Quick Review – Wouxun KG-UV8E Tri Band HT

Wouxun KG-UV8EBought the Wouxun KG-UV8E based on the good experience I had with the KG-UVD1P.

The Color display is very good and rather large for an HT.

The 2600 mAh battery life is exceptionally good and does not drain when powered off as the KG-UVD1P does.

A group of us locals have access to a 1.25 meter repeater and performance on the band is very good even on low power.

The channel / VFO Knob gets tight in spots and the screw holding rubber side cover was so loose it was ready to fall out.

Very loud reception causes the speaker to be distorted.

After purchasing the radio, I found out that there is and E and T version. The difference is that a factory reset of the E version causes the firmware to reboot to Chinese while the T version reboots to English. Of course flipping through the Ching-lish manual will save your day with the E version.

Since I only had an old (pain in the ass) Prolific chipped programming cable I also purchased the Red programming cable. The Red cable was hassle free with Windows 10. No monkeying around with the old drivers from the stone age as is the case with the old Prolific chip. Unlike the expensive RT Systems cables, the red cable was around $15. By the way, the Red cable also works for Baofeng and I’d imagine some Kenwood HT’s as well.

Again no radio is perfect but for the price it was a decent buy for the additional 1.25 meter band. If you are looking for specs or videos, Google it. There is no point in regurgitating the same information that’s already available on countless other Web sites.

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.

Ham Radio Blog PD0AC

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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The eHamStore – Transceivers – Scanners – Vintage

The eHamStoreSome people complain about eBay for various reasons. But one of eBay’s assets is that it offers buyer protection. In addition, there are some Ham Radio parts which are hard to find through the normal channels.

The eHamStore covers the usual Ham Radio and Scanner gear but also includes a vintage section as well as pages for items like tubes. Why not take a spin over to The eHamStore and browse around, check out prices or maybe find that rare piece of gear you are after. Hey, you never know.

Best of all, no signups are ever required. Why not visit The eHamStore  today!

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Vintage ARRL Video – “Enjoy The Flicker”

Vintage ARRL ham radio movie. Converted from 16mm film to video tape many years ago, and now from that ancient VHS to digital. Enjoy the flickering screen, and especially the funky organ music backgrounds! heavy focus on Morse code, which of course is no longer a requirement.

From the desk of Russ, KH6JRM:

Many thanks to KF5OEF for finding this little gem. This vintage film takes me back to the days of my old HW-101, the D-104 mike, and the trusty 40 meter dipole strung between two pine trees near the old sugar plantation in Honokaa (along the Hamakua Coast of Hawaii Island). When I worked cw (which was most of the time), I used an old J-38 key (which I still have). Things seemed simplier and more civil in those days 36 years ago. How time flies. Amateur Radio is still fun, despite the few obnoxious operators I run into on 75 and 20 meters. Thanks for the memories! Aloha de Russ, KH6JRM.

Things To Know Before Getting Your First Two Way Radio

 

BAOFENG UV-B5

A two way radio differs from a broadcast radio in the sense that it can receive as well as send messages and it can be used for communication between two people. Two way radios are available in several different configurations. Configurations include hand held radios, mobile radios and stationary base radios.

Radios can either operate in a full duplex mode or a half duplex mode. In full duplex, two way radios can be used to both send and receive voice or data at the same time over different channels or frequencies. In half duplex, two way radios can be used for either sending or receiving voice or data over a single channel.

There are various things that you should  take into account with two way radios prior to making a purchase. Generally handheld or HT two way radios are very compact, are light weight and are very affordable. Two way radios are available in different styles and are used for a large number of applications. Two way handheld radios have a push to talk button which makes it very convenient to use. Two way handheld radios are available with either rechargeable batteries or replaceable batteries. Handheld batteries are usually made of nickel and cadmium or lithium ion.

Two way radios operate in different ranges. The range specifies the distance that can be used in a two way communication. Two way radios can operate over short ranges or longer ranges depending on various factors like the frequency, terrain, output power, etc. Most two way radios operate in a “line of sight” manner. That is the antennas of two way radios must “see” each other. This just means that they cannot work well in hilly areas and in places where there are large obstructions such as city buildings.

