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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Wouxun KG-UV6X Help

Reviews Summary for Wouxun KG-UV6X
Wouxun KG-UV6X Reviews: 3 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $174.99
Description: The KG-UV6X is a compact, high-performance dual band handheld commercial transceiver providing up to 5 Watts of RF power on VHF and 4 Watts on UHF, along with high audio output (500 mW).

Ideal for Fire, Police, FEMA, CAP, security patrols, business communications, schools, construction crews, universities, and other organizations that have FCC licensed frequencies. 2.5 step for FCC 2013 narrowband compliance. FCC Part 90 certified.

Frequency Range of 136-174, 375-512 MHz, FM: 76-108 MHz (RX). 136-174, 406-512 (TX).

The KG-UV6X features a long operating time (about 16 hours), thanks to the standard extended life 1700 mAh high capacity Li-ion battery pack.

Commercial radios are shipped keyboard locked per FCC 47CFR90.203 and require software programming via an optional low cost USB programming cable or Serial cable.

KG-UV6X Model Features

The newest model to the Wouxun lineup features an exclusive wide receive range coverage (136-174 MHz & 375-512 MHz), Dual-slot rapid charger (a $25 value), the optional 1700 mAh Li-ion battery pack standard (a $28 value) and additional features including:

-Exclusive wide receive range (136-174 MHz & 375-512 MHz)New!
-Dual-slot rapid charger can charge the radio and a spare battery at the same time! New!
-2.5 step for FCC 2013 narrowband compliance New!
-200 memory channels
-STANDARD SMA antenna connector
-RPT: Additional programmable multifunctional key. Can change shift direction or reverse frequency, or activate fm radio, lamp, stopwatch or alarm.
-Channel selector knob works when the keyboard is locked
-The single/dual band key can be software programmed on/off

FCC Approval

The KG-UV6X is FCC narrow band certified for commercial use. CE & FCC Part 90 certified, FCC ID: WVTWOUXUN07

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Approval

The KG-UV6X and the KG-UV3X are TIA/EIA 603C compliant and listed under Commercial (Narrowband Capable) Equipment Report

Standard Accessories Included with Every Radio

-Dual band radio
-Dual band antenna (4 inch rubber duck type with standard SMA connector)
-Extended life 1700 mAh high capacity li-ion battery pack (about 16 hours operating time)
-Dual-slot intelligent desktop 2 1/2 hour rapid charger
-Desktop charger AC power cord
-Belt clip
-Wrist strap
-English user manual
-Powerwerx quick start reference sheet (Free Download)
-Programming software (Free Download)
Product is in production.
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NM5RA Rating: 3/5 Dec 1, 2013 08:55 Send this review to a friend
A few "Irritations"  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Fun little radio, but it has a few - what I would call - irritations. When you lock the keypad, they really mean just the keypad. Twist the channel dial and away you go to the next channel. I would have liked to have seen a true 'channel lock' capability. Activate the frequency display light and it lights up alright, but when you try to do anything else (like enter a channel/freq.) the light goes out! It would be nice if it had the capability to stay on for a few seconds or a selectable timeframe. The little LED flashlight is nice, but kind of an oddity. I used the early available programming software and found it funny to work with in the sense it's a combination of English/Chinese language that's sometimes hard to follow. The receiver is really sensitive! Fun toy. We'll see how long it lasts.
N3ADV Rating: 4/5 Nov 19, 2013 11:21 Send this review to a friend
It's OK, but ...  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
My take on the Wouxun KG-UV6X portable. (only the “X” model is FCC part 90 legal and supposedly NTIA compliant). I’m heavily involved with Civil Air Patrol communications at the national and regional level. NTIA compliance has been a very touchy policy subject for more than 15 years in CAP. Certification of compliance has been objectively based on published NTIA standards and procedures. A cost-effective solution to the “big iron” commercial rigs is very desirable, both in CAP and with the EMCOMM community. Based on the compliance certifications, this looked like a good candidate. I bought a UV-6X this summer as a birthday present. With the extended range antenna, extra lion batteries, AA cell pack, programming cable, and speaker mike, I was all set for less than $250.

On the plus side, it has solid audio and a good, sensitive receiver. Construction seems rugged enough to handle moderate abuse in the field. The FPP on the VFO side does pretty much what folks would expect as a frequency agile radio, direct keyboard entry of frequencies. The learning curve for the buttons is easily. No doubt, this is a commercial rig designed for people who don’t flip around with settings all the time and want something that works reliably on presets.

Publicly available software makes set-up even easier to organize channels and functions. I used the free KG-UV6 Commander software: You will need the programming cable. I bought the manufacturer’s cable and I have had no problems with the USB driver in Windows 7, even though there are others who have reported difficulties. This software accesses all the features, allows for non-transmit entries, and allows access to the ID area for turn-on display. I programmed every conceivable channel I could think of in every band; ham, public safety, CAP, and broadcast auxiliary services. I was able to program every channel without a problem. The idea was that it is supposed to be tested as “street legal” everywhere. Let’s see ...

The individual services programmed worked precisely as expected. In testing around Metro DC and Metro Indianapolis, the rig had good performance. In some instances, it did much better than expected with the supplied antenna, the extended range antenna, and the vehicle antenna.

On two occasions, I immersed it in intermod hell: a NASCAR race track on race day. If you’re not familiar with NASCAR races, there are literally dozens and dozens of emitters on every conceivable frequency and dispersion within ½ mile. You name it, they’re talking; the feds, the local public safety agencies, the race crews, the press, and the general public on anything that’s left. Unfortunately, the receiver folded up like a day at the laundry. The front end was jammed in both VHF and UHF. Even with a lower gain antenna, the MFJ-1719S, the problems persisted. Admittedly, this was a very extreme, worst case environment. The trouble is that there are lesser receivers in broadband scanners which handle this environment well all the time.

My conclusion: It has been a great performer as an analog rig. With only five months service, I cannot speak to its reliability, but it looks promising. Based on empirical data only, this unit should perform adequately in most mission scenarios that do not require P25 and do not require a great deal of intermod rejection. I easily expect to get my investment back in utility. I could only wish that it had an aircraft receive capability instead of the FM broadcast receiver.

My other rig is the Yaesu VX-1R, which has been a good utility performer, but not suitable for serious EMCOMM work, and it isn’t legal outside the ham bands. Just incidentally, the older Yaesu has better intermod performance than the Wouxon. Overall, if you know what you’re getting, the UV-6X isn’t a bad investment, just don’t take it to a NASCAR race and expect to hear anything with the antenna attached.

DISCLAIMER: This was a wholly unscientific, uncontrolled test. YMMV. Due to the possible receiver issues, which seem to belie its compliance statement, we now discourage CAP members from deploying these radios into Mission Critical or Mission Essential roles.

This is not an official expression of Civil Air Patrol or the USAF. The statements contained here-in are mine alone.
KG4RUL Rating: 5/5 May 5, 2013 05:54 Send this review to a friend
Better Than Expected  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I looked at a lot of handheld radios before settling on the KG-UV6X. For my purposes, a non-field programmable is acceptable (software programming is needed). In side-by-side testing, it is as sensitive as my Wife's Yaesu VX-5R or an FT-60R. I bought the radio with the Heavy-Duty Speaker Microphone, additional rechargeable battery pack and the AA Dry Cell Case. I like it enough that I bought a second radio.

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