Chinese Walkie Talkies

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Equipment Reviews' started by N1NQC, May 22, 2012.

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  1. K0RGR

    K0RGR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Some of the units tested don't meet specs for harmonics - but not all of them. QST already published a notice that the Baofeng UV3R they tested was one of those, and that's the only one that I've heard mentioned by name so far.
  2. KD8DVR

    KD8DVR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Because it hasn't (hadn't) Received Part 15 approval. all "commercially manufactured" radios require at minimum, part 15. This covers the receiver section.

    In your case, however, you konw this. This is more for those who don't understand... this is all covered in the extensive part 15 rules.

  3. KK4HGE

    KK4HGE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes Hareto H-5118 is a Uhf and is very good.
  4. KD1S

    KD1S Ham Member QRZ Page

    I love my Yaesu VX-7R but friends had the TYT dual band and it's not a bad little radio for the money. Pretty feature rich! I'm waiting to see the Chinese built HF gear - I know they must make some but none on the market just yet.
  5. EA7JAB

    EA7JAB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hello, I have for two years a Wouxun, good price, because in my house 100 euros and goes very well, the model KG-UVD1P
  6. WB6UQA

    WB6UQA Ham Member QRZ Page

    A Dangerous Bargain
    Gary Geissler, a Colorado-based IT specialist and high-tech advisor to Army MARS, sends this
    caution about a dangerous bargain in the ham radio marketplace.

    The best buy these days in handheld transceivers are the ones from Hong Kong. The HTs are being purchased by amateurs, public service providers, and others in government organizations. Some versions have FCC and other type acceptance.
    The transceivers sell for a fraction of the price of comparable units from the big three yet can work all the amateur and public service frequencies from the civil aircraft band to the top of the public service UHF band. They have many memories and features and can be programmed from a PC. Powered by big lithium ion batteries (included) they are a steal for $55.00.

    Or so it would seem.

    I work for Digital Globe Incorporated. As our corporation is an important government contractor we are working with the USG to resolve issued as they appear with regard to computer and Internet security. The software tools we use are among the strongest available anywhere (and as a result, the most intrusive and painful!)

    So when I put the tiny driver CD that came with my [Chinese] handheld transceiver's programming cable into a machine to scan it I had no idea that the disk would pull an immediate alert. The alert was so strong that I could not go any further and determine contents, files, names of virus, and so forth.

    The CD was given to our computer security department. They will process it and forward the results to their USG contact. This is only the second time I have seen an alert this strong. The other time (last week actually) was while downloading a .pdf research paper from a university researcher's site.

    Lest anyone think otherwise, we are under attack. One might suspect that the "real" object of the exercise with regard to the very low cost of the Hong Kong HTs is the unseen present on the CDs. I'm not a conspiracy theory sort of guy; we can talk more about this at some point.

    I might suggest a neutrally worded warning to destroy any driver CDs that come with Hong Kong HTs; the Prolific USB/RS-232 drivers are available at no charge from US sites and the public domain open source CHIRP software is more than adequate for programming the radios in any event.
  7. K8ERV

    K8ERV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I tried to post this alert several days ago, got a msg it had to be "approved", and it never showed up.

    Guess my help is not wanted.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
  8. NM9K

    NM9K Ham Member QRZ Page

    That's what I use. CHIRP + free drivers. I'm not even sure my radio came with a disc. My netbook doesn't have a cd drive anyway.
  9. K0RGR

    K0RGR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    The radios I've purchased recently didn't come with a disk - you had to download the drivers.

    I've had lots of grief with Prolific USB devices. Recently, I bought two serial-port Kenwood-style programming cables from Powerwerx that fit both my Wouxun and Baofeng radios. I use an FTDI-based USB converter with them, and it works fine on all my computers, without the Prolific driver misery.
  10. KF7JMN

    KF7JMN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I live just outside Ely NV. during hunting and summer season we have a lot of non-hams using them it is a pain in the but.
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