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All the radio you need for not much money at all
on 1 August 2013
I am very impressed with this radio.
I'm about to take my Foundation License Exam and Practical and have been enjoying working experimenting with this radio. It's a lot of radio for the money and would suit any licensed ham amateur, survivalist/prepper (do we have these in the UK?) or radio enthusiast.
* It's small and robustly built. It probably wouldn't survive a 10 foot fall onto concrete but it's not an expensive radio either.
* Has the complete 2 meter VHF and 70 cm UHF bands. Including compatibility with PMR licence free frequencies (although it's not technically legal to transmit on these frequencies as it's eight times more powerful than OfCom allows).
* It's got an FM radio built in.
* It's a scanner too.
* It's programmable.
* It's got English voice prompts, a Chinese lady telling you what option you've selected in the menu (e.g. for menu item "SQL" she'd say, "Squelch"). This is nice but she doesn't talk on every menu option.
* Removable antenna.
* Accessory port (for hands free or fist microphone).
* Easy to read (multicoloured backlit) display
* Difficult to follow instructions for programming - a cable (and free "Chirp" software) is a mandatory accessory. Does not come programmed out of the box (e.g. if you are expecting PMR frequencies).
* You need a ham radio licence to use this legally.
* The antenna is an SMA female instead of the more common SMA male connector. Don't get caught out!
I have my radio programmed to the PMR frequencies, the International Spacestation VHF downlink and local repeaters. Until I pass my exam it's quite good fun to listen to the radio scanning these frequencies and listening to FM radio. The battery lasts several days between charges doing this. Recommended!