Quick Review of the QYT KT8900D Mobile

QYT KT8900D Mobile RadioBought a QYT KT8900D (upgraded 2nd gen.) Quad Band receive Dual Band (2 m / 70 cm) transmit mobile radio the other day. Why? I don’t know. Just wanted to see what these Chinese radios are like these days I suppose. I am not using the radio mobile so I am not concerned with the lack of image rejection or other quirks encountered when driving around dense RF fields. If you plan to drive near or in a city, IMHO forget it, this is not the radio for you!

Worked a local 70 cm repeater with it the other day and received a good audio report from several guys.  Guess that’s a promising sign for an inexpensive mobile radio.

Taking the easy way out, I loaded up the frequencies I wanted using CHIRP since I have a subscription to Radio Reference. Once I had the Ham Repeaters, Fire and Ambulance info loaded, I then downloaded the contents of the radio into the factory software.

If you plan to use CHIRP as I did, be sure to follow up with the factory software since it offers a whole bunch of settings in the Options panel not available at all in CHIRP. You will find that the factory software Chinglish conversion good enough to understand  99% of the setup.

The factory software does not seem to permit setting up the radio with name only as a default for the display. As a result, after each upload of the code plug, you do have to manually step through the display if you want to change each of the four displayed frequencies over to names. Accomplishing this is done by hitting the ABCD key and then the V/M key on the front panel.

When the radio is power cycled, the names are displayed. If resetting to names was required during each power cycle the radio would have been returned.

For an $85, knock-around ham shack radio the QYT KT8900D appears to be a good buy.  Should I run into additional issues I will post them here in the future.

Want to know more, visit this link at Amazon.

73 Gary KE2YK

 

The 50th anniversary of the Silver Bridge Collapse

Event Date: December 15, 2017 through December 17, 2017

Event Title: N8S Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Silver Bridge Collapse

Location: Point Pleasant West Virginia

Public Contact Info: Gail Hodges – AB8S
6195 Sandhill Road
Point Pleasant WV 25550

Pubic Contact Phone: 304 675 8035
Public Contact Email: ab8s@arrl.net

W9F Special Event – Fermilab’s 50th Anniversary

Event Date: Dec. 2-Dec. 16, 2017

Event Title: W9F Special Event – Fermilab’s 50th Anniversary

Location: Batavia, IL

Public Contact Info: W9F, special event station commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)–the United States’ preeminent particle physics laboratory revealing the basic particles and forces of nature and furthering mankind’s understanding of matter, energy, space and time. Operating on all modes and frequencies, esp. 14.260, 14.340, 7.250 and 7.275. Commemorative QSL card. Send QSL requests c/o Fermi Amateur Radio Club to KD9IG@arrl.net.

Pubic Contact Phone: 630-840-3073

Public Contact Email: KD9IG@arrl.net