The Tait T182 Maxiphone VHF radio was introduced to Police service in
1977-78 and remained in service until the change to FM was completed
in 1992. It was the first fully transistorised mobile radio used by
versions of the Maxiphone were used. The standard mobile unit was equipped
with 12 channels (10 repeater and 2 simplex) and was equipped with a
public address system. Early models had a "plug in" microphone.
maxiphone was also used in the base station role when combined with
a mains powered power supply. An ealry base statio unit with six channels,
no public address system and an adjustable mute is pictured below.
maxiphone could also be used a "packset" portable unit.
the mid 80's an FM
version was used in the Northland district to test the FM mode before
the commencement of the change to FM nationally.
mobile Tait Maxiphone with "plug in" microphone