Fake (counterfeit) radios

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  1. WE4B

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  2. W0IS

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    I guess it makes sense. If you're going to counterfeit something, it doesn't make a lot of sense to make a fake Baofeng, since it probably takes about the same amount of work as making a fake Icom, Motorola, Kenwood or Yaesu.
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  3. WZ7U

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    Then they're being lazy. Go big or go home - Hilberling comes to mind
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  4. KI4POT

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    Not new. When I was looking for a used IC-V8 this summer I came across an article (that was several years old)
    on how to tell real Icom gear from chinese fakes. BTW, if you search for IC-V8 on eBay right now, you'll find a "new" one being sold by a dealer in china. Not suspicious at all.

    I would only buy new radio gear from one of the major dealers like HRO, DXE, etc. Certainly not eBay, Amazon, or Wal-Mart. If buying used, I'll buy from eBay, but only sellers in the US with a history of selling their own stuff (ie a few hundred sales of things that are obviously personal belongings, not 80000 sales of everything from cosmetics to cars).

  5. WB2WIK

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    I have a brand new, manufactured January 2021, S-line.

    It's very updated, as the original cabinetry is the same but inside each unit is a small circuit board that does everything and the dial is an LCD that looks like a dial. The meter's like that, too.:)
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  6. AF5XF

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    could you show us some pictures inside and out?
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  7. KE0GXN

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    When it comes to Baofengs.....the counterfeits may actually work better. :eek:
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  8. WB2WIK

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    I was joking.

    But it would be fun to hack something like that together, and take real pictures of it.

    I'm waiting for Dave W7UUU to do something like this, he's really good at it.
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  9. KA4DPO

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    Is it just me, or does the Hilberling look like a kitchen appliance?:D
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  10. K0UO

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    Those Communists will counterfeit anything.
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