Intek KT-980HP: The Power Baofeng

Power Baofeng? What’s is so magical about 8 watts? Has anyone heard of this radio? I have the Baofeng UV-82 which works extremely well for an HT in the $50 dollar range. When reading over the Intek site, it appears the HT only comes with a 220VAC desk charger.

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KT-980-1You could call it a Baofeng UV-5R with a punch: the Intek KT-980HP. Rated at 8 Watts output on VHF and 7 Watts on UHF this is arguably the most powerful dual-band HT on the market.

This new radio has been developed by and produced exclusively for Intek. The radio has a newly designed die-cast aluminum front panel, new transmitter circuit design using the powerful RQA0011DNS Silicon N-Channel RF power MOSFET semiconductor. Transmitter power is adjustable at three levels (high / mid / low).

Specifications :

Frequency range VHF: 144-146 MHz (136-174 MHz)
Frequency range UHF: 430-440 MHz (400-470 MHz)
TX power VHF: (8W High, 4W Mid, 1W Low)
TX power UHF: (7W High, 4W Mid, 1W Low) (*)
128 Memory channels
Back lighted LCD Display with selectable color
Dual Band, Dual Frequency, Dual Display
Digital Battery Meter / Digital S/RF Meter
CALL / TOT (Time-Out-Timer) / LOCK
Dial multi-function…

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Something about communication range

Sometimes the simplest explanations work best.

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Ever wondered about the claims some manufacturers put on the box? 10, 20, 30, 40 kilometers between two handhelds? Did you ever achieve it?

Probably not, and I’ll try to explain why by using a simple example.

Before we go any further we’ll going to assume a few things.

  1. Both persons holding the radios are 1.90 meters (about 6″2) tall
  2. Both radios are identical in every respect
  3. We use the 2 meter amateur band (VHF) and 5 Watts output
  4. There are no obstacles between the two radios
  5. Nothing above ground affects the signal in a negative nor positive way
  6. There are no special band conditions

Under these circumstances, what is the maximum range?
a) up to 6 Km
b) up to 10 Km
c) up to 20 Km

The answer is: up to 6 Km, give or take a few meters (the exact number is 5.7 Km). The reason why…

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KX3 Sees The Light of Day!

Ke2yk's Elecraft KX3

 

 

After being told by a fellow QRP’er that 15 CW has been up recently, I managed to drag my KX3 out of its Pelican case this morning.

Its been awhile since it has seen the light of day. Didn’t see much point to powering it on since my main antenna has been down for some time and the amazing Par End Fedz that I jury rigged in the yard some time ago has been beat to hell by the lousy winter and the high winds here in the Northeast.

After being very surprised by the fact that the auto-tuner was able to tune without moaning and groaning, I thought what the hell.

I tuned down to 21.025 and started hearing Europe. What was even more of a surprise is that I was able to work stations @ 5 watts on the first attempt.

That doesn’t say much about my skills but it says a HELL OF A LOT about that Par End Fedz antenna.