The app worked fine on the first try. Well, actually it failed to connect twice until I switched the HT
's power on...
Remembering Boris Badenov's infamous motto, "Never steal anything small," I tried for the maximum TX
range on the 440 band (350-520) and IT WORKED. Those figures represent the upper and lower frequency limits listed, but do not make up one of the prefab combinations in the menu list. Fortune favors the bold, at least in this case.
I have to say, despite a few head-scratching moments over the sometimes quaint and amusing but more often confusing "Engrish" in the manual and in the software apps, the learning curve on this little joint has been remarkably linear, and very short. The interface is unusual, but sharp and intuitive, excepting for the one or two examples of "What were they thinking?"
I've been listening to traffic on a few repeaters all day. The front end seems very sensitive, and even with the foreshortened rubber duckie it comes with, it outperforms the RX
on my [Very Well Respected Manufacturer]'s HT
out of the box. I have not yet received any signal report except for a few repeater kerchunks, and one or two embarrassing feedback howls here in the shack, when I inadvertently pushed PTT while another radio was on frequency, with the volume up.
I expect to lavish more words of praise on this product once I've tested it some more, but at this time I can say that, for the price, this is one outstanding radio - I want one in every room in my house - and it's going to make some big waves in the rest of the industry. In other words, the big guys with the big price tags are going to get a taste of that sacrosanct "free market enterprise and competition," and will have to fight a little harder now for our dollars.
All the better for us.
PS - RX
may be unlocked at will, but *please* don't unlock the TX
on your radio unless you know what the heck you're doing. Your eventual mischief will not leave you staring down the barrel of the FCC
anymore, but rather the Department of Defense. I hear they have bigger guns.