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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Kanglong KL-320 Help


Reviews Summary for Kanglong KL-320
Kanglong KL-320 Reviews: 1 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $68
Description: KL-320 color display two-way, dual-band, 8-watt handheld transceiver 8-watt.

It's kind of a Wouxun KG-UV9D, but without the cross-band function (and without the $180 price tag).
Product is in production.
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PREP Rating: 5/5 Jan 30, 2017 13:00 Send this review to a friend
A (new) color display, 8-watt, dual-band handheld  Time owned: 0 to 3 months

Kanglong KL-320 Review
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(KL-320: Here's a nice alternative to a Wouxun KG-UV9D Plus)


Kanglong.
How is it pronounced?
Kang-long

This is a relatively new Chinese vendor making/repackaging radios and other HAM equipment, like antennas (http://grammarist.com/usage/antennae-antennas/). I got this one from H.R.G. on Amazon.

After too many hours of the orange/purple/blue displays on the BaoFeng/PoFung line -- I wanted a multi-color screen.

I just think a multi-color display is cool.
Yes, I get the battery drain aspect.
Shrug ... I still would rather have a nice display to work with *while* the display *is* on.

So, I stumbled upon the KL-320 while staring & re-staring at the Wouxun KG-UV9D plus (and its ~$180 USD price tag -- AND its 5 watt TX output). The $59 price tag and 8 watt TX output of the KL-320 was certainly a draw.

Quick comparison:
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*Frequency Range*

Wouxon
76-108MHZ (FMW RX)
108-136 (Air Ground)
136-174 (FM RX/TX)
230-250 (FM RX)
350-400 (FM RX)
400-512 (FM RX/TX)
700-985 (FM RX)

Auto-charger shutdown (I like this)
Cross-band Repeater function (I like this too).

KL-320
136-174MHZ (FM RX/TX)
400-520MHZ (FM RX/TX)

As long as I can reach the NOAA weather frequencies on VHF, I am fine living without the other frequencies offered on the UV9D (so are many folks) Both radios can RX NOAA

NOAA Weather Radio Frequencies
162.400 MHz (WX2)
162.425 MHz (WX4)
162.450 MHz (WX5)
162.475 MHz (WX3)
162.500 MHz (WX6)
162.525 MHz (WX7)
162.550 MHz (WX1)

KL-320
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See the associated photos for the box (top, bottom, side, front) which is not shown in the Amazon listing (as of 2016-12-14) or on the manufacturer's site.

The unit itself is hefty and nice looking.

As first opened everything is wrapped in plastic.
The overall box itself is not sealed.

HARDWARE NOTES
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Stepping is: 5/6.25/10/12.5/25/100KHz.
Step can not be set to 2.5 like a PoFung GT-3TP (also 8 watts).

The display is indeed nice (see display photo).
Unlike a BaoFeng/PoFung that times out (way) too fast; and is a pain for that when using it at night; the KL-320 times out a little slower.

NOTE!
Although the Amazon product listing says BOTH that it comes with a 2800 mAh battery and also says 1800 mAh (as on 2016-12-16), AND both the manufacturer and vendor say that the ad is wrong and that it comes with a 1800 mAh battery; the recent one that I was shipped actually came with a 2800 mAh battery. (Whew)

ALSO NOTE:
Although the product listing does not say so, the unit Does come with both a programming cable and the software. ( <- MAKE SURE TO VIRUS check the software thoroughly).

SOFTWARE NOTES:
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The app to work with radio comes in a .rar file from
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https://s3.amazonaws.com/kl-320/KL-320+Programming+Software.rar
which can be opened with 7-zip, and contains just one .EXE file.

This stuff always makes me nervous (what with all of the Lenovo malware, etc) but it has survived 4 separate malware detection tools here; so it appears to be OK.

The MD5 on my copy is:
The .rar file: 4196bd3f2349147e2e90627c1b735b4c
The .exe: fda23b307ab92a207924e435149250ff

I will come back and edit this once I play with the software more.

The electronic manual
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"Kanglong KL-320 EN.pdf"
is ... "OK".

The manual does not appear to be on the zgkanglong site.
In fact -- the KL-320 is not listed on the zgkanglong site, except for one rotating ad; that, (as of 2016-12-14), takes you to antennas when you click on it.

However, H.R.G. will send you a copy upon request after purchase.
(H.R.G. *might* want to do this automatically, after purchase. At least until it ends up on the manufacturer site.)

The English in the manual is the standard not-so-much-English... common with Chinese manufacturers. Although to be fair, Baofeng has been doing a pretty good job with manuals recently.

Example text from the battery section of the manual:

"When the battery is stored state, in storage for some time after its removed for fill power , in order to avoid excessive battery discharge caused by the battery capacity decrease. Lithium-ion battery storage recommendations about six months later carried up electricity." (sic)

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PROS AND CONS LIST
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PROS
. Price
. Color Screen
. 8 watts TX
. Comes with Programming Software.
. Comes with Programming Cable.
. *DOES* come with a 2800 mAh battery.

CONS
. Lack of Community Support (forums, blogs).
Lack of CHIRP / Commander support.
. Manual is rough around the edges (And sides. And bottom.)
. Manufacturer site is shaky. (404 errors, misspellings, pages with no content).
. No-Cross-Band repeater function. (Not a direct KL-320 con, but con with respect to UV9D).
. NEW

OVERALL REVIEW:
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5 stars.
ALMOST 4 stars based on shaky website and manual text, but I do like the radio.


 


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