Saturday, March 26, 2016

Wouxun KG-UV8E

Via a comment on another post, comes a link to the Wouxun KG-UV8E. Specs and pics follow:

WOUXUN KG-UV8E Triband (latest 2016)

Triband, True Dual Receive, Cross Band Repeater, Waterproof IP55  TERBARU 
WOUXUN  is HT known brands with very good sensitivity, clear sound, high quality.
What are the main advantages of this HT?
  • Triband TX-RX: 136-174, 350-399, 400-520 MHz new
  • Voice Compander  new
  • Group scrambler new
  • True Dual Receive (can receive signals at two different frequencies simultaneously)
  • Duplex Cross-band  (can receive and transmit simultaneously on two different frequencies)
  • Cross-band repeater  (receiving in the VHF and UHF transmit back on, or vice versa)
  • Receive very good quality , cleaner and sharper.
  • Layar besar, display warna, full dimmed when standby new
  • Function side buttons can be programmed
  • Large memory capacity of 999 channels
  • Saving electricity usage, the battery is more durable, longer standby.
  • The latest model , cool and steady.
  • LED flashlight for emergencies
  • FM radio for information and entertainment channels
  • Waterproof  Rating IP55 (dustproof, resistant of spray water / rain storm)
Expensive or Cheap? True dual receive, full duplex, and cross band repeat is a feature which only HT Japan 5 million upwards.
Product quality WOUXUN known for good in the world, not only in Indonesia, please google to prove themselves.
Technical specifications WOUXUN KG-UV8E:
  • Triband frequencies: 135-174 MHz, 350-399MHz and 400-520MHz
  • Max power: 5 watts to 4 watts VHF and UHF
  • True Dual Receive (receiving two frequencies simultaneously)
  • Cross Band Repeater (RX and TX on one frequency in another frequency band)
  • Dual Display, Dual Watch
  • Voice Compander
  • 8 Group of Scrambler
  • Radio FM: 76-108MHz
  • 999 Channel Memory
  • Stopwatch function
  • SOS function
  • Tone 50 CTCSS and 104 CDCSS
  • LED flashlight (senter)
  • Low Battery Alert
  • Battery Saver
  • Time-out Timer
  • features VOX 
  • Antenna type: SMA Male
  • Dimensions: 124 x 61 x 33mm (not including buttons and antennas)
  • Weight: 180 gr empty
  • Authorized warranty service and parts for 12 months
  • Waterproof rating IP55
  • Made in China
Paket Wouxun KG-UV8E:
  • Unit HT Wouxun KG-UV8E
  • Battery lithium-ion 1700mAh, 7.4V
  • HT Antenna SMA
  • Charger dock
  • Belt clip + rope
  • Earset
  • Manual


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    1. It's... an interesting choice... to put it generously.

      The only thing I think I've ever even RX'd in that range is the little remote control me and my neighbors use to open our apartment gate. If I recall correctly it was somewhere near 300 MHz.

      (And that's almost certainly a Part 15 device).

      Our friends at NTIA show that part of the spectrum allocated to Mobile, Mobile Satellite and Fixed, which I believe means, basically, "commercial."

      I wonder if this is even Part 90 certified yet though. If it is, I'd expect it to have very limited market at least in North America.

      (Maybe this spectrum is allocated differently overseas?)

      Doing a quick search in the FCC license database, I looked for all active licenses between 350 and 400 MHz, and found a grand total of five licensees in the entire United States:

      * Lockheed Martin (twice)
      * Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
      * Boeing
      * City of Nogales (AZ)

      LockMart looks like they use theirs on 382.600 MHz for flight testing purposes.

      Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport uses it for some kind of ATC stuff.

      Boeing's is classified as "industrial" and Nogales uses it for public safety.

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    3. The seller is Indonesian, but Indonesia does not have an amateur allocation in this band ("UHF-very low") either.

      Indonesia does have VHF and UHF Citizens Band allocations (142 Mhz and 476 MHz). Any regular dual-band radio should cover those.

      I am having trouble finding the "Table of Frequency Allocation" which is the official decree of the Indonesian ministry in charge of radio stuff. Probably because I am searching in English and it is likely in Indonesian.

    4. There is also military systems in this range (but not MARS/CAP, as far as I am aware), and I suspect that pirate activity on military frequencies is much less likely to be well-received than, say, 2 Meters or GMRS.

  2. Changing the frequency limits on Wouxum's is normally easy with Chirp. I wonder how hard it would be to change the setup on one of these to cover a more useful intermediate frequency. (1.25 m?) May still need a different antenna, though.

    1. Yeh I totally agree - changing the frequency limits on Wouxum's is normally easy with Chirp.