I used a set of UHF radios (Zarteck / cost about 1400R) in the past they worked ok over a shorter distance (~ 1km). However If one goes on a group trip the VHF radios appears to be the more commonly used.
The main requirement for the purchase of a VHF radio is that you need to be part of an Offroad-Club i.e. NORC or any other club for that matter
Christo Van Rensburg / our Radio Officer NORC assisted me greatly with the following info
• We use VHF radios in our club (as do all the other 4x4 clubs). Don’t get an HF radio – you will have nobody to talk to! OR%A has 9 channels, so try to get one with at least 8 channels, and if possible go for 16 channels so that your radio can cope with all the ORRA frequencies.
• Browse to http://www.orra.co.za/approveddealers.html
where you will find a list of places to get a radio. Pick someone close by & tell them that you want a handheld VHF radio. You may be lucky and they will give you the serial number over the phone to let you complete the ORRA application form. If you are not lucky they will ask you to pay them some money first.
• Browse to the http://www.orra.co.za/individuals.html
to see the application process. You will also find the application form there. Download it, complete the form in Acrobat, print & sign it, then scan & e-mail (or fax) it to Rina at ORRA. Remember to attach my confirmation letter to the application you send to ORRA!
• Once you receive the license from ORRA (it goes to a postal address), you can legally collect the radio from the dealer. The dealer will have programmed the ORRA frequencies into the radio while you were waiting for the license.
The application process for the radio took about 1 week. / cost = 150 Rand
I was now entitled to officially purchase a VHF radio.
I bought two RTS Bosvark Radios. + an Arial extension + earphone etc. Total cost ~ 2400 Rand.
I had the opportunity to test the radio last week in Lesotho and the radio (with Arial extension) worked very well.
I guess the convoy was at times stretched out up to 5 km in mountaines terrain. And I always had good reception.