Two way radios today come with a large number of features. Two way radios can use repeaters to help with communicating over longer distances and in areas where line of sight communication is not possible. Some two way radios also provide an option to use the computer in conjunction with a terminal node controller or TNC. The TNC converts the digital data from the computer to analog data which is then transmitted / received by two way radios. Packet radio networks have been around since the 1980’s and are used to communicate with Amateur Radio stations locally and worldwide.

Another thing new users must know about two way radios is that they may or may not require licenses to operate. When toy like two way radios are used as a personal radio within the home for example, there is no need to apply for a license. In addition, radio controlled toys do not require a license.

However, most two way radios do require some form of a license. Operating  Amateur Radio equipment does require a license from the country you live in. In the U.S. the FCC controls all Amateur Radio licenses. All business or commercial radios in the U.S require licenses issued by the FCC.

Two way radios operate on different “channels” or frequencies. Since these “channels” are open anyone can listen to the communication or intercept the messages being sent. To prevent this to some degree, radios come with privacy codes of sorts. Most two way radios and police scanners include the ability to scan the channels and automatically detect these so called privacy codes. Therefore there is no such thing as a truly “private” channel.

Today, entry level Amateur Radio equipment can be purchased for as little as $50 to $75. One of the most popular introductory two way radios is the BAOFENG two way radio because of its included options and its very low cost.

Shopping online offers you the advantage of performing price comparisons, reading customer reviews and selecting the best deal before you make your purchase. When purchasing through eBay, as opposed to most other online stores, you are offered buyer protection. And if you should make your purchase with PayPal, your purchase is usually doubly protected.

So stop by and visit The eHamStore For All Of Your TWO WAY RADIO needs. There are no hidden fees and no sign ups are required.

Do You Shop For Ham Gear On eBay?

YET Another HT From China

BAOFENGUV-B5

Yup! You guessed it, it’s another HT from our “friends” in China. There’s been a lot of chat about these radios. It would satisfy my curiosity if someone could point me to a site to break down the differences between this growing list of Baofeng Transceivers.

So far I have heard of the UV-3R 5R 5RA 5RB 5RC 5RE and now the UV-B5 B6. Does this mean they can’t get it right or the improvements are coming at a fast and furious pace?

This one, the UV-B5 is supposed to be the very latest in a long line of Baofeng UV-X series of Dual Band HT transceivers.

If you want to look deep into the details and get a full analysis of the performance of the new BAOFENG UV-B5 / UV-B6, take a spin over to:
HANS PD0AC’s Blog here: http://bit.ly/12Cq6fC
Find it on eBay here: http://bit.ly/132PDds

What are your thoughts about these Chinese “wonders”… Thanks!

2012 New York QSO Party

4th Anniversary Special Event

The help celebrate the 4h Anniversary of the New York QSO Party, several New York stations will be signing Special 1×1 call signs during the 2012 New York QSO Party, October 20-21, 2012.

Those calls, will be spelling out “NYQSO Party”, which coincidentally, has 9 letters!

The Special 1×1 call signs and the stations activating them are:

  • W2N (WN2IHJ), N2N (NY2NY), K2N (K2CZ) (N2Y (N2CU)
  • N2Q (K2DB), K2Q (K2QB), W2Q (AD2TM)
  • K2S (N2TEE), N2S (N2SAB)
  • K2O (WB2ABD), N2O (W2CS), W2O (AB3CX)
  • N2P (WB2OQQ), K2P (K2UC)
  • K2A (K2QO/K2ZR), W2A (K2ARM)
  • W2R (W2RR/WA2AOG), K2R (K2IZ), N2R (N2ZN)
  • N2T (KC2VMP), K2T (K2TV), W2T (W2TZ)
  • W2Y (KC2QLJ), K2Y (KN2Y)

The stations will be operating CW,RTTY and SSB and are being hosted at single and multi-op stations around the state.

