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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | wouxun KG-689 Help


Reviews Summary for wouxun KG-689
wouxun KG-689 Reviews: 15 Average rating: 3.9/5 MSRP: $<70 dollar with shipping
Description: china two way ham radio
Product is in production.
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KC2PLJ Rating: 5/5 May 21, 2009 08:44 Send this review to a friend
Very Good For the Money  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Picked up this cheap little rig and have been amazed with it's performance. It's nice to throw in the glove box in the car and with the low cost it's ok to lose. I have several of these rice boxes and have been impressed. They are not all that bad for what you pay for them.
 
M6MOF Rating: 5/5 Apr 4, 2009 11:05 Send this review to a friend
Amazing value  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought this 2m handy, (also available on 70cms), on the back of the other reviews on this site. I've given the radio a 5 because it is such good quality for the price. It's quite small and weighs only 250 grams.

As in the other reviews it has dual receive, not quite like an FT8800/8900, but handy all the same, 3 different on-screen colours which are nice features and 41 menu options in total.

The radio comes with a desktop charger which indicates when the battery is charging and fully charged. The radio fits nicely into the charger and is not fiddly like the Puxing one. An antenna is supplied, belt clip, hand strap, 1200Mah li-ion battery and English manual.

The manual is worth noting as it is far better than the Puxing manual and very simple to understand.

On rx the stock antenna works very well. I think the s-meter is very generous in it's reading though. On tx the audio is excellent also. 5w on high and 1w on low power. All round for 47 delivered you just cannot go wrong. If you only need 2m and want a Chinese type handy on a budget i recommend this over the more popular Puxing's. It might not last 10 years, but with abit of care i'm sure it will give good service.
 
KB2VYZ Rating: 5/5 Oct 11, 2008 13:15 Send this review to a friend
A lot of bang for the buck!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Of the Chinese radios (at least the radios that I have owned), this radio gives the most bang-for-the-buck! This radio has dual receive, an FM radio, 3 selectable display colors (orange, blue and purple) which can be set independently for TX and RX and a 7.2v 1200mah Li-ion battery with a drop-in intelli-charger. I purchased the Wouxun KG-689 Plus which includes the scrambler as well.
This radio is well constructed, especially versus most of the other Chinese handhelds, which look more like toys. This radio does very good with both TX and RX (the TX audio crisp and clean, it sounds excellent, and on RX I have had NO INTERMOD problems with this HT what-so-ever). This radio is worth every bit of the $75-$80 (including shipping) that they are currently selling for.

73 de Frank/KB2VYZ
 
ZS6ZR Rating: 5/5 Jul 6, 2008 10:23 Send this review to a friend
Good value.  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I took a chance to order this little radio from Hong Kong, but it's performance amazes me more and more every day. It does everything the manual claims. I found the manual complete and written in easily understandable English (unlike some other translated Chinese manuals I have seen).

The only difficulty I experienced was programming the memories. It was a bit of a fiddle at first, but as soon as you realise that you have to program the transmit and receive frequencies seperately, it becomes quite easy.

I believe the Wouxun is excellent value for money and does not have to stand back at all for any of it's more famous rivals.
 
9W6AAR Rating: 4/5 Feb 16, 2008 18:39 Send this review to a friend
i think its is a nice product.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
First impressions of the radio was WOW, not bad for 45 (including earpiece) delivered from HK which only took 6 days to arrive, quicker than some eBayers I have dealt with in the UK.
In the box you get a drop-in charger with a proper UK plug, Li-ion battery (7.2v, 1200mah), antenna, wrist strap, belt clip, manual and the radio itself (of course).

The KG-679 is virtually the same radio feature wise except it does not have dual VFO's with Dual watch but is a simpler radio to operate.

Frequency: 136Mhz - 174Mhz TX/TX
Channels: 128
Modes: FM (Wide and Narrow) + WFM on FM Radio
Steps available: 5, 6.25, 10, 12.5, 25Khz

It's nothing like the Jingtong I bought a while back the build quality is much much better and is on par with Yaesu/Icom/Kenwood build but the Wouxun probably gets an extra point for a very good solid battery latch system which puts the other well known manufacturers to shame.

