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Author Topic: "Leixen" brand Chinese mobile VHF/UHF rig. Any good?  (Read 13582 times)
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« on: June 09, 2015, 08:31:51 PM »

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VV-898-Dual-Band-136-174-400-470MHz-10W-Car-Mobile-Two-way-Ham-Radio-Transceiver-/131278746194?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e90d2b252

There are a number of these puppies up on Ebay right now. At $130 and free shipping the price blows away the nearest competitor, which I believe is a Wouxun that goes for something like $350. I would mainly use it to keep track of repeater traffic while on the road, mainly for road reports.
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2015, 02:22:35 AM »

The overall ratings for it are not all that great, the receiver section seems to have the biggest issue.

http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/11817

"The receiver section is a Halloween nightmare in an urban environment. Even 10 meter signals managed to leak through the (probably non-existent) front-end, so expect a lot of intermod / out-of band signals to ruin your day."


"As you drive along, the squelch (even when set on maximum) will break and you will get loud screeching sounds from pager transmitters, digital signals, etc."


"These small dual band radios just became available on ebay and elsewhere. They are cheap and perform that way. Very difficult operating/programming, not intuitive at all. I had mine for a few hours to evaluate it, and then boxed it back up and returned it to the seller. Radio does work, but you won't like the way it operates. The deviation even on wide is very narrow and you will have to scream to be heard. The DTMF function which is much much louder than the mic audio requires a menu visit, a number entry, and then key the radio to transmit the data. Not good for us US hams in a mobile.
Save your money for a real radio (my opinion) "


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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2015, 03:27:21 AM »

A Wouxun is $350? A Kenwood v71a is $360, are you only interested in China radios?
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2015, 05:10:17 AM »

Seems to be yet another cheap special that relies on computer circuitry to do the job only good RF circuitry can do. 
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2015, 08:23:42 AM »

With the possible exception of egg rolls, has anything good ever came out of China?!
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KJ6ZOL
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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2015, 08:47:51 AM »

A Wouxun is $350? A Kenwood v71a is $360, are you only interested in China radios?

Really, a Kenwood for $360? Gee, maybe I need to take a closer look at those HRO catalogs...  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2015, 09:30:06 AM »

The radio is VERY sparse inside. Looks like it is missing some parts.

Picture from VK3XRA



Here is a rather detailed review complete with pictures and graphs.

https://hamgear.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/review-leixen-vv-898/

Here is another review

http://vk3xra.com/radio/leixen-vv898/
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2015, 09:35:40 AM »

A Wouxun is $350? A Kenwood v71a is $360, are you only interested in China radios?

Really, a Kenwood for $360? Gee, maybe I need to take a closer look at those HRO catalogs...  Roll Eyes


Not sure if I sense sarcasm, or if for some reason Wouxun is your preferred brand (which is an individual choice).

$364.95 shipped

http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-008951
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KJ6ZOL
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« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2015, 11:39:11 AM »

A Wouxun is $350? A Kenwood v71a is $360, are you only interested in China radios?

Really, a Kenwood for $360? Gee, maybe I need to take a closer look at those HRO catalogs...  Roll Eyes


Not sure if I sense sarcasm, or if for some reason Wouxun is your preferred brand (which is an individual choice).

$364.95 shipped

http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-008951

I was joking, poking fun at myself for immediately tossing out HRO catalogs instead of looking through them. I had assumed that HRO would be far more costly than Ebay. Of course, you get what you pay for.
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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2015, 12:16:31 PM »

By the way, the Leixen VV - 898 is also sold as the Jetstream JT270M.

http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/12039



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« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2015, 12:18:25 PM »

I was joking, poking fun at myself for immediately tossing out HRO catalogs instead of looking through them. I had assumed that HRO would be far more costly than Ebay. Of course, you get what you pay for.

I stopped looking at HRO catalogs a long time ago, when they stopped publishing prices for most radios and showing "CALL" in place of the prices. At least you can get to the pricing on the web site, but that's not the greatest either.
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« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2015, 12:21:49 PM »

HRO seems to have the lowest prices on most of the mobile and handheld transceivers that I have priced. Some other places will have a radio for $15-$20 less, but they add shipping on top of that. HRO includes shipping if the purchase is over $100.

I have yet to look at gear on ebay. To receive the 1 year warranty on a Yaesu for example, you must have a receipt from an authorized dealer.
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« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2015, 06:08:00 PM »

What about some of these others, such as TYT or Retevis?

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1312.R1.TR10.TRC3.A0.H0.Xcar.TRS1&_nkw=car+ham+radio&_sacat=40065

(note: includes Leixens, too)

There's even a radio that looks a lot like that Kenwood, except $100 or so less. I know that the Big Four tend to manufacture their low end rigs in China, and the Chinese laugh at such things as "intellectual property", frequently ripping off designs from Big Names and offering them cheaper on Ebay, just look at all the fake iPhones on there with cracked software.
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« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2015, 06:24:20 PM »

I know 2 people that have a TYT 9800 (Yaesu clone), one radio stopped working completely after a week, and sits on a shelf a year later, the other one only works on a couple bands, and has transmit audio problems.

Only a couple 2 meter mobiles from the big 3 are made in China, and they don't hide it, it's clearly marked on the label.

My Yaesu FT-60r dual band handheld is even made in Japan, but the battery pack is made in China.

Good luck with ebay, sounds like you have it all figured out. So I'm puzzled as to why you would want someone here to validate your purchase.
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KJ6ZOL
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« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2015, 07:31:29 PM »

I know 2 people that have a TYT 9800 (Yaesu clone), one radio stopped working completely after a week, and sits on a shelf a year later, the other one only works on a couple bands, and has transmit audio problems.

Only a couple 2 meter mobiles from the big 3 are made in China, and they don't hide it, it's clearly marked on the label.

My Yaesu FT-60r dual band handheld is even made in Japan, but the battery pack is made in China.

Good luck with ebay, sounds like you have it all figured out. So I'm puzzled as to why you would want someone here to validate your purchase.

That's not it at all, I was just wondering if any of these Chinese mobile rigs are any good. It seems that they're not. Like a lot of others, I don't have lots of money, so wherever I can save a few dollars I will. If I have to pay $365 to get a decent mobile rig I'll do it, but if I can buy something cheaper that still works ok, I'll do that. But as I noted, you get what you pay for, even though I have two Baofengs and they work ok.
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