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of the TYT TH-9000 UHF 400-490 Mhz Transceiver.
Oct 27, 2013 07:26
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The "Golden One GY-1907" version
Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Very good set for the money, better than the TYT TH 9000 for Ham use possibly as the buttons are marked properly (& non configurable) V/M, MHZ TS/DCS etc.
The set is simple to use. receiver is better than what you would expect, audio is nice, squelch is well behaved & even hen set on minimum, it never rumbles or opens unexpectedly, and opens on reasonably weak signals, but for weak signal DX i personally would like an even lower setting than this though. maybe its internally adjustable. but its not bad as it is, perfectly useable.
Audio volume & quality is excellent, i use external speakers on all Amateur gear, except this one, i tried it, but found i didn't need to.
Scan speed is better than many Chinese sets, but its not supersonic by any means.
Construction is very pleasing and well built, it looks nice too & the set feels every bit solid and heavy as any Kenwood or Yaesu etc i have ever owned, The buttons feel good & work well & it feels more expensive than it actually was.
TX audio is loud & clear, has plenty of mic gain (which isn't adjustable) and its not muffled & quiet like other Chinese sets. The build quality of the mic is only adequate, very light & plasticky and is unpleasant looking, but functions well. i may replace it with a Motorola one, but they are wired differently. after the pleasing build quality of the set, the mic feels a bit of a let-down.
Changing bandwidth between 12.5kc, 20kc and 25kc also changes the receiver bandwidth. a nice touch, many sets just change TX dev. The sound of the 'companding' on the RX audio reminds me of a speaker with a rubbing voice-coil, so i dont use it. never tried it on TX. The S meter
is actually reasonably useful too, instead of the ON/OFF of some Chinese sets.
The (very) bright green LED on the front is constantly on, even on TX - i would have preferred it to light with the squelch opening, i dabbed a black permanent marker on the green LED several times to darken it.
Main problem for me is there's no accessory socket at all, no PTT or anything, nothing.
That would make this great for use with my masthead preamp etc, though the set is sensitive enough anyway i'm glad to say.
I believe on the TYT TH9000 there *is* place for on the PCB for a accessory socket, and there's room for a 9 pin d sub on the heatsink, but I'm not sure if the 'Golden One' PCB has the same pins for this like the TYT has. i expect it probably has, but they are not identical sets, as the 'Golden Sun' is orange display only, and may not have the blue LEDs fitted like the TYT does.
i can find very little info about these things.
there is some connector on the back as some sort of 'theft alarm' which isn't needed by me, so i am hoping to use this for external PTT instead.
The programming software is ok & is functional, i would like software like 'Chirp' or other software to support the 'Golden Sun' so i could program the set in Linux or on Mac. The TYT TH 9000 software while reading the set says its a different type model, and asks me if i would like to overwrite, i believe its asking to overwrite the firmware, so i have read, but i dont want to take the chance, in case it bricks it unrecoverably, and for no real gain.
interesting to see some non-Amateur signalling like 5-tone and DTMF strings can be sent. possibly for sending a status message, I think the manual isn't clear enough how to set these up. i would swap all those for MDC1200 features though, it would then talk to my Analogue Motorola gear :)
All in all a very capable set with no obvious bugs or gotchas.. the price is excellent, and as i say, the only things to stop this being a **Perfect** 70cms rig are:
I would like a slightly more sensitive squelch for weak sig DX,
Better built mic (i hate keypad mics anyway)
But as its a £110 set - i'm not complaining, if it had these features it wouldn't be quite so cheap .. i see no reason to buy any other FM set for most VHF/UHF work.
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