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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Feidaxin FD-880 Help

Reviews Summary for Feidaxin FD-880
Feidaxin FD-880 Reviews: 6 Average rating: 2.8/5 MSRP: $!00
Description: Dual Band FM Transceiver
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W2WO Rating: 2/5 Mar 2, 2013 13:00 Send this review to a friend
Skip it  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
The unit will not take a charge now. This is with very light usage of the unit during the time I have had it. Of course, it is a "shaped" battery section that that must fit the physical configuration of the unit so replacement is probably not practical.

The charger specs say 10.5 volts, although it actually puts out 12.5 volts unloaded. This should be good enough. When new and properly charged, the battery measured 7.1 volts -- which seems a little odd, but that is what it was.

Unfortunate. As I said earlier, many aspects of the unit are quite nice. They need to find a better battery supplier.
W2WO Rating: 2/5 May 26, 2012 08:56 Send this review to a friend
not quite ready  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Bought mine while passing through Hong Kong. Battery died after about two weeks. Contacted manufacturer (they are responsive on e-mail) and they said I must go through the seller. The seller was 409Shop in HK. I mailed it to them and they provided a new unit by mail. The second unit battery seems OK, but the audio/squelch "motorboards" frequently, especially when the battery is not at absolute maximum voltage.

The unit feels good; good quality case, etc. The manual is almost useless. The software is very easy to use provided you have release level FD-880 2.1.3 (or later, I assume). Earlier levels (provided by seller with my unit) did not work well. The manufacturer e-mailed me the latest level. The manufacturer contact is Maisie Zheng ( who was very helpful.

This could be a good product with just a little more help:

1. Have a native English-speaking ham write a better manual, including the "what if" questions that hams usually ask. Include details such as acceptable charging voltages, connector sizes, expected battery life under 2 or 3 different assumptions, software installation/usage, etc, etc.

2. Better quality control, especially for the batteries --- these seem to be the Achilles heel of many products made in China.

3. Perhaps some field testing by hams to spot problems and potential problems in typical ham use (such as the motorboating I experience). Sensitivity is not great, but this may relate to other design details such as squelch time constants, etc.

BTW, if you are in HK I suggest visiting the 409Shop. They are not hams (at least the times I have been there); they are simply a retail shop. They have a large selection of "stuff" interesting to hams, at very reasonable prices. They seem willing to back warranty terms on what they sell. Of course, you get what you pay for in terms of quality but that is your choice.

Bill - W2WO
G6UDE Rating: 4/5 Feb 13, 2012 22:41 Send this review to a friend
Surprisingly high quality Dualband HT  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Excellent value for money dual band, dual standby HT, with good performance V/V U/U and V/U, and DTMF keypad.

In the hand this radio has a well built, and robust feel to it.

Very low current draw makes for excellent standby time and if previous Chinese radios are anything to go by, the standard battery pack can be expected to deliver a very long working life.

FM broadcast radio and LED flashlights are nice additional features, but I’m less enthusiastic about the built in alarm function and stop-watch timer ( but both can be switched off through the menu).

Of course the FD-880 is deficient in some ways ( but not many) to the mainstream manufacturer’s offerings, but for me its price point more than compensates. I can purchase 5 of these babies and still have change against a single unit from one of the main brands.

As delivered, in the box, you get the HT, dual band antenna, 1600mAh Li battery, Smart charger, 12v car charger, belt clip, and ear-bud/mike. Not Bad.

The unit is almost fully programmable in the field. Only piority scan channels need to be computer set which is a pity, but otherwise programming is quite similar to the old Vev3288 interface, and is fairly easy to set up and adjust without the need to carry the manual with you.

Advertising blurb states the FD 880 to be waterproof: I disagree. At best its light drizzle resistant. If you require a true “waterproof” rig you need to look elswhere.

Quality and price

Over enthusiastic marketing claims re waterproofing, slightly odd programming, and multi-step switching from VFO to memory modes are the only slight negatives I will report.

Would I order another one? Absolutely YES, but I reckon that in normal service I'll get many years good service before needing to replace it. (I base this expectation on my Vev 3288s which are less well constructed, and are still going strong on original power packs after 5 years of fairly heavy abuse. The construction of the FD-880 feels cosiderably better.)
2E0AIV Rating: 4/5 Feb 11, 2012 10:49 Send this review to a friend
Recomended - no nonsence - cheap as chips - versatile dual band  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is a no nonsense good value for money Dual band handy. Good construction and sold by Asia Radio amongst others and badged under different names. Light enough to put in your top pocket, but not too light or flimsy, feels like a real radio and not a toy. In operation it is fine, no problems experienced on using it simplex or on local repeaters with good reports on audio. Really has everything on board that you could possibly need and if dropped cheap as chips to replace. I think we are entering a new era of cheap but functional radios from asia, which the big boys will not be able to compete with on price or value for money. Purchased mine from the fleabay fifty four pound delivered to my door in within 12 days (thanks chaps) up and running within 10 mins fully programmed. Know where my hard earned cash will be going when i need a replacment. Downside : the usual manual which has that pidgeon english translation, but if you cant work this out of the box with the manual, then you should not have a licence hi hi
VA7VRV Rating: 2/5 Dec 18, 2011 23:04 Send this review to a friend
audio problem  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I like this radio, easy to program good audio and clear modulation. I had considered this rig a best buy for all its positives. One very big problem, the audio cuts out every few seconds when a strong signal is received, this has been the case on three of these radios. I have done much testing, and not able to correct this problem. Something inside just can not handle the RF ??. So, until this is resolved , I would not endorse this radio.
N5RNY Rating: 3/5 Dec 11, 2011 18:56 Send this review to a friend
decent handheld  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is a new dual-band handheld on the market. It is much easier to program this radio with the included software, but it can also be programed from the keypad.

When programming from the keys, in frequency (VFO) mode, the receive frequency is entered into the top display, then the transmit frequency is entered into the bottom display. (odd splits are easily entered, including UHF-VHF splits) Next, the TCD and RCD (transmit and receive PL tone) is entered using the menu. There is no shift or offset setting, since TX and RX frequencies are always entered separately. This may cause some confusion if you cant remember the input frequencies for repeaters..but of course those inputs can be arrived at by adding or subtracting 600khz or 5 mhz depending on which band you are programing.

Programing is fairly straightforward using the included software, but you will probably have to install the USB-to-serial driver, which is included on the disk.
Be sure to use COM1 and read the text file for hints.

The 1600mah battery seems to be a very tight fit when sliding it on the back, which makes for a solid feel in the hand. The belt clip attaches to the battery, NOT the transceiver, so if you order a spare battery, it should come with a spare clip.

The unit seems to be a bit more susceptible to intermod when scanning public service frequencies in the 154-155 range.

Feidaxin includes the AC and DC chargers, but there is no deskcharger included. Also included was an earpiece speaker/mic, but when it is plugged in, the rubber cover over the jack protrudes at an odd angle.

Sensitive receiver
FM radio
LED light
Easy to read display
Programmable side button
PL tones and DCS codes
Wide transmit capability
Dual watch capability
Decent scan speed
Time or carrier operated scan
Priority scan (software programmed)
Display color can be changed to 3 shades of blue
Keypad lock can be set to automatic locking after 30 seconds

Output audio is good but not great
Intermod at 154-155 mhz
Programing is very unusual
Sensitive receiver will pickup nearby computer noise

My opinion is that overall its a good value in this price range.


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