Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wouxun KG-UV6D - First impression

Since my 2 meters handy Rexon RL-102 was too old and not in good condition, I decided to buy something new, like VHF/UHF handheld with DTMF and CTCSS. After reading the reviews of radios, I choosed Wouxun latest model KG-UV6D. This radio was praised for good voice quality of the speaker and attractive price. Well.. it was very easy to find a sellers of this radio at InterRadio, but quite difficult to buy it because of long queue!

Tech specs:
Sensitivity (12dB SINAD) 0.16uV

. SMA-K Antenna Connector
. Repeater Multifunctional Key
. IP55 Waterproof (I have some doubts about this)
. Multi Step Frequency(5K/6.25K/10K/12.5K/25K/50K/100K)
. DTMF Encoding Function
. Working mode: VHF & UHF, UHF & UHF or VHF & VHF
. VOX Transmission (newer used it)
. Band Can Be Set Freely: VHF TX-UHF RX or UHF TX-VHF RX
. Digital FM Radio
. Multi Scan Mode
. Priority Scan, Add Scanning Channel
. High/Low Power Selection
. Channel Name Edit and Display
. 50 Groups CTCSS / 105 Groups DCS
. Wire Clone, Programmable by Computer
. Display Selection on Channel Mode

+ The quality of sound is very good, amateur stations sound like a commercial FM radio stations.

+ The buttons do not swing or hang out, pressed with the right effort. In general the overall impression is positive.

Now about the disadvantages:
- The first thing I noticed is the lack of rubber between a battery mounting to the station body, there is even to place for it. What kind of moisture and dust protection according to IP55, or whatever it was, it is, I did not understand. Even the rain is guaranteed to get inside.
-Flashlight works only when radio is switched on. Even on cheap gadgets, you can use flashlight without engaging the radio itself.
- No highlighting for the top row of buttons. Well.. There are only three buttons, but keeping in mind their exact location can be possible only after quite long period of every day use. (checked all variants - there is no way to set it up even by software. I often use Wouxun in the evening when it is dark, a back light time is too short - very annoying!)
- Quite difficult to find a right button when it is dark.
- Zero button is not in place where you expect it!
In Channel Mode it doesn't show the channel frequency at which you are working even if you are in monoband mode. In dual-band Puxing there is such possibility - it shows the name of the channel, frequency and number of cell in the memory. In this radio - channel name on one line and the name and model of your RADIO on another (probably as a reminder of what radio you're using, hi! hi!)
-  Weight 261 grams, a bit heavy I think..

There was no CD with SW included, but I found it at, check KG-UV6D. Here is direct link to a driver and SW

I like this Wouxun Handheld , made a surprisingly high quality.

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