There will be special awards for working all 9 1×1 call signs listed above (and only those 1×1 call signs). You may work them single mode, mixed mode, or once on CW, once on RTTY and once on Phone!

Plaques will be awarded to the first station to work all special NYQP 1×1 Call signs (on CW, RTTY and Phone).

Certificates will be e-mailed to any station contacting any of the special 1×1 call signs listed above.

Submitted NYQP logs will be used to determine award winners.

You can also subscribe to the New York QSO Party Mailing list at by sending us a request at info@nyqp.org

 Thanks and we look forward to your participation in the 2012 New York QSO Party; 1400Z, Oct 20 to 0200Z, Oct 21, 2012

Thanks,

Brent Hungate KC2QLJ -NYQP Coordinator

Paul Mackanos  K2DB -NYQP Advisor

 

eBay Shopper’s Guide for Ham Radio Ops

 Now in its 5th year of operation, eHamStore.com is still offering the best of what eBay has to offer when it comes to Ham Radio and Police Scanner gear. Since many of you have probably not considered looking over The eHamStore as a place to bid on or purchase Ham Radio and Police Scanner gear, I wanted to put a quick buyers guide together to help buyers  navigate around the  eBay listings at eHamStore.com and to help potential  buyers realize that eBay offers buyer protection not found on other sites. Please take a few minutes to check out this buyers guide to eBay and take my short poll at the end of the article. Also please feel free to comment on your eBay / Ham Radio shopping experiences.  Thanks!

The Quick eBay Buyers Guide:

  eBay bills itself as an auction site.  The reality is that it’s more of a giant yard sale or never-ending Hamfest.  Go straight to the search bar on the eBay main page, type in anything you might be looking  for, and odds are pretty good that you will find at least one for sale. It’s rare when you don’t come up with at least one of what you are looking for. The downside is that spelling errors in listings can be a bit frustrating from time to time.

There are two types of eBay listings.

  Auctions feature an end time of anywhere from a few days to a week.  Entering a maximum bid is OK but the site only shows the maximum bid you need to win the item. Don’t do this unless you want to pay the top dollar for the item or it’s something you cannot live without. The best way to get the item you want is to become an auction sniper and pounce on the item during the last-minute. Place your final bid during the last few seconds of the auction.

  The other type of listing (the more popular these days) is Buy It Now.  These are basically simple for sale listings where you agree to buy the item for a specific price. There’s no drama, just a quick and smooth transaction. One thing to be aware of is to review shipping costs prior to placing a bid or buying an item.  Shipping costs vary wildly from listing to listing. It’s possible to purchase an item at a higher price and actually save a few dollars when you factor in the potential savings on shipping costs.

  Always remember that you are buying from a seller not eBay. Fortunately, eBay has a feedback system. What that means is that you can quickly review the seller’s trustworthiness.  The seller can leave feedback on you as the buyer as well. Once you submit payment, the type, size and location of the item will determine how fast you receive it.

  Since eBay owns PayPal, all credit card transactions are processed via PayPal. For reasons that are unknown to me, people don’t like opening a PayPal account.  My personal experience over the years has been 100% positive. Perhaps one time buyers see no need to open a PayPal account and think negatively about something they don’t understand. I have found it to be safe, secure and convenient. PayPal also offers extra protection on purchases when PayPal is used as the payment method.

  Using eBay as reference for prices is a huge reason to think eBay. If you want to know what an item is going for and you just want to shop around, what better place to look online than eBay.  Again, you need to have some idea of  what an item is really worth and what you are willing to spend before you start digging around on the site.  Patience is often rewarded with a reasonable price. Read all listings carefully , remember to keep your head and you’ll be fine.

  Like any system, eBay has its imperfections but remember that people all over the world buy and sell millions of items each and every day via eBay / PayPal. As a buyer you may pay a bit for an item but it’s far better to be protected that taking a chance and buying an item from a site like Craig’s List or other Ham Radio sites which offer no buyer protection whatsoever.