32 questions from our users
Can I connect any external vehicle uhf antenna to the UHF5500 handheld?
Yes, this is possible using an SMA to FME connector.
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I'm a bit disappointed that the batteries of my oricom uhf 5500 only supposedly to last about 12 months, shouldn't good quality lithium ion batteries last a lot longer than that or is that the expected life span of heavy daily usage...?
What is the best most effective way to maximise battery life of the uhf 5500 in regards to charge status...?
As a battery is used it will wear out and will not be able to hold a full charge. The life time of a rechargeable battery is given as a number of charge and discharges until the battery is at 80% of its new capacity, depending on the battery this can be a number like 300 for an average quality battery 500 for a good battery and 1000 for a really good (and expensive) battery.
When a fully charged battery is only holding 80% of its rated capacity it is time to replace the battery with a new one as it is near the end of it useful life (it is worth noting that if you charge a battery every day for 2 years most will have reached and passed their expected useful life time).
How you look after your batteries will have some effect on their life.
It is very important to follow the recommendations that may be provided with the product. In general LiPo batteries do not require full charge or discharging and can be left on the charger indefinably. They do like to be used a little and then recharged but do not like being fully discharged or left in a fully discharged or fully charged state for a long period of time, it is recommended to store them at about 40% charge state in a cool dry location.
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What sort of battery life can you expect before they need to be replaced? How much does a replacement battery cost?
Hi Joe, The UHF5500 is powered by a Lithium Ion battery, you can expect around 12 months from your battery, this will vary (+/-) depend on charging patterns and use. Replacement cost is $99. If you would like any help with this or have any further questions, please call us on 1300 889 785. Cheers, Oricom UHF CB Radios
my handheld 5500 is three months old and wont recieve,anywhere in perth i can take it or any ideas what it could be?
Could be the settings you have it on, try a reset (page 25 of the user guide or as below) first to clear all user programmed settings and take you back to the factory standard. If that doesn't fix you up give us a call on 1300 889 785 (8am-6pm Sydney time) and we'll help you out. The user guide is also available online: http://www.oricom.com.au/media/upload/file/guides/UHF5500-1.pdf
If the radio's display locks up or stops functioning properly, you might need to reset your UHF radio.
Caution : This procedure clears all the information you have stored in your UHF radio.
Before you reset your UHF radio, try turning it off and on again. If your UHF radio is still not functioning correctly you may need to reset the UHF radio.
To reset Press and Hold Monitor and power on. “Reset” will appear in the display. The radio will then return to standby mode.
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Hi Oricom Official, what is the standard range (kms) this model can handle? Other models state 10 KMs, others are closer. What about the UHF5500-2?
In summary: the range of UHF CB radio signal, is line of sight and this is limited by the horizon. More power (i.e 5 watt over a 2 watt or 1 watt) will give you a greater penetration in scrubby terrain.
The range of a UHF CB radio is: ‘The combined line of sight of both stations’:
UHF radio signals travel in straight lines between the radios anything between will attenuate the signals and in some case stop them altogether.
If there is nothing between you and the other station the limiting factor is the horizon at about 1.5m above ground level and looking at the same point on the horizon the best range possible would be approximately 10km (5km for each station).
The range is more of a question of what is between the stations. The attenuation of the signal in free air is very low, as moisture is added the attenuation becomes greater (anyone with satellite TV would have seen rain fade). Trees and other types of vegetation also contain water so a signal through a plantation or forest of trees will also be attenuated to some degree if not completely lost.
Will a 5 watt unit may have greater range than a unit with a lower transmit power?
Yes, it will, provided the other station is able transmit with the same levels. With more power the signal will go further, not so much in open area distance but through objects or rain i.e. better penetration in built up areas or through vegetation.
It is the same when in a built up area the signal may not go through some buildings and will not go through a hill there as some exceptions, a signal can bounce off a building and give the impression that it is working fine sometimes atmospheric conditions can also affect the range or signal propagation.
If you want clarification or to discuss further, please feel free to contact one of our Customer Support Team on 1300 889 785.
Best regards, Oricom UHF CB
Has this got the Australian C-Tick compliance mark? In short, is it legal to use this equipment in Australia?
Hi Cecilia,Yes, the UHF5500 is compliant for use in Australia and has the current correct compliance, RCM label. Best regards, Oricom UHF CB Radios
is it splash proof?
Getting a carrier wave only on one of my uhf 5500 despite factory resets. It is out of warranty. What else can I do to fix it, or does it need to go off for repair?
Hi Picko, All our hand-held UHF CB Radios have a three year warranty, you may be surprised your radio still falls within this. Regardless, please give our friendly Customer Support Team a call and we can help troubleshoot this with you. So we can help you faster, please quote your reference: HL58315 when you phone 1300 889 785. Cheers, Oricom UHF CB Radios.
Does the car charger supplied with these units plug into the bottom of the radio or does the car charger plug into a cradle that the radio has to sit in?
Hi Rick, These units come with a charging cradle. See full details on our website: http://www.oricom.com.au/uhf5500-2-handheld-cb-radio.html or, if you have further questions, please feel free to contact our Customer Support Team on 1300 889 785. Cheers, Oricom UHF CB Radios.
Can you get a longer antenna for the UHF5500 UNIT without going external? Want a longer but still attached to 5500unit to hold in hand
Good Morning, Thanks for your message. You can purchase a longer antenna for your UHF5500 radio, it uses a standard BNC connector which unfortunately we do not sell. We would suggest you try online.
Are oricom uhf radios waterproof?
Hi Brian, the UHF5500 is IP54 dust and splash-proof. Best regards, Oricom UHF CB Radios/
This particular Oricom is rated as splash proof and looking at how its put together, it appears that the claims are pretty much right. I've not drenched it, but it has been in the rain without issue.
Which shops could I possibly buy this radio from and what price is it?
Hi Brian, the radio retails at $229 for a single handset. You can pick these up from all good 4wd and communication specialist and automotive parts retailers. Use the "Where to Buy" feature on our website to find a stockist near you: http://www.oricom.com.au/wheretobuy?pId=423 or call us on 1300 889 785.
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