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Old 02-24-2013, 09:45 AM
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Still waiting to hear what the vicious feedback issue was...
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Still waiting to hear what the vicious feedback issue was...
The radio has an interesting "feature" - there is both a speaker and a microphone in the hand mic. You can set the radio so that it plays received audio out the main speaker, the hand mic/speaker, or both. I had also turned on the ability to listen to the sub band while talking on the main band. This feature is especially useful if you want to "duplex" by listening to your transmission from a repeater or satellite while transmitting through a remote base, or input on another band. Unfortunately, when you have the speaker/mic enabled for RX audio as well as this type of duplexing going on, the end result is horrible squeal. What's worse, you can't turn the receive audio down on the sub band to solve the problem. I'm not really sure that this is a problem with the radio - it seems more like an inherent problem when trying something like this. The fix is to just turn off the RX audio from the speaker/mic and listen to your TX on the main radio speaker.

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Microphone

The mic on this radio is actually quite functional, and for the most part I like it. All of the buttons are back lit with brightness adjustable through the menu.



The keypad allows direct frequency entry as well as DTMF. The PA, PB, PC, and PD are all programmable functions. I won't cover all of the possible settings as the manual covers it quite well. The giant A/B lit button switches the active main band from one side of the radio to the other. The green back lit A and B indicators at the top show you which VFO is actively receiving, while the white lit A and B indicators at the bottom indicate the VFO that will transmit when you key up.



In this pic, you can see the frequency up/down and lock buttons. My biggest issue with the layout of this mic is that the UP/DOWN buttons are right where you will inevitably press them during a QSO, which activates a DTMF tone. After doing this about a hundred times, I've engaged the lock which only deactivates these buttons on the side.

Like I said, I like the functionality of the mic, although the built-in speaker isn't that great.

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Is it possible to save a cross band memory channel? like TX on 144 and RX on 440?

Any feel on the RX sensitivity or selectivity?

The USB programing port looks to be the wrong gender, do you have to use some special USB cable?

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You must be reading my mind about the things I've been working on to continue the evaluation of this radio.

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Is it possible to save a cross band memory channel? like TX on 144 and RX on 440?
Yes and No. The radio has an interesting feature that took me a while to fully understand because it is not documented very well - the Hyper memory feature. You use the software to configure the Hyper memories, which are activated when you press either of the lower dials on the left or right side. Basically, you can program frequencies on each band for each VFO that are accessible when you hit the band change knob on each VFO. You get a set of frequencies for each VFO and both lower knobs. This is a difficult function to explain, but easier to demonstrate - perhaps I should make a video. You can use this feature to store common cross band repeat frequencies and then just turn cross band repeat on via the menu.

You cannot however, uses a split TX/RX memory that crosses bands. While the software will allow you to program this scenario, the radio will not allow TX under such conditions.

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Any feel on the RX sensitivity or selectivity?
I don't have the necessary test equipment to say objectively, but the radio seems to hear better than my Yaesu FTM-350. After a month of usage, I believe that I can hear weaker stations that were consistently a problem on the other radio.

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The USB programing port looks to be the wrong gender, do you have to use some special USB cable?
More on this in my next post.

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Programming the Radio

The radio has the ability to store 758 memory channels, which is probably plenty for most of us! Programming the various memory channels via the radio is fairly straight forward: punch in the desired frequency, activate any offset or tone/codes and then press and hold either the SET or volume button until the memory channel starts to blink. Use the channel selector to dial to the desired memory and then press and hold the SET button until the memory is saved. You can edit the names of the frequencies using the menu 26 - NAME C and activate name display using menu 37 - DISPLAY.

Of course, the easiest way to program the radio is by using the included cable and downloadable software. While the software is functional and will allow you to program every radio feature, it lacks many of the basic usability features that most software users have come to expect. For example, there is no way to insert memory slots in-between existing channels, or even delete a channel and have the whole bank shift it's memory slot to replace the deleted channel.

Due to complexity, some features really should be programmed via the software, such as the capability to use one encode method on TX and a different encode detect method on RX.

One other note on programming the rig: The programming is performed using the mic connector, NOT the USB port. The USB port only supplies power for charging USB accessories and doesn't seem to do much else

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So how would you say this radio stacks up against radios of the same class from Kenwwod or Yaesu?
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DTMF, 2 Tone, 5 Tone, Remote Stun, Kill

This radio has several features that are in common use in business band services, including 2 Tone and 5 Tone signalling. These features are only set using the software. The manual doesn't include any information on how to use these features, but they look like fairly typical business band 2 Tone and 5 Tone settings.

The radio also has the ability to remotely STUN (temporarily disable) and KILL (permanently disable) the radio using another radio. These features might be useful to a ham operator using the radio as a remote base, but you need to be careful - you can permanently disable the radio. Apparently there is software available to Un-Kill the radio but you have to contact the distributor to obtain it.

To make use of any of these features, you need another radio that also has the same capabilities - you won't be able to enable or use them from a typical ham VHF/UHF HT or mobile radio.

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