The radio is switched on using the volume control on the top of the radio, a feature I prefer than the press and hold power button you normally see these days.
No rotary tuning control on top of the radio which is not that much of a disaster as the up/down keys are very responsive.
The transmit audio is excellent, having used the Jingtong in the past for 2m I was afraid of muffled audio with this radio, but no, receiving the transmit audio on a radio in a different room it sounded like a 300 professional handheld. Received audio is also very good with a very punchy sounding audio from the speaker.
The desktop charger has LED's on the front to let you know when it is charging and when it has finished and normally takes around 3 - 4 hrs to get a full charge.

This radio is packed full of features you probably would not expect to find on a cheap handheld, for example, dual watch receive with 2 VFO's, 5W High/1W Low power, 50 CTCSS codes, 105 DCS codes, Scrambler, VOX, DTMF, Squelch Monitor button, Repeater shift, Repeater reverse (monitor input), Time out timer, Voice guide (Novelty), ANI ID, 128 memories, wide/narrow bandwidth select, 3 colour backlights, computer programmable, Scan mode, Transmit timeout, Busy Channel Lockout, Low battery voice prompt and indicator, 5Khz to 25Khz steps, keylock, FM Broadcast radio function. FM broadcast is not great, I found it pretty deaf, but who cares, it's a professional handy not a domestic FM radio and I view this feature as an added bonus (KG-679's.

These radios can also use the SMA-F to BNC/SO-239/N-Type adapters for connecting to an external antenna.

The built in scrambler is an audio inversion type with 4 groups selectable which would probably be illegal to use on the ham bands due to licensing/BR68 restrictions i.e. encryption, not sure about other radio users.
Entering in a frequency is simple, just type in the full frequency without anything else e.g. 1 4 5 5 0 0 but entering in a frequency such as 145.3875Mhz you will have to enter 1 4 5 4 0 0 and use the up/down buttons to arrive at 145.3875Mhz otherwise you will end up at 145.387Mhz (it does not recognise the 0.5Khz at the end via direct frequency entry).
Some people may find programming the memories a little difficult as you have different types of working modes to deal with namely Frequency/Channel/Name modes although with any new radio you have to play quite a while to master this, but you tend to do it automatically after a few go's i.e. hold down MENU while turning on the radio.


Pros:
Received audio is excellent and transmit audio is pretty good but could have done with a bit more punch and is nowhere near the muffled Jingtong radio where they forgot to put a hole to the microphone.

The keypad is well illuminated and has a good feel when hitting the buttons.

The User manual is better than some of the others I have used on imported radios with most of it being readable.

Loads of features including DTMF which tends to be lacking on these imported radios.

Very solid feel when holding the radio with good battery life.

Stock antenna seems to pull in the signals very well.

Frequency easily entered into the radio via the keypad.

Drop in charger with a proper UK mains plug i.e. no shaver adapter required and has LED indicators.



Cons:
It does NOT have a 1750Hz Toneburst which to me is not a big deal as these are designed as commercial radios and not amateur radio kit and most repeaters use CTCSS these days anyway.

Tone Squelch can sometimes take a few seconds to decode but hitting the monitor button will over-ride this.

No rotary tuning control at all, only up down keys.

Dual frequency (TDR) jumps back to VFOA (or B if setup in menus) if selected on VFOB after a few seconds (this can be disabled though) which you have to watch in case you end up Transmitting on the wrong frequency, stick to VFOA at all times if Transmitting using TDR.

The battery catches are a bit loose once the battery locks in place but this is not a big issue.

The Dah Dah - Dah Dah tones that are heard when you turn on the radio may be annoying but nowhere near the Jingtongs ones and on the Wouxun you can keep the volume turned down when turning on so it's barely audible.

The scanning is not the quickest (in fact it's really slow, I would say about 2 channels a second?), but I did not buy it for this purpose but to dump frequencies into some memories and access the local repeater and IRLP node.

Some people may find programming the memories a bit tricky.

The only other thing is there is no squelch knob, it's a digital SQL setting in the menu but even my VX-2E has a digital Squelch so again this was not an issue for me.

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I have probably been a bit harsh with the downsides of this radio but these are niggles and not major issues in my eyes.

The nearest rivals I could see on eBay were the Weierwei VEV-3288S Puxing-777 Feidaxin FD-268a which all seem to have most of the features the Wouxun has, but I have not tested out any of these radios so I cannot comment on their performance or features.

Overall an excellent radio, I think you get a lot of radio for your money and the build quality is superb.
I bought the 689P/679P VHF versions of the Wouxun.
 
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