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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Leixen VV-898 Help

Reviews Summary for Leixen VV-898
Leixen VV-898 Reviews: 31 Average rating: 3.2/5 MSRP: $150
Description: Tiny dual band vhf/uhf mobile transceiver
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N1IDN Rating: 2/5 Feb 10, 2018 09:55 Send this review to a friend
You get what you pay for  Time owned: more than 12 months
I may be a bit late for the party, but I bought 4 of these last year and only 1 is still working properly.

IMO, if you want a daily driver radio or a radio for the shop, something that is going to experience heat and cold and prolonged listening etc, this is not the radio for that. If you want one for a bug out radio (the one that still works), where you might fire it up from time to time and run it on a battery, they seem to work for that.

I am not downing the radio, just confirming that you need to set your expectations properly and realise that you get what you pay for.
K9PLG Rating: 3/5 Mar 9, 2017 14:49 Send this review to a friend
OK If you get a good 1  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Got one @ Dayton 2016 to use as mobile (25w version). Seems to work OK after almost a year... Dual watch isn't really usable and the speaker / audio is not very good & hard to hear .. Needs a decent ext. speaker or headset to be heard well IMHO. I connect it to the line-in on my cars audio system sometimes and it sounds so much better than the little 1.5 inch speaker on the top.. Looks like their QA lets a few bad ones slip thru to market as so many have reported DOA units.. Guess I was lucky to get a good one that works FB so far. Chirp worked OK w/ the included programming cable.. Manual / factory software are 'marginal' at best, normal for Chinese products it seems...
KB6HOH Rating: 3/5 Nov 30, 2016 00:32 Send this review to a friend
For Packet Radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have the Luiton LT-898 which is the same Radio.
I would like to use this for Packet Radio.
I do have the Mic pinout for wiring a TNC BUT does anyone know if Pin 7 is actually Receive Audio? Not a bad Radio for the price.
G6IYD Rating: 4/5 Nov 12, 2016 11:21 Send this review to a friend
Excellent value  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
There may be some very negative comments over the Leixen VV-898, but what do you expect for such a budget priced mobile TX. I was pleasantly surprised when I obtained one from a UK ham retailer. For the price, it performs well with good transmitted audio reports, and a reasonable receiver. Repeater programming was reasonably easy and I found it simple to correct any errors I made! Yes, I do have a Yaesu mobile which cost me over 5 times the price of the Leixen, but for a tiny 10 watt Chinese mobile, I have found it extremely good value for anyone starting out, or as a back-up to your Yaesu, Kenwood, Icom etc. I would say, purchase it from a reputable amateur radio retailer, just in case you have any problems.
K3HRN Rating: 1/5 Oct 13, 2016 02:51 Send this review to a friend
Waste of Time  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Lots of nice features....BUT
First radio had bad power lead and low power transmit

Replacement radio had a defective power fuse holder and the programming cable was so shoddy, the shell broke.

To give the ebay seller credit, they tried to solve the problem and offered a refund.

