Hi! I picked up a new Wouxun KG-UV9D from the local HRO store this afternoon, and had it set up to work a pair of SO-50 passes this afternoon. Although the 70cm receiver was more than capable of hearing SO-50 even at low elevations, it suffers from the same problem that the Wouxun KG-UV8D, the AnyTone TERMN-8R, even the much-hyped Puxing PX-UV973 all had - the 70cm receiver is desensed while transmitting on 2m. Using either memory channels or the two VFOs, it is capable of working SO-50 half-duplex. The KG-UV9D is a little smaller than the KG-UV8D. It's not as fat in the hand as the 8D, but still comfortable to hold. It has a PTT and three other buttons on the left side of the radio. Unlike almost all other Chinese-made HTs, the KG-UV9D has a lot more that it can receive. It has an AM airband receiver, and can receive a lot of spectrum outside the 2m and 70cm bands. From the manual: As the screenshot shows, it has a lot of coverage. This is the first ham HT I have seen sold in the USA since the 1990s that includes unblocked coverage in the 800 and 900 MHz ranges (all others since the ban on having coverage in those bands since then have the 825-849 and 869-894 MHz mobile-phone bands, and other image frequencies that can receive the signals from the mobile-phone bands, locked out). The KG-UV9D uses a new type of battery pack, rated at 7.4V 2000mAh, which is not compatible with previous Wouxun HTs. The belt clip is connected to the battery pack, not the radio. The speaker/mics and programming cables are compatible with the previous Wouxun HTs, and most Chinese-made HTs sold on the ham market (the Kenwood-style speaker/mic plugs, where the speaker audio is on the smaller 2.5mm jack). Another interesting thing about this radio is the lack of an FCC ID number. Instead, the label has "FCC PART 15B". This is highly unusual, as FCC rules require radios that have non-amateur coverage in the 30-960 MHz range to have gone through the certification process, and have an FCC ID number on the radio. The KG-UV9D model number is covered by FCC ID WVTWOUXUN10, based on the documentation Wouxun submitted to the FCC for the certification process used for the KG-UV8D, but this FCC ID number doesn't appear on my radio. The radio's receive coverage far exceeds the ranges listed on the label, and certainly exceeds the 144-148 and 420-450 MHz ranges covered by the WVTWOUXUN10 FCC ID not shown on this radio. I worked one station on a 43-degree pass just before 0100 UTC this evening, and 6 stations on the later western pass (18 degrees maximum elevation) at 0230 UTC. I received good reports on my audio. I was holding the HT, not using a headset or speaker/mic for these passes. I used my Elk Antennas handheld 2m/70cm log periodic antenna for both of these passes. I have not tested this against a satellite (or model of a satellite) that uses a 70cm uplink with a 2m downlink, like the Fox-1A satellites and EO-80. Based on past experiences with the KG-UV8D and the Fox-1A engineering model I tried at the 2014 ARRL Centennial Convention and AMSAT Symposium, I think the KG-UV9D may be a good candidate for a less-expensive HT that can work cross-band full-duplex using a 70cm transmit frequency and a 2m receive frequency. I hope that can be answered in the next couple of months, as this might open up new options for full-duplex operation on the U/V FM satellites that we don't have for SO-50 right now. 73!