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  • Good for short range

    posted by johnf888 on 04/03/2011
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    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:

    Build quality is good.
    Battery life seems pretty good.
    Compact size.
    Inbuilt torch.

    Cons:

    Range is only about 1km in city areas.
    Power isn't 5 Watts. Other sites say 3 Watts.
    I suspect this radio has a number of functions I'm not aware of, but the Chinese manual doesn't explain them.

    OtherThoughts:

    I used Kenwood software to change voice prompts to English from Chinese.
    ie. A voice calls numbers 1-16, to tell you what channel you're on - without having to look at the dial. This is handy but annoying in the default, Chinese language. Much better once changed into English.
    The program from Kenwood is KPG87D.
    I purchased a cable from eBay - think it also uses a Kenwood pin configuration.

    Bottomline:

    For the price, these are great for short range uses, say 1km in city areas, more in open spaces - haven't tested that yet.
    Sound is clear and loud, once set up (say with channel prompts announced in English), this is an easy to use, low fuss product.
    For me however, I need greater range so am looking at higher powered models, even though more bulky.

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