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Reviews For: BridgeCom BCH-220

Category: Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held

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Review Summary For : BridgeCom BCH-220
Reviews: 12MSRP: 85.
Handheld Transceiver for 1.25m 220 MHz
Product is in production
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N6RLG Rating: 2015-12-29
Good little radio Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I agree with the first review by K6RJF. It's a fine little radio, emphasis on little. I'm farther away from some of the repeaters than is K6RJF so my signal was somewhat scratchier even at the full 5w output. I suspect it's the rubber duck antenna which is only about 6" long, wavelength unknown. BridgeCom Systems does not sell a bigger antenna or an antenna kit so a tiger tail may be the only way to improve your propagation. Still, the radio works well locally, is a snap to set up and use, is highly portable because of its light weight, and is a great value for the price paid.
K6RJF Rating: 2015-12-29
Solid single-band HT. I like it. Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Initial impression (on 12/29/15, after 5 days) -- I am happy with my new BridgeCom BCH-220 HT. Last night I checked into a 220 net and received a good signal report.

From my backyard, I can hit 220 band repeaters 20-30 miles away using the rubber duck antenna. (Like other Chinese radios, the antenna SMA is gender-reversed -- something to keep in mind for antenna upgrades.)

Changing frequencies and PL tones manually is a breeze.

Being new to the 220 band, I was surprised to learn that all 220 offsets are minus. (I confirmed my suspicion by pulling up the local Band Plan.) The consistent offset is fortunate because on the BCH-220 the buttonology to change the offset from plus to minus requires several steps.

The rugged case is a little smaller and a little lighter than an FT-60 and Wouxun, and it has a good feel.

The only surprise is that the BCH-220 HT does not ship with a paper copy of the user's manual; however, the manual is available on-line.

The user's manual has a good Quick Start chapter that is written in plain, American English.