Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week
Very good price on Deal Extreme. I wasn't expecting the very high build quality (fit and finish) on this radio, it's top notch! Seriously, it looks and feels like a top quality radio. Covers 2m and 7-cm Ham, FRS, VHF-FM Marine, and more. Your legality may vary, but it covers the frequencies. The user interface is also much better than expected. It makes sense very quickly, within two hours of using it. Whoever programmed the overall GUI concept is quite clever and logical. RF sensitivity is very good 0.18uV. RF power output (5w) is pretty good too. Battery is great, Li-ion. Supposedly 2000 mAh. Audio quality is good, nice speaker. Not a tinny sound. The display is great, showing 8-digits of frequency and 2.5-digits for channel. No left-off digits here like some radios! There are grooves and rails in the interface of the battery pack and charger base. This means you can charge just a battery pack alone if you have a spare.
Not many: The inclusion of a flashlight White LED ("Jacklight") is a bit weird. Like one of those goofy "emergency radios" with the crank handle. But the LED is bright and useful, and is quite subtle when not in use. You would hardly know it was there unless turned on. More seriously, there's no DTMF touch-tone at all. No Touch Tones included. The channel scan rate is a rather leisurely 5 channels per second. There's a Bell-shaped indicator for keypad beeps, but no way to turn them off. The indicator for U/V mode is "WX" - huh? The display has an "APO" that's not used at all (who cares?). Manual is good, but has a few problems: "Power switch" means changing the RF output power between H (5w), M (2.5w), and L (1w) - it's not a power (On/Off) switch. They also use "Frequency deviation" when they actually mean "Transmitter offset". That's about it.
Stop the scan mode by pressing the PTT button (don't worry, it won't transmit in this case). F+0+0 leads to the END.OFF/END.ON courtesy beep setting. But there's no beep circuit in this model, but it does delay PTT release by a half second.
Very good radio period. For the price it's a nice surprise. I've posted a blog on-line regarding the QuanSheng TG-UV2 radio to provide more Hints and Tips, but you'll have to find it by yourself.
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