Two-way radios (or walkie-talkies) can be made to receive and broadcast on either UHF (Ultra High Frequency) or VHF (Very High Frequency) frequencies. These are the frequency bands that your radio communicates on.

You can’t change a VHF radio to UHF and vice versa, as the radio is programmed for that frequency. It’s also important to note that UHF and VHF radios can’t communicate to each other.

What's the difference between UHF and VHF?

UHF radio waves

UHF radio waves are smaller than VHF radio waves. Under most circumstances, UHF radios tend to be better performing. This is because the short frequency waves are better able to penetrate interferences, such as buildings and densely wooded areas. This makes them typically better suited to indoor, indoor and outdoor, urban, and suburban environments.

They’re more suited to healthcare, retail, and use in places like warehouses and schools, as well as for communicating over multiple floors of a building.

UHF radio pros and cons

Pros
Tend to be better performing than VHF radios.
Typically offers better penetration through structures and buildings, so tend to be better at communicating in high density areas.
Cons
Higher frequency means it tends to use its battery faster.
Tend to be more expensive than VHF radios.

VHF radio waves

VHF radio waves are longer and stay lower to the ground, letting them travel further with less power. Unlike UHF, VHF can’t penetrate obstacles as easily, so VHF radios are best used when there’s a clear line of sight or little obstruction. Examples include open fields or any outdoor environment with few obstacles.

This means they’re well suited to marine applications, oil, mining and forestry work sites, convoys, and for use on golf courses.

VHF radio pros and cons

Pros
Have a longer range than UHF.
Because they have high frequencies, they’ll rarely have disrupted signals in larger areas.
More affordable than UHF radios.
Have better battery life.
Cons
Can’t penetrate obstacles as easily as UHF radios.

What are CB radios?

CB (Citizen Band) radios are radios that broadcast and receive transmissions on the public Citizen Band channels in the UHF spectrum. These only communicate on the 80 CB channels. This means these devices don’t offer any private channels and are fine to use without a license, so are best for personal use rather than for business communication.

What to consider when choosing a walkie-talkie

To help figure out what kind of walkie-talkie you might want to choose, we’ve got some main factors to consider before you make a purchase.

Power

Walkie-talkies are usually battery-powered, either by removable batteries or rechargeable batteries. You should consider how much battery life your unit has to avoid being caught out without any means of communication. Keep in mind that VHF radios have longer battery lives.

Transmission range

Be wary of the advertised ranges of different radios; real-world range is often lower than this. The main factors that affect transmission range are the antenna, obstructions, signal strength (measured in watts), and the type of signal.

Keep in mind the following:

  • The higher your antenna, the farther your signal can reach.
  • Each successive onstruction a radio signal passes through reduces its transmission range. A stronger signal can withstand successive passes through obstacles, letting it travel farther.
  • Radio waves typically won’t pass through metal or hills.
  • If you need a longer range than most two-way radios can offer, then consider buying a repeater or looking for a satellite, network, or LTE radio.

Size and weight

If you want to pack light, it’s worth checking the size and weight of a radio. Keep in mind that bigger, bulkier radios tend to be more heavy-duty and have more features than their lighter counterparts.

Design

Two-way radios can be handheld or designed to be mounted to a vehicle. How you intend to use your radio should make it pretty clear as to which type of device is better suited to you.

Vehicle-mounted systems are usually more compact and able to be hidden away under the dashboard. They also tend to have better battery life. Handheld radios are still extremely portable, and are handy in a wider range of scenarios.

Features

  • Hands-free operation: Radios typically have a push-to-talk button, but models with voice activation begin broadcasting automatically once you start speaking, letting you use it without your hands.
  • Battery-saver mode: This puts the device into a low-power mode after a period of time between broadcasts so that you can save your battery.
  • Dual receive functionality: This lets you listen to 2 channels simultaneously, and is found in some higher end Oricom radios. This is handy if, for example, you want to listen to one channel for road conditions but also another to communicate with others in your party.
  • Dual antenna functionality: Another Oricom exclusive, this function lets you transmit and receive with 2 antennas, giving you better ability to communicate with those around you. You can switch between the 2 antennae or set it to automatically use the antenna that receives the strongest signal.
  • Calling or paging: Some radios have preset calling tones or a vibration that let you get the attention of others in your party before you’ve started speaking.
  • Replay: This lets you replay the transmission (usually only soon after a transmission) just in case you experienced a weak or broken signal, or just didn’t catch what was said.
  • Voice enhancer: A feature that provides different audio level settings to help make transmissions more clear.
  • LCD display: This makes it easy to read information. Some devices have displays with adjustable brightness.

Water and dust resistance

If you’re going to be using your radio in rough conditions, it’s important to find a radio that can handle Australia’s tough climate. Some models are designed specifically for snow and watersports, and so will have higher water resistance ratings. Some devices are also dustproof, making them great for construction sites or touring the outback.

Cost

How much a walkie-talkie costs will largely depend on its brand, type, model, and features. Radios designed for heavy outdoor use, particularly those that are built for use on the snow or water, are usually more expensive.

You’ll also likely shell out more for a device with better audio quality. How much you want to fork out will probably depend on how often you’ll use the radio and what you’ll use it for. If you’re using it regularly or for business purposes, or will rely on it for safety purposes, you might want to pay more for added features and a more durable build.

The bottom line

Some important questions you should ask yourself before buying a UHF or VHF radio include:

  • Where and how will I be using the radio?
  • What are potential obstacles and interferences in the environment where I’ll need to use the radio?
  • What is my budget?
  • How strong a signal do I need?

Thinking carefully about your communication needs will help you choose a device that keeps you in the loop with everyone in your party.

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