|I bought one of these based on comments from club members as well as local SAR members. When I received it, it looked good, had no visible defects, and seemed well put together. I have owned many handheld radios in 30 some years. I use one daily at work in my profession, so I have a tiny bit of experience with them. On power up, the screen stayed on for only a few seconds and then went black, and no setting change cured this issue, except to power it down and power it back up. I also received the programming cable with it as part of the deal. Once I had the CHIRP software downloaded, i hooked it to the computer to load my local frequencies. There was no indication the radio was even hooked to the computer. I surmised the cable was bad, so I borrowed one, and still nothing. I tried another cable on a different computer, and again, still nothing. I checked the software and all was well. The firmware on the radio showed as BSF297. Not even close to what it should have been, according to the Boefang website.|
I returned the radio within 24 hours of purchase, deciding that I will stay with my Yaesu radios, as I should have in the first place. My initial reasons to purchase were it would make a decent radio for my wife, who is a tech class and an infrequent radio user.
But, as usual, spending a bit more for quality, (VX-6r), and eliminating the frustration is much better.