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Author Topic: Wouxun KG-UVD1P vs Quansheng TG-UV2 vs ... ???  (Read 12088 times)
SV1BDO
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« on: November 13, 2010, 01:48:52 PM »

Some 2 years ago, when Wouxun launched the 1st V-U HT, we saw some weak signs of ending the Japanese monopoly in ham radio gear. For this period, the KG-UVD1P was the only way for someone that wanted a low priced V-U HT.
 
Now, the signs are stronger, from Wouxun's "cousin", the also Chinese Quansheng TG-UV2. Both are in the same price range (aprox 100 USD incl WW shipping from HK), dual watch, dual receive, share the same SMA antenna and Kenwood speaker-mic connectors, possibly same programming cable and both of them, have very good performance (according to their users' reviews). In the meantime, Wouxun has announced a 50W VHF-UHF mobile rig, that expected to be also in a very low price. (there are a lot of rumors about its price in the net) 

The competition between Chinese manufacturers will be the profit for the ham community, and without any doubt, we are going to see more manufacturers from China that will offer new products, cheaper than the Japanese.

Shall we see a very low priced, HF rig soon ?

73, Sotiris SV1BDO
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K1CJS
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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2010, 07:33:27 PM »

I tried a Wouxon HT, and was dissapointed by it.  Remember, you only get what you pay for.
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K2OWK
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2010, 01:14:07 PM »

I have and use a Wouxun KG-UV2D. It is an excellent HT with excellent receive and transmitt audio. I use the accessory speaker/mike in my car with excellent results. The HT is rugged with a great number of features for a very low price. The only minor problem is the difficulty in hand programming the unit. This is solved with a program cable and the Wouxun program free on there website. There US sales company www.wouxun.us, and its owner Ed give the best service of any company I have had to deal with. I can not wait for Wouxun to sell there new 50 watt VHF/UFH radio. If it is really about $150.00 us I will definitely buy one when it is available.

There are always a few people that get a lemon. If K1CJS had returned the HT to Wouxun, his problem would have been taken care of.

Read the reviews on Eham about this radio and you will see most people are very satisfied with it. I know this is not an Icom or a Yaesu, but it also does not cost three times the price and does the same thing (transmitt and receive) just as good.

As for the Quansheng I would wait for a US distributor before buying it. It may be an excellent radio, but if you get one that has a problem, sending it back to China for repair would be costly and time consuming

73s
K2OWK
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N8EKT
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2010, 04:20:26 PM »

YOU ONLY GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
IT NEVER PAYS TO BE A CHEEPSKATE
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W5LZ
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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2010, 07:26:24 AM »

From what I've read, between the Wouxun and Quansheng radios, the only difference is the case of the radios, they appear to be the same radio under the 'covers'.
I can't say that I'm completely thrilled with the KG-UV2D I own, but I'm not dissatisfied enough to get rid of it.  (I also have to say that the price was a deciding factor.)  
If I could change a few features, that LED flashlight wouldn't still be there, and the programming could certainly be made easier for us 'dummies'.  It does exactly what it's supposed to do.  The things that are 'different' about this radio can be 'worked around' without much problem.
'You get what you pay for', is one side of the coin.  The other side of that coin is that I didn't have to pay for things I wouldn't use.  I figure that worked out well in this particular case.
I don't think the big name manufacturers need to spend a lot of worry yet, but I hope it gives them a 'clue' about prices!  I also don't think I'll hold my breath waiting on the prices to go down.
Paul


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K4FH
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2010, 06:29:51 AM »

The problem I have with the big three is charging $70 for a cable and a bracket and labeling it "remote kit".  It just adds to the total cost of the radio.


