Unit is just over 1 year old and has failed twice with new batteries installed during that year. It’s mounted on dash with magnetic holder. Would the magnet be harming the battery? It doesn’t seem to bother my mobile phone battery.
Purchased in March 2018.
Good basic UHF handheld
Our UHF5500 was purchased in June 2015 and used maybe six times as a back up safety item - still as new.
Open scanning became intermittent and then stopped scrolling, when tested for our next outback adventure.
Contacted Oricom who were very obliging, and provided exemplary assistance and a solution to the problem.
It is gratifying in this day and age to have a supplier provide such supportive back up. Well done to Oricom and their team.
Perfect for our adventures
the handheld radio has been perfect for spotting while on solo 4wd adventures or while in convoy. We loved our handheld so much we installed an Oricom uhf into our Pajero too. We spend a lot of time on the road so it’s been great having reliable products. Will definitely be adding another handheld to our collection soon!
The right tool for the job
Been using the ORICOM UHF models over the last two years keeping our convoy informed. Hand held units on the quad bikes and dual receive units in our 4x4’s. A must for the off road traveller. Shaken, rattled and rolled across Australia. A vital tool we rely on daily. Reliable.
Great 5 Watt UHF
Totally satisfied with this purchase. Was looking for a tough handheld unit to compliment the fixed mount unit installed in the car, and this radio has done the job. It feels like quality with its metal chassis and I haven't experienced any issues with the unit as yet.
Will absolutely be recommending to friends out there as there are many lemons out in the market, and this certainly is not one of them.
Fantastic! 5 Stars.
Works perfectly - Oricom support was very good
Bought 1 of these from a retail shop more than 12 months back. Didn't have good sound clarity - squelch issue. Contacted Oricom support & they issued an RA that day.
Sent the unit to them in Sydney. A little over a week later, received a brand new unit.
Gave it a good workout in the Imbil State Forest in a 4wd convoy over the Australia Day weekend. Excellent sound clarity. Very happy with this unit.
Charged it before we left, spent most of the 3 days on tracks using it. Still showed plenty of charge left.
Customer support was easy to deal with being polite & understanding.
Happy to recommend their product & support services.
Beware clones are everywhere
I will personally never buy a oricom product again until they sort there clone issues out most of oricoms products today are fake & do not work some of these products have even ended up in stores but most are on eBay the time & money i spent trying to transmit on my uhf5500 sent me crazy even the car antenna kit was fake I've since then had the radio looked at by professionals everything seems to be cloned nicely they also had 7 more at the shop i went to with the same issues & believe it or not all serial numbers on all 7 radios including mine were identical i spent hundreds on different antennas including paying a shop to look at mine I'll never buy a single oricom product until they sort this problem out so far Australia is flooded with id say at least around 1 thousand fakes maybe more if it's from eBay & says oricom it's 100% fake. Please oricom sort this problem out before things get way out of hand. I'm now using a gme with no issues at all.
Extremely Bad Sound!!! Do Not Buy!!!!
I have been using the above model for traffic control in fairly noisy environments and I can tell you now it is dismal on worksites.
Not to mention the mouthpiece attachment only has a tiny little sound eminating from it. I even got 2 as I thought it was faulty.
Absolutely crap inbuilt speaker...I will be taking them to fair trading for my money back....Don't buy any oricom, trust me.
Used twice now doesn't work
Hi as title says we have used this i think 2 times as a backup. I also have a GME hand held. Well getting ready for our trip today both HH are charged up but Oricom turns on but doesn't seem to Rx or TX. Tried factory reset - no change.
I have tried Oricom to GME and vice versa. I can go through channels on GME and hear other people on the air but nothing on 5500 so looks like its kaput, disappointing as only been used twice. Purchased about 2 years ago so maybe still in warranty but no time to get put in for repair. Now need to rush out and buy a new unit as we need a HH for the extra car.
Used it for 3 days. Range was terrible be lucky to get 200 metres. Then battery died and plugged the charger to the car and the 12volt lead decided to call it quits.
Proceeded to go to the office and charge through the wall socket and being on charge for 6 hrs and the radio doesn't turn on.
Never buying one of these models again!!!
I've had 2 brand new Oricom UHF5500's from sealed boxs I returned within the month. First one I took home completely faulty. Second one out of a brand new and sealed box, ch 40 is dead.
ch39 is fine. I can hear and tx. Not so ch40. I cannot hear or talk to any one on ch40. This is out of the box and brand new.
My el-cheapo $30 one is way better at sound quality. it is only 1watt but 2 out of 2 faulty is just wrong. Sorry I will never use Oricom again. I give it a rating of minus 5. The store I bought it from were fantastic. Even they were suprised.
Very robust radioes. We have purchased 8 in the last 2 years. All other brands in the past get crackly and don't last. Radioes are very clear to talk on. Have a min 2ks talk radius, back up service is the best I have had in 30 years. Great product
Never properly working
Hardly used in 3 years as it was a spare backup for emergencies, unit plays up a few weeks out of 3 year warranty. Most likely not worth the effort and cost to repair. I presume with constant use it wouldn't of lasted as long as it did. Cheers .
Solid unit and great value for money
I bought this little hand held CB as I intend to travel by road quite a bit in future. I had not researched CB's and knew little about them but felt that it would come in handy.
Being a novice, I found that the instruction manual was a little light on in detail and it appeared to assume quite a bit of knowledge so my first experience was a tad frustrating. I decided not to be defeated so re-read the manual with the unit in front of me and whenever I came across a word or term that I didn't understand, I Googled it. Using this method of self-instruction, I mastered the 5500 in a couple of hours.
I have road tested the CB and cannot fault it. It does exactly what is says it will do and it is easy to flip through the various functions and scan modes. My only complaint is that I reckon that the screen could do to be a bit bigger.
I've now ordered an FME adaptor so I can connect the CB to an external vehicle aerial and at some time, I'll install an external speaker in the vehicle for a bigger sound (not that it really needs it).
This unit is also splash proof which is a great feature.
I'd recommend this unit if you are looking for an inexpensive yet reliable hand held UHF CB radio. I can't see that there would be any advantage in spending more. Oricom are a local company who appear to be pretty easy to contact should that need to happen.
Questions & Answers
ProductReview.com.au has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence our content moderation policies in any way, though ProductReview.com.au may earn commissions for products/services purchased via affiliate links.