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of the BAOJIE BJ-UV88 VHF/UHF hand held.
Apr 26, 2013 11:36
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What KB3VWG said and more
Time owned: 3 to 6 months
It turns out that Kenwood HT programming cables work. I ordered a USBK4Y from http://www.durhamradio.com/ (Canada) and it works fine, even on my Windows 8.
The programming software is downloadable off their site http://www.qzbaojie.com/e_xzzx.asp?2 .
The first thing you will realize is the installer program is for the birds. It makes a start menu item that does not even work. Go into the folder and create a short cut yourself. Running Windows 8, I decided to try that under xp and w2kpro and found it had the same problem. Oh well.
In standard short-sighted form, the configuration is done in sections and you have to read the configuration for each section. At least you can save them as templates. The menu's are split into channel, option, signal, freq range, and communication.
Communication: You have to set this before you can do anything. It wants the com port and does not remember the setting.
Freq Range: This is where you are supposed to be able to set up freq ranges and tx permissions. It doesn't work. It will reset the HT's configuration. The clue of things out of date is the choice of VHF0 and UHF0. The units come with UHF0,UHF1 and UHF2. If you try to read the config, the app will crash.
Signal: DTMF coding. As expected.
Option: This is where you get to set up the rig with global params, as expected. Among other things, you can set the rig to boot in channel mode. The options will make sense and the acronyms are in the manual.
Channel: This is pretty much where you want to live. It is an easy way to set up all the channels (128) and provide display names. Here is the rub: UHF is useless. The software will only set UHF0 for the band and the radio comes hard-wired for UHF1 for transmit freqs. It will accept the upload, but the rig will error (beep) when you try to use the channel.
I rate this handheld low because it requires you to use the software for full functionality, but prevents you because they have not updated the software in years...like 10 years. It's a VB6 (maybe even VB5) app with a VB6 installer. It would take a 10 year old an afternoon to have all these issues fixed and rolled out. It's like they just don't care. I have sent several messages to them and have yet to receive a reply.
Hardware wise, it is a very nice rig that I would like to be able to use on more than VHF. What a shame. You would think that if they don't want to fix the software they should at least open source it.
Relegated to packet use.
Product is in production.
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