Upgrading your Compatible GME UHF CB Radio to 80 Channels*
The ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) have recently released a new class licence allowing UHF CB radios to operate on a new 80 channel narrow band standard.
In December 2010, in preparation for this new standard, GME began building UHF CB radios that complied with both the original 40 channel wideband standard and the new 80 channel narrowband standard. This allowed customers to purchase 'future proofed' 40 channel radios prior to the release of the new standard that could be switched to the new 80 channel standard once it was mandated. As of June, 2011, owners of compatible radios can now operate on the new 80 channel narrow band channels.
GME radios that are 80-channel compatible can be easily identified by an '80 Channel Upgradable' sticker on the packaging and by the following serial number prefixes.
All models with serial number prefix's 011 (November 2010) or earlier as well as TX4400 and TX4600 models with serial number prefix's 101 (January 2011) or earlier are unfortunately not able to be upgraded to 80 channel narrow band operation. From serial number 106xxxxxx onwards, all the above models will be factory enabled for 80 channel operation.
Compatible GME radios can be either User upgraded or Dealer upgraded depending on the model. Please refer to the table above.
If your GME 40 channel UHF radio is listed as User Upgradable, you can upgrade it yourself as follows;
Connect your radio to a 12 Volt power source and switch it on. Use the following channel selection sequence to upgrade your radio. If at any point you make a mistake, simply switch it OFF then ON again and repeat the sequence from step 1.
1. Select Channel 7.
2. Switch the radio OFF then ON again.
3. Select Channel 23.
4. Switch the radio OFF then ON again.
5. Select Channel 39.
6. Switch the radio OFF then ON again.
7. Select Channel 15.
8. Switch the radio OFF then ON again.
9. Select Channel 31.
10. Switch the radio OFF then ON again.
If the upgrade was successful, channel 80 will be displayed.
If your GME 40 channel UHF radio is listed as Dealer Upgradable, please contact us or your local GME branch office to arrange for it to be upgraded. The dealer upgrade service is performed free of charge.
Please note the following facts regarding the 80 Channel Standard.
There are 75 voice channels. Channels 22 and 23 are reserved for telemetry and telecommand, channel 61, 62 and 63 are reserved for future use.
This radio can receive on these channels however voice transmission is inhibited.