I have been trying different Chinese-made dual-band HTs, seeing how well they can work AO-85 full-duplex. So far, I have come across 3 HTs that can do this:
I just posted a long report on the AMSAT-BB mailing list about the AnyTone TERMN-8R:http://amsat.org/pipermail/amsat-bb/2015-November/056232.html
I also posted the audio and RF recordings I made from the pass I worked with the TERMN-8R, along with photos, at http://dropbox.wd9ewk.net/
(look for the folder "20151126-AO85_Fox1A-DM43").
Earlier this week, I posted a similar report about the Wouxun KG-UV9D:http://amsat.org/pipermail/amsat-bb/2015-November/056189.html
Files related to the passes I worked with the KG-UV9D last weekend are also at http://dropbox.wd9ewk.net/
in the folder "20151122-AO85_Fox1A-DM43".
Last month, I posted comments about the Wouxun KG-UV8D:http://amsat.org/pipermail/amsat-bb/2015-October/055462.html
If I had to rank these 3 in order from best to worst when working AO-85 full-duplex, I would go with...
1. Wouxun KG-UV9D
2. AnyTone TERMN-8R
3. Wouxun KG-UV8D
Of these three, the KG-UV9D is the only one that is still in production. The KG-UV8D has been discontinued, and the FCC ordered the importer of the TERMN-8R to stop selling those HTs. All three suffer from desense when trying to work V/U FM satellites like SO-50 and LilacSat-2, but they work full-duplex with U/V FM satellites like AO-85 and the next 3 Fox-1 satellites in the pipeline (Fox-1B through -1D). The price of the KG-UV9D, around US$ 179 at most ham stores, is certainly a break from the price of the Kenwood TH-D72A (over US$ 400), the only HT in current production that can work both V/U and U/V satellites full-duplex.