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KJ6HYC
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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2010, 05:17:17 AM »

I have 2 of the Wouxuns KG-UVD*P HTs, they are fine radios, work well, and a lot of bang for the buck. The only problem that I have seen is that most peeps don't understand the programing. Here is a programming tutorial I put together;
Manual programming of the Wouxun Handy Talkies (HT's) can be confusing. This is a simplified procedure to manually program the HT.
Overview;
To program the Wouxun HT you must understand that you must program the numerical information (the Channel - Frequency - Freq. Offset & direction - tones) in the Menu 21 "Frequency" mode and then save it, you then change the mode of menu 21 to "name" mode and then enter the (Repeater's Name) and save it.
Notes: when you are programming the HT in menu modes you have approximately a 4 second time window to make a change, if change is not made in that time window, the HT times out and you will have to re-do the entry, usually by pushing the red "menu" button twice takes you back to where you timed out. You may also use the Frequency knob nearest to the antenna, in place of the arrow up/down to change the parameters once in the programming mode.
Procedure;
First thing is to have the programming data avaiable. I would suggest make a programming sheet that has the following programming data.
1. Frequency in 6 digits (XXX.XXX)
2. PL / CTCSS Tone frequencies (if used)
3. Repeater frequency offset and direction (if used).
4. Name of the programmed frequency in 6 characters or less (repeater name etc.)
5. Assignment of the the Wouxun memory position number for the display.
Power on the HT and press the green "TDR" button. Press the red "Menu" button and then the 1 (menu 1), then the red "Menu" button again, using the arrow up/down until “STEP" "5.00" is indicated on display, then press red "menu" button to save it.

Menu 21 (frequency mode) Press the red "Menu" button and then the 2 and 1 (menu 21), then the red "Menu" button, press the arrow up/down until "FREQ" is indicated on display, then press red "menu" button to save it and then the "Exit" button (you should have a upper display with a frequency number on it (XXX.XXX). Using the HT's key pad input the desired "repeaters" frequency using all six digits (XXX.XXX) and verify on the display.

Menu 16 (PL Tone mode) Press the red "Menu" button and then the 1 and 6 (menu 16), then the red "Menu" button, using the arrow up or down buttons until "the desired tone freq" is indicated on display, then press red "menu" button to save it.
If you are using CTSS, tone encoded squelch, repeat the tone mode above, using menu 15 in place of menu 16.

Menu 24 (Frequency offset DIRECTION) Press the red "Menu" button and then the 2 and 4 (menu 24), then the red "Menu" button, using the HTs key pad to enter the repeaters frequency offset direction "SHF-D"(+ / - / off), then press red "menu" button to save. The display should now display the offset direction.

Menu 23 (Frequency offset) Press the red "Menu" button and then the 2 and 3 (menu 23), then the red "Menu" button, using the key pad enter the repeaters frequency offset, then press red "menu" button. The display should now display the offset frequency (XX.XXX).

Menu 27 (Saving (MEM-CH)) This saves your entered data, Press the red "Menu" button and then the 2 and 7 (menu 27), press the red "menu" button, then using the UP/Down arrow buttons select the memory number you would like to save the data in, and once selected push the red "menu" button to save. NOTE: If the numbered memory location is used the "CH-"XX is displayed and if you push the red "menu" button you will over write that channel. If there is only the memory number displayed (NOT the "CH-"), that memory location is unused and available for storage.

Menu 21 (NAME mode) Press the red "Menu" button and then the 2 and 1 (menu 21), then the red "Menu" button, press the arrow up or down until "NAME" is indicated on display, then press red "menu" button. After 5 seconds, the display should now display a six digit name (CH-XXX).

Menu 26 (Channel Name) Press the red "Menu" button and then the 2 and 6 (menu 26), then the red "Menu" button, for this function you use the channel/frequency KNOB, nearest the HTs antenna. When the knob is rotated clockwise (CW) the digits advance (A-Z and 0-9) and then repeat, then you rotate the knob counter clockwise (CCW) the "space" advances. If you over advance, it will wrap around. Once you have the name spelled out, you must quickly save it (4 second time out) or you will loose it.
The above is for repeater setup, for simplex operation the menu 24, 16 & 15 ="OFF", Menu 23 = "00.000".

73's
Wayne - KJ6HYC
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