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  • Cool radio - cheap price

    posted by 123ziggy on 08/02/2012
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    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    Low cost, good sound, small size, dual band (2m/440) I can afford to buy this without saving up for several months. If it gets lost, stolen or dies I'm not out a lot. It has most of the functions I'm interested in. It sounds good and takes fairly easy to find accessories. At this price both my wife and I can afford to have them (she's a ham operator too). These would be great as incentives for kids (think scouts etc) to get their licenses.

    Cons:

    Have to wait for it to come from Hong Kong! Some have reported some RF issues (poor image rejection, low sensitivity, desensing in the presence of other RF, etc...) but I haven't had opportunity to see evidence of these. Programming is weird. The only way to really program it easily is with software and a usb cable (usually sold separately). Manual is in chinese with very limited english translation

    OtherThoughts:

    Just recognize this for what it is, don't blame it for what it isn't. Here is a decent HT radio for ham use that costs little more than an FRS or GMRS unit. Don't expect it to be an ICOM or a Kenwood.

    Bottomline:

    Great Price, small size, good sound. Sold!

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