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Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Wouxun KG UV8D Help

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VE2UM  Rating: 4/5 Apr 20, 2019 23:12  Send this review to a friend!
excellent, but check antenna  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Bought my KG-UV8D a few months ago and my first impressions were simply awful.

Mediocre sensitivity, highly noisy receive and baaad transmit.

Tested sensitivity on an Agilent 8921 and found an excellent -121 dBm, but on the air, awful receive. I suspected the Wouxun to be highly sensitive to RF noise and desentisization, having found similar Rx crap on another Mandarium radio: the Puxing PX-888

I've put my KG-UV8D aside, highly disappointed.

Finally, one week ago, i've made a more serious Rx test via a Narda 30 dB directional coupler and the load / antenna desensitization test.

Finally the UV8D showed excellent RF immunity, being desensitized by only 1 dB on an external antenna over a termination.

Finally, the ultimate test: An old analogue diode RF field strength meter !!! You guessed it: Nothing, Niet, Nada.

The antenna was defective !!! Replaced it by a UHF whip and finally recovered a real radio.

Excellemt Rx, solid Tx. I suggest it, at least on UHF. VHF tests to come when i'll have a decent dual band whip.

...If you purchase one, don't forget to test the antenna !!!

I'd give the UV8D a 5/5, but the antenna issue lowered my score to 4/5.

73 de Normand VE2UM. 
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