Saturday, May 01, 2010

Want to try 70Mhz FM? How about a handheld?

I'm probably the last person to know, but when I was chatting to Walt, G3NYY this afternoon on 432MHz, he was telling me that he'd been QRV on 70MHz using a Wouxun KG-699E, available from China.

There's an interesting range of dual band handhelds - which looks to make it very easy to get on 144/432MHz at very reasonable prices, but the 70MHz handheld looked useful too.

You can see the details here

Reading the spec, I do wonder what the 'stun' and 'kill' alarms are!

If you don't want to use a converted PMR set for 70MHz FM and want to carry your rig around, this could be a great solution.

7 comments:

Jonathan said...

I've had one of those Chinese 4m handhelds for a while and it's great. It has such essentials as CTCSS, DCS, DTMF, repeater shift and 1750 Hz tone burst, for all those 4m repeaters. You have to watch out for transmitting out of band of course.

Jonathan G4KLX

Tim said...

Hi Jonathan,

Yes, I smiled about the various repeater features too! But what *IS* the stun alarm ;-)

Tim

Steve GW7AAV said...

Had one of those for over a year. They have been very popular with the SOTA crowd.

The dual band 2m/70cm Wouxun KG-UVD1P is also excellent value (I paid just over £68. I have bought them for me, my wife, my second eldest son, and eldest daughter and six other people. The receive is better than my Kenwoods and the TX audio is always being complemented. I reckon I could have shifted a container load of these radios if I had them.

The big Japanese manufactures need to watch their backs.

The stun and kill settings are for use on repeaters for when a wally comes on.

I must reread the manual and find out what they really are. Something lost in translation I think.

Regards Steve GW7AAV www.cqhq.co.uk

Tim said...

Hi Steve,

Makes you wonder why the 'mainstream' amateur radio dealers in the UK aren't importing them. Presumably they can't compete with the price sold directly from Hong Kong. They certainly look useful bits of kit.

I'm keen to try out a 70MHz handheld when I've got some spare cash. I was also curious to see if the same manufacturers have anything for 23cms FM, but I haven't noticed one so far.

Tim G4VXE

Steve GW7AAV said...

I too have been hoping for then to do something for 23cms. My IC-12E is heavy to cart up the hills and something modern and light would be most welcome. There was some questions asked on QRZ about the legitimacy of their FCC approval but it turns out they are approved in the US so there is no reason why they should not perform as advertised. I think you hit the nail on the head with why the main dealers are not stocking them, but it may have something to do with maintaining their dealerships with the Japanese producers too.

Tim said...

Hi Steve,

The Alinco looks like the only handheld for 23cms at the moment. Maybe it's worth an e-mail to some of the Chinese manufacturers to enquire - at least it registers some interest. Might give it a go!

Tim

Bawb said...

Cracking little handie for the price.I've only used mine on my SOTA activations (2010) and have managed 2 contacts each one including a 200ml contact from GM/SS 062(me) to GW/NW 040. Looking forward to trying them from higher.
Martin Lynch now is a registered dealer for them.

Bobby

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