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Question by: Groete Rudolf Answer by: Eric SkeenEk dink dis nogals baie nice dat ek so kan raad vra vir die manne wat weet terwyl ek hier in my huis ver van julle af sit. Ek wil net graag weet wat is die algemeenste radio frikwensie wat die 4×4 manne op praat?
Ek het ‘n Uniden (XL510) 27 MHz in my bakkie gesit. Sommer ‘n radio wat ek vernuut gekry het maar nou wil ek net seker maak op watse frikwensie die meeste op praat. Ek het al gehoor hulle praat van n’ 29 MHz ook maar is nie seker nie. As julle my kan help sal ek dit wardeer.
Groete Rudolf

THE EXPERT’S OPINION:
The older CB radios operated on 27 MHz during the mid ‘80s. This frequency died a natural death a few years later, being replaced by 29 MHz units operating on an AM band. In some instances, one or two off-road clubs may still be using the 27 MHz frequency but most people operate on either 29 MHz AM or VHF / FM.
In short, there will be very few people operating with 27 MHz radios and the only way to successfully communicate with most 4×4 drivers is via a 29 MHz or a VHF / FM radio. The easiest way to obtain a licence for one of these radios is to join an off-road club affiliated with the Association of All Wheel Drive Clubs of Southern Africa – they feature an Off Road Radio Association facility. Visit www.aawdc.org.za for more information.
Alternatively, you could join an online forum like 4×4 Community where you can apply for either a 29 MHz or VHF / FM radio licence through ORRA. These frequencies have the added advantage in that they’re roving frequencies and can be legally used anywhere in South Africa.
Eric Skeen
Repcom
(018) 468 3013

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