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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Quansheng Help


Reviews Summary for Quansheng
Quansheng Reviews: 14 Average rating: 4.2/5 MSRP: $40.00 (approximately)
Description: FM 2m/70cm HT's
Product is in production.
More info: http://www.qsfj.com/en/Product_info.asp?ID=46
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PE1RLN Rating: 5/5 Jul 17, 2007 15:09 Send this review to a friend
Value for money and more  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The Quansheng TG-K4AT is a Chinese HT that can be bought on Ebay for almost nothing.
I bought mine for 59,- ($ 75) and it arrived after 2,5 weeks without any customs asking questions.

For this money you will get a radio that transmits and receives, holds 99 channels, has CTCSS, has the best backlit display ever seen and all this comes with two batteries, two beltclips, a desktop charger and an earpiece-microphone.

That's all, no more, no less.

It doesn't have a 1750Hz tone which is the worst flaw and entering a repeater into a memorychannel with different RX and TX CTCSS tones is a bit difficult.
The display is good but not very good because viewing it from an angle causes it showing only 8's. But, who looks at the display from an angle...
The antenna-socket is a MALE SMA like Motorola has and there are adapters to deal with it.

The possibilities with this radio are very basic and what more do you need for all-day service. For the money you don't have to be cautious with it and with all those accessories (which will cost a lot of money when made by Yaesu or so) it is too cheap to be true but it IS true.

More important is how it performs:

Transmit: good
I drilled a hole for the microphone since it receives tha audio through the hole of the speaker (huh?) and after that, audio was reported as very good so no complaints. The local repeater can be worked by the 5 W very easily.

Receive: good
Reception is as good as other equipment, so the original antenna is quite good. Receiving audio is very clear, it only gets interrupted when pressing a key (for the shut-off voiceguide I guess) but that doesn't really bother.

Feeling/looks:
It feels very rugged, no cracking, no gaps or badly designed rims, no "plastic" feeling at all, a bit Motorola-like.
And it doesn't only feel like Motorola, they obviously missed inspiration so they stole the desing from Motorola and Kenwood but who cares. Why design something that already exists?

Overall conclusion:

For the little money you will get a simple yet modern radio that performs very well with a lot of accessories and no fancy options. Handy as a back-up for your car or garage.
The disadvantages are overruled by the low price so I can give it a 5/5.

Buy it'you'll love it!
 
KE5MBX Rating: 4/5 Mar 5, 2007 14:16 Send this review to a friend
outstanding value  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Quansheng TG-K2AT I recieved from a fellow in Canada with an extra battery is worth far more than the $45 I paid for it (by the standards of Yaesu and Icom). I expected a piece of junk barely useable for my dirt-cheap college dorm ham shack, but it is very usable and sometimes downright smart. It will store input and output frequencies and seperate CTCSS tones for 99 channels, puts out a good signal when connected to a better antenna (found one on ebay, and an adapter) and seems very durable. This radio is, in my opinion, roughly equal in quality to the highest-end monoband HTs.
 
VK3YAZ Rating: 2/5 Dec 28, 2006 14:34 Send this review to a friend
Good value but usability only fair  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
These comments relate to the TG-45AT (400-470 MHz). Firstly, the chinglish instructions need further translation into English before you can start understanding the features. Maybe there are even more features but are not documented? Next you will discover that the display is poor and cannot be read easily when the back light is on - as when you are entering the information! You will need to find the correct angle for best viewing.

The voice monitor function should be disabled before you get quickly annoyed as the information is not informative and the level is fixed (at loud!).

The squelch is not adjustable and only has a push button to overide it. So although the receiver may be sensitive you can't monitor a weak signal. Entering the channel frequencies is chore as there is no external programming facility. You can have CTCSS on either Tx or Rx or both. Ensure that the Rx CTCSS is disabled if you wish to monitor unfamiliar channels.

Power output is quickly settable between Hi (about 4.5 W) and Lo (1 W).

The mains power charger is almost a hazard. As supplied, it is specified at 220V 60Hz so in VK with 240V 50Hz it runs far too hot in the transformer and series resistor as it drives 120 mA into the battery. Best to increase the series feed resistor from 33 ohm to 180 ohm to bring the charge rate back to less than 50 mA. This will improve battery life and give you piece of mind if you should accidently leave it on charge for a long time. Maybe use a separate mains plug pack. The 12 V charger will allow you to charge the unit with the flying lead while charging the spare battery in the cradle. Again you should change the two 33 ohm to give say 180 ohm total in series with the output. Or use a switch to change the resistors to give fast and float charge rates.

A strange omission is that there is no DTMF on the keypad. A DTMF keypad would be more useful than the irritating voice monitor function.

Sound quality on Rx and Tx is good.

Overall the functional ease of use and instructions are inferior to the big name JA items but for value it is very good. If you have the chance, get all the accessories now eg. extra battery, 12 V charger, separate mic/speaker and external antenna adapter.

It could be worthy of a 4 star rating if a few more functional features were better executed.
 
VK6AV Rating: 4/5 Nov 17, 2006 22:28 Send this review to a friend
Value for money, basic.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Bought this one in China. Seems to transmit and receive OK. The manual is not very well written, translation also needs work. It took me quite a while to figure out how to program it. Areas needing improvement: scanning is quite slow, no adjustable squelch, voice identification of button functions is fixed on (very loud) or off, manual identifies this model as TG-25AT but it is TG-45AT, volume knob rubs a bit on the case (doesn't appear to be adjustable). This is a far cry from a Japanese HT but from the look of what is happening in China it won't belong before Chinese companies will be marketing products that will compete well with K I and Y.
 
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