Looking for an alternative to this not so great radio.
W6LDB Rating: 2/5 Oct 8, 2016 14:34 Send this review to a friend
Split memory Verson is a flop  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have put several of the single 200 memory version into service and was very satisfied, only one failed. That one was returned, and replaced, no problem. The new radio has two 100 memories, Memory A and Memory B. Using the latest factory software, I have been unable to store to B. I'm hoping the old version is going to be available.
K9PLG Rating: 4/5 Jun 8, 2016 01:47 Send this review to a friend
OK for the $$  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Picked up the 25w 898s model @ Dayton for $99. Seems pretty easy to manually program, the software that came with it is OK and works for me (have not tried to use chirp with it yet). Put it in my car to replace the 4w baofeng I had been using and it gets me into our local repeater where the baofeng would not when I'm behind a hill or in a low spot. People say it sounds good to them so I am happy with it overall. I like the small form factor, have mine mounted on a cup-holder mount in the center console, powered via cig-lighter plug, and am using a 5/8 wave mag mount antenna on center of car roof. It did seem to loose one repeater offset I had setup in a memory channel, but that was easy to manually fix.. Hopefully it won't do it again.
K4SDW Rating: 4/5 Mar 17, 2016 17:53 Send this review to a friend
Neat Little Radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
For the money paid, this is an ok little radio. I bought it for its size. I had been reading some of the other reviews and figured the programming would be confusing so I ordered one of the programming cables. The radio came and the cable is still not here so I decided to program it manually from the radio. This is where the you tube video came in handy. The book that comes with the radio is so confusing it is almost impossible to figure out what they are trying to tell you about programming the radio.
I brought up the You Tube video and followed along with the guy and paused the video and tried what he said to do and it was fairly simple after that. Really the only menu items you will need are like 10 and 11 and 34 and 35. You will probably have to set the step to 5 or it will not let you enter the correct frequencies. After you get the step set, just follow the you tube video.
I programmed mine in about 30 minutes after I figured out the first one. It is really pretty easy to do once you watch that video. I would purchase another one of these radios. After I got it programmed, I installed it in my ranger truck and used a mag mount 5/8 wave antenna and was hitting repeaters 70 miles away with 10 watts. All audio reports I have gotten have been good. For the money I give this 4 stars.
MM1DHU Rating: 5/5 Oct 29, 2015 22:01 Send this review to a friend
tiny but does what it says on the tin pretty well  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
bought 1 of these since my icom ic 2725e uhf driver or pre driver failed altho vhf is fine
this radio does much the same altho some rx freqs not there but does what it says on the tin plus an added few fetures ie programming fleet radios of the same kind wireless ie prog the main radio and it will transmit the data to your fleet taxis lorries ect this i found amazing for such a tiny radio about the size of 20 mayfair ciggies..
dual display name tagging dual watch monitor ur chosen freq and a lot more... does what the big three do as mentioned earlier easy to work if you have haf a brain no rokit science needed
yes its cheap its chinease easily programmed and works better than i expected so the icom will be repaired then sold i presume dont presume all chinease equipment is crap because this little fellow proves they can do as good or in some cases better than brand name expensive crap even these little hf radios that they are producing are the bees knees does the same as a brand name radio fact and soon the chinease are going to produce the same or better hf radios than the big names for half the cash chinease radios yrs ago were crap plastic and very breakable but take the baofeng uv5r bang it aff a wall n it still goes i shall run the car over this 1 and see how tuff it is and if it breaks il buy another at least they dont break the bank 75 qwid well spent for local chit chat repeaters and long distance simplex and repeater with only 10w thats what ye call pea n ham from a chicken lol for the price i would recomend these to any radio user compact light and small just what most want on the go these days even works on an outdoor antenna fine no breakthru like the icom now thats something quite a lot of 2m radios suffer if close to cities ect nada on this i give it 5/5 altho the only thing i dont see is a cooling fan havnt felt it get that hot but im sure after a long waffle it would generate some heat my solution will be a small cpu fan and a few holes on top with a tiny drill but if your going to do this remove the top lid before drilling ye dont want to waste a good radio..... and thats my opinion on this little toy its a toy with hidden features n work most from the mic again like my icom and beleive me looks are deceiving try it n see dont like it ur sure to get your money back go on whats a few qwid for a small peice of todays ham radio kit compared to what you spend on the brand names ok there may be a few that are deaf maybe the odd fault but is there any radio perfect???? this is as good as any other...
and just imagine if ssb was built in there
the china man knows his stuff and just keeps getting better my nxt buy will be one of the little 20w hf radios only thing is they look out of place nxt to a ts950s a pro3 and a ts590
but size aint everything its the quality and how its used
KF4BGW Rating: 5/5 Jun 30, 2015 20:49 Send this review to a friend
Impressive little rig!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I bought this to install in my Yamaha Rhino UTV. I've been a ham for many years and been around commercial transceivers even longer. The size and the fact it's output is 10 watts are what drew me to this radio for the Rhino, I needed something small for the limited cab space and something not drawing too much of a current. Programming was a breeze with the free software downloaded from the site where I purchased the radio. I am using a Tram 1185 dual band mag mount on the roof of the rhino and when I got through programming I was trying it out and amazingly was able to access a repeater over 70 miles away, on 10 watts sitting INSIDE my garage! I've used the Rhino on a medical standby for a weekend and the radio performed flawlessly, easily covering the 300+ acre area on simplex. The built in fm radio works great and the radio will automatically revert to 2 way mode if there is traffic on the channel you have it set to monitor while you are listening to the fm radio. If you are an elitist snob, save your $ for a polished and powerful "big 3 brand", but if you need a tiny, feature packed mobile and you understand the trade offs for the price and size, get one ASAP! I like it so well I just purchased another one for a go bag for a "portable base station" setup.
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