Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by WA6MHZ, Apr 23, 2012.

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  1. WA6MHZ

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    Back around last fall, the flood of ULTRACHEAP Chinese HTs started to hit stateside. They were so affordable that they sold like hotcakes. The first was a Baofeng UV-3R which had separate antennas for VHF and UHF even though it was dual band.

    Then came the UV-3R MK2, which added a few nice features and those sold like mad.

    I finally bit when they came out with a UV-3R+PLUS. It was a nice little HT, smaller than a hand.

    But I had no sooner ordered the UV-3R+PLUS that they came out with a UV-5R, which not only was twice the power (4W instead of 2W) but also had a multicolor Display and Touchtone pad. It was so cheap I ordered one of those too. That way, my wife and I can keep in contact at DAYTON.

    But today, less than a month from the debut of the UV-5R, now we have the UV-8R!
    This is labeled "RONSON", and looks exactly like a UV-5R. But it is good for 7W instead!

    Lets see if I can find a pic of it.......
    Nope, just the video. They don't seem to be for sale yet (wait a day or 2).

    It used to be YaeComWood would come out with a new HT every year, but the Chinese are coming out with a new one EVERY MONTH!!!!

    Expect to see a UV-10R somewhere around late May or JUNE!

    UV-12R???? UV-20R?????????

    The hook is that some folks just gotta have the NEWEST, whizbang radio out even if they just bought one a few weeks ago. So the Baofeng company is keeping up with that demand.

    WILL I get a UV-8R????

    I have YET to even make a contact on the UV-5R or the UV-3R+PLUS! (other than talking from one hand to the other!)

    Chinese Handytalkies!!!
  2. AF9J

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    Congrats Pat! I just picked up this little gem from AES, this past Saturday:

    Alinco DJ-G29T

    I wanted something with 220 capability, and when I asked what A.E.S. had with 222 FM capability, was told about Alinco's new DJ-G29T dual bander that does 222 & 900 Mhz (the first ham radio specfic transceiver offered for the 900 MHz). It was more than I wanted to spend, but the salesguy said the 900 word! We do have a 900 MHz repeater in the Milwaukee area, sooo, I paid more and bought it.
  3. KJ5T

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    7 watts on high power, not bad for an HT. Certainly I would be interested in a cheaper HT if I needed to get a new one because of how infrequent I use an HT.
  4. K6CPO

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    I want to see the Chinese market a nice dual band mobile instead of a bunch of HTs...
  5. K9ASE

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    7 watts sounds better. The only reason I want an HT is for SATS. Let's see what the come out with after Dayton.
  6. N2ADV

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    I'm off to Minneapolis this week on business - I'll be taking my UV-3R Mk-II with me to see if I can scare up any contacts while I'm there.

    Crazy how often they're updating though!
  7. WA7BBI

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    The UV-8R looks EXACTLY like the UV-5R, the only difference is the name plate. I just got the 5R and with a decent antenna it's pretty good. The receiver desenses like crazy in a high RF environment. I think I'd wait until some reviews come in on the 8R. The Chinese make some nice radios, have to admit it.
  8. W2NAP

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    well considering they prob steal the plans from yeacomwood
  9. W6OGC

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    They probably MAKE the Yaecomwood radios already, just like bikes are all made at the giant bicycle factory in China somewhere.

    There is another clone, offered by Main Trading in Texas, looks like a UV-3, has an MTC nameplate and comes in 4 or 5 colors. Some in the local club have bought them, ~$50-60
  10. K0RGR

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    I am not in Minneapolis, but I think two of the most active repeaters up there are on 146.85 and 145.45. The .85 is a high level machine in Oakdale with many satellite receivers around the area. The .45 is in Minnetonka, and is home to many regular nets. Otherwise, scan VHF and UHF - you will find activity both places.

    Speaking of Chinese radios, did you hear the big news out of Peking?

    Baofeng bought out Wouxun. Now they will call their radios BaoWou's.


    Oh, while you're there, take a few minutes to drive up to Radio City in Mounds View. It's not far off I35W. It's hidden in a little strip mall behind something else so a GPS is very nice to have, because you can't see it from the main road. They carry both Baofeng and Wouxun, as well as the big three Japanese rigs.
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